What is a Cookie?
Cookies are simple text files downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or page, so the website can recognize your device the next time you visit. They’re essential for easy navigation, making your experience faster, easier, and more personalized. The term “cookies” in this Policy is used to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your language preferences or login information or analyse how well the site is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
There are cookies set by us called first party cookies;
A third-party cookie is a cookie that is associated with a domain name different from that of the page where the cookie is encountered. Third-party cookies are placed by the external social media profiles used in ASTEP website.
Third-party cookies are different from First-party cookies, which are associated with the domain of the page being visited.
Types of Cookies
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
These are the most important cookies because they are essential for the operation of the site. You need them to move around our website and access many basic features. If you opt to disable these cookies, you will not be able to access or use ASTEP website at all.
- Functionality Cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. They record information about choices you’ve made on our website, such as language etc.
- Performance / Analytics Cookies
We utilize performance/analytics cookies to analyse how the Website is accessed, used, or is performing in order to provide you with a better user experience and to maintain, operate and continually improve the Website. For example, these cookies allow us to better understand our Website’s visitors so that we can improve how we present our content or collect general and not personalized information about Website visitors such as what browsers or devices they are using, determine the number of first-time users etc.
Within these three categories, cookies are classified as either session or persistent cookies. “Session” cookies are temporary and once you close the browser window, they are deleted from your device.
“Persistent” cookies remain on your device for a longer period and are used by the website to recognize your device when you return.
Retention period of the Cookies we use
The session cookies are temporary and they are not retaining after closing the browser window.
The functionality cookies and the Performance/Analytics Cookies are stored by Google to “remember” the user’s interactions with the website (Google Analytics) for a period not exceeding 2 years, while the marketing cookies are stored until the completion of the project.
How to control Cookies
Most browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful; otherwise you should use the “Help” option in your browser for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web
Change of this Policy
We may change this policy to reflect changes in legal framework and in our practices and services. We suggest you to visit from time to time this policy for updates.
We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers www.allaboutcookies.org and/or https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.