Cookies are small text files that are downloaded and stored in users’ devices when they access websites. These files can store information on user browsing habits, with a view to customise information presented to us on websites. Cookies are widely used online, to improve web services and offer the user a better browsing experience, to save and retrieve their preferences, and to gather statistical information on web navigation, pages visited, the duration of visits etc.
Cookies can be classified into different categories according to their characteristics, and can correspond with one or more of these categories.
Depending on their origin: They can be ‘first-party’ or ‘third-party’ cookies, depending on the entity that manages them.
Depending on their duration: They can be ‘session’ cookies, which expire when the browser is closed and are primarily used to keep a user session active, or ‘persistent’ cookies, which expire when the objective for which they were designed has been fulfilled, or when they are deleted manually.
Depending on their purpose: They can be:
- “technical or necessary” to enable the use of different services of the website. If the user disables this type of cookie in his/her web browser settings, he/she will not be able to continue browsing.
- ‘functional’ cookies, including ‘personalisation’ cookies, to offer personalised services based on pre-established criteria, ‘analytical’ cookies, to monitor user browsing behaviour to gather statistics and to produce browsing profiles in order to implement improvements based on analysis of the usage data related to the range of products and/or services on offer (these are processed by us or third parties, essentially using Google Analytics). If the user does not accept the use of functional cookies, this website will continue to work, although some of its functions may be lost.
- ‘advertising’ cookies to show adverts according to pre-determined user profiles, ‘behavioural advertising’ cookies, similar to the previous case, but taking into account user behaviour and browsing habits, etc. Generally, these cookies enable custom advertisements to be displayed for the user, both inside and outside our website, while the user is browsing.
When visiting our websites, we gather standard data as well as details on visitors’ behavioural patterns. This information does not contain any personal data whatsoever, nor is it associated with information that would allow for the user to be identified. If personal information is needed, we will expressly request it from you.
It is possible for the Cookies Policy on our website to change from time to time, and so we recommend that you review our information on the Cookies Policy periodically, so that you can always be informed.
If you so wish, you can consult the privacy policies of these links at the following addresses:
Users must take into account that some content features on the websites are only available if cookies are accepted on your browser. If you decide to accept or block certain cookies, depending on their purpose, this may affect, either wholly or partially, the normal operation of the website or prevent access to some of its services.
The following non-exempt cookies are used in our websites:
Cookie Management ► Name ► Type of Cookie ► Function
Google: NID, PREF – Persistent – Customising ads displayed on Google Services
Google Analytics: _utma, _utmb,_utmc,_utmz – Persistent – Anonymously knowing the number of visitors, origin, pages visited, etc.
Twitter: guest_id – Persistent – Tracking and establishing preferences
Own: mkCookie – 90 days – Accepting or rejecting the Cookies Policy
Own: SSOCatalanaPortalReferrer – Session – Linking the URL in certain actions on the portal
Own: SCOExtranet07 – Session – Language and access information
Our websites use Google Analytics, which is one of the most employed Web analysis services on the Internet. Although this information is collected anonymously, users can prevent data of their visit being included in Google Analytics reports by installing a Google Analytics disabling add-on for browsers, which is available at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This add-on does not prevent information from being sent to websites through means other than these Web analysis services.