What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any website. The usefulness of the cookie is that the website is able to remember your visit when you return to browse that page. Although many people do not know it, cookies have been used for 20 years since the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.
What is NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus, a Trojan, a worm, spam, spyware, or pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank data, photographs, your ID number or personal information, etc. The data they store is technical in nature, personal preferences, content personalization, etc.
The web server does not associate you with a person but with your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person because it is actually associating the browser, not the person.
What types of cookies exist?
- Technical cookies: These are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous user and a registered one are browsing, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
- Analysis cookies: They collect information about the type of browsing you are doing, the sections you use the most, consulted products, time of use, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: They display advertising based on your browsing, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are first-party and third-party cookies?
First-party cookies are generated by the page you are visiting, and third-party cookies are generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
To understand the scope that disabling cookies can have, we show you some examples:
- You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social network.
- The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as usually happens in online stores.
- You will not be able to access the personal area of that website, such as My account, or My profile or My orders.
- Online stores: It will be impossible for you to make online purchases, they will have to be by phone or by visiting the physical store if it has one.
- You will not be able to personalize your geographical preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
- The website will not be able to carry out web analytics on visitors and traffic on the website, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
- You will not be able to write in the blog, upload photos, publish comments, rate or score content. The website will also not be able to know if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
- It will not be possible to show targeted advertising, which will reduce the website’s advertising revenue.
Can I delete cookies?
Yes. Not only delete, but also block, in general or specifically for a specific domain.
To delete the cookies from a website, you must go to the configuration of your browser and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to delete them.
Cookie settings for the most popular browsers
Below we show you how to access a specific cookie in the Chrome browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking on the customization icon that appears above to the right.
- You will see different sections, click on the Show advanced options.
- Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
- Select All cookies and site data.
- A listing will appear with all cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier to find cookies from a specific domain, enter the partial or full address in the Search cookies field.
- After applying this filter, one or more lines with the cookies from the requested website will appear on the screen. Now you just have to select it and press X to proceed with its deletion.
To access the cookie settings of Internet Explorer, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Tools, Internet Options.
- Click on Privacy.
- Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access the cookie settings of Firefox, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- Under History, choose Use custom settings for history.
- Now you will see the option to Accept cookies, which you can enable or disable according to your preferences.
To access the cookie settings of Safari for OSX, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
- Here you will see the option to Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.
To access the cookie settings of Safari for iOS, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Settings, then Safari.
- Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the option to Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.
To access the cookie settings of the browser for Android devices, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Run the browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option to Accept cookies to enable or disable the checkbox.
To access the cookie settings of the browser for Windows Phone devices, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings.
- Now you can enable or disable the Allow cookies checkbox.
4. Data protection
You can consult our policy on the protection of personal data in the following section:
Data Protection Policy
5. Applicable law
These Conditions will be governed at all times by what is established in Spanish legislation.