About cookies

What is a "cookie"?

A cookie is a small text file that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies on NIS's websites perform a wide variety of functions and, among other things, they allow you to move more efficiently on web pages, to save your favorite settings and generally, contribute to a better experience of the website.
 
European Union Directive 2009/136/EC allows the storage of cookies on your device if they are necessary for the functioning of this site, while all other cookies require your consent.
 
NIS’s websites can also use cookies that are not necessary for their functioning. We do not use such cookies to monitor the behavior of individual users or their identification, but to gain useful knowledge about the manner of use of websites so that we can further improve them for our users. Without the insights gained through the systems that use cookies, we would not be able to provide these services to you.

Types of cookies we use

If you set up the language, font size, or specific version of the site (for example, high contrast mode), cookies are used to set up the user interface. After the setup, you do not need to specify your preferences during the next visit to this website.
 
If you use parts of the site the access to which requires registration, for this purpose, we will place an authentication cookie on your computer. This allows you to leave and return to those parts of the website without re-authentication.
 
NIS wants to get acquainted with the way visitors use its websites and it uses network analytics services for that purpose. These services register the number of visitors and give us general information about their behavior, such as keywords entered into the search engine which direct a user to our site, the average retention time on the site, and the number of pages viewed by the user. For this purpose, we place on your computer the so-called first-party analytics cookie.

We can also use services like Google Analytics to monitor network statistics. In this case, Google places on your computer the so-called third-party cookie. Such cookie is also placed when we use Google Maps.

Storage and management of all data collected through these cookies is done by NIS or its affiliates in the countries in which the company operates.

The types of cookies we use are in the following table.

Category Cookie Cookie Name Cookie Description
First party cookie has_js These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Analytics cookie  __stid    Used by ShareThis service for analytics. The “__stid” cookie is set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors “user-activity”, e.g. Web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only personally identifies you if you have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them your consent. If you are interested in reading the privacy policy of ShareThis you can find it here.
Analytics cookie __unam Used by ShareThis service for analytics. The “__unam” cookie is set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors “user-activity”, e.g. Web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only personally identifies you if you have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them your consent. If you are interested in reading the privacy policy of ShareThis you can find it here.
Analytics cookie _ga This cookie is set to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. This is used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the websites analytics reports
Analytics cookie _gat This cookie is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites
Analytics cookie _gat_UA-34007088-1 This cookie is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites
Analytics cookie _gid Used to distinguish users.
Third-party cookie - Share This service pxcelBcnLcy These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator's permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Third-party cookie - Share This service pxcelPage_c010 These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator's permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
 
If you need further information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Cookie control

If you do not want to receive cookies, you can set up your internet browser to notify you when cookies are sent to you, and you can also reject all cookies. You can also delete cookies that are already placed on your computer.
 
If you want to limit or block the receipt of cookies that are placed on your device via the Internet browser, this is done by adjusting the browser settings; the procedure is explained in the help option of your browser. You can also visit the website www.aboutcookies.org (external link), which contains detailed instructions on this process with regard to various internet browsers.