1. What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files or pieces of information that are stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit our website. A cookie contains the name of the website and a value, which can be used for a variety of purposes.
“Session” cookies are held in memory and only exist during your visit to our website. “Persistent” cookies are stored on your device until they expire, and can therefore be used by our website on your subsequent visits. All persistent cookies have a “lifetime” which dictates how long the cookie will remain active on your device.
Our cookies do not contain any data that could be used to identify you personally.
European Commission websites mostly use “first-party cookies”. These are cookies set and controlled by the Commission, not by any external organisation.
However, to view some of our pages, you will have to accept cookies from external organisations.
The 2 types of first-party cookie we use are to:
These are necessary for our website to work. If you choose to disable cookies for our website you will not be able to use many of the features. Examples include:
– Session cookies that remember your actions as you navigate our websites.
– Security cookies that check the validity of your actions during your visit helping to keep our websites and services safe and secure.
Analytics and Performance cookies
These cookies help us collect information about how you use our websites over time; the areas you visit, the time spent on our websites and issues and errors you may encounter. This information helps us to continually improve the information we provide and the performance of our websites and services.
These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember:
- if you have already replied to our survey pop-up (about how helpful the site content was) – so you won’t be asked again
3. Third party cookies
We use a number of systems that are provided by external suppliers. In some cases they may also set cookies on your device on our behalf when you visit our website.
Facebook Policy: https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies/
Facebook (setup): login to your account. Privacy section.
Twitter Policy: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170514
Twitter (setup): https://twitter.com/settings/security
Linkedin Policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy
Linkedin (setup): https://www.linkedin.com/settings/
YoutubeGoogle+ Policy: http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/cookies/
YoutubeGoogle+ (setup): http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/managing/
Pinterest Policy and Setup https://about.pinterest.com/it/privacy-policy
FlikrYahoo Policy http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/it/yahoo/cookies/details.html
FlikrYahoo (setup) http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/it/yahoo/opt_out/targeting/details.html
4. How can I manage cookies
You can manage/delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org.
Removing cookies from your device
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.
Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
Managing site-specific cookies
For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser
You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all (e.g. profile logging-in).
Managing our analytics cookies
You can manage your preferences concerning cookies from Europa Analytics on the dedicated Europa Analytics page.