Cookies and privacy
Which cookies are installed on this site?
Parliament's website sets cookies solely in order to enable or enhance functions or improve the navigation experience for the user.
Below is the list of the analytics cookies installed by the tool "AT Internet":
atidvisitor: this cookie is used to monitor the performance of pages visited by users of Parliament's websites
idrxvr: this cookie is used to monitor traffic and highlight issues that may arise by people browsing our websites
atredir: this cookie is used to keep of information in case of a JS redirection
atuserid: this cookie is used to store the visitor anonymous ID on the Parliament's websites
An AT Internet opt-out option is available. (This page may not be available in your language).
More information on AT Internet data protection policy.
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr, Storify and other third-party tools may set cookies for sharing content on social networks or for producing access statistics. The presence, number and status of cookies may depend on how you use the platforms concerned before or while visiting Parliament's website.
You should ascertain what the relevant sites' policy is on social networking cookies.
A cookie is a simple text file stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. That server will subsequently be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Cookies are managed by your browser. Each cookie is unique and contains some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, site name, digits and letters. It allows a website to remember your browsing preferences.
First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website which you are visiting, and they can only be read by that site.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set and used by a different organisation from the owner of the website which you are visiting. For example, to measure its audience a website might use a third-party analytics company, which will set its own cookie to perform that service. The website you are visiting may also have embedded content, e.g. YouTube videos or Flickr slideshows. Those sites may also set their own cookies.
More significantly, a website might use a third-party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising.
Advertising services are not used by Parliament.
Session cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
Persistent cookies are saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and are not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session.
A web beacon is an often-transparent graphic image that is placed on a web site that is used to monitor the behaviour of the user visiting the web site. It is often used in combination with cookies.
The European Parliament website does not use web beacons or comparable tracking technologies.
With local storage, web applications can store data locally within the user's browser. Before HTML5, application data had to be stored in cookies, included in every server request. Local storage is more secure, and large amounts of data can be stored locally, without affecting website performance.