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Cookies Policy

We use cookies to provide you a better service and provide you a better browsing experience. The University of Andorra is responsible for the installation of the cookies that we use and for what we do with the data we obtain from them, whether they are our own or third-party cookies.

1. What are cookies and what other things are stored in the browser?

Cookies are small text files that are stored in your browser when you visit University of Andorra website. These files contain information about your browsing and interaction with our web, with the purpose of making your user experience more efficient and able to display advertisements based on your browsing habits. Some cookies are essential for the proper functioning of our website, such as technical cookies or those of the user interface customization, and others, such as analysis or behavioural advertising cookies (or marketing), require that we inform you and that you give us your consent before it can be used.

LocalStorage and SessionStorage are two data storage spaces located in your browser’s device and, as cookies, may be own (when created by our website) or may be of third-party (when created by service providers or partners). The difference between the two spaces is that LocalStorage stores the information indefinitely or until you decide to clean the browser data, while SessionStorage stores information for as long as the tab of our website is open and, once closed, the information is deleted. The difference with cookies is that these two spaces allow to store more information than other cookies without impacting on the performance of our website.

Third-party cookies can allocate the data collected by their cookies to other purposes for which they are solely responsible. You may be informed of the third-party purposes, and if they transfer to third countries or not in their policies.

Finally, we do inform you that we do not use third-party cookies.

2. Are they dangerous?

In general, the risk level of cookies depends on their type and whether they are your own or third-party. Most cookies are not dangerous. Specifically:

Technical and preference cookies have more benefits than risks

The European Data Protection Committee (former WG29), in its Opinion 4/2012, “on the cookie consent exemption” , considers that cookies do not suppose a risk to you and exempts from the obligation to obtain prior consent to their use to all cookies that:

  • are necessary for communications to be transmitted over a network between the user and the servers that host the web, and to all those that
  • are necessary to provide a specific functionality explicitly requested by the user

This exemption from the obligation to base the legality of its use on its consent, to not represent a risk for you, it is also reflected in the Guide on the use of Cookies, privacy policy and legal notice of the Data Protection Agency of Andorra of September 2022 in its section 4.2, as well as in the cookie guides published by most of the Data Protection Agencies of the countries of the European Union.

The WG29 also defined the purposes that explicitly considers that present more benefits than risks for you.

Cookies purpose explicitly excluded from informed consent

Regarding its purpose, the WG29 explicitly excludes the following cookies from the obligation to obtain the user’s informed consent:

  • Cookies called “user input”, which are usually used to track user actions when filling in on-line forms of an http session, or to remember the shopping cart that the user has selected on an e-commerce
  • Session cookies that are used for user’s authentication or identification, that store a kind of token (witness that the user is who says it is and that it has already been authenticated) to prevent this user from giving their username and password to each page that is requesting and has restricted control access
  • User security cookies, introduced specifically to reinforce the security of the service explicitly requested by the user. For example, to detect erroneous and repeated attempts to connect to a website, or abuses
  • Media player session cookies
  • Session cookies to balance the burden of the information systems
  • User’s interface customization cookies, for example, to remember the preferred language
  • Certain add-on cookies (plug-in) to exchange social content

In general, in those cases where a website offers a service to their visitors, to use cookies exclusively for purposes for which it is not necessary to obtain consent, named above, whether they are own or from third-party, it will not be necessary for the website operator, we, to inform the visitor of its use neither to obtain its consent.

Statistic cookies do not suppose an appreciable risk either

Regarding the processing of data collected through analysis cookies, the above-mentioned opinion of the European Data Protection Committee stated that, although they are not exempt from duty to obtain consent for their use, they are unlikely to suppose a risk to the privacy of the users, provided that they are own cookies, that they process aggregated data for a strictly statistical purpose, that they provide information on their uses and that they include the possibility for users to express their refusal to use it.

Own cookies do not usually involve an appreciable risk either

Own cookies are generated by our website, while those of third-party are generated by independent services or providers, who define the purposes and treatment means that they perform.

Our only responsibility regarding third-party cookies is the necessary collaboration of our website in the placement of these cookies to your computer. This placement is necessary to be able to use the services provided by the aforementioned third-party, for example, to verify that the user is not a robot and thus to prevent that the requests or comments sent through our website forms damage the attention of genuine users.

3. What technical cookies are used and what for?

Technical cookies are those that allow the user to navigate through a website, platform or application as well as the utilisation of the different options and services that exists, including the management and the operation of the website and enable their functions and services; for example, to identify your session, to access to parts of the website with restricted access, remember the items of your order, carry out the purchasing order process, handle the payment, etc. The web cannot run appropriately without these cookies and, for this reason, are considered necessary.

In our specific case, we use the following technical cookies:

Cookie Supplier Purpose Term
www2022pool Session cookie to balance the load on the information systems Session

4. What preference cookies are used and what for?

Preference or personalization cookies allow our website to remember information that changes the way the pages behave or their appearance to differentiate your experience from other users. For example, the language you want to see in our website. If you have voluntarily chosen these characteristics, marking the flag or the letters that identify the language, it is considered an expressly requested service provided that the cookies exclusively obey with the purpose of personalization. On that case, it does not require an explicit authorization.

Our website uses the following preference cookies:

Cookie Supplier Purpose Term
pll_language Used by the Polylang plugin to remember the user’s selected language when returning to the website, and to obtain the language information when it is not otherwise available. 1 year
viewed_cookie_policy Used by WordPress to know if the user has accessed to cookies policy 1 year
CookieLawInfo* Used by CookieLawInfo plugin to store the options chosen by the user regarding the storage of cookies 1 year

5. We do not use statistical cookies

Statistical or analysis cookies are those that allow to understand how visitors interact with the pages of our website and thus to carry out the statistical analysis of the services we provide to you. The information collected is used to measure the activity in our website to introduce improvements in our products and services offered.

Our website does not use statistical cookies.

6. We do not use marketing cookies

Marketing cookies or behavioural advertising cookies store information on the behaviour of the users obtained through the continuous observation of your browsing habits, which allows to develop a specific profile to show relevant and attractive ads for the individual user, so, more valuable for third advertisers.

We will exclusively use analysis cookies if you authorize us by pressing the corresponding button on the cookie banner or by the configuration menu.

Currently our website does not use marketing cookies.

7. What other items are stored in the browser and what for?

This website does not use any storage space on your device browser or make use of the LocalStorage object to store data.

This website does not use any storage space on your device browser or make use of the LocalStorage object to store data.

8. How to manage or disable cookies?

You can administrate, manage and disable at any time the cookies that our website uses from your browser. For example, to withdraw your consent, following the instructions provided by your browser manufacturer:

If the installation of cookies in the browser is disabled, the access to our website continues available, but navigation may not be optimal and some of the services may not work properly.

9. Changes to this Cookies Policy

This Cookies Policy will be updated whenever necessary to reflect any changes in our products or services.

If there is any substantial change in this policy, we will notify you prior its entry into force by posting a prominent notice on the cookie banner. In any case, we recommend you to periodically review this Cookies Policy to know which we use and how we use them.

Last update: November 17th, 2022