GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES

Websites use small files called cookies to help customize users’ experience. This page contains information on what cookies are, types of cookies, the cookies used by IACA's website, how to switch cookies off in your browser, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.

WHAT ARE COOKIES?

Cookies are small files, typically consisting of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow the website to "remember" users’ actions or preferences over time.

WEBSITES MAINLY USE COOKIES TO:

  • identify users
  • remember users' custom preferences
  • help users complete tasks without having to re enter information when browsing from one page to another or when visiting the site later.

HOW ARE COOKIES USED?

The web server supplying the website can store a cookie on the user's computer or mobile device. An external web server that manages files included or referred to in the website is also able to store cookies. All these cookies are called http header cookies. Another way of storing cookies is through JavaScript code contained or referred to in that site. Each time the user requests a new page, the web server can receive the values of the cookies it previously set and return to the site with content relating to these values. Similarly, JavaScript code is able to read a cookie belonging to its domain and perform an action accordingly.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COOKIES?

A cookie can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs. By lifespan, a cookie is either a

  • session cookie, which allows a website to link the actions of a user during a browser session and is erased when the user closes the browser, or a
  • permanent cookie, which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site to be remembered and remains on the user's computer/device for a predefined period of time.

As for the domain to which it belongs, a cookie is either a

  • first-party cookie, which is set by the web server of the visited page and shares the same domain, or a
  • third-party cookie, stored by a different domain to that of the visited page. This can happen when the web page references a file, such as JavaScript, located outside its domain. An example of this type is when a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website.

If you need more information about cookies, there are several sources on the topic. One example is www.allaboutcookies.org.

COOKIES ON IACA'S WEBSITE

HOW DOES IACA'S WEBSITE USE COOKIES?

A visit to a page on the IACA website may generate the following types of cookie:

  • Registration cookies
  • Anonymous analytics cookies.

REGISTRATION COOKIES (User Authentication Cookies)

When you register with IACA, we generate cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not. These are essential for user authentication and also allow us to generate visitor statistics. The user authentication uses first-party session cookies.
Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and whether you are allowed access to a particular service. Additionally, while you are signed into the IACA website we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies to identify which pages you have seen on the site.
Your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.

ANONYMOUS ANALYTICS COOKIES

We evaluate anonymous, aggregated data for statistical purposes only by using Piwik, a web analysis tool for collecting visitor statistics. Piwik uses first-party permanent cookies and stores unique identifiers to identify the visitor, website, or keyword used to find the IACA website and record the date when the unique visitor visited the site.

HOW DO I TURN COOKIES OFF?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting them from a particular website. All current browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the “Help” option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.

Please note that preventing or deleting registration cookies would prevent users from logging in to our website and accessing password-protected features (e.g. applications to trainings).
Anonymous analytics cookies are often not considered as a “strictly necessary” tool for website operators and are therefore not strictly necessary to provide functionality explicitly requested by the user. Disabling anonymous analytics cookies would have no effect on users’ access to all functionalities provided by the website.

LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES

This website contains links to third-party websites that may also use cookies and to which we have no access. We recommend that you inform yourself about the use of cookies by means of the relevant data protection regulations and related policies of these third parties.

For information on IACA’s privacy terms, please click here.