Cookies policy

How do we use cookies?

The Open Knowledge Association wants to set cookies on your computer to help us improve your experience on our sites.

New EU legislation requires us to inform you how we use cookies. With this text we explain how we use cookies. We believe it is important to protect your privacy and be open about how we use your data. This notice is to keep you informed and to help you enjoy our sites.

What are Cookies?

A cookie is simply a text file that contains pieces of data, collected when you visit a site. It is designed to help websites identify past user activity. This may include the action of tracking if you have clicked on special links or pages, if you have logged into your profile, or if you have read certain pages over a period of several months or even years. There are different types of cookies and without them, the sites could not work in the way you’re used to use them. The websites of the Open Knowledge Association use special cookies to provide you with the best possible experience and only those cookies that we consider necessary and useful are used. According to the new regulations, we explain what types of cookies are used on this site, so you can decide if you are satisfied, if you want to delete existing cookies or even disable the use of cookies when viewing our sites.

What type of cookies are used on the websites of the Open Knowledge Association?

Strictly necessary cookies

These are essential cookies that allow you to browse our website and use its features. These cookies do not collect information about you that could be used for advertising or to record your activity on the internet.

Performance cookies

They collect information about how you use a website, for example, which pages are viewed most often and if you encounter error messages. They do not collect information that can identify you, all data is anonymous. Performance cookies are used only to improve the way the site works.

Functionality cookies

They record the choices you make (such as your preferred language) and give you custom usage features. They can record the changes you have made to the site. The information they collect may be made anonymous. They refer strictly to our sites and cannot track other sites you visit.

Targeting cookies

They provide you with ads or messages relevant to your interests. Sometimes targeting cookies are linked to other sites, such as Facebook. The four categories of cookies are classified either as temporary (“session” cookies) or longer term (“permanent” cookies).

“Session” cookies record your actions in a single browsing session. This “session” starts when the page is open and ends when it is closed. Then the cookies are erased forever. “Permanent” cookies are those that remain on your phone or computer for a certain period of time. They are automatically activated when you visit a particular site again. Another classification between Cookies is made according to their source: “primary” cookies or “third-party” cookies. “Primary” cookies are created by The Open Knowledge Association website that you visit, and “third parties” are created by a site other than the one visited. The Open Knowledge Association website allows third-party Cookies only from websites approved by the company.

Classification of cookies for

Strictly necessary cookies

Open Knowledge Association uses “strictly necessary” cookies to: • Ensure that you connect to the appropriate service when we change the way our website works. Open Knowledge Association cookies classified as “strictly necessary”, will not be used to: • Collect information that could be used to promote products or services to you. • Register your preferences or username after you end the current visit. By accessing our website you consent to the use of “Strictly Necessary” cookies. If you block these cookies, we cannot guarantee your security or predict how the site will evolve for you. Below is a list of “Strictly Necessary” cookies generated by The Open Knowledge Association on

Cookie name Type of cookie Cookie expiration date Category Type of use PHPSESSID “Session” Cookie. When closing the Internet browser Session Environment

Performance cookies

Open Knowledge Association uses “performance” cookies to: • Provide statistics on how our website is used • Improve the site by identifying errors that may occur Cookies classified as “performance” by The Open Knowledge Association will not be used for: • Remembering your preferences or username after the end of your current visit. Some of these cookies are managed for us by other companies, but we do not allow these companies to use cookies for purposes other than those listed above. By using our website you consent to the use of “performance” cookies. If you block them, we cannot predict how the site will evolve for you. Below is a list of “third-party” cookies classified as “performance” cookies: Cookie name Type of cookie Cookie expiration date Category Type of use Google Analytics (third party) “permanent” Cookies 2 years analytical environment Webtrends (third party) “permanent” Cookies 10 years analytical environment

Functionality cookies

This site does not currently use functionality cookies.

Targeting cookies

Open Knowledge Association uses targeting cookies for: • Facebook support integration • Displaying targeted content

Classified targeting cookies by The Open Knowledge Association will not be used for: • storing user information

Some of these cookies are managed for us by other companies, but we do not allow these companies to use cookies for purposes other than those listed above. You can block or allow the use of these cookies but blocking them may mean that we will no longer be able to provide certain services. It is also possible that blocking them prevents us from remembering that you did not want a certain service.

Below is a list of targeting cookies:

Cookie name: Facebook
Type of cookie: (Third party)
Cookie expiration date: “Permanent” Cookies
Type of use: Facebook login

Cookies placed by third parties. On our sites you can find cookies placed by third parties, which we do not control. Facebook may use cookies or other technologies when you connect to your invitations through Facebook Connect, for example. Facebook privacy policy, terms and conditions can be found here: / cookies / update.

We may also allow a third party (e.g. Google) to place cookies on our sites to generate statistics related to how these sites are used; occasionally this may include performing remarketing activities for products and services you have seen on our or third party sites. This notice does not apply to applications, technologies or sites that are owned and/or operated by third parties (e.g. third party advertisers or third party advertising servers) even if they use our technologies to store and collect information. However, we work with third parties to ensure that you are provided with the necessary information and that you have the choice. It is recommended that you consult the terms of Use, Privacy Policy, permissions and notices relevant to the collection, storage and distribution practices of those third parties.

Deleting cookies

If you are not satisfied with the use of cookies on this site, you can easily delete them from your browser folder. You can also set your browser to block cookies or display a warning notice before a cookie is stored on your computer.

Because there are several types of browsers available, we will not give instructions for all of them, but you can visit the “All About Cookies” section.

If you use the Operating System Microsoft Windows and Windows Explorer, these are
• Click on ‘Windows Explorer’
• Select the ‘Search’ box in the toolbar
• Type ‘Cookies’ in the ‘search’ box in ‘folders and files’
• Choose ‘My Computer’ from the ‘Look In’ menu
• Click on ‘Search Now’
• Select and open the displayed directories as a result
• Select Cookies
• Click on the ‘Delete’ button to delete the selected files

If you do not have Windows Explorer, click on “Help” in the “Start” menu and search for “cookies” to find information on the search for cookies. If you delete cookies, you may not be able to use some of the services on our site or on other sites.

Additional information
For more information about cookies you can access any of these pages:
Useful information about cookies can be found at:
Internet Advertising Bureau – a guide to behavioral advertising and privacy on the Internet produced by the Internet advertising industry: