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BEC Website Cookies Policy


This website, which belongs to Bilbao Exhibition Centre, S.A. (‘BEC’), uses cookies for the purposes specified in this policy. Using and, generally, browsing the BEC website will imply that the user consents the use of BEC cookies (with registered address in Ronda de Azkue 1, 48902 Ansio-Barakaldo) and/or those of third parties (i.e., BEC service providers).

Users can revoke their consent to the use of own and third-party cookies at any time as indicated in this policy.

1. What are cookies?

Cookies are files that are downloaded and stored on the user’s computer or device (e.g. tablet or mobile) in order to obtain information (including personal data such as the IP address) when the user visits a website. Their main purpose is to recognise the user each time they access the website (the ‘Website’) and to analyse profiles based on the browsing habits of the user on the website and the Internet.

The obtained information allows, for example, to collect statistics to optimise the functionality of the Website.

2. What types of cookies does the website use?

Strictly necessary cookies

Cookie name Description Own or third-party cookies Session or Persistent Can be blocked
ct-ultimate-gdpr-cookie To remember if the visitor has accepted/closed the cookie info banner. Own Session No
ct-ultimate-gdpr-cookie-level To know the cookie preferences of the user. Own Session No
__cfduid The ‘__cfduid’ cookie is set by the CloudFlare service so that web traffic to the HubSpot platform is redirected through CloudFlare. It does not correspond to any user ID in the web application, nor does it store any personally identifiable data. Own Persistent No
_icl_current_language Controls the language in which the Website content appears. Own Session No

Essential cookies

Cookie name Description Own or third-party cookies Session or Persistent Can be blocked
PHPSESSID Cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. Usually it is a randomly generated number and the way it is used can be site specific. A good example of its use is to keep users logged as they navigate between pages. Own Session Yes

Analysis cookies

Cookie name Description Own or third-party cookies Session or Persistent Can be blocked
_gat_gtag_UA_4596151_2 This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element in the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website to which it relates. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie that is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high-traffic websites. Third-party Persistent Yes
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmz _utma (2 years), _utmt (10 min), _utmb (30 min), _utmc (session), _utmz (6 months), _utmv (2 years): their purpose is to analyse the use of the Website by the user. Third-party Persistent Yes
_ga This type of the cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics, which is a significant update of the analysis service that is most used by Google. It is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a customer identifier. It is included in every page request on a site and is used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for site analytics reports. By default, it will expire after 2 years, although website owners can personalise this. Third-party Persistent Yes
_gat This type of cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to the documentation used to limit the request rate, which in turn limits data collection on high traffic sites. Expires after 10 minutes. Third-party Persistent Yes
_gid This type of cookie is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and, as of spring 2017, Google has no information available. It seems to store and update a unique number for each page visited. Third-party Persistent Yes

Advertising cookies

Cookie name Description Own or third-party cookies Session or Persistent Can be blocked
__gads, DSID, IDE, test_cookie
A cookie that uses Google AdSense to select ads based on user-relevant content and anonymously identify visitors who have seen or clicked on an ad. Third-party Persistent Yes
Technical cookies used by YouTube. Third-party Persistent No
Advertising cookies that allow device and browser identification to measure performance. Third-party Persistent Yes
personalization_id, _ga
Twitter service cookie. Its purpose is to collect anonymous data related to the user’s visits to the website, such as the number of visits, the average time spent on the website and the pages loaded, in order to personalise and improve the Twitter service. Third-party Persistent No
The Twitter cookie appears on pages that use the Tweet button and serves to identify the user with a unique number linked to Twitter. Third-party Persistent No
This is Facebook’s main advertising cookie. It is used to offer, analyse and improve the relevance of ads. Third-party Persistent No

3. Legal basis of the processing

The processing of user personal data is based on the consent of the user, which is demonstrated when they continue browsing the Website after having been informed, via the banner, that the said action will constitute the expression of their consent. The user can revoke the said consent at any time as explained in this cookie policy.

4. Communications

BEC does not transfer the data obtained through cookies.

5. User rights

You can adjust the cookies you allow at any time by clicking on the ‘Cookie settings’ link at the bottom of the page. This allows you to change your privacy preferences by enabling or disabling each type of cookie.

The settings panel will be divided according to the purposes of the cookies used on each website, as you may want to allow cookies for some purposes but not others:

  • Strictly necessary cookies (cannot be disabled)
  • Essential cookies
  • Analysis cookies
  • Advertising cookies

If you prefer, you can also disable cookies and/or delete them through your browser settings. BEC provides users with information and links to the official support websites of the main browsers so you can decide whether to accept the use of cookies, block or configure them: However, this may cause some functions to no longer be available.

Also, as far as third-party cookies are concerned, you can use the cookie deactivation systems established by the said third parties:

The user may exercise the rights of access, rectification, deletion, opposition to the processing, limitation of the processing, revocation of the given consent (as the case may be) and portability, when applicable, with respect to the processing for which BEC is responsible, by writing an email (proving their identity) to [email protected] or by sending a letter addressed to BEC’s registered address (FAO Data Protection).

Likewise, the user has the right to file a claim before the corresponding Control Authority regarding data protection (which, in the case of Spain, is the Spanish Data Protection Agency – more information at

If you wish, you may watch the videos developed by the Spanish Data Protection Agency that explain how to configure privacy options from different platforms and computers:

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