b) Type of cookies, purpose and functioning of Cookies
c) How to disable Cookies and Web Bugs in the main browsers
d) What happens if you disable Cookies
PRISA GROUP websites use ¨Cookies¨, and other similar mechanisms (“Cookies”). Cookies are files sent by a browser through a web server to register Users’ activities on a certain website or on all websites, apps and/or services of GRUPO PRISA websites (herein, the Services). The main purpose of Cookies is to give users faster access to selected Services. Cookie’s also personalise the Services offered by GRUPO PRISA websites, providing and offering you information that you are interested in or which you may be interested in, according to the use you make of the Services.
Registered users who register or start a session may benefit from more personalised services adapted to their profile, thanks to the combination of data stored in the cookies with the personal data used when registering. Such Users expressly authorise the use of this information for the purposes indicated, notwithstanding their right to reject or disable cookies.
Likewise, the GRUPO PRISA websites will detect all the GRUPO PRISA Services you have requested, so that they can provide or offer suitable information for each User’s tastes and preferences.
PRISA GROUP websites use Web Bugs, objects that are embedded in a web page or email and are usually invisible to the user. When the User opens the email, this image is downloaded along with the rest of the content of the email so that the sender knows if a specific email has been opened or not, as well as the IP address where it was downloaded. PRISA GROUP websites use this information to obtain statistics and can make analytical studies of the emails sent to the Users.
b) Type of cookies, purpose and functioning of Cookies:
Cookies, according to how long they last, can be divided into “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your device until you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your device for much longer (for example, so that the User continues to be identified in the PRISA Group Services) or until you manually delete it.
Additionally, according to its purpose, Cookies may be classified as follows:
PERFORMANCE COOKIES: These Cookies collect information about how you use a website so that you do not have to configure the service each time you visit. For example, this type includes:
• Sound or video volume settings.
• Video transmission speeds compatible with your browser.
• Objects saved in the “shopping cart” in e-commerce services such as shops.
GEO-LOCATION COOKIES: These Cookies are used to discover in which country the user requesting a Service is located. This Cookie is totally anonymous, and is only used to guide content to your location.
REGISTRATION COOKIES: Registration Cookies are generated when the User has registered or subsequently started a session. They are used to identify you in the Services with the following objectives:
• Recognise the User so that if a Service, the browser or the computer is closed or switched off and you return to the Service again, will still be recognised, enhancing navigation without having to log in again. This function can be disabled if you click on “end session”, so that the Cookie is deleted and the next time you enter the Service you will have to log in again.
• Check if the User is authorised to access certain Services, for example, to take part in a competition.
In addition, some Services can use connectors with social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. When the User registers in a service with credentials from a social network, it authorises the social network to store a Persistent Cookie that remembers your identity and guarantees access to the Services until it expires. Users can delete this Cookie and revoke access to the Services through social networks by updating their preferences on the specific social network.
ANALYTICS COOKIES: Every time a User visits a Service, a tool from an external provider (Omniture, Netscope, Comscore and similar that can be added to this list if they change) generates an analytical Cookie in the User’s computer. This Cookie, which is only generated in the visit, will service for coming visits to PRISA Group Services to identify visitors anonymously. The main objectives sought are:
• Permit anonymous identification of users browsing through which the “Cookie” (identifies browsers and devices, not people) and therefore counts the approximate number of visitors and their trend over time.
• Anonymously identify the contents receiving the most visits and which are therefore most attractive to Users
• Know whether the User is new or a repeat visitor.
Important: Unless the User decides to register in a PRISA Group Service, the “Cookie” will never be associated with any personal nature that identifies you. These Cookies will only be used for statistical purposes that will help to optimise the experience for users of the site.
• Omniture: www.omniture.com/es/privacy
• Comscore: www.comscore.com/esl/About_comScore/Privacy_Policy
• Netscope: www.net-scope.com/oursolutions/oursolutions.aspx
ADVERTISING COOKIES: This type of “Cookies” make it possible to provide more information in the advertisements shown to each anonymous user of the PRISA Group Services. Among others, they store the duration or frequency with which advertising positions are viewed, interaction with these or Users’ browsing patterns and/or behaviours, because they help to put together a profile of advertising interest. This makes it possible to offer advertising in tailored to the User’s interests.
THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING COOKIES: As well as the advertising managed by PRISA GROUP websites in its services, PRISA GROUP websites offer their advertisers the option of serving advertisements through third parties (“Ad-Servers”). Therefore, these third parties can store Cookies sent from the PRISA Group Services from Users’ browsers, and access the data stored by them.
The companies that generate these Cookies have their own privacy policies. PRISA GROUP websites currently use the Doubleclick (Google) platform to manage these services.
c) How to disable Cookies and Web Bugs in the main browsers:
It is normally possible to reject cookies from the browser, or to refuse to accept Cookies from a particular Service.
All modern browsers allow users to change their Cookie settings. These settings are normally available in the ‘options’ or ‘Preferences’ in your browser menu. You may also set your browser or email manager, or install free apps to prevent Web Bugs from downloading when you open an email.
PRISA GROUP websites offer Users instructions on the steps to access the cookie settings menu and, if any, private browsing in each of the main browsers:
• Internet Explorer: Tools -> Internet Options -> Privacy -> Configuration.
For more information, please see Microsoft supportor your browser’s Help section.
• Firefox: Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> History -> Customised Settings.
For more information, please see Mozilla supportor your browser’s Help section.
• Chrome: Tools -> Show advanced options -> Privacy -> Configuration of content.
For more information, please see Google supportor your browser’s Help section.
• Safari: Preferences -> Security.
For more information, please see Apple supportor your browser’s Help section.
d) What happens if you disable Cookies:
Some functions of the Services are disabled such as, for example, staying logged in, storing shopping in the “shopping cart” in the e-commerce service, receive information aimed to localise or visualise some videos.
PRISA GROUP websites may make changes to this Cookies Policy according to legal or regulatory requirements, in order to adapt the policy to the instructions issued by the Spanish Data Protection Agency. Users are therefore advised to make regular visits.