What are Cookies?
- Ensure that web pages can function correctly.
- Store preferences, such as the language you have selected or the font size.
- Understand the user’s browsing experience.
- Collect anonymous statistical information, such as which pages the user has visited or how long they have stayed on the website.
Types, purpose and operation
Cookies, depending on their permanence, can be divided into session or permanent cookies. The former expire when the user closes the browser. The latter expire when the purpose for which they are used is fulfilled (for example, for the user to remain identified on the website) or when they are manually deleted. Additionally, depending on their purpose, Cookies can be classified as follows:
- Strictly necessary (technical): These are essential for the correct functioning of the page. They are normally generated when the user accesses the website or logs on to it and are used to identify the user on the website for the following purposes:
- To keep the user identified so that, if he/she leaves the website, browser or device and at another time accesses the website again, he/she will continue to be identified, thus facilitating browsing without having to identify him/herself again.
- To check whether the user is authorised to access certain services or areas of the website.
- Performance: These are used to improve the browsing experience and optimise the functioning of the website, for example, to store service configurations, or to store the purchase made in a shopping cart.
- Advertising: These are those that collect information about the advertisements shown to users of the website. They can be of two types:
- Anonymous: They only collect information about the advertising spaces displayed on the website, regardless of the user accessing the website, i.e. without expressly identifying him/her.
- Personalised: They collect personal information about the user of the website by a third party, for the personalisation of these advertising spaces.
- Geo-location cookies: These Cookies are used to find out in which country or region the user is located when accessing a website service in order to offer content or services appropriate to their location.
Analytical: These cookies collect information about the user’s browsing experience on the website, normally anonymously, although sometimes they also allow the user to be uniquely and unequivocally identified in order to obtain reports on the interests of users in the services offered by the website.
MoodleSession: Used to store if the user is logged-in in the online course.
What happens when I disable Cookies?
Updating the Cookies Policy