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Cookie policy

To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.

  • First party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.
  • Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser

The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences (such as language settings) for a certain period of time. That way, you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit.

Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.

 

How do we use cookies?

The Support Centre for Data Sharing website mostly uses “first-party cookies”. These are cookies set and controlled by the Support Centre for Data Sharing, not by any external organisation.

The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:

  • store visitor preferences
  • make our websites operational
  • gather analytics data (about user behaviour)

 

Visitor preferences

These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember if you have agreed to (or refused) this site’s cookie policy.

Cookie name

Purpose

Condition for cookie to be set

 Duration

Cookie-agreed

Operation of cookie banner for Drupal pages; stores information on user consent given.

Cookie is only set, if user clicks on “Accept all cookies” or “Save preferences”. This cookie is not set, if a user does click on neither of these buttons.

 100 days

 

vue-cookie-accept-decline-cookie-accept-decline-banner 

Operation of cookie banner for vue.js-based search page; stores information on user consent given.

Cookie is only set, if user clicks on “Accept all cookies” or checks the “Analytics”-category.

 Session

cookie-agreed-categories

Operation of cookie banner for vue.js-based search page; stores information for which cookie categories the consent was given.

Cookie is set, if user checks a category checkbox. 

 100 days

 

 

Operational cookies

There are some cookies, specifically technical cookies required by our website’s IT systems, that we have to include in order for the website to function. For this reason, they do not require your consent.

Cookie name

Purpose

Condition for cookie to be set

 Duration

Cookie-agreed-version

Operation of cookie banner for Drupal pages.

Cookie is always set, i.e. as soon as user enters our website; no user consent required.

 100 days

 

 

Analytics cookies

We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users.

The cookies simply assess how you interact with our website – as an anonymous user (the data gathered does not identify you personally).

Also, this data is not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose. The anonymised statistics could be shared with contractors working on communication projects under contractual agreement with the Commission.

However, you are free to refuse these types of cookies via the cookie banner you’ll see on our page. If you have already agreed to the use of analytics cookies on our website, you can use the ‘Privacy Settings’-button (displayed at the bottom of each page) to withdraw consent at any time.

 Cookie name

Purpose

Condition for cookie to be set

Duration

 Mtm_consent

Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software

Cookie is only set, if user clicks on “Accept all cookies” or checks the “Analytics”-category.

Session

 _pk_id.1.8b0e

Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software

Cookie is only set, if user clicks on “Accept all cookies” or checks the “Analytics”-category.

393 days

 _pk_ses.1.8b0e  

Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software

Cookie is only set, if user clicks on “Accept all cookies” or checks the “Analytics”-category.

Session

 

Third-Party cookies

Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube and Twitter.

To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over.

But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.

Third-party providers on the Support Centre for Data Sharing’s website:

These third-party services are outside of the control of the Support Centre for Data Sharing. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

 

How can you manage cookies?

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.

Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (specifically site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all.

Managing our analytics cookies

You can manage your preferences concerning cookies via the “privacy settings”-button displayed at the bottom of the website.