What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that the website stores on a computer or mobile device when a user visits the site. It enables the website to remember the user’s actions over a period of time.
Eurojust uses Europa Analytics, a corporate tool provided by the European Commission, to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the Eurojust website. Europa Analytics is managed by the European Commission, which uses the open-source analytics platform Piwik. This platform enables the protection of end-user personal data thanks to features such as IP address de-identification.
By default, Eurojust website visitors are tracked using cookies called 'first-party persistent cookies' from Europa Analytics.
First party cookies are cookies set by the visited website. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use an external service to analyse how people are using their site. Europa Analytics sets its own cookie to do this and does not use external parties.
Persistent cookies are cookies saved on a user’s computer that are not deleted automatically when the user closes the browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted in that case. They expire after 13 months, after which they are actually removed from the device.
These cookies collect the information below which Eurojust uses to prepare aggregated, anonymous statistics reports of visitors’ activity:
- IP address (masked)
- Geolocation: country, region, city, approximate latitude and longitude
- Date and time of the request (visit to the site)
- Page title: title of the page being viewed
- Page URL: URL of the page being viewed
- Referrer URL: URL of the page that was viewed prior to the current page
- Screen resolution of user's device
- Time in local visitor's time-zone
- Download: files that were clicked and downloaded
- Outlink: links to an outside domain that were clicked
- Pages generation time: the time it takes for webpages to be generated by the webserver and then downloaded by the visitor (page speed)
- Accept-Language header: main language of the browser being used
- User-Agent header: browser version, browser plugins (PDF, Flash, Java, etc.), operating system version, device identifier
- Language of the visited page
- Site Search
To improve the accuracy of the produced reports, information is also stored in a first-party cookie from Eurojust’s website and then collected by Europa Analytics:
- Random unique Visitor ID
- Time of the first visit for the specific visitor
- Time of the previous visit for the specific visitor
- Number of visits for the specific visitor
Additionally, a random identifier is generated by Piwik, which enables Europa Analytics to identify when a user returns to the site.
For more information on cookies, please visit the Europa Web Guide of the European Commission.