What Are Cookies?
For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.
Definitions, characteristics and application of the legislation
Cookies are small text files that are sent onto the user’s computer or mobile device by the websites the user visits. They are sent back to the website at the user’s next visit. Cookies allow websites to remember their users’ actions and preferences (for example their log-in information, favorite language, font size, and other visualization preferences) without having to enter their preferences again when the users come back onto said website, or navigate from one page to another on the same portal. Cookies are therefore used for electronic authentication, session monitoring and to memorize information on the activities of users that access a determined website, and may contain a unique ID code allowing them to monitor users’ navigation history on the portal to generate statistics or improve targeted advertisement. While navigating on a website, cookies from other websites or web servers may be saved on the user’s computer or mobile device – those cookies are called “third party cookies”. Some operations are not possible without cookies, that are in some case technically essential for a website to work.
There are different kinds of cookies, their characteristics and roles vary as well as the amount of time they are stored on the user’s computer or mobile device – e.g. session cookies (automatically erased when the browser is closed), or persistent cookies (that remain on the user’s device until a pre-determined deadline).
The Italian personal data protection authority (called the Garante) considers the following types of cookies as “technical cookies” for which the user’s express consent is not necessary:
- “analytics cookies” when they are directly used by the site operator to collect information in aggregated form on the number of users and how the users access/visit the website,
- Navigation cookies or session cookies (for authentication),
- Functionality cookies. They allow the user to navigate according to a series of selected criteria (e.g. language, products added to a cart) in order to improve the service provided to the user.
The so-called “profiling cookies” are the ones used to create a user profile and/or to send advertising contents that follow the preferences shown by the user during navigation; the user’s explicit consent is necessary for those cookies.
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.
Click on the appropriate link for the browser you use to view a short guide on how to disable cookies: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer.
How to view and change cookies
- Internet Explorer
- Android (mobile devices)
- Safari (mobile devices)
- Windows Phone (mobile devices)
- Blackberry (mobile devices)
For more information on cookies and how to manage your preferences for first and/or third party cookies, please visit the page www.youronlinechoices.com. Please note that disabling navigation or functionality cookies may cause the site to crash and/or significantly reduce the services offered by the website.
The Cookies We Set
When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.
In order to provide you with a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page is affected by your preferences.
Third Party Cookies
This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.
For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
- Analytics policy on privacy and data protection by Google: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=it;
- If you wish to stop Google Analytics cookies from being sent to your device, you may install this app onto your browser: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=it
- How to disable service cookies from Google Services
- How to disable service cookies from Facebook
Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren't sure whether you need or not it's usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site.
However if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through one of our preferred contact methods.
Phone: +39 0734 841862