1. What are Cookies and How Do They Work
Cookies are small text files that are sent by the website when it is loaded in your browser and contain a limited set of text information that a website transfers from the web browser to the file system on your computer. These are stored on your device’s hard drive temporarily for the duration of your visit, or for a longer period, depending on the type of cookie.
The function of cookies is to distinguish you from other users of the website or to store certain information related to your preferences. They are used by most sites to facilitate your work with the site and user experience in them (for example, the automatic filling of data in the order and contact forms).
Cookies help the website to function properly and to be more secure. With them, we can understand how a website works and analyze what needs improvement. They collect information about how the site is used and how to improve its functionality and interaction with it. Website visitors cannot be personally identified!
Each cookie is unique to your browser and contains anonymous information. This information most often includes the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device; type of device from which the bgwea.eu website is accessed (eg computer, tablet, etc.); type of operating system; browser type; actions are taken, such as pages visited, duration of visits, etc. The content usually includes the domain name from which it comes.
The Bulgarian Wind Energy Association emphasizes that some functions or services on the site may not function properly without cookies. Cookies are used to store user preferences, shopping cart information and to provide anonymous tracking data to third party applications such as Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, or other specific information. Cookies cannot read data from the user’s hard drive or from cookies created by other websites!
When working with the website bgwea.eu, two types of cookies are used: session and permanent. Session cookies are temporary and remain on the device from which the site is accessible until the browser is closed. Persistent cookies remain on the device for a longer period of time or until they are deleted manually by the user or automatically when the browser is refreshed.
3. What Types of Cookies Do We Use?
They are as follows according to their purpose:
3.1 Essential cookies for the website proper operation:
Some cookies are essential for the bgwea.eu website to function properly. They allow us to maintain user sessions and prevent any security threats. These cookies do not collect or store any personal information. For example, they allow you to log in to your account and add products to your cart and pay securely.
3.2 Functional cookies:
These are cookies that help with some non-essential features of the website. These features include embedding content such as videos or sharing content on the social media platform website.
3.3 Statistical cookies related to the effectiveness of the website:
They collect statistical information about the website traffic, the number of unique visitors, traffic sources, time spent, the individual page popularity, the browsing sequence, repeat visits and when people leaving the website. This allows us to track the success and effectiveness of the bgwea.eu website. Analyzing the data, we come to solutions to improve the website user experience.
3.4 Preferred cookies:
These are cookies to store information on language selection, location and display settings according to the type of device from which you access the website. The goal is not to have to re-select settings that you have already confirmed or rejected in a previous visit to the site or in the current session, thus ensuring maximum convenience the next time you visit the site.
3.5 User behavior cookies:
This category of cookies stores information about your decisions as a user. These include saving values when filling out surveys and a history of your preferences and requests for the products and services we offer. This avoids the need to re-enter data and selections for your convenience.
4. How Long Do Cookies Store Information?
The information is saved depending on the type of cookies. For session cookies, it is deleted when the browser is closed, while the persistent cookies can store valid session information for up to several weeks, months, years.
5. Third-party Management
The other category of cookies that most websites use is first-party cookies, which are only responsible for the functions of the particular website, and other third-party cookies, which may be applicable for a number of purposes.
The website of the Bulgarian Wind Energy Association, located on the main domain bgwea.eu, uses first-party and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function properly and they do not collect any of your personal data.
Third-party cookies are mainly used to understand the effectiveness of the website, how people interact with it, offer secure services, provide personalized ads suitable for the user, and all this in order to better user experience, accelerate future interactions with website and marketing goals.
• Third-party cookies used by the website bgwea.eu are analytics cookies of the Google Analytics web tool, key cookies for the proper functioning of other Google products such as YouTube and Google Maps.
For details, please refer to the relevant cookie policies used by these third parties:
6. Managing and Deletion of the Cookies
Your consent applies only to the domain: bgwea.eu, as well as its adjacent subpages (directories).
The website bgwea.eu allows visitors to accept or reject cookies by selecting one of the options: “I accept” (the green button at the bottom bar) or “Cancel” (the red button at the bottom bar).
The tools for managing and deleting cookies are available in the browser used by the visitor. More information about their application can be found in the settings and in the help pages of the respective browser.
Visitors should keep in mind that cookies support the proper functioning of the site and their restriction and deletion may affect negatively its functionality.
Cookies typically improve the performance of your browsers, but you can turn off cookies for this site as well as others. If you decide to change your preferences later in your browsing session, you can click the Privacy and Cookies tab on your screen. This will show the consent notice again, which will allow you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent altogether.
In addition, different browsers provide different methods of blocking and deleting cookies used by websites. You can change your browser settings to block/delete cookies. Almost every browser allows cookies to be stopped. This can happen at the following links:
- Block cookies for Internet Explorer
- Block cookies for Google Chrome
- Block cookies for Firefox
- Block cookies for Safari
- Block cookies for iOS
was last updated on May 21, 2020.
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