Cookies Policy

    Last updated: 27 September 2022

We, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, a non-profit organization registered in the United States of America, Delaware State, under number 7755058, having registered branch in the Republic of Bulgaria with address: Sofia 1000, 6 Malyovitsa Str., contact details: 02/ 806 38 00, [email protected] (hereinunder “the Foundation”, ”ABF” or “we”), hereby aim to inform you about how we, as a data controller, receive and process information about users during their visit on our website (“the website”, “the site”).

We respect your right to privacy and strengthen our commitment to provide protection of your personal data, and therefore the present Cookies Policy (“the Policy”) is intended to comply with the requirements of the applicable European and national legislation.

We use cookies to improve the functionality of our website, to offer you a better user experience and an improved and personalized internet service tailored to your preferences. When you visit our website for the first time, you will be required to consent to our use of certain cookies under the terms and conditions described in this Policy.

We reserve the right to amend and update this Policy from time to time and the current version will always be available on our website. The date of the last update will be indicated at the top of this Policy.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that our website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website and it enables the website to remember your actions and preferences over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the Website or browse from one page to another.

Cookies are essential component for the proper functioning of the website aiming to ensure its security, efficiency, and usefulness, and to help us reviewing anonymized statistics about the site navigation (for example, number of visits, most visited sections of the website, etc.).

Whenever you visit our website, we collect information that your browser sends to us, i.e. “log data”, depending on your settings. The log data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP address”), browser type, browser version, pages of our website that you visit, time and date of your visit, time spent on the website or its pages and other statistics. Cookies do not require personal information in order to be used and most often cannot identify the Internet users. Personal data collected with cookies is often stored only to facilitate certain navigation functions of the user or to provide a browsing experience as per user’s preferences. This data is encrypted in a way that significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access to it.

Types of cookies on our website

Our website mostly uses “first-party” cookies that are set and managed by the Foundation, not by any external organization. The “first-party” cookies ensure our website proper functioning, store visitors’ preferences, gather analytics data. Our website uses the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies – these cookies are essential and necessary for the website to function properly and ensure its security features and services such as navigating between pages. The website cannot perform properly and smoothly without these necessary cookies, which are automatically activated and cannot be switched off in our systems. Therefore, we only inform about these cookies and do not require your consent for their use.
  • Functional cookies – these cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization, to remember information that changes the way it behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region that you are in. By refusing these cookies, you may not be able to access the full information on the website.
  • Analytics cookies – we use these purely for internal purposes as these cookies collect statistics about site visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our website. They help us to know which pages are the most/least popular and see how visitors use and interact with our website as an anonymous user. The data gathered does not identify you directly and is not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose. If disabled, we will not be able to monitor the site’s performance which may result in poorly designed content and slow site performance.

We use Google Analytics service provided by Google which uses cookies to analyze internet traffic. We process the information collected by Google Analytics about your visit on our website which may include information about your location, the Internet protocol (IP) address, click stream to, through and from our site (including date and time), page interaction information, etc. Please note that this information is stored by Google and Google may transfer it to third parties if required by law. For more information check Google Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Please refer constantly to Google website for changes or updates to these terms and to the information collected by Google Analytics. You can opt-out of these cookies at any time by managing your preferences of the cookies on our cookie banner without affecting your ability to visit the website.

In addition, our website uses external services that use third-party cookies and display content from external providers, such as YouTube, Facebook, etc. To view this third-party content, you will need to accept their terms and conditions including their cookie policies which we have no control over.

  • Third-party cookies (marketing cookies) – these cookies are used to track visitors across websites and collect information aiming to display customized ads and marketing campaigns that are relevant and engaging for the individual user, making them more valuable to publishers of third-party ads and advertisers. If you do not allow these cookies, you will still see basic advertising on your browser that is not relevant to you.

Our website uses Facebook Pixel, a tool of Meta Platforms, Inc., for analytical purposes as well as to optimize and economically exploit the website. Using this, Facebook has the ability to identify visitors to our website as a target audience for Facebook platform to display the ads we post on Facebook platform to Facebook users who are interested in our website and/or our Facebook page and thus make sure that our Facebook ads match the potential user interest. This allows us to track and analyze the efficacy of Facebook ads for statistical purposes. This information is stored by Facebook, we do not have access to it, and do not receive the data collected about you from Facebook. However, Facebook stores and processes the information so that it is possible to link it to users’ profile or use it for other purposes. For more information, please refer to Meta/ Facebook’s policies to find out more about how Facebook Pixel works and how Facebook ads are displayed. You can opt-out to the use of Facebook Pixel cookies on your computer by configuring your browser or managing your cookies preferences on our cookie banner.

Our website uses persistent and session cookies. Persistent cookies are saved on your computer for a period and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike the session cookies which are deleted when you quit your browser.

A list of cookies and detailed information about their purposes, expiry term and role can be found in Appendix A: List of cookies on to this Policy.

Settings, removal and block of cookies

We provide our website visitors with the ability to manage their preferences for our use of cookies through the options on our cookie banner as follows:

  • “Accept All” option – by selecting it, you agree to our use of all types of cookies including but not limited to the purposes of Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel, as described above in this Policy.
  • “Cookies settings” option – through this option we provide you with the ability to make your own choice about “cookies” activation and decide which “cookies” to allow and refuse using the buttons for managing your enable/disable preferences.
  • “Reject All” option – by selecting this option, you can disable the cookies on our website except those that are strictly necessary for site operation. Please note that rejecting of some cookies may result in limited functionality of some of our services.

You can set your browser to refuse, remove or block cookies already stored on your computer anytime, without affecting the use of most features on the website. You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited. Note that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences, etc.). You can adjust the cookies’ preferences by using the tools provided by most of the browsers – usually found in the browser’s “Options”, “Tools” or “Preferences” menu, through which you can customize the use of cookies.

If you have any questions related to this Policy, please refer to the contact details listed above. For more information about cookies, refer to or visit for more information about online privacy.

Appendix A: List of cookies on

Allows the website owner to implement or change the website’s content in real-time.
1 year
This cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the category “Marketing”.
11 months
The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Analytics”.
11 months
The cookie is set to record the user consent for the cookies in the category “Functional”.
11 months
The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”.
1 year
Records the default button state of the corresponding category. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie.
This cookie is used to set state of the events filter.
11 months
The cookie is used to store whether the user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data.
This cookie designates the country code based on user’s IP address and determines the visitor language. It is enabled by default on sites that use the language filtering for AJAX operations feature.
It’s a plugin that lets manage the browser history and cross-browser compatibility. Contains a visitor ID to track their navigation on the website for its optimization. Also, it supports the work of project database page of the website.
1 day
The purpose of the cookie is to store the redirected language. Saves the user’s preferred language on the website.
This cookie is used to test if cookies are enabled on the browser.
30 minutes
This cookie supports Cloudflare Bot Management to protect the website from bad bots. The cookie does not collect any personal data or track the user across sites.
18 months
The cookie of Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. It stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated unique ID number to recognize unique visitors and is used to generate statistical data on how visitor uses the site.
1 day
Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate. This cookie does not store any user information, it is used to limit the number of requests that have to be made to the site.
1 minute
A variation of the _gat cookie set by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager to allow website owners to track visitor behavior and measure site performance. The pattern element in the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to.
1 day
Installed by Google Analytics, this cookie stores information on how visitors use the website while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance. Some of the data collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.
2 years
YouTube sets this cookie via embedded YouTube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data.
2 years
Vimeo installs this cookie to collect tracking information by setting a unique ID to embed videos to the website.
Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behavior across websites.
Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.
3 months
This cookie is set by Facebook to display advertisements when either on Facebook or on a digital platform powered by Facebook advertising, after visiting the website.
3 months
Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behavior across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.
2 years
The purpose of the cookie is to identify the web browser being used to connect to Facebook independent of the logged in user. This cookie plays a key role in Facebook’s security and site integrity features.
5 months
These cookies are used by Google to display personalized advertisements on Google sites based on recent searches and previous interactions, and to limit the number of times the user sees an ad, to mute unwanted ads, and to measure the effectiveness of ads.
5 months 27 days
A cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface.
YSC cookie is set by YouTube and is used to track the views of embedded videos on YouTube pages.
YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.
YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.
This cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
This cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen.