A cookie refers to information left on the Internet user’s hard drive by the server of the visited site or by a third party server. It contains several pieces of data: the name of the server the cookie was sent from, an ID in the form of a unique number and possibly an expiration date.
Sometimes this information is stocked on the Internet user’s computer in a simple text file that a server can access to read and save this information.
Cookies have a variety of uses. All of the cookies used on the Musée d’Orsay’s website as well as their purpose are described below.
The Musée d’Orsay website uses Weboscope and Google Analytics, Internet traffic analysis tools allowing the website and application owners to better understand their users’ behaviour.
The Musée d’Orsay website includes computer applications coming from a third party and allowing our site’s content to be shared with other people. This is the case in particular of the “Share” and “Like” buttons coming from social networks like Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. These social networking sites may leave cookies while the user is on the Musée d’Orsay website.
The Internet user can set his/her web browser software to authorise or block cookies. However, the configuration modalities differ depending on the browser. You should therefore check how to change cookie settings in your browser’s help menu.
We would also like to mention that deactivating cookies can reduce or prevent access to all or part of the services offered by the Musée d’Orsay website.
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