What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file that holds a certain amount of data, which are downloaded to your computer, in order to improve your experience. Cookies are often used to remember information about preferences and pages a person has visited. This cookie data can then be retrieved and can allow us to customise our web pages and services accordingly. It is important to clarify that cookies do not collect any personal data stored on your hard drive or computer.

How does BigHPC use cookies?

The BigHPC project uses cookies to improve your browsing experience on the website, namely:

Strictly necessary cookies are cookies used exclusively to carry out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communication network, or, insofar as this is strictly necessary, to the provider of an information society service that has been explicitly requested by the contracting party or user to provide said service.

Functionality cookies allow websites to remember the user’s site preferences and choices they make on the site including display resolution and language.

Analytics cookies are used directly by the website manager to collect aggregate information on users’ activities performed on the website (for instance, page views, origin by country) and are collected anonymously and only for statistical purposes.

On the other hand, one might distinguish first party cookies which are cookies set by the website you’re visiting (only that website can read them) from cookies placed by external service providers, to analyse how people are using their websites (third party cookies).

The cookies we use do not store personally identifiable information nor can they harm your computer. We want our website to be informative, and as user-friendly as possible, and cookies help us achieving that goal.

When using BigHPC’s website, a banner will show up for you to accept or refuse the use of cookies and other technologies as set out in this policy. 

We appreciate some users may like more individual control over their visit to our website and can adjust their settings accordingly. You can read all about this in the section below “How to control and delete cookies”.

Google Analytics may also place cookies on your machine. Please read their privacy privacy policies to ensure that you’re comfortable with how they use cookies.

Social media third party cookies

To enrich our website content, sometimes we may embed video or photo content from other social media websites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. The BigHPC project has no control or liability over these cookies set, so you should check the relevant third party’s cookie policy for more information.

We also offer a “share page” widget on some of our web pages, where content can be shared easily on the following sites: Twitter and LinkedIn. These sites may set a cookie when you are logged into their service. The BigHPC project has no control or liability over these cookies set, so you should check the relevant third party’s cookie policy for more information.

How to control and delete cookies

The BigHPC project will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about users. However, you should choose to disable, reject or block our cookies, be aware that will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of this site. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser.

Do not track changes

In addition to these settings and at any event you may enable the Do Not Track function in your browser. Do not Track is a function that always visitors not to be tracked by websites. Do Not Track options are available in a number of browsers including:

  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge
  • Chrome
  • Opera 

You may find useful visiting the following link if you look for general information on how to enable Do Not Track functions in browsers at https://www.allaboutcookies.org/

More information

If you are still looking for more information, you can contact us through our email at info.bighpc@wavecom.pt.