What Are Cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your computer when you visit certain web pages. On the Mediterranean Affairs website, we use cookies to keep track of how you find your way around the website, whether you are logged in or not and which Italian online centre you might be in.

To register and learn on the Mediterranean Affairs website, you need to have cookies enabled (see the section on ‘Managing Cookies’). If you do not wish to enable cookies, you will still be able to browse the site. Most web browsers have cookies enabled, but see ‘Managing Cookies’ for help to turn them on should you need to.

Please note that cookies can not harm your computer. We do not store any personally identifiable information such as your name and email address in any of the cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site.

None of the cookies used on our website will result in you being shown any targeted adverts on other websites.

We are giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with recent legislation and to make sure we are honest and clear about your privacy when using our website. We know you would expect nothing less from us. Please be assured that we are working on a number of other privacy and cookie-related improvements to the website.

Our Cookie Policy

We only use cookies for the following purposes:

– essential functionality of the website;

– tracking interactions with our website so that we can improve the site in the future.

Our cookies do not store sensitive information such as your name, address or payment details: they simply hold the ‘key’ that, once you are signed in, is associated with this information. However, if you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from the Mediterranean Affairs website, or any other website, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the ‘Help’ menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phone’s handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

Here is a list of the main cookies we use, and what we use them for.

Cookie name Cookie purpose
cookie-accept This cookie confirms you have seen the message telling you that this site uses cookies and that by proceeding you are happy with this. We use this to stop the message appearing again.
has_js This cookie identifies if your browser supports Javascript
SESS + random letters & numbers A unique code that identifies you to our servers when you are logged in. This does not store any personal data and merely allows you to stay logged in on our servers.
__utma…__utmz These cookies enable our use of Google Analytics Software. This software helps us take and analyse visitor information such as browser usage, new visitor numbers, response to marketing activity and length of learning sessions. That information helps us to improve the website and your learning experience, and to make our marketing campaigns relevant. The data stored by these cookies can be seen only by the relevant teams at Mediterranean Affairs and Google and never contains any personal information that could identify you individually.

Third-party Cookies

When you visit the Mediterranean Affairs website, you may notice some cookies that are not related to Mediterranean Affairs. When you visit a page that contains embedded content, for example from YouTube, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We do not control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

‘Share’ Tools

If you take the opportunity to ‘share’ Mediterranean Affairs content with friends through social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter), you may be sent cookies from these websites. We do not control the setting of these cookies, so please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Managing Cookies

If cookies are not enabled on your computer, it will mean that your experience on our website will be limited to browsing. You will not be able to register and learn with us.

To enable cookies if you are not sure of the type and version of web browser you use to access the Internet

– for PCs: click on ‘Help’ at the top of your browser window and select the ‘About’ option;

– for Macs: with the browser window open, click on the Apple menu and select the ‘About’ option.

How to Check Cookies are Enabled for PCs

Chrome: Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Options’; click the ‘Under the hood’ tab, locate the ‘Privacy’ section, and select the ‘Content settings’ button; now select ‘Allow local data to be set’.

Internet Explorer: Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Internet options’; then click on the ‘Privacy’ tab ensure that your privacy level is set to medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser settings above medium will disable cookies.

Firefox: Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Options’; then select the ‘Privacy’ icon, click on ‘Cookies’; then select ‘Allow sites to set cookies’.

Safari: Click on the ‘Cog’ icon at the top of your browser window and select the ‘Preferences’ option Click on ‘Security’, check the option that says ‘Block third-party and advertising cookies’ Click ‘Save’.

How to Check Cookies are Enabled for Macs

Safari: Click on ‘Safari’ at the top of your browser window and select the ‘Preferences’ option; click on ‘Security’, then ‘Accept cookies’; select the ‘Only from site you navigate to’.

Chrome: Click on ‘Chrome’ at the top of your browser window and select the ‘Preferences’ option; click on ‘Show advanced settings’, then ‘Content settings’ and select ‘Allow local data to be set’.

Firefox: Click on ‘Firefox’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Preferences’; then select the ‘Privacy’ icon, click on ‘Cookies’; then select ‘Allow sites to set cookies’.

All other browsers: Please consult your documentation or online help files.

Further Information About Cookies

If you would like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org in a new window (please note that we can not be responsible for the content of external websites).