What does the term “cookie” mean?
A cookie is a text file in alphanumeric format placed on the user’s hard drive by the server of the site visited or by a third-party server (advertising sales agency, analytic web service, etc.). A cookie is used to recognise a user when he/she comes back to the website. On the technical level, however, the cookie recognises a machine and not really a user. A cookie can only be used by a server at the domain that placed it there.
The different types of cookies
Different types of cookies are used on the Site for different purposes.
These cookies are indispensable for the Site to operate properly. They enable the user to access the Site and its Services and cannot be disabled/deleted.
Performance and Functional Cookies
These cookies are used to provide better service to users. They improve the Site’s operations in relation to users’ needs, their past behaviour and the parameters they have set. They make it possible for users not to have to provide information that had already been given (pages visited, language parameters, country, ID; etc.) during a previous visit to the Site. These cookies do not gather personal information, nor can they be used to identify the user or to gather personal data.
Users can disable/delete these cookies on their terminal, but will no longer be able to use a certain number of functions that are nonetheless needed to browse certain areas of the Site.
The Site uses the Google Analytics software to analyse certain bits of information about visitors such as traffic, use of the browser, number of new visitors, marketing activities and pages viewed. This information helps us to make improvements to the Site, both qualitatively and quantitatively.The data saved by these cookies can only be viewed by the concerned teams at the Site, but no confidential information is recorded.
Third parties cookies
The Site use the following third parties services which can install cookies:
Google Maps, is a service that allows searching and viewing of maps provided by Google Inc.
Configuring the internet browsers
Most browsers automatically accept cookies by default. The user can nonetheless configure his/her browser to keep cookies from being saved on the computer or on a related peripheral device. Some browsers offer a method by which cookies are always deleted after a visit.The user can also configure his/her browser software so that it indicates the cookies placed on the terminal and lets you choose whether to accept these cookies or not on a case by case basis.
It should be pointed out that if the user disables cookies, access to all or part of the Services offered on the Site may be reduced or blocked. If the browser is configured to refuse all cookies, the user will notably not be able to use essential functions on the Site. To carefully manage cookies, the user should configure his/her browsers taking into account the cookies’ purpose as indicated above. The following links provide step-by-step explanations of how to configure cookies for the different browsers:
Google Chrome browser click here
Firefox browser click here
Internet Explorer browser click here
Safari browser click here