1. What are cookies?
Cookies are text files which are downloaded onto the user's terminal (computer, tablet, mobile telephone, etc.) and which are stored in the browser's memory. These files can be used for many different purposes, such as recognizing you as a user, obtaining information about your browsing habits, or personalizing the way in which content is presented.
The term "cookie" also includes other similar technologies that may be installed on the user's terminal and that collect information about the user or the user's terminal (such as flash cookies, web beacons or bugs, pixels or HTML5 local storage, etc.). These technologies can be used with cookies to collect and store information, to provide and store user information, to offer the user certain web functionalities or services, or to display personalized advertising based on the user's browsing on third-party websites.
The UOC's specific uses of these technologies are set out below. By default, all cookies are disabled, except for technical or strictly necessary cookies, as these are essential for the website to function correctly.
2. What types of cookies does the UOC use?
The cookies used by the UOC can fall into the following categories:
Depending on the organization that manages them:
- First-party. These cookies are sent to the user's terminal via a computer or domain managed by the UOC.
- Third-party. These are cookies that are sent to the user's terminal from a computer or domain that is not managed or controlled by the UOC. They are sent by a third-party domain, which processes the data obtained through the cookies.
Depending on the period of time they remain activated:
- Session. These cookies collect data while the user browses the UOC website in order to provide the requested service. They expire or are deleted after a short period of time, or when the browser is closed.
- Persistent. These cookies are saved on the user's terminal. They expire or are deleted after a medium or long period of time.
3. What are the purposes of the cookies used by the UOC?
- Technical or strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary for the optimal functioning of this website and cannot be disabled from our systems. They are generally configured to respond to actions you have taken to receive services, such as adjusting your privacy preferences, logging into the website or filling in forms. You can configure your browser to alert you to the presence of these cookies or to block them. However, you will not be able to access certain sections and some functionalities will not be available. These cookies do not store any personal information.
- Analytic or measurement cookies
These cookies allow the UOC to count the visits and sources of traffic to measure and improve the performance of our website. They help us to find out which pages are popular, and to see how many people visited our website. All the information collected by these cookies is aggregated.
- Preference or personalization cookies
These cookies allow us to improve the functionality and enable customization of the website. They may be set up by the UOC or by third parties whose services we have added to our website. If you do not activate these cookies, some of our services may not work correctly.
- Targeted advertising cookies
These cookies store information on users' behaviour obtained through ongoing observation of their browsing habits, which allows a specific profile to be created in order to display advertising based on this behaviour. They do not store personal information directly, but are based on unique identifiers of the browser and device from which the website is accessed.
4. How can I manage the cookies used by the UOC?
On the cookies configuration panel, which is accessible from the UOC website at all times, you can find all the information about the cookies used by this website, as well as other relevant information about the purpose, duration and management (first-party or third-party) of each one of them. You can also enable and disable the use of all cookies that are not strictly necessary for the website to function correctly.
For more information on the use, management and settings of cookies in browsers, we recommend visiting www.aboutcookies.org.
The cookie use settings can be modified at any time. Please note that both the cookies settings panel selection and the browser settings are specific to the browser you are using. This means that if you configure cookies in a specific way and you want the settings to apply in a similar way on another browser or device, you will need to select the same options on the other browser or device.