WHAT IS A COOKIE?

A cookie is a file that is downloaded onto users’ devices on entering certain webpages in order to store and recover information on the devices’ browsing patterns.

The cookies enable the website, amongst other things, to store and recover information on users’ decisions and habits. In ITÍNERE we use them to personalise your experience on our website, to identify and remember registered users and to facilitate navigation.
Users can configure their browsers to not accept the use of cookies, in which case the experience will not be personalised, although users will still have normal access to the contents on our website.

If you wish to find out more about cookies, you can check them out on Wikipedia: HTTP cookie.

TYPES OF COOKIES AND HOW THEY WORK

Cookies may just last for on session or be persistent. Session cookies expire when users log out of the session. Persistent cookies expire once they have met their purpose (eg, optimising users’ experience while on the ITÍNERE website) or when they are manually deleted.

Depending on their purpose, cookies can be categorised as follows:

  • Performance & configuration cookies
    This type of cookie remembers your preferences for the tools on the website, so that you do not have to reconfigure them on every visit (eg, the number of items to display in a list, the theme or colour chosen for the website, etc).
  • Geolocation cookies
    These are used to check from which country the service request is emanating. Such cookies are totally anonymised and are only used to adapt the contents to users’ locations.
  • Registration cookies
    These are generated when users register or log in to a site and are used to identify and follow the user in the services, so that if a user closes a service, then returns to it in another session, they will do so with the same identity, without having to re-register. This feature can be suppressed if users close the session in such a way that the cookie is deleted. In such cases, when users return to the site, they will have to initiate a new session. The cookies are also used to check users’ authorisation to access certain services or areas on the website.
  • Third-party cookies
    Apart from the website cookies, there are other services and elements on the website belonging to or linking to third-party services (eg, widgets such as the weather services, the Department of Traffic services, etc) that may store cookies on users’ browsers and access data stored there.

DISABLING COOKIES

Users can usually stop accepting all browser cookies or refuse to accept some in particular. All modern browsers enable changes in the configuration of cookies. These options are normally found under the “Options” or “Preferences” tab in the browser menu. You can also configure your browser and install blockers to stop websites downloading cookies to your device.