Policy on cookies

What are cookies and what are they used for?

Cookies are not worms or viruses, they are not spyware, and they do not aim to generate spam. They are simply data available to the issuing websites, and no other company, corporation, or organization.

Cookies are commonly used by web servers to differentiate users and to act differently depending on them. Cookies were invented to be used in a virtual shopping basket, which acts as a virtual device where the user “places” the items they wish to purchase, so that users can navigate through the site where the objects for sale are displayed and add or remove them from the shopping basket at any time. Cookies allow the content of the shopping basket to depend on the user’s actions.

In Spain, their use is regulated by the Law on Information Society Services and Electronic Commerce (LSSI) and in accordance with European Directive 2009/136/EC, in its article 22.2.


Why does Basque Maritime Cluster use cookies?

Basque Maritime Cluster uses cookies to remember your preferences and to improve the user experience.


New Legal Regime for Cookie Use:

Service providers may use data storage and retrieval devices (including cookies) on recipients’ equipment.

Previously, service providers must have provided clear and complete information about the use of these devices.

This information must include the purposes of the data processing.

Once this information has been provided, the user must give their consent.
When technically possible and effective, the recipient’s consent to accept data processing may be facilitated by using appropriate browser settings or other applications.

For this procedure to be valid, the user must configure these parameters, allowing the entry of cookies, at the time of installing or updating the browser through an express action for this purpose.

This new regime will not prevent possible technical storage or access solely for the purpose of transmitting a communication over an electronic communications network.
Nor will it prevent, to the extent strictly necessary, possible storage or access for the provision of an information society service expressly requested by the recipient.

One of the most debated aspects of the modifications to this Directive is the new regulation of the use of cookies to monitor online user behavior for commercial purposes. The new wording of Article 22 of the LSSI authorizes the installation of cookies on recipients’ terminals only “provided that they have given their consent after being provided with clear and complete information about their use.”

According to this reform of the Directive, consent to accept cookies must be free, specific, and informed.

How can you prevent cookies from being installed?
Currently, all browsers include within their management menu a function aimed at managing, administering, and deleting cookies so that the user at all times has control over them; however, blocking their reception implies reducing navigation on many websites and possibly causing pages to not load or not facilitate navigation on certain websites, so their use is necessary in most cases.

To prevent the installation of any type of cookie on computers, links to instructions on how to do so in the main browsers are included for reference:

Additionally, if the user only wants to prevent the installation of Google Analytics cookies, Google provides a tool that allows this and is available for download at the following link: