Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades Gobierno de Canarias Universidad de La Laguna CSIC Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa


1. Purpose and acceptance

This legal warning regulates the use of this website:

The navigation through the web attributes the user’s condition and implies the full acceptance without reservations of each and every regulation included in this Legal Warning, which can undergo modifications. The user is obliged to use the website correctly, according to the law, the good faith, the public order, trading uses and this Legal Warning. The user will respond to INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS and to a third party, about the damages and prejudices that could be caused as a consequence of the non-fulfillment of the mentioned obligation.

2. Access and use conditions

The website and its services are of free access. But, the use of certain services of the private area is only allowed after filling out the sign up form.

The user guarantees the authenticity and relevance of all the data provided to INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS, and will be held as the only responsible of the false or inexact signs.

The user commits to properly use the offered contents and services and not to use them to:

a) Spread criminal, violent, pornographic, racist, xenophobic, offensive, with terrorism apology or, in general, against the Law or public order.

b) Introduce a virus in the web or make updates that can alter, damage, suspend or create errors or damages in electronic documents, data or physical and logical systems of INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS or a third party; or hinder the access of other users to the website and its services.

c) Try to access restricted areas of the computer systems of INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS or a third party, and extract information.

d) Damage the rights of intellectual or industrial property, and also damage the confidentiality of the information of INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS or a third party.

e) Impersonate another user, from the public administrations or a third party.

f) Duplicate, copy, distribute or any other form of public communication, transform or modify the contents, unless they have the authorization of the holder of the relevant rights and it is legally permitted.

g) Obtain data for advertising purposes and send advertising of any kind for selling or other kind of commercial purposes without previous request or consent.

All the contents of the website, texts, pictures, graphics, images, icons, technology, software, as well as its design and source codes, constitute a work property of INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS, and cannot be thought as transferred to the user any of the exploitation rights of the contents over the strictly necessary for the correct use of the website.

Definitively, the users that access this website can visualize the contents and make, given the case, authorized private copies as long as those elements will not be transferred afterwards to a third party, they will not be installed in servers connecting webs either, neither will they be object of any kind of exploitation.

Also, all the brands, commercial names or any kind of distinctive icons that appear in the website are property of INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS, without this use or access being thought as an attribution to the user of any right over them.

It is forbidden the distribution, modification, transferring or public communication of the contents or any other action that has not been specifically authorized by the holder of the exploitation rights.

3. Privacy policy

When we need to get information from you, we will always specifically ask you to give it voluntarily to us through the forms of information gathering in the website. The obtained data through this forms and from the e-mail that you send us asking for information about our services will be added to an automated file of personal data with the name “WEB USERS”, of which INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS is responsible, that will confidentially treat the data and with the only purpose of offering the requested services and the information reference, with all the legal and security guarantees that imposes the Organic Law 15/1999, from December 13th, on Personal Data Protection and the Law 34/2002, from July 11th, on Services for the Society of the Information and Electronic Trade. The fields marked with an asterisk are of obligatory filling out, if you do not fill them out we cannot agrees to your appliance.

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS commits not to transfer, sell or share the data with a third party without your specific approval. Likewise, INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS will cancel or correct the data if they are inexact, incomplete, unnecessary or irrelevant for its purpose, according to the Organic Law 15/1999, from December 13th, on Personal Data Protection.

The user will be able to revoke the given consent and exercise the rights of access, rectification, cancellation and objection addressing this address to do so:

Vía Láctea s/n
38205 La Laguna (Tenerife)

giving the proper identification and indicating visibly the specific right to be exercised.

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS adopts the security levels required by the Security Measures Regulations, approved by the Royal Decree 1720/2007, from December 21st, through which the Regulations of the development of the Organic Law 15/99, from December 13th, on Personal Data Protection are approved. Nevertheless, INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS does not assume any responsibility for the damages and prejudices resulting from the alterations that a third party could cause in the computer systems, electronic documents or the user’s files.

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS can use the “cookies” through the services provided by the website. The “cookies” are physic files of personal information stored in the user’s computer. The user has the possibility of configuring his/her own internet explorer to avoid the creation of these files or even be warned about their creation.

Our policy about the e-mail address is based on sending only communications that you had already consented on receiving. If you would rather not receive these messages through e-mail we offer you the possibility of exercise your rights of cancellation and renunciation of receiving these messages, according to the Art. 22 of the Law 34/2002 on Services for the Society of the Information and Electronic Trade.

4. Procedure in case of carrying out illicit activities

If any user or a third party considers that there are facts or circumstances that reveal an illicit use of any contents and/or any activity in the websites included or accessible through the website, he/she will have to send a notification to INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS with the proper identification, specifying the alleged infractions and specifically declaring, and under his/her responsibility, that the information provided in the notification is accurate.

5. Notifications

All the notifications and communications between the users and INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS will be considered effective, to all intents and purposes, when they are carried out through post or e-mail or telephonic communication. The users will have to address INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS through post to the following address: INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS c/ Vía Láctea s/n 38205 La Laguna (Tenerife) SPAIN

6. Cookies policy

6.1 What are cookies

A cookie is a short text file that a web server may store in the hard disk of your computer to save any kind of information about the user. The cookies are used for different purposes, such as storing data for the next visits to the webpage, to recognize the user and avoid requiring authentication, to know what web pages you visit, or to save the preferences in any customizable area in these websites... Web pages usually use cookies to get statistics about the use of the website and to analyze the behaviour of the clients/users.

6.2 Types of cookies

The cookies can be classified following these criteria:

According to the one that actually installs the cookies, they can be:

The website own cookies: Those sent to the user’s computer from a computer equipment or domain managed by the editor and from which the service requested by the user is provided.

Third party Cookies: Those sent to the user’s computer either from a computer equipment or domain managed by INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS or by a third party, but the information gathered is managed by a third party different from INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS.

According to how long the cookies are stored, they can be:

Session cookies: These are only stored for the duration of the user’s visit to the website and will be erased from the computer when the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies: These are saved on the user’s device for a longer period of time, enabling the control of the chosen preferences not to repeat some parameters every time the user visits the website.

According to their purpose, cookies can be :

Technical or essential Cookies: These cookies are essential and strictly necessary for the correct functioning of a web site and the various options and services provided. Some examples would be the ones to keep the user logged on a web, those that allow the use of security elements, the ones to share contents with the social networks, etc.

Customization Cookies: These allow the user to choose or customize the characteristics of the web site, such as the language, regional configuration or type of browser.

Analytical Cookies: These are used by the web portals, to get navigation profiles and be able to know preferences of the users to improve the offer of the products and services. These cookies allow the control over the geographical areas of the most interest for a user, the information in the web that has the most acceptance, etc.

Advertising Cookies: They allow the management of the advertising spaces based on specific criteria, such as the access frequency, the edited contents, etc.

The Advertising cookies allow, through the management of the advertisements, to store information about the behavior through the observation of the habits, the study of the accesses and creating a preferences user profile, to offer advertisements related to the interests of this profile.

6.3 Cookies used in

Own Cookies:

Generic name of the cookies Purpose When is it installed? Placement
  Session Cookies Temporary Cookies stored in the browser until the user leaves our web site. The information is used to analyze the standards of the traffic on the website in order to suitable provide our services. Eventually, this allows a better experience, to offer better content and ease its use. When the user access the web site.  

Third party Cookies:

Generic name of the cookies Purpose When is it installed? More information Placement
Google Analytics Google tool that helps the owners of a website analyzing the way the users interact with the properties.
tma, utmb, utmc, utmz, utmv y utmx
When the user access the web site. Press here  
Google maps Maps service provided by Google. The cookies from Google Maps register the origin of the user and allow counting the times a user visits the website. When the map in Google is used. Press here  

Our site does not control the cookies used by these third parties. For more information on cookies outside of Webs, please review their own policies cookies.

6.4 Information and obtaining the consent for the cookies installation

The INSTITUTO DE ASTROFÍSICA DE CANARIAS will try at all times to establish the appropriate means to obtain the consent of the user for the installation of the cookies that require it. When a user accesses our website, a pop-up appears informing about the existence of cookies and that, if the user continues the navigation in our website, the user gives full consent for the installation of the cookies.

6.5 How can I block the instalation of cookies?

The user can setup the browser to accept, or not, the cookies that it receives or to get a warning anytime a server tries to store a cookie. If you disable certain cookies, the correct use of some web utilities is not guaranteed.

Below, we provide you with some examples of how to disable the cookies according to the browser you use:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: Go to Tools in the Menu; choose Internet Options and access to Privacy.
  • Firefox for Mac: Go to Preferences in the Menu, select Privacy and access to the section Show Cookies.
  • Firefox for Windows:  Go to Tools in the Menu, select Options, access to Privacy and then Use a customized configuration of the History.
  • Safari: Go to Preferences in the Menu and select Privacy.
  • Google Chrome: Go to Tools in the Menu, select Options (Preferences if you are using Mac), access Advanced Options and then Customized Content in the Privacy Section, finally selecting Cookies in the section of Content Configuration.

For further information go to the following website from the Spanish Agency of Data Protection that will help you to configure the privacy on social networks, browsers and mobile operating systems. More information.

6.6 Links to other websites 

If you choose to leave our website through links to other websites not related with our entity, cannot be held responsible of the privacy policies of those websites or the cookies that they can store in the user’s computer.

6.7 Updating our cookies policy

This policy is periodically reviewed to assure its validity, so it can be modified. We recommend you to regularly visit the website, in which we will inform you of any update on the matter.

Date: 21/09/2014

Version: V.1.01

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