European Space Agency

Cookies Notice

The European Space Agency (herein the “Agency” or “ESA”) is an intergovernmental organisation established by its Convention opened for signature in Paris on 30 May 1975 having its headquarters located at 24 rue du Général Bertrand, CS 30798, 75345 Paris Cedex 07, France.

Protection of Personal Data is of great importance for ESA, therefore this Cookie Notice aims to ensure lawfulness and transparency by explaining the cookies and similar technologies that we use in the TIA Directorate websites namely ARTES, Business Applications and Space Solutions, what they do, what your choices regarding their use are and how you can contact us.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that a website may save on your device, for instance mobile device or computer, upon your visit to the website. Cookies may allow a website to recognise an individual’s device and store some information about the user.

What are the different types of cookies?

A cookie can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs. By lifespan, a cookie is either a:

  • session cookie which is erased when the user closes the browser or;
  • persistent cookie which remains on the user's computer/device for a pre-defined period of time;

As for the domain to which it belongs, there are either:

  • first-party cookies which are set by the web server of the visited page and share the same domain;
  • third-party cookies stored by a different domain to the visited page's domain. This can happen when the webpage references a file, such as JavaScript, located outside its domain.

 

Which cookies do we use?

Strictly Necessary or Essential Cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary for the website to provide the services that you requested and/or for the solely purpose of the transmission of the services and/or the website. Without these cookies you would not be able to access the services or the website and therefore this category cannot be disabled.

Source

First Party or Third Party cookie?

Cookie Name

Session or Persistent cookie?

Type of personal data collected

Purpose

Expires

artes.esa.int

First party

has_js

Session

Browser JavaScript capabilities

Know whether browser is able to use JavaScript

With session

artes.esa.int

First party

cookie-agreed

Persistent

Visitor acceptance of cookies

Prevent cookie acceptance popup from appearing continuously

48h

business.esa.int

First party

cookie-agreed

Persistent

Visitor acceptance of cookies

Prevent cookie acceptance popup from appearing continuously

48h

business.esa.int

First party

SSESS[id]

Persistent

Session ID

Identify user session

25d

 

Analytics Cookies: These cookies help us to improve and measure the performance of our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. We only place this cookies if you have provided your prior consent.

These cookies collect information about how you use our website and help us, for example, to understand what is of interest to our users and measure how effective our communications are. In this way, we can adapt the content of our website more specifically to your needs and thereby improve what we offer you, for example by ensuring that you can easily find what you are looking for. These performance cookies include those set by social media platforms and by Google services deployed on the website.

For example, we rely on Google Analytics to obtain statistics about the usage of the website. Data are sent to servers operated by Google (which might be located outside the EU) and are used to provide ESA with aggregate statistics about the number and duration of visits, usage patterns, traffic sources, users’ demographics and searches performed on this website.

We collect data to keep track of the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, manage visitor traffic and improve functionality and usability. We do not identify individual visitors and we receive anonymised aggregate data.

Google has its own privacy policy. Google self-certifies compliance with the EU-US ‘Privacy Shield’ framework that the US Department of Commerce developed in consultation with the European Commission in order to meet the European ‘adequacy’ standard for privacy protection.

How do you withdraw your consent and/or delete the cookies?

• Cookies Preferences: You can withdraw your consent for each cookie category (except strictly necessary or essential cookies) at any time by selecting your preferences in the “Cookie Preference”. By using our Cookies Preferences and revoke your consent, the cookies therein described will be deleted.

• Using Your Browser: All the cookies used on our website can be disabled through your browser. To disable cookies through your browser, follow your browser instructions. Normally within the “Help,” “Tools” or “Edit” menus in your browser. Please note that blocking or deleting cookies may lead to reduced functionality of some features on the website. Therefore, the website may not function optimally without enabled cookies, in particular strictly necessary and essential cookies.

Changes to our Cookies Notice

All future changes we make to our Cookie Notice will be posted on this website.

Contact

In case of any question, you can contact ESA DPO, as first point of contact, by sending an email to: dpo@esa.int