Cookie policy/Site usage information

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to analyse the online behaviour of the user (e.g. most visited pages, hits, time spent on a page, unique users). The purpose is to use the information to improve the structure and presentation of the web content and improve usability.

We use session and persistent cookies to reflect the user’s choice to the cookie consent.

session cookie, also known as an in-memory cookie or transient cookie, exists only in the temporary memory of the browser while the user navigates the website. Web browsers normally delete session cookies when the user closes the browser. Session cookies are temporarily saved in the user’s browser and their only purpose is to reflect the choice of the user of not allowing persistent cookies.

In case you allow it, the website also uses persistent cookies to save the user’s preference, and retrieve it during the next visits. An application cookie, containing the user’s positive answer to the use of cookies, will be stored in the user’s browser for a period of 11 months. After this period expires, the user will be prompted to give his/her consent again.

To receive statistics, ECDC is relying on Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'). Google Analytics uses cookies, to help the ECDC web team analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers. To protect your privacy, Analytics removes the last part of your IP address prior to its use and storage. Google will use information from the cookies for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By accepting cookies when you navigate this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

What are cookies?

To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most  websites do this too.

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Page last updated 12 Jun 2017