(Italian version HERE)
This policy deals with cookies categories, their use in the site, their provenance and how to enable and disable them.
1 What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of text that a website visited by the user sends to his terminal (usually the browser), where they are stored to be retransmitted to the same site during next visits of the same user. There are different categories of cookies, classified basing on the use:
a. Technical Cookies
Technical cookies are strictly necessary in order to enable the user to move around the website and use its features, not to collect informations on the users. Without these cookies, the website will not operate, for example it will not be possible to login in a forum, or to send an assistance ticket, because it would be impossible to create sessions.
This type of cookie is normally installed directly by the owner or the manager of the website of first part and doesn’t require the user’s consent. To further divide, technical cookies can be classified in:
- cookies for navigation or session, that guarantee the normal surfing and use of the website (allowing for example, to enter in a bug tracker or in a forum);
- analytics cookies, that are considered like technical cookies only if they are used directly by the manager of the site to collect information in aggregate anonymous form on number of users and the way they visit the website;
- functional cookies, that allow the user the personalized surfing (for example a theme on the forum) to better give a service.
b. Profiling cookies
Profiling cookies create profiles relevant to the user and are used to send advertising messages according to his preferences. The user must be adequately informed on the use of these cookies to express his consent.
c. Analytics cookies
Analytics cookies are used for statistical analysis. If the information collected are anonymous (for example storing only the browser type, or only the operating system), analytics cookies are considered as technical cookies.
On the contrary, the user must be adequately informed on the use of the cookies to the scope of express his consent.
d. Third party cookies
Third party cookies come from an external website, and the visited website is only a technical medium. They can be profiling or analytics cookies, usually used for advertising scopes. For example a Google AdSense banner can install cookies from DoubleClick or from other affiliates of Google. Users have to be previously informed about the working mode of these cookies and how to give the consent to the use of these ones.
2 Which type of cookie makehuman uses
MakeHuman.org currently uses only one harmless technical cookie, named “makehuman_consent”, created only if the user accept to use the cookies, used to store the user preference about the consent of cookies.
MakeHuman.org DOES NOT use analytics cookies.
MakeHuman.org, as first party site, DOES NOT use any profiling cookie. All profiling cookies in MakeHuman.org are from third party companies (see below).
Third party cookies
As said, these are cookies sent from third party companies in order to have a better advertise targeting that fits the user. Specifically, in the case of MakeHuman.org, the third party cookies are created by Google AdSense (with its partners and DoubleClick), to place their advertise on the site.
MakeHuman.org is just a technical go-between the user and Google, and MakeHuman.org handles third party cookies as transparently as possible for the users, but since third party cookies are external code, NOT UNDER direct control of Makehuman.org, if you want detailed information about these cookies, their characteristics and specifications, or set your preferences, you need to visit their site as described in the section 3. Section 3 also describes in detail how to enable/disable them with different techniques.
3 How to give or not consent
- Configuring the browser preferences.
- Visiting the third party sites and changing the privacy setting
- Visiting the site www.youronlinechoices.com that doesn’t cover yet any existing cookies, but most of them (facebook, google, etc) are already in the list and can be easily enabled/disabled.
- Using the relevant button at the end of this page.
Method 1 - Browser preferences
With this method, the user can disable not only the profiling cookies, but any type of existing cookies (for example technical). Anyway the user must be aware that disabling ALL the cookies can create serious problems in use of most of the websites. Below there are the official guides to the procedure for the most common browsers:
- Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=en
- Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
- Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11
- Safari 6; https://support.apple.com/kb/PH17191?locale=en_US&viewlocale=en_US
- Safari iOS (Ipad, iPhone, etc): https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201265
- Opera: http://help.opera.com/Windows/10.00/en/cookies.html
Method 2 - Setting modification from third party sites
The categories of cookies and the treatment of personal information of third party cookies are regulated by the third party companies (Google via DoubleClick and Google partners in our case). When the user change his preferences directly on their site, he will change them not only for makehuman.org site, but for all sites including cookies from the same company. Below the relevant links to edit the preferences:
- Google.inc profiling preferences: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/
- Google partners: https://support.google.com/dfp_sb/answer/94149?hl=en
- Google policy: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/
Method 3 - Use of the site www.youronlinechoices.com
The site www.youronlinechoices.com is very easy to use. In the home page, the user has to select his location, and then click on “Your Ad Choices” (the one with the icon ON/OFF). The next page will show a list of available companies where he can enable/disable cookies.
Method 4 - Block of profiling cookies only for makehuman.org
Clicking on the “No cookie” button, the user will deny his consent so, starting from the next page that he will visit, cookies will be blocked, and the site will show the disclaimer banner about cookie consent.
On the contrary, clicking the button “Yes cookie”, the user will give his consent so, starting from the next page that he will visit, Google cookies will be enabled, and AdSense banners will be shown.
Any modification of the relevant law, update of various type of cookies or the coming of technological innovations could result in a next future modification of the present. The user is therefore invited to periodically visit this page. This page is reachable from the link in the footer of every page of the site.