A) What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that visited sites send to the user’s browsing device (usually a browser). They are saved in the corresponding folder in the browser while the user is visiting a website, to then be retransmitted to the same sites when the user visits again. They are used to improve browsing, save preferences already entered by the user (user name, password and the like), track the user’s tastes and preferences, which allows for the presence or absence of targeted marketing initiatives or the provision of services connected to the data controller’s activity, such as newsletters, service notifications on the site, etc. If limitations were to be placed on their usage, this would affect the usability of site content during browsing. However, the user can always block or remove said cookies from their browser’s cache, but such actions could lead to partial enjoyment of the services offered by the web application.
B) Types of cookies
Session cookies are temporary files that only exist for the duration of the user’s browsing session. When the browser is closed the session cookies expire. These are generally used to identify users when they access a site, to remember user preferences when moving between pages on the site and to offer users specific information that has been collected previously. The most common example of this function is the “virtual cart” on an e-commerce site. When a page of a catalogue is visited and certain items are selected, session cookies remember the selected items so that they stay selected in the virtual shopping cart when the user is ready to check out. Without session cookies, if the user were to click on checkout, the new page could not recognise past actions on the previous pages and the cart would remain empty. Persistent cookies are files that remain active even after the browser has been closed and help websites to remember user data and settings for subsequent visits. This allows for quicker and more convenient access in terms of time as it is not necessary to provide login data again. In addition to authentication, other website functions are also made possible, which include: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, bookmarks and favourites and much more. During a visit the user selects his/her preferences and these will be remembered via the use of persistent cookies during the next visit.
C) Third party cookies
Google Analytics http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
is a service offered by Google Inc. that generates detailed statistics about website traffic and the sources of the traffic. It is the most utilised statistical service. Google Analytics can monitor visitors coming from all external links to the site including search engines and social networks, direct visits and reference sites. It also visualises advertising, pay-per-click, e-mail marketing and other links within PDF documents.
D) Cookie privacy and security
Cookies are not viruses, they are only texts files, which are not read by the browser nor executed in memory. Consequently, they cannot duplicate or spread to other network to be replicated again. They are not included within the standard definition of a virus due to the fact that they cannot carry out these actions. However, cookies can be used for malicious purposes. Since they are used to store information about preferences, the history of the user’s actions and specific navigation between sites, cookies can be used as a form of spyware. Many anti-spyware products are well aware of this problem and routinely highlight cookies as possible threats.
E) Cookies on www.fineup.com
The responsible and ethical policy with which Fine Up treats aspects relating to privacy includes clear descriptions of how cookies are distributed on its website, which are published on a specific page.
F) Types of cookies on www.fineup.com and choice of mode of use and activation
Some cookies are essential for the correct functioning of our website. Without such cookies you could not browse within the website or use some of its functions. These types of cookies are “technical” cookies, which may be session or persistent cookies, and they allow for information provided by the user to be remembered from one page to another in the booking process. As these cookies are essential, if you were to disenable them, your enjoyment of website content could be compromised or may be impossible or extremely limited. These cookies do not collect information that allows for visitors to be identified, except where the user is registered on the website and browses after logging into the reserved area.
Profiling cookies and tracking cookies (for statistical and site optimisation purposes): we use third party profiling cookies (Google Analytics) to analyse the way in which visitors use our websites and to monitor access to them. This allows us to offer a high quality experience by personalising what we offer based on the pages the user has actually visited. For example, we may use these kind of cookies to track the pages that are most popular, to identify the most effective way of linking to the page and to establish the reasons for which some pages receive error messages. These cookies do not collect information that allows a visitor to be identified. All the data that is collected is aggregated and, therefore, is made anonymous and used to improve the functioning of our website.
You can selectively disable the action of Google Analytics by installing on your browser the component opt-out provided by Google. To disable the action of Google Analytics, please refer to the link given below: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
G) How to disenable cookies in different browsers
By following the instructions given for the different browsers, the user can disenable, block and/or modify cookie tracking. The instructions have been given by following the versions listed to support the browser type.
Internet Explorer (version 11)
Click on “Tools” and choose “Internet Options”. Click on the “Privacy” tab and move the cursor on the option chosen in “Settings” (Internet Area), taking into consideration the fact that by going upwards all cookies will be blocked, while moving it downwards will mean that cookies from all websites will be accepted. Then confirm by clicking on OK. Blocking cookies could prevent the correct visualisation of some web pages.
Mozilla Firefox (version 38.0.1)
Click on the “Menu” icon and select “Options”. Choose the “Privacy” tab from the menu. There will be 3 tabs:
1. “Tracking”: you can choose whether to flag the field or not, depending on choice.
2. “History”: from here select the “Use custom settings” in the “History Settings” field and flag your choice or remove the mark from “Accept cookies from websites”.
3. “Location Bar”: remove the flags if you do not want suggestions
Google Chrome (version 43.0.2357.81m)
Click on the “Menu” icon and select “Settings”. At the bottom of the page, scrolling downwards, click on “Show advanced settings”. Select “Content settings” in the “Privacy” section and flag “Block sites from setting any data” or select the desired option. Click “Done” to confirm.