INFORMATION ON COOKIE USE

INFORMATIONS RELATIVES A L’UTILISATION DES COOKIES

A Cookie is a text file designed to be saved on a terminal when a Service is viewed via an Internet browser. Cookies allow their Senders to recognise a given terminal, during the Cookie validity period, whenever it accesses digital content containing Cookies from the same Sender.

Users are hereby informed that when they connect to the Website or Applications, or when they use associated Services, Cookies are installed to help Services operate correctly on their receiving terminal (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.) or on their browser, subject to User Cookie preferences, which may be modified at any time.

What is the purpose of Cookies? 

To aid understanding, Cookies can be grouped into 6 categories: (a) Website and Application Session Cookies (b) Visitor Tracking Cookies (c) Advertising Cookies (d) Behavioural Targeting Cookies (e) Social Networking Cookies (f) Adobe Flash Player™ Flash© Cookies.

a.  Website and Application Session Cookies:

Session Cookies improve the performance of Services for a better User experience on the Website and Applications. Users do not need to be informed or give their consent for these Cookies to be saved on the User terminal.

More specifically, Session Cookies are used to:

- Adapt Website and Application presentation to terminal display preferences (language, display resolution, OS, etc.) when Users visit the Website and Applications, in accordance with the terminal’s reading and display hardware and software;

- Memorise information from the form filled out by Users on the Website and Applications, or information that Users have selected on the Website or Application;

- Grant Users access to their account or any other restricted area using their username and password;

- Implement security measures, e.g. when Users are asked to sign in to a Service or content again after a certain time period.

b.  Visitor Tracking Cookies: 

 Visitor Tracking Cookies collect visitor and usage numbers and statistics for various items on the Website and Applications (menus and content visited, browsing path) to help the Publisher make Services more interesting and user-friendly. 

c.  Advertising Cookies: 

Advertising Cookies determine in real time what ad to display depending on Users’ recent browsing history on the Website and Applications in order to limit the number of times a User sees a particular ad and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. 

d.  Behavioural Targeting Cookies:

Behavioural Targeting Cookies identify what information and Applications on the Website could most interest Users, help improve their browsing experience and make it more interesting.

If the User has provided the Publisher with Personal Data, in particular by subscribing to Services, the Publisher may, subject to User preferences, combine browsing information processed by the Publisher’s Cookies with User Data, for example, to send sales e-mails or display customised ads on the User’s terminal within advertising boxes containing Cookies.  

Users may, at any time, ask to stop receiving ads or e-mails tailored to their terminal browsing information by directly contacting the Publisher free of charge or by using the unsubscribe link in any sales e-mails sent by the Publisher. If Users decide to opt out of behavioural targeted advertising, this does not mean that they will stop receiving Internet ads. It simply means that the ads displayed on the Website or Application will no longer be tailored to User interests or preferences on the web browser they use. 

e.  Social Networking Cookies:

The Publisher offers Users the option of sharing editorial content and any other content published on the Website via social networking websites. Social Networking Cookies are managed by the publisher of the social networking website. Users should read the Social Networking Cookie Use Policies of the relevant websites.

f.   Adobe Flash Player™ Flash© Cookies:

Adobe Flash Player™ is a computer application that enables dynamic content to be developed quickly using the Flash programming language. Flash (and similar applications) memorise the settings, preferences and use of this content using a technology similar to Cookies. However, Adobe Flash Player™ manages this information and User preferences via a different interface than the one provided by browsers.

If the User terminal is used to view content developed with Flash, Users can access their Flash Cookie management tools directly at http://www.adobe.com/uk/ ; 

2.    How can Users manage Cookies?

Users are hereby informed that the Publisher’s partners and any other third parties may use Cookies on the Website. Only the Sender of a Cookie may read or edit the information it contains and the Publisher has no access to or control over Cookies used by third parties. The sending and use of Cookies by third parties is subject to their privacy policies and the provisions of this charter. Users should therefore check the websites of said third parties for more information on the Cookies they save and how Users can manage them. 

·       Consenting to Cookies

The following constitutes User consent:

·         Clicking on the “X” icon on the banner that appears when first connecting to the Website;

·         Continuing browsing; i.e. when Users click on another Website item (picture, link, “search” button, etc.) or go to another Website page.

If Users give their consent for Cookies to be saved on their terminal via their browser, the Cookies on the pages and content they have viewed may be temporarily stored in a dedicated location on their terminal, where they can only be read by their Sender.

User consent is only valid for a duration of thirteen (13) months from the first save on the User terminal after consent is granted.

 ·         Refusing Cookies

Users are hereby informed that if they refuse to have Cookies saved on their terminal or browser, or if they delete any saved Cookies, their browsing experience on the Website or Application may be limited. This may also be the case when the Publisher or one of its service providers is unable to recognise, for technical compatibility purposes, the type of browser used by the terminal, the language and display settings or the country from which the terminal appears to have connected to the Internet. 

In this event, the Publisher declines all responsibility for the consequences associated with poor operation of Services resulting from (i) Users refusing Cookies (ii) the Publisher being unable to save or view the Cookies required for their operation due to User preferences.

 ·         Browser settings

Users can configure their browser to save Cookies on the terminal, or to refuse them, either at all times or depending on the Sender. Users can also configure their browser to ask them whether to accept or refuse Cookies before they are saved on their terminal.

Managing Cookies and User preferences differs between browsers. The procedure is described in the browser help menu, which explains how to edit Cookie preferences: 

For Internet Explorer™:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies,

For Safari™:

http://www.apple.com/support/?path=Safari/3.0/en/9277.html,

For Chrome™:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB&hlrm=en,

For Firefox™:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences,

For Opera™:

http://help.opera.com/Windows/10.20/en/cookies.html

Users may set or edit their Cookie preferences at any time.

 ·         User online preferences

Finally, Users can go to the Youronlinechoices website created by digital advertising professionals from the European Digital Advertising Alliance, and managed in France by Interactive Advertising Bureau France.

Here, Users can see which companies are registered with the platform and offer the possibility of blocking or allowing the Cookies used by these companies to tailor ads displayed on User terminals to their browsing information: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices .