“Cookies” are small bits of data stored on your device (computer, tablet, mobile phone) by the websites you visit and which record and analyze your browsing activity. They can be:
- for a technical purpose, such as session management, personalized browsing or analysing website traffic (production of statistics on site visits)…
- to build profiles and send targeted advertising based on browsing history, or to share information on social networks—these cookies are called third-party cookies.
Information must be provided on the storage of cookies and, in the case of third-party cookies which allow individuals to be tracked, consent must be obtained in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Obtaining consent is usually carried out during the first site visit by combining two methods:
- the display of an information banner indicating that third-party service providers can store cookies and featuring a button that allows you to accept the storage of cookies or to personalize your choice (the banner disappears when a choice has been made).
- continuing to browse beyond a certain point on the page visited, indicated by a progress bar located approximately one-third of the way down the page.
Accepting and managing cookies
Apart from third-party cookies, the fact of not accepting cookies can affect the navigation of a site and the use of the services it offers. On an authenticated site, for example, the authentication can be stored on a cookie so that you do not have to re-authenticate on each page of the site. Other cookies may be less important, but it is impossible to say precisely what will happen if cookies are rejected. Some sites specify that they must be accepted for the site to function properly.
To ensure easy browsing while limiting tracking, you can configure the deletion of cookies at the end of the browsing session, or use private browsing.
Depending on the web browser, you can see the cookies and perhaps even their characteristics (content, expiration date) via the Preferences (or Options)> Privacy (or Confidentiality)> Cookies) menu. Options allow you to manage cookies (accept or reject everything, accept on a case-by-case basis).
With Firefox, you can also access cookies via the Tools menu (at the end of the address bar): Web Developer> Storage Inspector.
COOKIES ON THE ASCOMA WEBSITE
These cookies are used for implementing features such as:
- session management (PHPSESSID)
- personalized browsing, such as the choice of language (wp-wpml_current_language)
- management of website content with open-source software (WordPress CMS)
- saving your choices in terms of consent to the storage of cookies via the « GDPR Cookie Consent » management tool.
ASCOMA uses the Matomo website traffic measurement software, which generates cookies of the type: pk_ref, _pk_cvar, _pk_id, _pk_ses
The storage period of cookies is 6 months.
Matomo is configured to periodically delete visitor data that is 180 days old.
Matomo is also configured to allow functionality « Do not track ».
Anonymization of the IP address by Matomo
ASCOMA uses the anonymization feature of the IP address offered by Matomo, which does not, however, exempt us from obtaining your consent for the activation of the service on our pages.
Referral buttons to social networks (LinkedIn and Facebook)
Buttons that refer to ASCOMA pages on social networks do not generate cookies.