What are cookies and what are they used for?
Cookies are small text files that websites can place on the browser or the device (PC, Smartphone, Tablet, Smart TV, etc.) used to access a webpage. These files contain information about the web pages that have been visited on the site, which allows them to remember browsing preferences so that next time the site is visited the information contained in the cookie file makes browsing faster. Likewise, cookies can collect anonymous statistical information or ensure that web pages work correctly.
Types of cookies
Depending on how long they last after they have been placed on your browser, cookies can be classified as session or persistent cookies. Session cookies expire once the user closes the browser, whereas persistent cookies have a variable permanence period: they expire either once they user deletes them or once they have fulfilled the purpose for which they were installed.
Depending on who manages them, cookies can be First-Party, in this case owned by Global Patients, or Third-Party, generally owned by entities who treat the data obtained via cookies and who send them to the user’s terminal from a device or a domain that is not managed by Global Patients.
Depending on their purpose cookies can be:
Technical Cookies: they allow a user to browse a web site or app and to use the different options or services present in them. Included in this group are, for instance, session identification cookies or content sharing via social media.
Personalization Cookies: they enable users to access the service using a set of general features that depend on a series of pre-defined criteria stored in the user’s device, for instance: language, location, type of browser used to access the service, etc.
Analysis Cookies: they allow their owner to track and analyse user behaviour on the web sites they are linked to, so that improvements can be made according to the analysis of the usage data from service users.
Advertising Cookies: they enable management of the advertising space that the owner of the web page or app has included in it for advertising purposes.
Behavioural Advertising Cookies: they enable management of advertising spaces through the storage of information on user behaviour obtained via continuous observation of their browsing habits.
Cookies used in Global Patients’ current website:
Global Patients’ website uses First and Third-party cookies.
Furthermore, Global Patients’ website uses Google Analytics (Analysis Cookies).
Google Analytics’ Terms of Service, which all customers must comply with, forbid the tracking or collection of data such as names or email addresses through their Google Analytics tool and forbids associating personal data with web analytics data. For more information, you can check the following link: http://www.google.es/intl/es_ALL/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
The information generated by the cookie about the use of the website will be sent and stored by Google in USA servers. Google will use this information on behalf of Global Patients with the purpose of tracking the use of their website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services related to said website activity and Internet use. Google may forward said information to third parties when legally required to do so, or when said third parties process the information on behalf of Google. Google will not link your IP address with any other data in their possession.
How can I disable Cookies?
You can get information about the different options for managing cookies via the help function of your browser. These options may include rejecting all cookies, preventing cookies from being installed on your terminal, prior notice from your browser before a cookie is installed so that you may reject installation or browsing in private mode, where cookies are automatically deleted once you are finished browsing the web site:
Google Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=es&answer=95647
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/es-es/windows7/how-to-manage-Cookies-in-int…
Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/es/kb/habilitar-y-deshabilitar-Cookies-que-los-sitios-we
Apple Safari: http://support.apple.com/kb/ph5042
You can also exclude the use of the analytical cookies used by Google Analytics, through the opt out system provided by Google, which you can find on the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Users must be aware that disabling cookies may hinder or prevent access to certain areas of the Global Patients website or negatively affect your browsing experience.