Cookies Policy

This website, owned by INSTITUT CATALÀ DE NANOCIÈNCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA (ICN2), like most websites on the Internet, uses cookies to improve the user experience, which involve the processing of personal data in accordance with applicable European and Spanish regulations. Below you will find information about what cookies are, what kind of cookies this website uses, how you can disable cookies in your browser and how to specifically disable the installation of third-party cookies. If you can not find the specific information you are looking for, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that are sent and stored on the hard drive of the user's computer, smartphone, tablet or connected television through their browser when connected to a website.

Cookies can be used to collect and store user data while connected to facilitate the services requested and that are not usually kept (session cookies), or to preserve user data for other types of future services that can be preserved indefinitely (persistent cookies). The cookies can be own or from third parties.

Their functions can be very varied: store your browsing preferences, collect statistical information, allow certain technical features, and so on. Sometimes, cookies are used to store basic information about the browsing habits of users or their devices, to the extent, depending on the case, of being able to recognize them.

Why are they important?

Cookies are useful for several reasons. From a technical point of view, they allow web pages to work more efficiently and adapted to user preferences, such as storing their language or the currency of their country. In addition, they can help those websites owners to improve the services they offer, thanks to the statistical information they collect through them.

What are the restrictions on the use of cookies?

The use of cookies is governed by the obligations established in the second section of article 22 of Law 34/2002, of 11 July, on information society services and electronic commerce (hereinafter, LSSI), read in relation to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on General Data Protection (hereinafter RGPD) and Organic Law 3/2018 , of 5 December, on Data Protection and the Guarantee of Digital Rights (hereinafter, LOPDGDD).

The processing of personal data will be understood to exist when the user is identified by a name or email address that identifies him (for example, as a registered user) or where unique identifiers are used to distinguish a user from another and track them individually (for example, an ad identifier or an IP address).

This will not prevent the possible storage or access of a technical nature for the sole purpose of allowing only communication between the user's computer and the network, for the provision of a service expressly requested by the recipient.

As they are excluded from the scope of article 22.2 of the LSSI, it is not necessary to inform or obtain consent on their use.

On the other hand, it will be necessary to inform and obtain consent for the use of any other type of cookies, both own and third party, session or persistent, which are not outside the scope of article 22.2 of the LSSI, especially if they are used to collect personal data.

How do we use cookies?

There are several types of cookies:

Technical cookies that facilitate user navigation and the use of the different options or services offered by the website, such as identifying the session, allowing access to certain areas, facilitating orders, purchasing, completing forms, registration, security, facilitating functions (videos, social networks, etc.).

These cookies do not imply the processing of personal data.

Name Provider Type Purpose Expiry
PHPSESSID HTTP cookie Preserves user session state across page requests Session
rc::a HTML Local Storage This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website. Persistent
rc::c HTML Local Storage This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. Session

Registration cookies that are generated when you register or login on a website. They are proprietary cookies that identify you as a registered user and indicate when you have identified yourself on the website.

These cookies are used to identify your user account and associated services. These cookies are maintained as long as you do not leave the account, close the browser or turn off the device.

These cookies can be used in combination with analytical data to individually identify your preferences in our website.

Name Provider Type Purpose Expiry
{random alphanumeric name} HTTP cookie Joomla's cookie User authentication 60 days

Personalization cookies that allow users to access the services according to their preferences (language, browser, configuration, etc.) so that they do not have to reconfigure them each time they visit our website.

These cookies do not imply the processing of personal data.

ICN2 does not use personalization cookies on this website.

Analysis cookies that allow anonymous analysis of the behaviour of web users and that allow to monitor the activity of users and create browsing profiles with the objective of improving websites.

Name Provider Type Purpose Expiry
_ga HTTP cookie Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 2 years
_gat HTTP cookie Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate. 1 day
_gid HTTP cookie Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 1 day

Either treated by us or by third parties, for example, they allow to quantify the number of visitors and statistically analyse the use made by users of our services. Thanks to them we can study the navigation through our website, and thus improve the presentation and access to the content we offer.

This analysis is carried out using tools provided by third parties, from which you can obtain more information about their privacy policies at:

Google Analytics (

Geolocation cookies that are used by programs that try to geographically locate the situation of the computer, smartphone, tablet or connected television, to offer you anonymous content and services in a totally anonymous manner.

ICN2 does not use geolocation cookies on this website.

Customized advertising cookies that, either treated by us or by third parties, they might allow us to effectively manage the advertising spaces of our website, adapting the content of the advertisement to the content of the requested service to the behaviour and browsing habits of each user on our website. Thanks to them we can know their browsing profile on the internet and show each of them personalized advertising.

ICN2 does not use advertising cookies on this website.

Other third-party cookies

In some of our pages we might install third-party cookies that allow us to manage and improve the services they offer. An example of this use are social networks buttons that allow us to share our content.

ICN2 does not use other third-party cookies on this website.

How can I configure my preferences?

You can allow, block or delete the cookies installed on your computer by configuring the options of your internet browser. In the event that you block them, it is possible that certain services that need their use are not available to you.

Below we offer links where you will find information on how you can activate your preferences in the main browsers:

Do we update our cookies policy?

We may update the Cookies Policy of our website, so we recommend that you review this policy each time you access our website in order to be properly informed about how and why we use cookies.

Last update: 12/05/21

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