Cookie Policy

The specific aim of the following cookie policy is to show the types of cookies, the ways in which cookies are used as well as to supply indications in order to refuse or eliminate the cookies present on the website, if desired.

 

What are cookies and how are they used

Cookies are small text files sent from your computer by a web server (e.g. a website) to the user’s Internet browser. From there they are automatically memorized on the user’s computer for any further use or access to the website. Nearly all web browsers are, by default, set to automatically accept cookies. This website uses or can use, even as a combination, the following cookie categories:

  • Session cookies: are memorized on the user’s computer solely for technical-functional needs, to transmit session tracking systems which are necessary for site safety and efficiency; they are temporary and thus deleted at the end of the session (hence the name) when closing the browser. This type of cookie avoids issues on complaints regarding IT which can be potentially detrimental for the user’s private navigation;
  • Persistent cookies: these remain memorized and saved on your computer’s hard-drive until they expire or until they are cancelled by users/visitors. Visitors that enter a website (or other users that use the same computer) are automatically identified by means of persistent cookies every time they visit the website. Persistent cookies function in the interest of web surfers (like for example saving their user name and password for easier future access, language choice etc). However, persistent cookies can also be used for promotional reasons, or even for aims of dubious legality. Visitors can set their computer browsers so as to either accept/refuse all the cookies or so that they can see a warning every time a cookie is proposed, in order to decide whether to accept it or not. The user can however, modify the predefined configurations (default) and disable the cookies (i.e. block them permanently), by setting up a higher protection level.

Both these types of cookies (session and persistent) can in turn be:

  • First party cookies when they are directly managed by the owner and/or whomever is responsible for the website
  • Third party cookies when the cookies are predisposed and managed by a different organization to that of the owner of the website visited by the user.

 

How do cookies work and how are they deleted

By modifying your Internet browser settings, you can choose the option to either limit or block cookies. You can also visit the website www.aboutcookies.org for information on how to manage/delete cookies according to the browser you use. To delete cookies from the Internet browser of your Smartphone/Tablet please refer to the user’s manual.

 

List of the types of cookies that can be present on the Web site

As mentioned above, you can find either session or persistent cookies as well as third party cookies. The manager of the latter is directly and exclusively responsible for them, and they are subdivided into the following macro-categories:

  • Analitycs
    These cookies are used to collect statistical information on website access/visits. In some cases, if associated to other information like credentials to access reserved areas (email address and password), they can be used to outline the user (personal habits, websites visited, contents downloaded, interactions carried out etc.) Google Inc. for example, memorizes the information collected from the cookie on servers that can be stationed in the United States or other countries in order to have extra statistical information useful to evaluate the use of the website and activities carried out by the user. Google reserves to transfer the information collected with its cookie to a third party where requested by law or where the third party processes information on its account.Google assures that they do not associate the user’s IP address to any other information owned in order to have a more detailed user profile. Further information on privacy and on their use is available directly from the respective websites.
  • Widgets
    All graphical components of a programme user interface with the aim of helping the user to interact with the programme fall into this category. Widgets are for example, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter cookies. Further information on privacy and on their use is available directly from their respective websites.
  • Advertising
    The cookies used to advertise within a website fall into this category. Google, Tradedoubler are examples. Further information on privacy and on their use is available directly from their respective websites.
  • Web beacons
    Code fragments which allow a website to transfer or collect information by means of a graphic image fall into this category. Websites can use them for various purposes, such as analysing the use of the web, control and report activities on advertising as well as the personalization of advertising and its contents.