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Privacy and Cookies

Privacy and Cookies

Privacy

At MINERVA, we respect the lawful and proper handling of personal information since we believe this is important for the success of our activities and for the trust of the people who use our services and who we deal with.

Through its website(s), MINERVA can collect and use personal information so as to offer users better and more personalized information, products and services, as well as better and more functional web experience, while making every effort to protect your privacy.

Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to work as intended and be more useful.

Some of our pages or subdomains may use additional or different cookies from those listed below. In such cases, details about them and their use will be presented in the respective pages with cookie policy information. You may be asked to give your consent to the use of the cookies.

Cookie Essentials

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. They allow the website to distinguish you from other users without storing any personally identifiable information about you. Their function is to log the way you browse through the site as well as your preferences for a certain period of time without you having to enter them every time you visit the website or navigate from one page to another.

The activating and storing of cookies is not always absolutely necessary for the functioning of the website as a whole. On the one hand, however, this will provide you with a better user experience when you browse our website, because if you delete or block those cookies, some elements of the website may not work properly. On the other hand, this allows us to analyse how the website is used and gives us pointers on how to improve our website or certain pages or elements from it.

Types of Cookies

There are several main types of cookies used by websites:

– session (transient) cookies

These are temporary cookies which are stored by your web browser only for the duration of your visit of the site and are deleted when you close the web browser.

– permanent (persistent) cookies

These cookies are stored by your web browser and remain in operation even after you close the browser. They are used to remember information and settings for longer than a session of surfing.

– first-party cookies

These cookies are placed on your computer or mobile device by the very website you are currently visiting. Their purpose includes assigning your unique identity in view of tracking the way you navigate through the website, managing your current session or distinguishing purposes.

– third-party cookies

These are cookies used by external websites which you reach through links, advertisements, embedded video and other content, buttons, widgets or other functionalities. The website operator has no control over cookies used by such third parties.

Cookies on Our Website

Our website uses the following cookies:

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Name of cookie:
_icl_current_language
Source/Host/Domain:
www.minerva.bg

Description: Set by the WPML WordPress plugin. It stores a language value for the website and handles browser language redirection.

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Name of cookie:
catAccCookies
Source/Host/Domain:
www.minerva.bg

Description: Set by the WPML WordPress Cookie Consent plugin. It handles the cookie consent notification.

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Name of cookie:
ChamiloUsesCookies
Source/Host/Domain:
www.vle.minerva.bg

Description: Set by the Chamilo platform used by MINERVA. It handles the cookie consent notification.

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Name of cookie:
ch_sid
Source/Host/Domain:
www.vle.minerva.bg

Description: A session cookie set by the Chamilo platform used by MINERVA whose purpose is to prevent multiple login of the same user to two different installations of the platform on the same server. It is placed when you press the “Enter” button on our website.

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Cookies from Third-party Sites

Besides the cookies listed above, sometimes we place on our websites hyperlinks, advertisements, embedded video or other content, buttons, widgets or other functionalities linking to third-party websites. This is done to make our website more useful and interesting and improve its functionality. As a result, however, when you visit such third-party websites, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We have no control over these websites or the way in which such third-party sites disseminate and use these cookies. It is the obligation and responsibility of each user to check on their own the privacy policy of these sites and decide whether to give their consent and continue to use them.

Here are some examples of such cookies of third parties placed through our website in connection with services and functionalities used (the list may not be exhaustive):

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Name of cookies:
_ga, google-analytics.com
Source/Host/Domain:
www.google.com/analytics/

Description: One or more cookies set by Google Analytics – a set of analytics services allowing the collection of anonymous information about the way users interact with a website – e.g. time and duration of visit, how the user navigates through the website and other metrics allowing analysis in view of making future improvements of the website.
MINERVA has no control over the cookies used by third-party websites and services.

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Name of cookies:
maps.googleapis.com, gstatic.com, Channel ID, NID
Source/Host/Domain:
google.com, google.bg

Description: One or more cookies set by Google Maps when, for example, you use the maps from the “Contact” section of our website. Their purpose is remembering your preferences and gathering other information e.g. customizations of search settings, language settings, etc.
MINERVA has no control over the cookies used by third-party websites and services.

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Name of cookies:
_twitter_sess, external_referer, guest_id
Source/Host/Domain:
twitter.com

Description: One or more cookies set by the social networking website Twitter when, for example, you decide to use on our website buttons of the “Tweet” or “Share” type, which make connections with a linked third-party website.
MINERVA has no control over the cookies used by third-party websites and services.

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Name of cookie:
facebook.com
Source/Host/Domain:
facebook.com

Description: One or more cookies set by the social networking website Facebook when, for example, you decide to use on our website buttons of the “Like” or “Share” type, which make connections with a linked third-party website.
MINERVA has no control over the cookies used by third-party websites and services.

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Here are also some examples of third-party websites which may be linked from our website (the list is not exhaustive):
britishcouncil.bg; macmillan.bg; econt.com; vripack.com; sparky.eu; nbu.bg; korektnafirma.com; cambridgeenglish.org; ielts.org; ets.org; collegeboard.org.

Besides their own first-party cookies, these third-party sites may also place cookies of other third-party sites with functional, statistical, promotional or other purposes.
MINERVA has no control over the cookies used by third-party websites and services.

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The list of cookies used on our website and mentioned here can, at a certain moment in time, turn out to be incomplete or inaccurate. This may be due to an additionally activated feature on our website or a link to an external website included later than the latest update of this document. We apologize for any inaccuracies beforehand. We ask all users who notice any discrepancy between the list of cookies mentioned here and the ones in actual use, to notify us immediately so that we update the present information about the cookies used.

Cookie Control

You can control and delete cookies whenever you wish. You can delete all cookies already stored on your computer and you can also change your web browser settings for storing, blocking and deleting of cookies. You should, however, bear in mind that if you change these settings, you may need to set certain parameters manually every time you visit the website or that some services and features may not work.

To read more about cookies used on the internet and the methods for their control, you can visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/, http://www.aboutcookies.org/ or other similar sites.

As for the possible ways of setting the cookie control in your browser according to your preferences, you can check the following sources of information about some major browsers: for Chrome – here; for Firefox – here; for Internet Explorer – here; for Microsoft Edge – here; for Opera – here; for Safari – here; for Safari iOS – here.

Additionally, if you do not want to be tracked by Google Analytics, you can install the following opt-out browser add-on from here.

For further information about Google Analytics and the cookies used by it, please check the cookie policy of this web analytics service available here.

Cookie Consent

By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies.

Revisions

MINERVA reserves the right, at our discretion, to modify, add or remove parts of this privacy policy at any time. In case of any changes in this policy, they will be published in an updated version of the privacy policy page. Users are advised to review periodically our privacy policy page for any such changes.

This version is dated 01.09.2016.

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