COOKIE POLICY

 

In this Cookie Policy you will find information regarding the Open University of Cyprus (“WE”) use of cookies and other similar technology on its website.

We provide information on how cookies and similar technologies work, their purpose, use and duration, how We process and store them and how you can control them.

You can also find all necessary information regarding your rights on the use of Cookies on this website and how you can exercise them.

For further information on how we use, store and keep your personal data secure, see our Privacy Policy.

 

Cookies and Similar Technologies

Cookies are small files of data that are stored on a user’s device by the browser when visiting a website or application. Cookies are used for a variety of reasons and can be very useful in many cases. They can be necessary for the proper functionality of the website and efficient page navigation or they can be used to customize and enhance the user’s experience by remembering language preferences, login credentials, shopping basket contents and many more. They can also be used to provide anonymous statistical data about the usage of the website or targeted advertisements to the visitor.

Some sites might also use other similar technologies like web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags and web bugs to understand how people are using them and to target advertising to them. They usually take the form of a small, transparent image that is embedded in a web page or email. They work with cookies and capture data like your IP address, when you viewed the page or email, what device you were using and where you were.

 

Types of Cookies

Cookies can be classified as First-party Cookies and Third-Party cookies.

First-party Cookies refer to cookies that are set by a data controller (or any of its processors) operating the website visited by the user, as defined by the URL that is usually displayed in the browser address bar.

Third-party Cookies are set by data controllers that do not operate the website currently visited by the user. For example, if a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie on the user’s device, through that website, this would be a third-party cookie. We do not allow the use of Third-party cookies on our website.

 

Cookies Categories

Cookies are usually categorized into one of the following categories, depending on their purpose:

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies and for these cookies consent is not required.

Preference or Functionality cookies enable a website to remember information about the user’s choice in the past that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like the preferred language or the region.

Statistics or Performance cookies help website owners to understand how visitors use and interact with their website by collecting and reporting information anonymously, such as which pages are visited most frequently, or which links are clicked on.

Marketing cookies, also known as Advertising or Targeting cookies, are used to track the online activity of visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user or limit the times an ad is displayed and thereby are more valuable for publishers and third-party advertisers.

 

How long do cookies last?

Depending on the duration that a cookie is stored on the user’s device, cookies can be classified as Session or Persistent.

Session cookies are temporary cookies and are automatically deleted when the user closes his browser, while Persistent cookies are cookies that remain for a specific amount of time (its expiration date can vary from minutes, days or even years).

 

Cookies We use

You can see the full list and further details of the cookies We use, including their purpose, type and expiration in the following table:

 

List of Cookies WE use

 

Cookie

Purpose

Description

Type

jsessionid

Necessary

Used to browse our website

Session

IDE

Marketing       

Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user

1 year

test_cookie

Marketing

Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.-

1 day

Cookieconcent_status   

Necessary

Used to save the selection of the visitor related to cookies

6 months

visitor_info1_live

Marketing

A cookie that YouTube sets that measures your bandwidth to determine whether you get the new player interface or the old

6 months

YSC

Marketing

This cookie is set by the YouTube video service on pages with embedded YouTube video

At end of session

_ga

Statistics

To throttle request rate.

2 years

_gid

Statistics

Used to distinguish users

24 hours

_ga_

 
   

Statistics 

Used by Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit

2 years

_gat_gtag_

Statistics 

It compiles information about how visitors use the site. Duration: 1 minute

1 minute

 

 

How to control Cookies on this website

The Open University of Cyprus will only set cookies after you have provided your consent to the use of cookies through the cookies banner upon your visit to our website. For Necessary cookies we do not need your consent.

You have the right to withdraw your consent or change your preferences regarding the use of cookies at any time. You can do this by accessing our Cookies banner through the “Cookie Policy” button that is always available on the bottom left of our website.

 

Your Rights

If you have any other questions or require further information on how the Open University of Cyprus uses cookies on this website please can contact our Data Protection Officer, Mr. Therapon Therapontos at 0035722550088 or at dpo@ouc.ac.cy.

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using cookies, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the office of the Commissioner for the Protection of Private Data.

You can be provided the complaint forms for the Commissioner’s office at www.dataprotection.gov.cy .

 

Office of the Commissioner of the Protection of Private Data

Office address:
Iasonos 1, 1082 Nicosia, Cyprus

Postal address:
P.O.Box 23378, 1682 Nicosia, Cyprus

Tel: +357 22818456
Fax: +357 22304565

Email: commissioner@dataprotection.gov.cy