Cookies and similar technologies policy

During best practices of Internet, we regularly use cookies and similar technologies when accessing and browsing the electronic web address (hereinafter referred as the "Website")

These technologies are used to provide a comfortable and efficient browsing, and there is a range of features, such as the ability to share our pages in social media, and also to collect some information about browsing, which are necessary for the smooth operation of the Website.

Cookies are small text files that are stored in the computer's hard disk or other electronic device that help you access the Website. Cookies are unique for each browser (web browser, e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.) and they are containing anonymous information regarding the websites you visit and the devices you use.

The Website has been developed with the WordPress Content Management System (CMS), which uses cookies for its proper operation.

A. Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies involve storing information or gaining access to already stored information on your device for the sole purpose of conducting the transmission of a communication via an electronic communications network or, if it is strictly necessary, for the provision of an information society service, explicitly requested by the user or subscriber.

These cookies cannot be discarded, as it would be impossible to provide services on the Website.

Name Source Duration Purpose
cookie_notice_accepted viomal.gr 30 days Used to view the message about accepting cookies and saving the
user's choice.
resolution viomal.gr Session Used to view images adjusted to the sizes of the device.
wordpress_test_cookie viomal.gr Session Controls whether cookies are enabled.

B. Functional Cookies

These cookies are not necessary for the operation of the Website but they help improving your web experience by providing a number of useful features such as saving your choices (e.g. language or user name), viewing videos or sharing content in social media.

Name Source Duration Purpose
LOGIN_INFO youtube.com 24 months This cookie is used to play YouTube videos embedded on the website.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE youtube.com 6 months These cookies allow YouTube to collect usage information for YouTube hosted videos.
OGP .google.com - These cookies are used by Google to track the use and enable the functionality of Google Maps.

Social plug-in cookies via plug-in (add-ins)

Our Website does not use third party services to share content in social media from certified members who have already logged in.

However, social media devices install their own cookies, which are inducted when sharing content (e.g. an article) in social media (e.g. Twitter), and usually record some basic data related to the user and transfer them to the server of the corresponding means of communication.

Cookies are typically activated only when you click on the corresponding social network symbol, thus consenting to the transmission of your data to the corresponding provider. The legal basis for the use of plugins is your consent and the legitimate interests of the provider.

These cookies use data like your IP address and send them to the servers of the respective provider where they are stored. It is very likely that these data are used by social media for profiling.

Reasonable as it is, we have no control or influence on the extent of the data collected and the processing methods as they are defined by each mean.

We urge you to search for more detailed information about how these media process your data, cookie and data protection policies, and other sources of information they provide, such as https://www.facebook.com/help/206635839404055.

More about third-party functionality cookies

Google Web Fonts

Our Website uses the Google Web Fonts service for the used fonts. The Google Fonts service is designed to limit the collection, storage and processing of your data to the absolutely necessary for optimal font delivery.

Based on Google’s statement, it takes a series of technical measures to ensure the protection of your data. Google does not require the visitor to identify the use of fonts, and no cookies are sent from Website visitors to the Google Fonts service. Requests to the Google Font Service API take place in domain names relative to this service, such as fonts.googleapis.com or fonts.gstatic.com, so that your font requests are separate and do not contain credentials send to google.com using other Google services you have identified, such as Gmail.

More information about Google Fonts and data protection while using it, can be found here https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq.

Google Maps

Our Website uses the Google Maps (API) service to view geographic information. When using the Google Maps service, Google collects, processes and processes visitor data about the maps function. If, however, you are visiting a map via Google Maps while you are logged in with a Google Account, your browsing habits can be personalized. To avoid this, you should first log out of your Google Account.

More information about Google Maps and data protection while using it, can be found here https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/terms/.

Youtube

YouTube videos are embedded in our Website using Google's enhanced data protection feature. That means Google will only store your data if you click play on the video. Data that Google receives when viewing a video is:

  • The IP address
  • The specific page address of your access
  • The transmitted name of Internet browser
  • The date and time of access
  • Cookies that already exist and through which your browser can be clearly identified.

We would like to point out that Google may receive additional data through cookies that have already been stored. We have no influence on the way and extent to which these data are used by Google, which is only responsible for this processing. Learn more https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/171780?hl=en-GB.

C. Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about your use of the Website, such as the pages you most often visit, the page from which your visit came from, and more. These cookies collect aggregated, anonymous statistical information that can not lead to a visitor's identification. They are used for the sole purpose of analyzing traffic and improving the performance of the Website.

Google Analytics (IP Anonymization function)

The Website uses the Google Analytics service (IP Anonymization function) to measure its traffic.

Google Analytics is the most popular cookie-based traffic measurement service. The service involves collecting and analyzing data about the visitor's behavior on the Website, such as the IP address, source of origin (citation) and the individual pages visited.

The purpose of using Google Analytics is to process anonymous data to optimize the Website, such as which page needs improvement and how to make it more usable, and to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for displaying ads . The storage time of the data collected is 2 years.

The creator and operator of Google Analytics is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

In Google Analytics, the Website uses the "Anonymize IP" feature. With this, your IP address is limited by Google and anonymized when you access the Website.

In order to access Website traffic data, we allow Google Analytics to place a cookie on the computer’s hard drive or other visitor's electronic device. Each time you visit a different page within the Website, the browser you use is submitting data to the Google Analytics platform in an automated, encrypted and anonymous way.

The cookie is used to store certain information, such as access time, site location, and frequency of visits to the Website by the visitor. With every visit to the Website, data like your IP address is transmitted to a Google server in the United States of America. You can find more information about Google's data processing policy here, and for cookies used by Analytics here. http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html

By using anonymization techniques and best practices, as we do on the Website, cookies related to the traffic measurement are not likely to cause privacy risks. However, based on current legislation, we are required to ask for your consent to their establishment. In addition to your consent, you can set cookies at any time through your browser settings (more details at the end of the text).

The default on most browsers is the automatic acceptance of cookies. However, you can change the settings to block cookies or allow only certain categories to be downloaded. In some cases, non-installing cookies may make some features of a Website unusable.

In addition, you have the ability to totally block your data collection through Google Analytics by installing the https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout plug-in in your browser.

Jetpack

Our Website uses Jetpack, a service provided by Automattic Inc, located in the United States, specifically in San Francisco, 60 29th Street # 343, CA 94110-4929.

We use a range of JetPack features that allow us, for example, to receive information about your browsing through the Website, analyze and improve the use of the Website and the provision of services to you.

Among the information being processed, is the type and version of the web browser, information about the operating system you are using, information about the mobile devices you may be using, the time of visit and the Website or application from which you visited. These data are used exclusively for statistical purposes.

We take technical and organizational measures to help protection of your data, such as anonymizing your IP address and passing data to Automattic's server using secure connections (https, ssl).

Automattic has been certified in accordance with the Privacy Shield framework, which provides appropriate safeguards to comply with European data protection law (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000CbqcAAC&status=Active)

For more information, you can read the Automattic's privacy policy: https://automattic.com/privacy/ and information about Jetpack cookies: https://jetpack.com/support/cookies/ .

Name Source Duration Purpose
_ga Google 2 years Used to separate users from each other.
_gid Google 24 hours Used to separate users from each other.
_gat Google 1 minute It is used to reduce the rate of requests to the service. If Google Analytics integrates
through Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be renamed to _dc_gtm_ .
tk_ai Automattic 5 years It collects traffic statistics through the Jetpack service.
tk_qs Automattic 30 minuts It collects traffic statistics through the Jetpack service.

D. Cookies and similar targeting / advertising technologies

Facebook Custom Audience Pixel

The Website uses the Facebook pixel (pixel), a Facebook Inc. service. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA). In fact this is a small piece of Javascript code that we is embedded on the Website.

This script provides various functions for sending specific data related to a visitor's actions to Facebook. We use this service to record information about how visitors use your Website.

This pixel captures and provides Facebook with information about the user's browser setting, a hashed version of the Facebook ID and the URL you are visiting.

In this way, each Facebook user acquires a distinct Facebook ID, regardless of the device used, through which we are able to target our visitors again for advertising purposes through Facebook ads.

This information is retained for a maximum of 180 days. After this period, the information is deleted until the visitor visits our Website again. The Website does not have the ability to identify users, as no relevant Facebook information is disclosed, but only anonymized statistics.

We are not in a position to know what information is provided about users through cookies and other technologies that Facebook itself uses. Learn about Facebook's data protection policies https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation , your preferences for ads on https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen  and how Facebook pixel technology works https://developers.facebook.com/docs/facebook-pixel/pixel-with-ads/website-custom-audiences .

E. Log Files

Due to its nature and the way the internet operates, as soon as you visit the Website our server logs your IP address, which is personal data, even if we are unable to identify you on our own basis.

In addition, our logs help us to record also the browser type and operating system you use, and other information about your online visit, such as the URL from which you reached the Website, and the date and time of the visit.

These data are stored exclusively for the time necessary to ensure the security of networks, information and services from accidental events or illegal or malicious actions that compromise the availability, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of the stored or transmitted data (e.g. "denial of service" attacks control).

F. How to control cookies through a browser

You retain the ability to set cookies at any time through your browser settings. To manage and disable cookies, follow the instructions per Internet browser: