Cookies

Cookie policy and management

 
 

The Musée du Louvre website uses cookies, installed by the Musée du Louvre or by third parties, to improve your browsing experience and to create user statistics. The purpose of this policy is to help you understand what cookies are, how they are used on the website, and how to manage them.


1. What is a cookie?
2. Cookies used on the collections website
3. Cookie management
4. Protection of personal data

1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a text file that may be stored in a dedicated space on the hard disk of your device when you access an online service using your browser. A device is the hardware you use (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.) to consult or view a website, an application, advertising content, etc.

A cookie file allows the issuer to identify the device on which it is stored and to send information such as a session identifier or choice of language to the website concerned during the lifetime of the cookie. Only the issuer of the cookie concerned can read or modify the information contained in the cookie.

While you are browsing the website, cookies may be installed on your device by the Musée du Louvre or by third parties.

Some cookies are essential for using the site, while others are used to improve your browsing experience or to create statistics. The lifetime of a cookie varies according to its purpose. Some disappear as soon as you leave the site, while others remain on your device until their lifetime expires or you delete them.

All the cookies used on the Musée du Louvre website, together with the purpose and expiration time of each cookie, can be found in "Cookies used on the collections website".

When you enter the Musée du Louvre website, you are given the choice of allowing all cookies, rejecting all cookies, or setting your preferences. You can subsequently reject the cookies you have allowed, at any time, free of charge, using the options presented in "Cookie Management”.

2. Cookies used on the collections website

The cookies used on our website are issued by the Musée du Louvre or by third parties.

2.1 Cookies issued by the Musée du Louvre
The Musée du Louvre's collections web site uses "technical cookies".

Technical cookies are essential for the proper functioning of our website and are used by the provider for the technical management of the network. They allow you to use the main features of the website. As a result, they are essential and cannot be rejected.

They include the following:

PHPSESSID
Purpose: managing user session
Data collected: session identifier
Lifetime: session

lang_detect
Purpose: managing the language in which the website is displayed
Data collected: "fr" or"en"
Lifetime: 12 months

search_display_mode
Purpose: storing display preferences set by the user for search results pages
Data collected: number of results displayed per page and type of view
Lifetime: 12 months

artwork_expand
Purpose: storing display preferences set by the user for the following sections in artwork entries:  "Bibliography", "Exhibitions", "Curated list of related objects"
Data collected: displayed by default/hidden by default
Lifetime: 12 months

filters_close
Purpose: storing display preferences set by the user for the Filter panel in search results
Data collected: displayed by default/hidden by default
Lifetime: 12 months

tarteaucitron
Purpose: storing user preferences regarding cookies
Data collected: declined/accepted
Lifetime: 12 months

2.2 Third-party cookies: analytical cookies
This category concerns cookies issued by a party other than the Musée du Louvre. The use of third-party cookies is governed by the conditions of use determined by the third party concerned.

The third-party analytical cookies used on our website are designed to create statistics and analyse the number of visitors to our website and how they use it in order to: 
•    improve the browsing experience of our website with the ultimate aim of ensuring that it best meets your needs;
•    conduct research.

These cookies are not used for commercial purposes by the Musée du Louvre. They are not essential to proper functioning of the website..

Third-party cookies used on the collections website are issued by Google and listed below:

_ga
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Used to distinguish users.
Default expiration time: 24 months

_gid
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Used to distinguish users.
Default expiration time: 1 day

_gat
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Decription: Used to throttle request rate.
Default expiration time: 1 minute

AMP_TOKEN
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Decription: Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID.
Default expiration time: 30 seconds to 1 year

_gac_<property-id>
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Contains campaign related information for the user. 
Default expiration time: 90 days

_utma
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Used to distinguish users and sessions. 
Default expiration time: 24 months

_utmb
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Used to determine new sessions/visits.
Default expiration time: 30 minutes

_utmc
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Used to determine new sessions/visits.
Default expiration time: end of browser session

_utmt
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Used to throttle request rate.
Default expiration time: 10 minutes

_utmz
Purpose: user interaction measurement by Google Analytics
Description: Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached the site.
Default expiration time: 6 months

3. Cookie management

The first time you enter our website, you are given the choice of allowing or rejecting cookies, either completely or specifically, or setting your preferences. 

If you do not want cookies to be placed or read on your device, a “blocker” cookie will be placed on your device so that the Musée du Louvre can register the information that you have rejected the use of cookies. Likewise when you allow cookies, a “consent” cookie will be placed on your device.

The “blocker” cookies and “consent” cookies will remain on your device for twelve (12) months.

You can manage the use of cookies, free of charge and at any time, by allowing or rejecting them in the following ways:
•    cookie management module;
•    browser settings;
•    industry-wide ad blocking platforms.

Warning: as indicated above, a cookie can only be rejected by placing a “blocker” cookie on your device. As a result, if you reject all the cookies on your device or if you change devices, we will not know you have made this choice.

3.1 Cookie management module
Our website provides you with a cookie management module that allows you, at any time, to choose or modify which cookies you wish to allow or reject.

You can access the module by clicking on “Manage preferences” at the top of the page. 

3.2 Industry-wide ad blocking platforms
Several professional advertising platforms also offer the possibility of blocking or allowing cookies used by member companies. These centralised platforms do not block the display of advertisements, but only prevent the setting of cookies that allow advertisements to be tailored to your interests and behaviour.

For example, you can log on to the youronlinechoices.com website to prevent these cookies from being placed on your device. This website is proposed by digital advertising professionals who are members of the European Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA) and is managed in France by the Interactive Advertising Bureau France. 

You can find out which companies are registered with the EDAA and offer you the possibility of allowing or rejecting the cookies they use for interest-based advertising on your web browser: www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.

4. Protection of personal data

The cookies issued by the Musée du Louvre do not process any of your personal data. However, the third-party cookies used on our website are dependent upon external processors who may, if you allow these cookies, process your personal data.

The issue and use of these cookies by third parties are governed their own privacy and data protection policies. The data collected is needed to achieve the specific purpose of each cookie. The data is only intended for the departments of the company issuing the third-party cookies who are authorised to do so. Personal data collected via cookies must not be kept longer than necessary to achieve the purpose of the cookie.

For more information on the data processing that may be carried out by third party cookies placed on our site, please refer to the privacy policies and terms of use of Google.

For further details regarding the Musée du Louvre’s commitments to personal data protection, please read our Personal Data Protection Policy.