Cookies and privacy

Personal data

All processing of personal data carried out in the context of the use of the website shall comply with the local regulations applicable to the protection of personal data and, in particular, the provisions of French law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 as amended, relating to data processing, files and freedoms.

The website may be viewed without users having to reveal their identity or any other personal information.

Personal information that may be collected on the website is obtained from the voluntary communication of information via the contact forms on the website. This data is intended for the exclusive use of GIMELEC and/or its subsidiaries and will not be passed on to third parties. This data is mainly used to manage the relationship with the Internet user and is not kept for longer than the period necessary for this purpose, which is within the limit of one calendar year. Information which is essential to GIMELEC and/or its subsidiaries is indicated by an asterisk when the data is entered. Optional fields are designed to get to know the Internet user better. If Internet users come across personal data when browsing the site, they must refrain from any collection, unauthorised use or action that may constitute an invasion of the privacy or damage the reputation of the persons concerned. GIMELEC disclaims all responsibility in this respect.

GIMELEC uses technical and organisational security measures to protect the personal data it manages from modification, loss, destruction or use by unauthorised persons. The security measures used are constantly being improved and take account of technological developments. GIMELEC also requires its IT subcontractors, who process personal data related to the site, to apply a level of security at least equal to or similar to that used by GIMELEC. In addition, the site is exclusively hosted in data centres located in France.

The information gathered is processed by computer. Internet users have the right to access, query, delete, contest and correct their data in accordance with French law no. 78-17 of 6 January 1978, as amended, relating to data processing, files and freedoms. This right allows Internet users, where applicable, to have their personal data rectified, supplemented, updated, blocked or deleted if it is inaccurate, incomplete, ambiguous or outdated or if its collection, use, communication or storage is prohibited; this right can be exercised by writing to GIMELEC at the following address:

17 rue de l’Amiral Hamelin
75116 PARIS


Internet users are informed that the site has set up a system for automatically collecting standard information such as the Internet user’s IP address, commonly known as “cookies”.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file with a unique identifier placed directly on the hard disk of an Internet user’s equipment when they visit a site.
All information collected indirectly will only be used to track the volume, type and configuration of traffic using this site, to facilitate navigation on the site and to compile usage statistics and for other administrative purposes, and more generally to improve the services offered by the site.
Internet users can deactivate the transmission of cookies by altering their browser settings.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies have various functions. They can allow sites to recognise an Internet user from one visit to another via a unique identifier. They can also store the Internet user’s actions and preferences, such as the language of a site, font size and other display settings, for a given period of time, so that the Internet user does not have to re-enter this information each time they visit these sites or navigate from one Internet page to another.

Who can deposit and access cookies?

Cookies are managed by the Internet user’s equipment. A website can only read and write its own cookies. However, on the Internet, a page often contains information from different sites, especially via banner advertisements. Consequently, cookies may be placed and read by sites other than the one to which the Internet user has direct access.

How do advertising cookies work?

Advertising cookies record information about the Internet user’s browsing habits and can deduce their interests or even the parts of the website they are visiting so that they can be presented with appropriate offers and information. That is how they enable companies to personalise the advertising that Internet users will see according to their actions not only on the site they have visited, but also on other sites using the same advertising company.
Social network sharing buttons (Facebook’s “Like”, Google’s “+1”, etc.) will allow the Internet user to be tracked in the same way and offered targeted advertising. Cookies placed by advertising agencies allow Internet users to be identified anonymously. The browsing data collected is information such as the url of the pages visited, keywords used in search engines or interactions with advertisements.

Social network cookies

A web page may contain application buttons from third parties that allow Internet users to share specific content via social networks. This is the case with the “Share”, “Like”, “+1” and “Tweeter” buttons from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Google.
When an Internet user goes to a web page that has such an application button, the social network can associate this visit with the Internet user’s profile, even if the Internet user does not click on the button and is not connected to the network in question! The social network can thus adapt its advertising to the sites visited and recommend “groups” that are appropriate to the interests deduced from the user’s use of the Internet. It can also suggest that Internet users become a fan of the web page they visit most often.
GIMELEC invites each Internet user to read the privacy policies of these social networks to acquaint themselves with the purposes, in particular advertising, for which they may use the browsing information they may collect through these application buttons.

What does the law say about cookies?

The regulations stipulate that websites must obtain the consent of each Internet user before placing such cookies, indicate what they are used for and how the Internet user can block them. In practice, when a user first logs into a site, a message must appear telling them how to accept or reject cookies. The mere fact of visiting the page or continuing to browse the site does not in any way imply the user’s consent.
How can cookies be blocked?
Third-party cookies are usually not necessary for users to take advantage of the resources available on the Internet. If an Internet user wants to avoid leaving any traces, it is recommended to refuse them by default. To give or withdraw consent, GIMELEC invites each Internet user to return to the help menu or the dedicated section of the Internet user’s browser. More examples and information are available on the following pages:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Opera

How can I know what cookies are placed on my computer while I am browsing?

CNIL experts have developed a tool that Internet users can install in a few clicks called CookieViz. It allows Internet users to view in real time the extent of the cookie phenomenon as well as the sheer number of people who are involved in analysing their browsing habits. Other methods that do not require any installation are available.

This site uses different types of cookies

The cookies that are absolutely necessary are those that are essential for the site and its functions to work properly. Without these cookies, it will be impossible for the Internet user to access certain services.

Functional cookies make it possible to improve the comfort and performance of sites and to make various functions available. Amongst other things, they may be used to set the language.

Statistics cookies collect information about how the sites are used. They allow content of the sites to be adapted in a targeted way to the needs of the Internet user and thus improve offers. “This website uses Google Analytics, a website analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The data generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity for its website publisher and provide other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also pass this information on to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf, including but not limited to the publisher of this website. Google will not cross-check your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can disable the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, this may prevent the use of certain features on the site. By using this website, you specifically consent to Google processing your personal data under the conditions and for the purposes described above”.

Third-party cookies are generated by third parties, for example social networks. They are mainly used to embed certain social media content such as Social Plugins into our page. You will find more information about our use of Social Plugins in the “Social Plugins” section of the confidentiality statement.