I. Cookies

The EUROPEAN RENAL ASSOCIATION (hereafter referred to as “ERA”) primarily uses cookies to improve your browsing experience on https://www.era-online.org (hereinafter the “Site”). All data ERA obtains from these cookies are anonymous and will only be used to understand the visitor’s experience on the Site with the aim to improve the performance and usability of this Site. Any change in the current cookie policy will be announced on the Site and/or via e-mail and the new cookie policy will enter into force thirty (30) days after the announcement. This statement was last amended on February 19, 2019.

1. What is a cookie?
A cookie, also known as a HTTP cookie, a web cookie or a browser cookie, is usually a small text file sent from a website and stored in the user’s web browser while a user is browsing on a website. When the user in the future surfs on the same site, the data stored in that cookie can be retrieved by the website in order to notify the website of the last activity of that user. Cookies were designed as a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the status of the website or the previous user activity of a certain user. They help us to optimize your visit to the Site, to remember technical choices (e.g. language, newsletter, etc.) and to show more relevant services and offers. If you wish to consult the Site, ERA encourages you to enable cookies. However, if you choose to not do this, you are always free to disable the cookies.Cookies may include: clicking on certain buttons, logging-in or a record of the pages which were visited by the user, even months or years ago. Although cookies cannot contain viruses and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies, and especially third-party tracking cookies are often used as ways to establish long- term data from the browser history of individuals together. This implies major privacy concerns that gave rise for European and US lawmakers to take action in 2011. This cookie statement is in accordance with current European and Italian law (Regulation EU 679/2016 “GDPR” and Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003 if applicable).This Site uses different types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: As the name suggests, these cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to surf the Site or to provide certain functions you requested.
  • Functionality cookies: These cookies improve the functionality of the Site by remembering your preferences. For example, you can set up your profile on the homepage.
  • Tracking Cookies: These cookies will survive user sessions. When the Max-Age of a permanent cookie is set at one year, then, within that year, the initial value – stored in that cookie – shall be sent back to the server each time the user visits the server. This is done to save a vital piece of information, such as how the user initially came to the Site. For this reason, they are also called tracking cookies. For example, once you have chosen your preferred language, the Site will record your preference in a persistent cookie and save it in your browser. When you visit the Site again, it will use that persistent cookie to ensure that the content is delivered in the desired language.
  • Performance Cookies: These cookies help to improve the performance of the site, so as to provide a better user experience. ERA uses Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help analyse how users use the Site. It records the number of visitors and it provides ERA with information on their overall behaviour – such as the typical duration of a visit to the Site or the number of pages a user views on average.
  • Third party cookies: In order to support its communications, ERA has anchored its content in social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter and ERA makes use of the sharing features on social networks. The channels that ERA uses may contain cookies of these websites, but ERA does not verify this. You should consult the relevant website of these third parties to learn more about
    these cookies.

2. List of the cookies the Site uses:

COOKIE name

laravel_session

COOKIE description

Used in the user session to allow the user with credentials to access the restricted area first-party technical cookies

Type of data processed: IP addresses, the type of browser used and other parameters related to the operating system and the user’s computer environment. Additional categories of data provided by the visitor through the site, for example, by registering and / or accessing a reserved area and / or a service
Purpose: to view the site correctly on different devices, to access the reserved areas of this site, to log in, to allow online purchases with the respective shopping carts, etc.

XSRF-TOKEN

Used to store information to avoid CSRF attack.

_gat

Used to throttle request rate by Google Analytics – third-party analytics cookies: google analytics for statistical purposes. Type of data processed: IP addresses. To maximize the privacy of users / visitors, we use the “masking IP” feature, which imposes on the system the darkening of the last 8 digits of the IP address of the user / visitor before any type of processing is performed, making in fact the analyzed data is anonymous. Purpose: to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and on how they visit our site, to process statistics. Foreign Transfer: United States – Privacy Shield subject. Privacy Policy of the third party:https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=it

seppia_lang

Used to store user’s language preference on the website first -party technical cookies Type of data processed: IP addresses, the type of browser used and other parameters related to the operating system and the user’s computer environment. Additional categories of data provided by the visitor through the site, for example, by registering and / or accessing a reserved area and / or a service Purpose: to view the site correctly on different devices, to access the reserved areas of this site, to log in, to allow online purchases with the respective shopping carts, etc

_gid

Used to distinguish users by Google Analytics – third-party analytics cookies: google analytics for statistical purposes. Type of data processed: IP addresses. To maximize the privacy of users / visitors, we use the “masking IP” feature, which imposes on the system the darkening of the last 8 digits of the IP address of the user / visitor before any type of processing is performed, making in fact the analyzed Purpose: to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and on how they visit our site, to process statistics. Foreign Transfer: United States – Privacy Shield subject. Privacy Policy of the third party: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=it

_g

Used to distinguish users by Google Analytics – third-party analytics cookies: google analytics for statistical purposes. Type of data processed: IP addresses. To maximize the privacy of users / visitors, we use the “masking IP” feature, which imposes on the system the darkening of the last 8 digits of the IP address of the user / visitor before any type of processing is performed, making in fact the analyzed Purpose: to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and on how they visit our site, to process statistics. Foreign Transfer: United States – Privacy Shield subject. Privacy Policy of the third party: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=it

3. Enabling cookies:

A number of options are available to prevent the storage of cookies. Please visit the websites of the different browsers to learn how you can block the storage of cookies. In addition to avoiding storage, it is also possible at any time to remove the current installed cookies on your computer.

  1. Apple Safari: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/3.0/en/9277.html
  2. Google Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=95647
  3. Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442
  4. Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies

    It is important to realize that if you decide to remove all your cookies you will most likely have to re-enter all your usernames and passwords for all the websites you visit, something that you previously did not even have to think about. As already mentioned, cookies can be a real asset to your browsing experience on the Web.

    To learn more about cookies, please visit the website www.allaboutcookies.org. This website provides more information on cookies, explains in detail how to remove the cookies you find and shows you how to enable trusted sites to store cookies on your computer.