What is a cookie ?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are installed on your device when you visit a webpage. Subsequently, the cookies are sent back to the original webpage during every subsequent visit (first party cookies) or to another webpage that recognises said cookie (third-party cookies). Cookies are useful because they make it
possible for a webpage to recognise a user’s device. Cookies have many purposes, such as allowing you to browse between webpages efficiently, remembering your preferences and, in general, improving your user experience. They also help you to ensure that the adverts that you see online are relevant to you and your interests.
On the basis of the function that cookies have, and the purpose for which they are used, there are four categories of cookies: strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies, functionality cookies or advertising cookies.

Cookies strictly necessary
These are essential in order for you to navigate around a webpage and use its functions. Without these cookies, you would not be able to receive the services you request, for example, remembering previous actions (such as inserted text), when you return to a page without having ended the session.
Performance cookies
These collect information regarding how a webpage is used, for example, pages visited by users more frequently, and if these webpages have given error messages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies the user: all information collected by these cookies is aggregated and, therefore anonymous. They are only used to improve a webpage’s functionality.

Functionality cookies
These allow a webpage to remember your preferences (such as the username, language or geographical location), and offer you improved and personalised functions. For example, a webpage may offer you tax information related to local prices using a cookie to save the province in which you find yourself currently. Functionality cookies may also be used to provide services you request, such as watching a video. Information collected by these cookies may be held anonymously, and are not able to follow your browsing activities on other webpages.

Advertising cookies
These are used to show you the adverts that are most relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see a particular advert, as well as to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They remember if you have already visited the website, and this information is shared with other organisations, such as advertisers. Advertising cookies are frequently linked to the functionality of other organisations’ websites.

Use of cookies by SERES
As is the case with the majority of webpages, your visit to SERES uses cookies to improve the user experience, enabling the webpage to remember you, either through the duration of your visit or through the repetition of visits, which allows you to browse through pages more efficiently, saving your preferences, allowing you to interact with social networks such as Facebook or Google + as well as offering you Google Maps services.
Cookies will establish our webpage (first party cookies) or other webpages that show their content on our webpage (third-party cookies); for example, our webpages include embedded “Share” buttons that allow the website users to share their content with friends via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. These other pages may install a cookie when you have started a session on their site. SERES does not control cookies from these webpages. Please check the third-party webpages to find out more regarding this information in relation to their cookies and how to manage them.

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