A "cookie" is a small text file installed by websites on the User's computer when the User accesses a particular website or uses certain services offered by that website. The purpose is to store and transport information. Cookies are sent from a web server (which is the computer on which the website visited is running) to the User's browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) and stored on the User's device. For more information and to learn more about cookies in general, you can visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
WHAT THEY ARE FOR
In general, cookies can be used for a variety of reasons, for example to monitor visitors' use of the website, to improve page navigation, to allow visitors to set personal preferences on the websites visited, to protect their security, and to present advertisements based on their interests.
In general, and according to a common terminology, cookies can have different characteristics that allow them to be classified according to:
- Duration of permanence on the User's device. In this case we use terms like session or temporary cookies or persistent cookies.
- Origin. In this case we’re talking about first-party cookies (sent to the browser directly from the website you are visiting) or third-party cookies (sent to the browser from other websites and not from the website you are visiting).
- Purpose. Here, also in accordance with what is regulated in this regard by the Personal Data Protection Authority, we’re speaking of technical cookies or analytical identification and profiling cookies.
Following this classification, the same cookie may also have all these characteristics at the same time, so for example there might be a persistent cookie coming from a third party and with profiling purposes.
Session/temporary cookies are not stored persistently but only limited to the duration of the browsing session. This means that they are automatically deleted from the User's device once the User has exited the website and closed the browser.
Persistent cookies are stored on the User's device until deleted by the User or until they reach their expiration date, if pre-set. Therefore, they are not automatically deleted from the User's device when they leave the website.
First-party cookies are the cookies issued by the website currently being visited. The website is the site corresponding to the address typed by the User (website displayed in the URL text box). Third-party cookies are the cookies issued by a different website than the one being visited by the User.
Technical cookies are essential for browsing the website and for using some of its features. They can be broken down as follows:
- Browsing/communication/performance cookies ensure normal browsing and use of the website (for example allowing visitors to buy something or get authenticated to access restricted areas). if these cookies are blocked, the website may no longer function properly.
- "Strictly necessary” cookies (functionality/preference/location/session state) store information that changes the behavior or appearance of the website (preferred language, text and font size, local geographic area). If these are blocked the browsing experience will be less functional but not compromised. These cookies allow the website to remember the choices you make (such as language preference, what content is of interest, etc.) and to provide the personalized features you select in order to improve your browsing experience. In some cases these cookies may also be used to offer online services (e.g. live chat) or to prevent Users from being offered services they have already refused in the past.
Analytical cookies are used to enable web services to collect information regarding user access, such as the number of visitors to the website, how long they stay, and what parts of the website they visit. Such cookies may be first- or third-party cookies.
- Third-party statistical/analytics cookies without power to identify the user (with IP masking and no cross-referencing with other data held by the third party) are considered by current law to be similar to technical cookies in that they meet the following conditions: adoption of measures that reduce the identifying power of cookies by masking portions of the IP; the third party makes reference to the commitment to use such cookies exclusively for the provision of the service, and to store them separately and not to "enrich" or "cross-reference" them with other information it has.
- Third-party statistical/analytics cookies with power to identify the user are cookies used to collect information and generate website usage statistics, to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies are deemed to have high identification value when the following conditions are not implemented at the same time: (i) no action is taken to reduce the identifying power of the cookies (e.g., by masking significant portions of the IP); (ii) the third party cross-references the information in the cookies with other information it already has.
WHAT COOKIES WE USE AND HOW TO MANAGE OR DELETE THEM
The website uses the Cookie Solution system offered by the provider CookieYes – CS policy – with which it is possible to detect and save Users' preferences regarding the collection, use and processing of their personal information, as required by relevant applicable laws. For details on the cookies used see the banner presented when opening the website, as it provides more detailed information. The User can always review the status of previously issued consents by clicking on the symbol at the bottom of each page of the website.
The categories of cookies used and their function are listed below.
Necessary cookies ensure normal browsing and enjoyment of the website (for example allowing the identification of bots and protecting the website against malicious spam attacks). Browsing cookies are technical cookies and are therefore necessary for the operation of the website by improving its quality and browsing experience. These cookies do not store personally identifiable information.
Preference or personalization cookies are cookies that allow the user to remember information so that they can access the service with certain features that may differentiate their experience from that of other users, such as for example language, the number of results to be shown when performing a search, the appearance or content of the service depending on the type of browser through which the user accesses the service or the region from which they access the service, etc.
Additional third-party requests
Third-party requests are all those requests that a website makes for loading content from third-party domains. The connection could be a subdomain of the website being visited or an unrelated domain name. While some third-party requests are necessary for the functionality of a website, for example for content uploaded by a content distribution network, other requests are used to display advertisements, social media buttons, tracking scripts or other content.
Most Internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies automatically. These settings can be changed to block cookies or to be notified whenever cookies are sent to your browsing device. It is also possible to delete the cookies from the device at the end of each browsing session. There are a variety of ways to manage cookies. The User should refer to the instructions of the browser used. If different devices are used to view and access the website (e.g., computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.) it will be the User's own responsibility to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect their cookie preferences.