Cookies are files that can be downloaded to your computer via web pages. They are tools that play an essential role in the provision of numerous information society services. Among other services, they allow a website to store and retrieve information about the browsing habits of a user or their computer and, depending on the information obtained, they can be used to recognise the user and improve the service offered.
There are two types of cookies determined according to the entity that manages the domain from which the cookies are sent, and processes the data obtained:
• First-party cookies:
Those sent to the user's computer/device from a computer or domain managed by the website owner and from which the service requested by the user is provided.
• Third-party cookies:
Those sent to the user's computer/device from a computer or domain that is not managed by the website owner, but by another entity that processes the data obtained through the cookies.
In the event that the cookies are installed from a computer or domain managed by the website owner, but the information collected through them is managed by a third party, they cannot be considered to be first-party cookies.
There is also a second classification according to the length of time cookies remain stored in the user's browser, which may include:
• Session cookies:
Designed to collect and store data while the user accesses a website. They are usually used to store information that is only relevant for the provision of the service requested by the user on a single occasion (e.g. a list of products purchased).
• Persistent Cookies:
The data remains stored in the computer/device and can be accessed and processed for a period defined by the cookie owner, which can range from a few minutes to several years.
Finally, there is another classification with six types of cookies according to the purpose for which the data obtained is processed:
• Technical cookies:
These allow the user to browse through a website, platform or application and use the different options or services that exist on it, such as, for example, controlling traffic and data communication, identifying the session, accessing restricted areas, remembering the elements that make up an order, carrying out the purchase process of an order, applying for registration or participation in an event, using security elements during browsing, storing content for the broadcasting of videos or sound or sharing content through social networks.
• Personalisation cookies:
These allow the user to access the service with some general characteristics predefined according to a series of criteria in the user's terminal, such as the language, the type of browser used to access the service, the regional configuration from which the service is accessed, etc.
• Analysis cookies:
These allow the person responsible for them to monitor and analyse the behaviour of the users of the websites to which they are linked. The information collected through this type of cookie is used to measure the activity of the website, application or platform and to develop browsing profiles of users of such sites, applications and platforms, in order to introduce improvements based on analysing the data on how users interact with the service.
• Advertising cookies:
These allow the most effective management of advertising spaces.
• Behavioural advertising cookies:
These store information about user behaviour obtained through continuous observation of their browsing habits, which allows a specific profile to be developed in order to display advertising based on this profile.
• External social media cookies:
You have the option to allow, block or delete the cookies installed on your computer by configuring the computer’s browser options. When you disable cookies, some of the available services may no longer be operational. The way to disable cookies is different for each browser, but it can usually be done from the Tools or Options menu. You can also refer to the browser's Help menu where you can find instructions. At any time, the user may choose which cookies they want to work on this website.
You can allow, block or delete cookies installed on your computer by configuring the computer’s browser options:
• Microsoft Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge:
• Mozilla Firefox:
You can also manage your browser’s storage of cookies using tools such as
• Your Online Choices:
The cookies that are being used in this portal are identified below, as well as their type and function:
By default, WordPress generates two types of cookies.
Session cookies are set when a user logs in to a WordPress site. These cookies contain the authentication details of a user and the configuration of the administration area interface. WordPress login cookies expire after 15 days.
When a user leaves a comment on a website powered by WordPress, WordPress automatically creates a cookie containing the user's name, email address and URL. This cookie allows WordPress to automatically complete username, email and URL fields on subsequent user visits. The comment cookie expires in 347.222 days or 30,000,000 seconds.
Given this information, it is possible to carry out the following actions:
• Accept cookies: