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 user name, language, etc.) 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.
The EPPO website mostly uses “first-party cookies”. These are cookies set and controlled by the Commission, not by any external organisation.
However, to view some of our pages, you will have to accept cookies from external organisations.
The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:
- store visitor preferences
- if you have already replied to any survey pop-up ran by ourselves about how helpful the site content was
- allow the website to function
- certain technical cookies are used without individual consent, in the absence of which the website could not function. (a listing of these exact cookies can be found under https://ec.europa.eu/info/cookies_en)
- gather anonymous analytics data (about user behaviour)
- these can be refused via the banner and cookie preferences, but in any event do not collect any personal data and are not shared with any third party other than those necessary for the maintenance and developments of the website, such as contractors etc.
- For the specific use of the analytics, please see our privacy notice, containing also the dedicated anonymous data collected by Europa analytics.
Third Party cookies:
Some of our pages may display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. In order to view this third-party content, you would first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which the EPPO has no control over or responsibility for.
But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.
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