The recent regulatory amendment regarding advertising and consent management for the use of cookies, pixels, or other information storage elements entails the obligation of websites to adapt to the new cookie regulations of Law 34/2002, on information society services and electronic commerce.

The downloading of these types of elements implies the ability to collect information about user activity and has implications regarding their privacy.

Therefore, the new regulations require obtaining informed consent from users to accept the use of cookies on websites.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small files that are downloaded to your computer when you browse websites. A simple example would be when you enter the page of a webmail account like Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo Mail.

Cookies allow a website to recognize a user’s browser and do not contain or collect information. They are used, for example, to keep a user authenticated in an account like the ones mentioned above without needing to authenticate each time they access their account. Another example is advertising, where based on ads the user has previously visited, more relevant ads are offered to them.

At Huerta de Elvira, we use the following types of cookies:

First-party cookies: These are strictly necessary cookies. They allow user interaction with the website using all its functions. (Duration between 23 days and three months).

Performance and analysis cookies: These are cookies used for analysis and statistics that improve the website experience. By using these cookies, more relevant information can be shown to visitors. (Duration between 100 days and 1 year).

Affiliate cookies: As a website with affiliate links, this type of cookie allows the affiliate company to detect that a customer comes from this site.

Advertising cookies: These are the cookies used by advertising elements on the blog (Google AdSense).

Likewise, Google Analytics enables the following cookies on the website domain:

“__utma”: Necessary for the operation of Google Analytics and has an expiration period of 2 years.

“__utmz”: Used to track the visit location, i.e., from where and how the user arrived at our website and expires after 6 months.

The goal is to collect statistics: the number of visits, the query period, the search engine used to access the website, the keywords used, the global location of the visitor, the content visited on the website, as well as other traffic parameters on the website, always anonymously.

Google stores this information collected by cookies so that no user is identified. Nor is their IP address associated with any other information available. In addition, Google Inc is a company that adheres to the Safe Harbor Agreement. This agreement ensures that the transferred data will be treated according to the levels of protection of European regulations. For more information about Google Analytics, you can visit the following link.

Based on the option you choose regarding the use of cookies on this website, an additional cookie will be sent to safeguard your choice so that you do not have to accept the use of cookies every time you access the Citizen 2.0 website.

How to disable cookies?

All browsers allow changes to be made to disable cookie settings. These settings are located in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.
Below are the links with instructions for different browsers on how to disable cookies.

However, remember that disabling cookies may result in loss of functionality on many websites.

Instructions for Internet Explorer
Instructions for Mozilla Firefox
Instructions for Google Chrome
Instructions for Safari

If you do not wish to be tracked by cookies, Google has developed a plugin to install in your browser, which you can access at the following link: