We at the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) undertake to provide verified information and to justify the trust you place in us. When you visit the website, you can save or retrieve information on your browser most often in the form of cookies or by other technologies for gathering and storing user information. It is important for us that you should be aware of how cookies are used on the BTA website and for what purpose they are stored on your computer and/or mobile device.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and/or mobile device. The function of cookies is to differentiate you from other users of the same website or to retain certain information related to your preferences. They are used by most websites to facilitate your browsing.
Each cookie is unique to your browser and contains anonymous information. The content includes the name of the domain from which it comes, its “lifespan” and a value, usually in the form of a randomly generated number.
What types of cookies do we use and for what purposes?
Security and identification.
The purpose of cookies designed for connection security is:
- to identify the user within the specific browsing session;
- to control security;
- to ensure that the information which the user enters is only visible to him or her.
Security and identification cookies are automatically deleted after the session of your browser is terminated or are stored for a limited period of time in order to ensure trouble-free functioning of the website. Notably, these cookies, as well as the rest of the types of cookies on the website, do not store the personal data that have been entered.
Efficiency and functionality.
Performance cookies are designed to collect statistical information and provide content customised for users’ individual preferences. We use such cookies to anonymously count the number of visits, the pages viewed, visitors’ activity, as well as re-visits to the website. These cookies help us analyse traffic, which enables us to improve the website and the overall browsing experience.
Managing and deleting cookies.
Please note that most of the cookies we use will improve your browsing experience on the website, and the rest are important to ensure access security.
Depending on the browser you use, you have the following options:
- to enable or disable the storage of cookies from all sources;
- to set up a notification that will ask permission to accept or cancel each new cookie.
Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. Nevertheless, if you do not wish cookies to be stored on your computer, you have the option to restrict them by changing your browser settings/
What cookies do we use on our website?
As visitors to our website, we may place cookies on your browser. The cookies coming from our website are known as First Party Cookies and are basically intended to store information about the session while you browse the website or apply for a service. Their use is related to:
- enabling an easy login to your user profile;
- ensuring the security of the website;
- analysing traffic statistics.
Without this type of technologies, our website would be unable to operate with its full capabilities and functionalities.
Other cookies we use come from third parties and are called Third Party Cookies. These are analytics and statistics cookies: these cookies help us to analyse the use of the site and to track the effectiveness of the news-gathering and news-distributing operation and the news products offered. We use Google Analytics to assess how users interact with the website. This analysis tool allows us to determine whether you have viewed a specific page and how much time you have spent on it.
If you use a Do Not Track browser setting, we assume that this is a flag that you are unwilling to enable these cookies, and they will be blocked.
Third-party services used by this website may embed various cookies when you visit the website. Those websites and services may have a different cookies policy (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). All resources located outside the website domain should be regarded as third-party services.