The software applications used may contain “cookie” technology. The main function of cookies is to facilitate user navigation. Cookies may provide information on a user’s internal navigation of the Website and allow certain services to operate which require the user’s browsing history to be identified, in terms of which pages they have visited of the Website. Regardless of the presence of cookies, whenever the web portal is accessed, the type of browser, the operative system (e.g. Microsoft, Apple, Android, Linux, etc…), the visitor’s origin Host and URL, as well as information requested by the page, are all recorded. In any event, users can change the settings on their browser to be notified when cookies are received and can then decide to delete them. More information about cookies can be found on the web browser’s main website.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small strings of text which are stored on the user’s computer when certain web pages are visited on the internet. Cookies are enabled for most browsers; at the end of this guide there is more information on how to change the settings of the cookies on the browser. Cookies do not damage your device. In the cookies that we generate, we do not store personal identifiable information, but we do use this information to improve navigation on our website. For example, cookies are useful for identifying and fixing errors.

Cookies are used for a number of purposes such as making the navigation between pages more efficient and in general, they improve the user’s navigation experience. The controller reserves the right to use cookies, when the user has given his or her consent where necessary according to the applicable laws and regulations, in order to improve the navigation on this website and to customise any information that appears. The data controller reserves the right to use similar systems to collect information on its website users, for example on the type of web browser and operative system used and for statistical and security reasons.

Type of Cookies

There are two different types of cookies; session cookies and persistent cookies. When session cookies are downloaded, once the browser has been closed, they are automatically removed, whilst persistent cookies are stored until they expire or are actively removed. Session cookies are used to speed up the analysis of traffic on the internet and to facilitate users’ access to services offered by the website. Session cookies are mainly used during the authentication, authorisation and navigation phase for the services which are accessed by registration to the website. Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies. Should you not wish to accept cookies, you can change the settings on your computer to reject cookies or to be notified when cookies are being saved. If the interested party rejects the use of cookies, certain features of the website may not function correctly and certain services may not be available. The use of so-called session cookies is strictly limited to the transmission of session identification data which forms an integral part of being able to safely and efficiently browse the website. This kind of data is only temporarily valid in technical terms and is not collected for the purpose of identifying users but, by virtue of its function and in combination with other data retained by third parties (such as internet service providers used by the interested party), it may be possible to identify the user. Only the website domain that created these cookies is able to read them.

The cookies that we use:

Cookies that are strictly necessary for the website to function

These cookies are essential to be able to navigate the website (such as session identification data) and allow the main features of the website to be used and to secure the connection. Without these cookies, the website would not function correctly.

Cookies which improve website navigation

These cookies improve the user’s navigation experience. For example, cookies save the user’s language preferences.

Third-party Cookies

This website uses the following third-party cookies:  To find out how Google Analytics cookies function, check the official documentation provided by Google by clicking on the following link:  http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookie.html

How can I disable cookies?

Most browsers automatically accept the use of cookies, but you can choose not to accept them. If you do not want your computer to receive and save cookies, you can change the security settings of your browser (Internet explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc.). There are various ways to manage cookies and other web tracking technologies. By changing the settings of your browser, the use of cookies can either be accepted or rejected, or alternatively you can choose to receive a notification before accepting a cookie from a visited website. Any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder in your browser can be deleted. Every browser has a different procedure for managing these settings.

Click on one of the following links below for specific instructions:

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Click on the ‘Tools’ icon in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Internet options’. In the pop-up window, select ‘Privacy’.

From here you can manage your cookie settings or by clicking on the following link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/block-or-allow-cookie

Google Chrome

Click on the spanner in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Settings’. Now select ‘Show advanced settings’ (“Under the hood”) and change the ‘Privacy’ settings.

From here you can manage your cookie settings or by clicking on the following link: https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647&p=cpn_cookie

Mozilla Firefox

Select ‘Options’ from the drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner. In the pop-up window, select ‘Privacy’.

From here you can manage your cookie settings or by clicking on the following link: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookie

Apple Safari

Select ‘Preferences’ from the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner. Select ‘Security’.

From here you can manage your cookie settings or by clicking on the following link: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/5.0/en/9277.html

If you do not use any of the browsers listed above, select ‘cookies’ in the appropriate section of the guide to find out where to find the cookie folder in your browser.