The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Website Cookie Policy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia (MFA) website https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/ use specifically customer tailored cookies in order to ensure better content and quality for our website visitors.

Cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is the computer that operates a web site.

The information amount that the cookies contain is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user's identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned. The user, however, cannot be identified specifically.

The cookies are used in order for the website to reminisce:

  • Whether you have already agreed (or disagreed) for the use of cookies;
  • Your set website settings such as language, and screen options.

The MFA website https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/ have installed and contain the following cookies:

Cookie name

Description

Expiration time

TS01

Website session identification, while the user uses the MFA website. After the website session has been finished, the data are erased. Identifies the language and other options used for browsing.

After website browsing has been finished

_gat

Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.

1 minute

_ga

Used to distinguish users (the user’s data are anonimyzed by setting a randomly chosen identificator.)

2 years

_gid

Used to distinguish unique website users.

24 hours

Google Analytics

The website of the MFA uses Google Analytics cookies, created by Google Inc. The purpose of using Google Analytics cookies is to improve the quality of the content of our website and to adapt the content to the needs of users. You can read more about the Google Analytics Terms of Service on the http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html. website.

If you want the MFA not to obtain information regarding your activities on the website of the MFA, you should activate the additional Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881). This add-on communicates with Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that you do not need to send data on the relevant visit to Google Analytics. As a result, Google Analytics will not get data regarding your activities.

The data received by the Google Analytics are anonymized, which makes it impossible to identify the specific user of the home page. Your IP address is masked (anonymized) prior to processing within Google Analytics.

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The process of switching off and deleting Cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you deem necessary - for details, see https://aboutcookies.org/. 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, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit the website and some services and functionalities may not work.

The use of cookies on our website is not compulsory in order to use the website, however, their use ensure better functioning and quality content available for the viewer.

The information collected by the Cookies is not used for the purposes of your identification. The cookies are used only for the means as stated above.

Contact details

Should you have any questions regarding the use of cookies on our website, contact our Data Protection Officer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.