As is the case for a majority of big websites, to make the EPCA website work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on the device that you use to access it.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your internet connected device when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things e.g. remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website. The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally.

There exist many types of cookies, which can be divided in four main categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These will generally be used to store a unique identifier to manage and identify the user as unique to other users currently viewing the website, in order to provide a consistent and accurate service to the user. They are strictly necessary for the operation of a website: without these cookies, this website won’t work properly. Accordingly, we are not asking you for your specific consent for those cookies. For all other cookies your informed consent is required.
  • Functionality cookies: These are cookies which are set up to improve the functionality of the website. They will typically be the result of a user action but might also be implemented in the delivery of a service not explicitly requested but offered to the user. For example, cookies that remember the content you previously viewed on this website or the email address and password you provided when registering during an earlier visit to this website. They can also be used to prevent the user being offered a service again that had previously been offered to that user and rejected. Using Functional cookies, therefore, may allow us to serve you content tailored to your interests and save you the time of having to re-register or re-enter information when you re-visit this website or try to access certain member-only sections.
  • Performance cookies: These are limited to performance and website improvement. The primary function of a performance cookie is to track and monitor user activity on a website. A performance cookie will assist with creating web statistics and is used by webmasters who use Google Analytics for their monitoring and analyzing of online activity on their site.
  • Targeting/advertising cookies: These contain a unique key that is able to distinguish individual users’ browsing habits or store a code that can be translated into a set of browsing habits or preferences using information stored elsewhere.

First Party Cookies are cookies which are set by this website and can only be read by this website.

Third Party Cookies are cookies which are set by third parties and that are used for different services (for example, website analytics or advertising).

How and why do we use cookies?

Cookies set by EPCA

Most of the cookies set by EPCA are temporary cookies, which are automatically removed from your browser after 24 hours. You do not need to take any action to remove them.

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. We therefore encourage you to accept the cookies we serve. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this site may not work as intended.

Some cookies are strictly necessary cookies for the access of the part of the website reserved to our members and will collect your login details. These cookies are listed below as “strictly necessary cookies”.

If you attend webinars/videoconferences organized by EPCA, our technical partner will also set cookies that are necessary or optional, as indicated below.

Third party cookies

We use third party services like Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a tool for web analytics that allows website owners and applications to better understand the behavior of their users. This tool may use cookies to collect anonymous information and generate reports on usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google. This information is helpful to plan and maintain the service. Most of these cookies are not essential for providing the services your request from us and can be blocked.

Also, some videos embedded in our pages use a cookie to anonymously gather statistics on how you got there and what videos you visited.

List of cookies

A complete list of the cookies that we use and their duration is provided at the end of this policy.

How to control cookies?

If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings (please refer to your browser’s user manual). You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work. EPCA has also embedded the tool “CookieHub”™ into its website that allows you to directly manage which of the Performance cookies you accept when browsing our website. You can modify your choices at any time.


Name Set By Cookie Name Behaviour Duration

Strictly necessary cookies:

EPCA CookieAuthentication= "ACMUserId" Unique individual ID in EPCA database 24 hours
EPCA CookieMemberAuth = "IsMem" Checks if user is Member of EPCA 24 hours
EPCA CookieAuthHeader = "AX" Checks username and password 24 hours
EPCA CookieMemberPayment = "NotPayed"  Checks if membership is paid to allow access to the Member companies area 24 hours
BigMarker on behalf of EPCA BigMarker Session ID ID of the attendant to a Webinar/videoconference 24hours
BigMarker on behalf of EPCA Intercom (Customer Support platform) Session ID ID of the user of the customer support platform 1 week

Performance cookies:

Google ga.js  Determine which domain to measure 2 years after set/update
Google Utma Used to differentiate between users and sessions. Updated whenever new data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years after set/update
Google Utmb Used to identify new sessions and visits. Updated whenever new data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 minutes after set/update
Google Utmc Obsolete. Used today only to ensure interoperability with out-of-date versions.  Session
Google Utmt Used to throttle the request rate  10 min. after set/updated
Google Utmv Used to store custom variables per visit. Updated whenever new data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years after set/updated
Google Utmz Used to keep track of the traffic source, revealing some information on how the user reached the website. Updated whenever new data is sent to Google Analytics. 6 months after set/updated





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Youtube PREF
Youtube is a streaming service that hosts the videos that are embedded in our website. These cookies help Youtube to count the views of the videos embedded on EPCA’s website.  They are used for targeted marketing purposes on Youtube’s website.  
Functionality Cookies BigMarker on behalf of EPCA Remember me Allows the user to be remembered of when trying to (re)connect to a Webinar of Videoconference. 1 year after set up
Cookie Hub consent-is Used to retain your choices regarding cookies 1 year after set/updated