Cookies

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In this Cookie Policy, Regions4 Sustainable Development (“Regions4”) is referred to as “we/our/us”. This Cookie Policy informs you about how we use cookies on our website: www.regions4.org.

What are cookies

Cookies are small text files that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website you visit. They may allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or they may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. Cookies can be classified by their lifespan or the domain to which they belong.

By lifespan, cookies are either:

  • Session cookies. They are erased when the user closes the browser; or
  • Persistent cookies. They remain on the user’s computer/device for a pre-defined period of time.

As for the domain to which they belong, cookies are either:

  • First-party cookies. They are set by the web server of the visited page and share the same domain; or
  • Third-party cookies. They are stored by a different domain to the visited page’s domain. This can happen when the webpage references a file, such as JavaScript, located outside its domain.

How we use cookies

First-party cookies. We set the following first-party cookies:

  • Account related cookies. If you create an account with us, then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out. However, in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.
  • Login related cookies. We use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.
  • Email newsletters related cookies. Our website offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.
  • Site preferences cookies. In order to provide you with a great experience on this website we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this website runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page which is affected by your preferences.

Third-party cookies. These are the third-party cookies you might encounter on our website:

  • Analytics. This website uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the website and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the website and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
  • Website Optimisation. From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the website is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the website whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.
  • Social Media Tools. We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this website that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, will set cookies through our website which may be used to enhance your profile on their website or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Managing Cookies

Within your browser you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you, so we advise you to consult your browser Help section on how you can do this. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use (third-party cookies), or those from specific websites.

Please note that if you disable or delete cookies that are already on your computer/device, or prevent cookies from being set on your computer/device, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit our website and some services and functionalities may not work.

More Information

For more general information on cookies, you can visit: http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm. And if you have a question for us, you can contact our Privacy Manager by email at: privacy@regions4.org marking the subject line, ‘For the attention of the Privacy Manager’.