The downloading of these kinds of elements involves the ability to compile information on user activity and has implications regarding the user’s privacy.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are small files that are downloaded on your computer when your browse websites. A simple example would be when your access an email account page like Google, Outlook, or Yahoo Mail.
Cookies allow a website to recognize a user’s browser and they do not contain or compile information. They are used, for example, to keep a user logged into an account without having to log in every time that user accesses their account. Another example is in advertising, where the webpage shows ads that are more relevant for the user based on the ads the user visited previously.
At mNACTEC, we use the following types of cookies:
Likewise, Google Analytics enables the following cookies on the website’s domain:
The purpose is to compile statistics on the number of visitors, length of visits, the search engine used to access the website, the key words used, the global location of the visitor, the contents visited on the website, as well as other website traffic parameters, all of which are gathered anonymously.
Google stores the information compiled by the cookies so that no user can be identified. It also does not associate the user’s IP address with any other information. In addition, Google Inc. is a company that has adhered to the Safe Harbor Agreement. This agreement stipulates that the data transferred will be handled in accordance with the levels of protection guaranteed under European law. To obtain more information on Google Analytics, please visit the following link.
How do I deactivate cookies?
Below you’ll find links with instructions on how to disable cookies for different browsers.
However, remember that disabling cookies will mean losing functionality on many websites.
If you do not wish to be tracked using cookies, Google has developed an add-on to install in your browser, which you can access at the following link.