What is a cookie ?

Cookies are small data files saved on your computer by websites that you visit. Cookies have a variety of functions. A cookie may allow the party who has deposited it to recognize a web user, from one visit to the next, by means of a unique identifier. Certain cookies can also be used for storing the contents of a shopping basket, others for saving the language settings for a site, yet others for providing targeted advertising.

What is the applicable legal framework ?

By amending article 5(3) of directive 2002/58/EC through adoption of directive 2009/136/EU, the EU legislator has established the principle :

  • of prior consent from the user before storing data on a user’s equipment or accessing already-stored data ;
  • except if these actions are strictly required for delivering a service from the information company as expressly requested by the subscriber or user. 

How can I delete the cookies linked to my surfing on the web ?

You can also choose to disable cookies in your browser at any time by following the instructions provided in the help files of your browser.