Last updated as at: 14 May 2021

AFA OOD, having UIC 030278596 (herein below AFA) is the administrator of the Website (herein below the Website) and of the contents published on the Website.  

This Cookies Policy (herein below the Policy) describes the various types of cookies that may be used in connection with the access to the Website and the different ways you can manage them. We use cookies to present you the contents of our Website and to improve its functioning. 

  1. What Are Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are downloaded and stored on your personal computer, mobile device or other terminal device, when you visit a certain website. They may be set by the website administrator or a by a third party. They are widely used in order to make websites work in a better, more efficient way. The cookies allow the website to memorize certain actions and preferences of the user (such as language, font size and other display settings) for a certain period of time or enable other functionalities. 

Some cookies, known as “session cookies”, expire at the end of your browser session. Other cookies, known as “persistent cookies”, are stored on your device between the browser sessions.

We use cookies to determine whether your terminal device has already communicated with our Website. By reading the cookie data we can design our Website to be easier for you to use.

  1. Cookies Management 

Most browsers are set by default to accept all cookies, however, the users can set their browser to notify them before the acceptance of cookies, to accept or reject only specific cookies or to refuse all cookies. The users can as well delete all cookies from their device at any time. Bear in mind that any changes you make in these settings apply only for the specific program of the browser on which you have made them. If you use different browsers or different devices, you have to change the settings for each browser and for each device. Please, refer to your browser’s help feature for information how to change the cookies settings and to delete cookies. More information regarding the cookies, including how to check what cookies have been set and how to manage, block and delete them, you may find at:

  1. What is the Internet Protocol Address (IP address) 

The IP address is a number (a series of digits separated by dots), which is given to your device every time you enter the Internet. This number is different depending on the network, which you use to enter the Internet (home network, business network or public network). The IP address allows the devices and the servers in the Internet to recognize each other and to communicate to one another. Without being connected with additional information about you the IP address cannot identify you personally as a natural person. It only provides the opportunity to maintain the communication with your device, while you browse our Website.

  1. What Data Do We Collect through Our Cookies 

When we use cookies, we receive information regarding the language preferred by the user for visualizing our Website. 

We receive the IP address of the device which you use, every time you visit our Website. We use your IP address to ensure the functionality and the navigation of the Website, for the purposes of the IT-security and performance of system diagnostics. We can also share it with our partners, which help us maintain our Website.

  1. How Do We Use Cookies on Our Website

When you visit our Website, we use cookies to ensure that you receive maximum functionality. These cookies are related to your preferences or your device, through which you visit our Website. 

For our Website to be fully functional, we use the following programs and web solutions, which may be granted access to your IP address without identifying you as a natural person: Zend Framework applications.

When using our Website, you can agree with the use of cookies, which your selected browser accepts in accordance with the settings you have set, you can personalize which cookies to be used or to entirely refuse their use. If you refuse to use cookies this may affect the functionality of our Website and your access to it, as well as the services we can offer. Your choice of cookies made on our Website will be memorized upon each visit. In order to memorize the choice, you have made, we will also use a cookie. This means that: 

  • If you delete all your cookies, you will have to update your preferences regarding our Website; 
  • If you use another device or browser, you will have to indicate your preferences once again.
  1. Types of Cookies that We Use

6.1. Necessary (Own) Cookies (First Party Cookies)

These cookies are used only by us and for that reason are also called own cookies. They are set by the server of the visited Website and share the same domain. These cookies are necessary so that our Website functions as intended and so that a user session can be created and a user group can be set with access to the public resources on the Website (text, image, etc). We use two types of own cookies – session and permanent ones.

  • Functionality Cookies allow the Website to provide improved functionality and personalization. They can be set by us or by third parties, whose services we have added to our Website. The purpose of these cookies is to provide you with more personalized use of our Website based on your previous visits and choices. Upon refusal of these cookies it is possible that some services will not function properly. The functionality cookies, which our Website stores on your device, are:
__atuvc400 daysThis cookie is related with the AddThis social sharing plug-in, which is often integrated in websites in order to allow users to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated count of the shares of web pages.
__atuvs30 minutesThis cookie is related with the AddThis social sharing plug-in, which is often integrated in websites in order to allow users to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is a new cookie of AddThis, which is used to support other cookies set by the plug-in.
  • Session Cookies are stored on your terminal device only during the current session, during which you browse our Website. These cookies take care of showing you such amount of information that suits your Internet consumption and the way you see (is shown to you) our Website (language, font, colour, view, etc). Through these cookies your decision regarding the use of cookies on our Website is saved as well. You can set your browser settings to block or to alert you for these cookies, however some parts of our Website will not function. These cookies do not store any personal information and are deleted at the end of the user session, i.e. after our Website is closed on the relevant device.

The session cookies, which our Website stores on your device, are:

wordpress_test_cookiesessionTo check if the respective cookie can be enabled on the device. WordPress-based websites use this cookie in order to check whether cookies are active on the browser so that to provide appropriate user experience to the users. This cookie is used on the front-end, even if you are not logged in.
wp-postpass_{hash}10 daysThis cookie is used to maintain session if a post is password protected.
  • Persistent Cookies are    saved on the device of the user for a preliminary specified period of time. On our Website we use persistent cookies in order to show you the dialog window that appears when you first access the Website and that asks your consent to use the cookies on our Website. These cookies are deleted automatically after 365 days.

The necessary cookies cannot be turned off in our systems. Usually, they are set only in response to your actions, representing a request for services such as setting your privacy preferences, system log in or filling in contact forms.

  1. Marketing and Target Advertising Cookies

Google Analythics cookies collect general statistical data with the purpose to improve the presentation, usage and navigation of our Website. Google supplements these general data with demographic data and information on users’ interests so that we can better understand their needs. These cookies can be set through our Website by our advertising partners. They can be used and shared by these partners in order to build a profile of your interests and to show you appropriate content on other websites. They are based on the unique identification of your browser and of the device you use to access websites. If you do not allow these cookies, you will receive less targeted adverts. Google Analythics maintains three JavaScript libraries (tags) to measure the usage of a ceratin website. Our Website uses cookies from the library gtag.js. These cookies are:

_ga2 yearsThis cookie is used to distinguish users from one another.
_gid24 hoursThis cookie is used to distinguish users from one another.
_gat1 minuteThis cookie is used to increase requests’ speed. If Google Analytics is implemented through Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm<property-id>.
AMP_TOKENfrom 30 seconds to1 yearThis cookie contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
_gac_<property-id>90 daysThis cookie contains advertising campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.

6.3. Third Party Cookies

The third party cookies are stored on domains different than the domain of our Website. This may happen when our Website links to a website, file or service, which are located outside its domain. These cookies are persistent cookies and will be deleted automatically after 2 years if you do not visit https: // again.

For instance, the cookies of most social networks are such cookies. They provide users with the opportunity directly to access certain content on the respective websites through our Website. When you visit our Website, the operator of the plug-in, which is located on our Website, may place cookies on your device, which allow this operator to recognize the users on its website, who earlier visited our Website, to make his service easier to use, to ensure that your action is shown on our Website (e.g. update of the cache for social sharing).

If before you browse our Website you have logged-in in your profile on the relevant social network, the plug-ins for social networks can allow the relevant social network to receive data for you, which identify you directly and show that you have visited our Website. The plug-ins can collect these data regarding visitors, who have logged-in in their profile in the respective social network, regardless of whether the visitors interact with the plug-in on our Website or not. The plug-ins for social networks also allow the social network to share information regarding your activity on our Website with other users of the respective social network or with other third parties.

Through our Website you can access directly the contents of the greeting videos for AFA’s 30th anniversary, which are located on the website and the plug-in that we use is a plug-in for YouTube.

  1. Links to websites of third parties

On our Website are located links (hyperlinks) to websites of third parties (e.g. to Facebook, LinkedIn and Viber). We do not provide any guarantees neither for the existence and the contents of other websites to which links are generated, nor for the thoroughness, up-to-date, accurateness and usefulness of the information contained thereon. AFA bears no responsibility whatsoever for any damages suffered or profits lost as might be incurred by the users in result of the lack of information or of use the websites, to which is referred, as they are owned and maintained by third parties and AFA is not able to exercise any control in this regard.

In view of the nature of the Website as a distinctive location in Internet, no warranties can be provided also on the lack of viruses. 

  1. Questions regarding the Cookies on our Website

Upon additional questions regarding the used cookies you may address us at the contact details in Section 2, “Contact Us” of the Privacy Policy (hyperlink to the Privacy Policy).

  1. Changes in the Cookies Policy

The present Cookies Policy can be changed and updated in order to reflect our development, the development of our services and/ or the technological progress. A notification for such change will be made as an update of the Cookies Policy and specification of the date of the last update. We encourage our users to regularly review the current Cookies Policy on our Website.