A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago.
BIO uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies” to help BIO analyse how users use our site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for BIO 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. Google and all its subsidiaries, such as Google Analytics, abide by the Safe Harbor privacy principles and are affiliated with the Safe Harbor program of the US Ministry of Trade.
On our website we provide you with buttons in order to share a webpage on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. These buttons work through a code owned by the respective social network company. This code will place a cookie on your hard drive. We have no control over this code or cookie and thus refer you to their policies (which change frequently).
However, as far as we are aware, the information collected through these cookies is, or is made, anonymous and transferred to the respective issuer of the cookie. Most major social networks such as Twitter and Facebook have stated to abide by the Safe Harbor privacy principles and are affiliated with the Safe Harbor program of the US Ministry of Trade.
You have the right to review data collected via cookies BIO placed on your hard drive if these data are directly related to individual personal information about you. To prevent abuse of this right, we ask you to identify yourself adequately and attach the cookie(s) you wish to be informed about to your e-mail, which should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information on how to manage your cookie settings in the help functionality of your browser.
• EU guidelines: http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/standards/cookies/index_en.htm
• Explanation on cookies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie