According to the CNIL and under the European directive known as the "telecom package", Internet users must be informed and give their consent prior to the activation of trackers. They should have an option to choose not to be tracked when they visit a site or use an app. Publishers are therefore obligated to seek prior consent from users. This consent is valid for up to 13 months. However, some trackers are exempt from obtaining this consent.
What do the terms "Cookies" or "Trackers" cover?
These include trackers that are stored and read, for example, when viewing a website, reading an email, installing or using software or a mobile application, regardless of the type of device used, such as a computer, smartphone, e-reader or videogame console connected to the Internet. If they meet certain conditions (see https://gdpr.eu/cookies/), some tracers are exempt from this obligation.
As such, the term "cookie" includes, for example:
- HTTP cookies
- "flash" cookies
- the result of fingerprinting (calculation of a single machine identifier based on elements of its configuration for tracking purposes)
- invisible pixels or "web bugs"
- any other identifier generated by software or an operating system.
These obligations apply whether cookies collect personal or non-personal data.
What is the purpose of these cookies?
We install cookies on your device for two main reasons:
- to carry out anonymous visit statistics in order to improve our services' usability and value (most viewed pages, most read articles, etc.) via Google Analytics
- to offer you the most relevant services and content possible, tailored to your interests and needs via our social media and by email
These cookies are kept for 13 months.
How do I consent, refuse or change my choices?
To change your choice later, you can :
- click on "Cookie preferences" at the bottom of the site
- or change your browser settings.
Here are the links explaining how to modify your choices for each of the most commonly used browsers:
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en&hlrm=en;
- Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enhanced-tracking-protection-firefox-desktop;
- Microsoft Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-edge-browsing-data-and-privacy-bb8174ba-9d73-dcf2-9b4a-c582b4e640dd;
- Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/delete-and-manage-cookies-168dab11-0753-043d-7c16-ede5947fc64d;
- Safari: https://support.apple.com/guide/safari/privacy-sfri35610/mac;
- Opera: https://www.opera.com/privacy/cookies.
If you're using a browser that is not on the above list, there is likely still an option for managing cookies that you can find through a simple internet search.
For further information, you can also refer to the EDPB or your local authority (see the list by clicking here).