- What are cookies?
As explained by the Privacy Guarantor in the FAQ in December 2012, cookies are “small text files” – made up of letters and numbers – “that websites visited by the user send to his/her terminal (usually to the browser), where they are stored before being re-transmitted to the same websites the next time the same user visits them”. Cookies have the function of streamlining web traffic analysis or signalling when a specific website or part of a website is visited, of distinguishing between visitors so as to provide customised contents, and helping administrators to improve the website and users’ browsing experience. Cookies do not allow us to access any other information stored on your device, even though this is where cookies are downloaded. Cookies cannot load codes of any kind, carry viruses or malware and are not harmful to the user’s terminal.
Below will can find all the information on the cookies installed through this website and the necessary instructions on how to manage your preferences in this regard.
The website remembers the choice made, so the brief information will not be repeated the next time you connect from the same device. However, you will always have the option of totally or partially withdrawing your consent already given with the widget at the bottom of every page on the website.
- How long cookies last
Depending on the nature of the cookies, they can be stored on your device from seconds to years. Cookies can be:
- session cookies, which are stored persistently on your computer and are deleted when you close the browser. They are strictly limited to the transmission of session identifiers needed to enable the secure and efficient navigation of our website while avoiding the use of other IT techniques that could potentially compromise the confidentiality of users’ browsing;
- persistent cookies, which remain stored on your computer’s hard drive until they expire or are deleted by the user/visitor. With persistent cookies, visitors accessing the website (or any other users using the same computer) are automatically recognised at each visit. You can also set your computer’s browser to accept/reject all cookies or to alert you whenever a cookie is proposed, so that you can decide whether to accept it or not. Nevertheless, you can change the default configuration and disable the cookies (i.e. block them permanently), setting a higher level of protection.
- Types of cookies (domain-related)
Cookies can be:
- first-party, i.e. cookies with this website as the domain;
- third-party, i.e. cookies that are related to external domains.
Third-party cookies are installed by an external party, which is always defined as a “third party”, and are not managed by the website.
- Types of cookies (purpose-related)
There are other different types of cookies:
- Technical cookies: are those used for the sole purpose of “carrying out the transmission of certain information on an electronic communication network or as strictly necessary for the provider of an information service to provide services requested explicitly by the subscriber or user” (see Article 122 (1) of the Code).
They are not used for any other purposes and are installed directly by the website owner or operator. They can be divided into:
- browsing or session cookies, which guarantee normal navigation and use of the website (allowing, for example, a purchase or authentication for access to restricted areas); they are, in fact, necessary for the website to function properly;
- analytics cookies, (first-party) assimilated to technical cookies where they are used directly by the website operator to collect aggregate information on the number of users and how they visit the website, in order to improve the website’s performance;
- functionality cookies, which allow the user to navigate according to a set of criteria (e.g. language, products selected for purchase), in order to improve the service provided. Prior consent from users is not required for the installation of these cookies (you will find more information in the Cookie management section below).
- Analytics cookies (third-party): this type of cookie is not used directly by the website operator, but is created and made available to third parties for statistical purposes. The website has no direct control over individual cookies and cannot control them (nor install them directly or delete them). However, you can manage these cookies in the settings at any time by clicking on the widget at the bottom of every page on the website.
- Profiling cookies: these are designed to create profiles of the user and are used to send advertising messages based on the preferences expressed by the user when browsing the web. User consent is required for the use of profiling cookies. However, you can manage these cookies in the settings at any time by clicking on the widget at the bottom of every page on the website.
- Cookies on this website and withdrawal of consent