What is a cookie?

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What is a cookie?
Information concerning the use of cookies
During consultation of AFNOR Group websites, information may be stored in "Cookie" files
on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. This document provides information to understand
Cookies, what they are and how to change their settings.
What is a cookie?
These are text files which are stored in a dedicated area of the hard disc on your
terminal (computer, tablet or mobile phone), during consultation of content or adverts.
The Cookie file can only be read by the issuer. It allows for identification of your
terminal on which the Cookie is stored for a limited period.
What are cookies used for?
Four types of Cookies, used for the purposes described hereunder, may be stored on your
terminal when visiting our website:
1. Technical Cookies are required for browsing on our website, as well as accessing
various products and services. Technical Cookies notably allow for adaptation of the website
presentation to match your terminal display preferences (language used, screen resolution),
password recognition and other information pertaining to a form which you complete on our
website (registration or access to the member area) and implementation of security
measures (this is for instance the case when you are asked to log in to the member area
again after a certain period of time). These Cookies cannot be deactivated or the settings
adjusted without being refused access to the website and/or the website services.
2. Visitor Measurement Cookies are issued by AFNOR Group or our technical partners so
as to measure the audience for various contents and sections on the website, for evaluation
and better organisation. These Cookies also allow, where applicable, for detection of
browsing issues and, consequently, improvement to use of our services. These Cookies only
product anonymous statistics and volumes of visits, excluding any individual information. The
lifetime of these visitor measurement Cookies does not exceed 13 months.
3. Advertising Cookies are issued by our advertising partners, in areas intended for
advertising and publicity on our website, with the operation of these areas contributing
towards funding service content which we make available free of charge. These Cookies are
deposited by our partners in the framework of advertising partnerships pursuant to which
advertisers may collect data concerning content consulted on our website, in respect of the
provisions set forth under the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act of 1978.
4. "Social Networking" Cookies allow content of the AFNOR Group websites to be shared
with other people or notification to other people of your browsing information or opinions
concerning the website content. This is notably the case for "share" buttons, resulting from
"twitter" social networking sites. Any social networking site offering such a button is likely to
be able to identify you thanks to this button, even if you do not use this function when
consulting our website. We request that you read the data protection policies for these social
networks so as to be aware of the terms of use, and notably for advertising, for browsing
information which they may collect through these buttons. The lifetime of these Cookies does
not exceed 13 months.
Your choices concerning Cookies
By using AFNOR Group websites you hereby consent to use of the aforementioned Cookies.
You are, however, entitled to deactivate these Cookies in whole or in part at any time, with
the exception of technical Cookies required for operation of the website as indicated
hereinabove. Your web browser settings may also be adjusted to inform you when Cookies
are stored on your terminal and to offer you the opportunity of whether or not to accept them.
Refusing a Cooking through your web browser
At any time you can choose to deactivate Cookies in whole or in part. The settings of your
web browser may also be adjusted to inform you when Cookies are stored on your terminal
and to offer you the opportunity of whether or not to accept them (on a case by case basis or
altogether). We should however reiterate that deactivation of Cookies will prevent you from
using our websites.
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If you use Internet Explorer : click on Tools, and then Internet Options. Under the
general tab, Browsing History, click on Settings. And then click on Show Files and
select the Cookies you wish to deactivate. Then close the window which includes the
list of Cookies and double click on OK to return to the Internet.
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If you use Firefox: click on the Firefox Menu icon, and then on Tools, and Options;
in the window which appears, and then select Privacy and click on Delete Specific
Cookies. Select the Cookies that you want to deactivate and then delete them.
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If you use Safari: click on Settings, and then Preferences. In the window which
appears, choose Confidentiality/Security, and click on Display Cookies. Select the
Cookies that you want to deactivate and then click on Delete or on Delete All.
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If you use Chrome: click on the Google Chrome menu icon, and then Settings. At the
bottom of the page click on Display advanced settings. Under Confidentiality, click
on Content Settings. To deactivate Cookies: select Prevent all sites from storing
cookies and then click on Cookies and website data, and then move the mouse
cursor to the website creating the Cookie and click on the X in the top right corner, or
click on Delete All.
For any support concerning various browsers, please read the official documentation.