What is a cookie?
Cookies, tags or trackers are text files containing certain information that are downloaded onto your device when you visit a website. On each subsequent visit or when visiting a site that recognises this cookie, the cookies are sent back to the original website. They are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device and, in many cases, improve the user experience.
We distinguish essentially two types of cookies: so-called "essential" cookies and "non-essential" cookies.
- Essential cookies are cookies that are essential to the functioning of our website. They allow you to navigate through our website and use its main features.
- Non-essential cookies are cookies that allow your user experience on our website to be personalised but are not essential to its operation. These two types of cookies themselves have different characteristics that can be distinguished and classified according to their validity period and the origin of their placement.
- Cookies according to their period of validity on the user's computer
- Persistent or permanent cookies: remain present after the session is closed. They are stored on the user's hard disk until they expire (permanent cookies are set with an expiry date) or until the user deletes the cookies. Persistent cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as their internet browsing behaviour or preferences for a specific website.
- Session cookies: remain active only for the duration of the visit to a website (session). They are deleted when the user closes the browser.
- Cookies by placement
- "First party" cookies: belong to the site you choose to visit.
- "Third party" cookies: these are cookies related to the activity of third parties. They are imported from a site whose content can be accessed indirectly, for example via an image or a banner. Most browsers support cookies (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Safari, etc.). In any case, users can set their browser to disable or delete cookies.
What cookies do we use and why?
Cookies have multiple functions, such as ensuring that you can navigate efficiently between pages, remembering your preferences (linguistic or otherwise) and generally improving the user experience.
In general, we use both essential cookies (including security cookies) and non-essential cookies when you visit our website, each of which has different purposes: we use both analytical cookies and functional cookies.
You can also opt out of each cookie category (except strictly necessary cookies). If you reject cookies, you will still be able to access the website, but your browser will be slower or you may have difficulty or no access to certain parts or functionalities of the website.
How can you delete or block cookies, or change your settings?
You can opt out of each cookie category (except strictly necessary cookies) by clicking on adjust cookie settings. For more information on how to delete and block cookies with your browser settings, visit: All about cookies
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LAST UPDATE: 9 JUNE 2023