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EMODnet Biology cookies notice

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. First-party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies. Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser.

Every time you visit the EMODnet Biology portal, you will be prompted to accept or refuse cookies. The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences for a certain period of time, so you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit.

Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.


How do we use cookies?

EMODnet Biology uses only "first-party cookies". These are cookies set and controlled by EMODnet Biology, not by any external organisation. However, to view some of our pages, you will have to accept cookies from external organisations.

The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:

  • store visitor preferences
  • make our websites operational
  • gather analytics data (about user behaviour)


Visitor preferences

These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember:

  • if you have agreed to (or refused) this site's cookie policy
Name Purpose Cookie type and duration
has_js Registers whether or not the user has activated JavaScript in the browser First-party session cookie deleted after you quit your browser
sess# Preserves user states across page requests First-party session cookie deleted after you quit your browser


Analytics cookies

We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users. The cookies simply assess how you interact with our website - as an anonymous user (the data gathered does not identify you personally). These data are not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose. The anonymised statistics could be shared with contractors working on communication projects under contractual agreement with the Commission. However, you are free to refuse these types of cookies - either via the cookie banner you’ll see on the first page you visit or at Europa Analytics.

Name Service Purpose Cookie type and duration
pk_id# Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software Recognises website visitors (anonymously - no personal information is collected on the user). First-party persistent cookie, 13 months
_pk_ses# Corporate web analytics service, based on Matomo open source software Identifies the pages viewed by the same user during the same visit.(anonymously - no personal information is collected on the user). First-party persistent cookie, 30 minutes

How can you manage cookies?

You can manage/delete cookies as you wish - for details, see aboutcookies.org.

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited. Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page.

Managing our analytics cookies

You can manage your preferences concerning cookies from Europa Analytics on the dedicated Europa Analytics page.



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