What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.

  • First party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them.
  • A website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.

When you first visit the MDNP platform, you will be prompted to accept or refuse cookies. The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences so that you do not have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit and for a certain period of time.

MDNP platform cookies

First-Party cookies

“First-party cookies” are cookies set and controlled by the MDNP, not by any external organisation.

The type of first-party cookie the MDNP platform uses are: Operational Cookies.

Operational cookies

There are some cookies that are required in order for certain web pages to function. For this reason, they do not require your consent. In particular:

  • Authentication cookies: These are stored when you log in to a MDNP platform, using your MDNP account. When you do this, you accept the associated privacy policy.
Name Service Purpose Cookie type and duration
phpsessionid Identity Management Service Session identifier, provided by the application server, to distinguish between users. First-party session cookie, deleted after you log out

Third-party cookies

The third-party cookies are outside of the control of the MDNP. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

The type of third-party cookie the MDNP platform uses are: Analytics Cookies.

Analytics cookies

These cookies simply assess the user behaviour, that is, how you interact with the MDNP platform – as an anonymous user (the data gathered does not identify you personally).

The anonymised statistics could be shared between the Webmaster with the European Commission under contractual agreement.

However, you are free to refuse these types of cookies either via the cookie banner you will see on the MDNP home page when you visit the platform or using this complement provided by Google to disable the Google Analytics service during your visit.

Name Service Purpose Cookie type
_ga _gid _gat Google Analytics These cookies are provided by Google as a consequence of the “Google Analytics” utilisation by the Webmaster. This service gathers information concerning the navigation, i.e., visitor location, IP address, details of the visit (time, pages consulted, etc.). Third-party cookie

How can you manage cookies?

You can manage/delete cookies as you wish - for details, see

  • Removing cookies from your device: You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited. Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
  • Managing site-specific cookies: For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.
  • Blocking cookies: The web browsers have several configuration options concerning cookies. You can set browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page since some services and functionalities provided on the site may not be available or work properly.