The information hereafter will help you better understand how cookies work and the use of existing tools to configure them.
These are general information that partly apply to our site.
WHAT IS A COOKIE?
A cookie is a text file placed on the hard drive of your computer, tablet or mobile when you visit a website. They are used to facilitate browsing, to offer you personalised services by collecting information on your browsing activities throughout the cookie’s lifespan. Cookies settings are configured in your web browser. You have the choice either to enable or disable cookies on your computer (see below).
Cookies stored by a website or by third parties when you visit a website do not recognize you as an individual, they only recognize the device you are using. Cookies do not cause any kind of damage to your device but they allow you to browse efficiently (for example, they allow you to make reservations or return to your previous search pages). They also help web developers to keep their website secure, remember your preferences and customise the content).
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COOKIES
To have access to the all the features of a website on your computer, tablet or mobile phone, you have to accept cookies. Some technical cookies are sometimes necessary for the proper functioning of a website. Deleting cookies makes some websites difficult to use and prevents you from making online purchases.
Different types of cookies can be deployed by websites.
1 – TECHNICAL COOKIES (including traffic measuring cookies)
These cookies are essential to the proper functioning of a website. Examples related to technical cookies: monitoring whether or not you are logged in to your account or on your secure area, managing your selection of products or services… Any website may also use analytic cookies to measure traffic and determine the number of visitors, visited pages… This information also helps the developer to identify the possible bugs on the site, to fix them and propose customised offers.
2 – THIRD PARTY COOKIES
3 – ADVERTISING PARTNERS COOKIES
These are cookies deployed by companies other than the website you are visiting, they are often business partners and they provide targeted advertising. The website manager has no power over these cookies that are managed by other companies. Only the creator of a cookie can read or modify the information in it. Therefore, if a website hosts advertising partners, it is likely to share with the latter information about your purchases and viewed items. These companies must commit to keep personal data confidential in accordance with the Data Protection Act (la loi informatique et liberté) (January 6, 1978).
4 – OPTIONAL COOKIES
These cookies, are intended to improve the user’s experience and to facilitate browsing by proposing products related to the user’s preferences. They are not essential to navigation. Examples of cookies: display of third party personalised banners, product promotion system (last viewed item, you may also like…).
1. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DISABLE COOKIES?
If cookies are disabled on your computer, your tablet or mobile, the use of some websites features may be limited (for example, in the case of some e-commerce sites, according to the browser you are using, you may not be able to navigate freely throughout the site or you may be unable to add items in your shopping cart and purchase them).
2 – MANAGING COOKIES IN YOUR BROWSER
By configuring your browser you can at any time and freely, decide whether to enable or disable cookies on your computer. This flexible setting allows you to accept / refuse all cookies or manage them case by case. If you set all cookies off on your computer, it may lead to some problems on certain websites. To disable cookies in your browser, we invite you to visit the following pages:
– Internet explorer
For other browsers: Please view your documentation or online help files.
3 – MANAGING THIRD PARTY COOKIES
Third-party cookies are not stored by the site you are visiting. Therefore, we suggest that you view these third-party websites for more information about cookies they send and how they manage them.
FIND OUT MORE
For more information on cookies, please visit the CNIL (The French Data Protection Authority).