1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is defined by the HTTP communication protocol as a set of information sent by an HTTP server to an HTTP client, which the latter returns each time the same HTTP server is requested under certain conditions.
A cookie is the equivalent of a small text file stored on the Internet user’s terminal.
It is sent as an HTTP header by the web server to the web browser, which returns it unchanged each time the server is accessed.
A cookie can be used for authentication, session (status maintenance), and to store specific information about the user, such as site preferences or the contents of an electronic shopping basket.
As they are generally stored as simple text files, cookies are not executable. They are neither spyware nor viruses.
Most recent browsers allow users to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. Users can also choose how long cookies are stored. However, rejecting cookies altogether renders certain sites unusable. For example, shopping baskets or sites that require users to log in to a customer area. Source: www.wikipedia.org .
Each time you connect to our site, subject to your choices, various cookies may be installed on your terminal to enable us to recognise the internet browser you are using, for example.
These cookies are linked to the operation of the website itself.
These cookies allow us to
– generate statistics on the use of elements on our site (sections, sub-sections, products, services, etc.) in order to improve the experience of your visit on a daily basis.
– adapting the ergonomics and UX design of our site to the display preferences of your terminal (language of use, display resolution, etc.) during your browsing.
– combining your contact details or personal data with browsing information when you register or access our products and services, in order to send you emails that may be of interest to you.
– The recording by your Internet browser of information relating to a form that you have filled in on our site (registration or access to a customer area, for example) or to our products and services (service subscribed to or details of a reservation, for example).
– Access to reserved browsing areas on our website, such as a customer area, via identifiers and data that you have subsequently entrusted to us.
– The implementation of security measures, for example when you are invited to reconnect to all or part of the website, or to one of our products or services after a certain period of time has elapsed.
Please note that refusing to use these cookies may affect the quality of your visit and the user experience.
To find out more about cookies and how they work, go to: www.allaboutcookies.org
3. Use of third-party cookies
The images and other objects contained in a web page may reside on servers other than the one hosting the page. To display the page, the browser downloads all these objects. Most websites contain information from different sources.
For example, if you enter www.exemple.com in your browser, there will often be objects or advertisements on part of the page that come from different sources, i.e. from a domain other than www.exemple.com.
First-party cookies are cookies that are set by the domain listed in the browser’s address bar. Third-party cookies are set by one of the objects on the page that come from a different domain.
By default, browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Opera accept third-party cookies, but users can change the settings in the browser options to block them.
There is no inherent security risk in third-party cookies that enable web functionality.
These third-party cookies may, for example, enable us to compile statistics (via Google Analytics or Xiti, for example), to offer targeted content based on your centres of interest or your preferences, or to identify the original third-party website that redirected you to our website, for example.
These third-party cookies may also make it possible to identify you and to share all or part of the content of our website on social networks via the “share” or “like” functions, for example.
4. Configuring cookies on a web browser
To find out more, about setting and configuring cookies in your browser, go to the following links:
for Safari™: http://www.apple.com/fr/privacy/use-of-cookies ;
for Microsoft Edge™: https://privacy.microsoft.com/fr-fr/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy ;
for Opera™: http://help.opera.com/Windows/10.20/fr/cookies.html.
For all other browsers, we invite you to search on the internet search engine of your choice, or to get in touch with your IT solutions manager or supplier.