We use these technologies in order to make sure that your access is easy and effective, that we can provide certain functionalities to you, as well as gather some information about your navigation that are essential to the proper functioning of our Site.
Cookies are small text files stored on the hard drive of your computer or other electronic device .
Cookies are unique to each web browser (web browsers including, e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer etc) and contain information relating to the websites you visit and the devices you use.
Cookies and the technologies which the Site uses can be divided into the following categories:
A. Essential cookies
These cookies are related to the saving of information or accessing to already stored information on your device, with the sole purpose of facilitating communication via an electronic communications network, and to an extent that is absolutely necessary to provide a social information service, that you have expressly requested.
As far as these cookies are concerned, you are not offered the option of rejecting them, since it would not otherwise be possible for the Site to offer its services.
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B. Functionality cookies
These cookies are not essential, but they do serve to improve your experience of using the Site, by providing a series of useful functions, such as remembering your preferences (e.g. language, username), show videos or sharing content in social media.
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Cookies for social plug-in content sharing cookies
Our Site does not use third party services in order to share content on social media from members who are already logged in these media. However, social media platforms use their own cookies, which are set up when you share content (e.g. one of our articles) on social media (e.g. Twitter), and usually record some basic information related to the user and transfer them to the server of this platform.
Cookies are usually activated only when you click on the corresponding social network symbol, thus providing your consent for the transfer of your data to the respective provider. The legal basis for using plugins is your consent and the legitimate interest of the provider.
These cookies transmit data such as your IP address to the servers of the respective provider, where they are stored. It is very likely that this data will be used by social media to create profiles about your online behavior. As you can easily understand, we have no control nor influence over the extent of the data collected or the ways in which it is processed, as these are defined by each medium.
We strongly encourage you to look for more detailed information on how these media process your data, cookie policies and data protection, as well as other sources of information provided by them, such this https://www.facebook.com/help/206635839404055
More information on third party functionality cookies
Google Web Fonts
Our Site uses Google Web Fonts services for its fonts. Google Fonts is designed to limit the collection, storage and processing of your data to the absolutely necessary for optimal font delivery.
According to its policy, Google takes the appropriate technical measures in order to ensure that your data is protected. Google does not require the visitor to be identified in order to use its fonts, and no information contained in cookies is sent to the Google Fonts service.
Requests to the Google Font Service API take place via domain names associated with that service, such as fonts.googleapis.com or fonts.gstatic.com, so that your font requests are separate and do not contain credentials send to google.com from other Google services you have been identified, such as Gmail. More information about Google Fonts and protecting your data while using it can be found here.
Our Site uses Google Maps (API) to provide geolocation information. When you use the Google Maps service, Google collects, processes and processes visitor data about the use of maps.
However, if you are visiting a map via Google Maps while you are logged in to a Google Account, your browsing habits can be personalized. To avoid this, you’ll first need to sign out of your Google Account.
More information about Google Maps and protecting your data while using it can be found here.
C. Performance cookies
These cookies collect information about the way you use the Site, such as, for example, the pages you visit most often, the page from which your visit originated and other information. These cookies collect aggregate, anonymous statistical data which cannot be used to identify visitors individually. They are used for the sole purpose of analysing traffic and improving the Site performance.
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Information about Google Analytics service (with anonymization)
The purpose of using the Google Analytics service is for the processing of anonymous information with the purpose of improving the Site, such as for example, determining which page we need to improve and in what way, in order to make it more user-friendly, and also to carry out cost/ benefit analysis for the purposes of promotion and advertising. We store this information indefinitelly.
In the context of the Google Analytics service, the Site utilises the “Anonymise IP” option which is offered by Google as part of the Analytics service. With this specific application, access to your IP address is restricted to Google and it is anonymised while you are accessing our Site.
You have the option to completely block collection of your data by Google Analytics, by installing an add-on to your preferred browser (plug-in): https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
D. Cookies and similar targeting / advertising technologies
Facebook Custom Audience Pixel
This piece of code provides various functions for sending specific data to Facebook about a visitor’s actions. We use this service to record information about how visitors use your website.
This pixel records and provides Facebook with information about the user’s browser settings, a fragmented (hashed) version of the Facebook ID and the URL you are visiting.
In this way, every Facebook user gets a distinct Facebook ID regardless of the device used, through which it is possible to target our visitors again for advertising purposes through Facebook ads.
This information is kept for a maximum period of 180 days. After this period the information is deleted until the visitor visits our website again. The Site does not have the ability to identify users, as we do not receive such data from Facebook, only anonymous statistical information.
We are not able to know what information is provided about users through cookies and other technologies used by Facebook itself. Find out more about Facebook’s data protection policies at https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation, your preferences over https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product = ad_settings_screen and how Facebook pixel technology works https://developers.facebook.com/docs/facebook-pixel/pixel-with-ads/website-custom-audiences
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E. Log Files
Because of the nature and way in which the internet works, when you visit our website, our server immediately records your IP address in special log files, which constitute personal data, even if we are not able to identify you based on that information alone.
In addition, our logs also help us to record the type of browser, the operating system you are using, and other information about your online visit, such as the URL address from which you reached our page, and the date and time of your visit.
These data are stored only for the amount of time necessary to protect network security, information and services from accidental events or illegal or malicious acts that compromise the availability, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of stored or transmitted personal data (e.g. checking for ‘Denial of Service (DoS)’ attacks).