Last updated on 18/06/2020.
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There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie folder on the user’s hard disk until the user closes his/her browser. Persistent cookies last much longer than Session cookies as they remain on the user’s hard disk until their pre-set lifetime expires or else until they are deleted manually by the user. Maltco Lotteries’ websites use both session and persistent Cookies.
Cookies may also be essential or non-essential. Essential cookies are used solely to provide an online service which the user has requested. No consent from the user is required for these cookies but the user may still turn off cookies via the web browser (see ‘Turning off cookies via web browser’ section below).
Non-essential cookies are not required for the functioning of Maltco Lotteries’ websites but may enhance the user’s experience of using the websites. Examples of non-essential cookies are:
Non-essential cookies will only be placed on the user’s device if the user consented to that specific cookie being placed on the device.
Some of the cookies are placed by Maltco Lotteries. However, Maltco Lotteries also allows selected third parties to place cookies on its websites. These are generally used for analytics and performance. Maltco Lotteries does not have control over these third parties’ additional use of the cookies or data collected from these cookies and thus Maltco Lotteries encourages its users to review the third parties’ privacy and cookie policies to understand how these third parties may use a user’s information.
Maltco Lotteries uses traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps Maltco Lotteries to analyse data about web page traffic and improve the websites in order to tailor them to customer needs. Maltco Lotteries uses this information for statistical analysis purposes through the use of Google Analytics which may track user behavior such as pages visited and devices used when accessing Maltco Lotteries’ websites.
For more information about Google Analytics cookies, please visit the official Google Analytics page.
Overall, cookies help Maltco Lotteries provide users with better websites, by enabling us to monitor which pages users find useful and which ones they do not. A cookie in no way gives Maltco Lotteries access to a user’s computer or any information about them, other than the data they choose to share with Maltco Lotteries or third parties.
Any user can click here to find a report detailing all the cookies active on this Maltco Lotteries website.
The user can change his mind at any time by clicking on the ‘Cookie Settings’ button at the footer of the website. This will take the user to a screen where he/she can make changes to the cookies consented to.
Users can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but a user can usually modify their browser setting to decline certain/all cookies if they prefer. If the user declines cookies, the user may still be able to access and use Maltco Lotteries’ websites, but the user’s ability to use some of its features and areas may be limited or may simply not function properly.