WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small text files sent from the site to the user’s terminal (usually to the browser), where they are memorised and retransmitted to the site during the same user’s next visit. A cookie cannot access any other data from the user’s hard drive or transmit IT viruses or acquire e-mail addresses. Each cookie is unique for the user’s web browser. Some of the cookie functions can be required by other technologies. In this document, the term cookies is intended in reference to cookies, as such, and to all similar technologies. By using cookies, it is possible to record information about your preferences, like the pages browsed or file downloads from our site or other similar activities carried out during the navigation of our website.
FIRST OR THIRD PARTY COOKIES
Cookies can belong to first or third parties, where first-party cookies are stored by the domain (website) you are visiting directly. Instead, third-party cookies are created by domains other than the one you are visiting directly, hence the name third-party.
THE NATURE OF THE COOKIES
When it comes to the nature of cookies, there are different types:
Technical cookies are those used only to “carry out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communication network, or to the extent strictly necessary for the provider of a service that the information company explicitly requires of the subscriber or the user to be able to provide said service” (see Art. 122, paragraph 1, of the Law).
They are not used for other purposes and are generally installed directly by the web site owner or manager. They can be subdivided into:
– navigation or session cookies that guarantee the normal navigation and use of the web site (allowing, for example, the use to make a purchase or authenticate his or her identity to access reserved areas); they are indeed necessary for the correct functioning of the site;
– analytical cookies, similar to technical cookies, which are used directly by the site manager to collect information, in an aggregate form, on the number of users or on how the users visit the site itself, for the purpose of improving site performance.
– functionality cookies, which enable the user to navigate in function of a series of selected criteria (for example, the language, the products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service performed for the same. User consent is not required tor the installation of these cookies (more information in the Cookie Management paragraph below).
Profiling cookies are aimed at creating profiles of the user and are used for the purpose of sending advertising messages in keeping with the preferences expressed by the same during on-line navigation.
The use of profiling cookies requires the consent of the user. According to provision n. 229 of 8 May 2014, the user must be able to authorise or deny consent for the installation of the profiling cookies, if they are present.
In case of third-party cookies, the web site does not have direct control over individual cookies and cannot control them (cannot install them directly or delete them). You can, in any case, manage these cookies through the browser settings (follow the instructions below), or the web sites indicated in the “Cookie Management” section.
The User is therefore invited to verify the third-party website indicated below.
DURATION OF THE COOKIES
The cookies have a duration governed by expiration date (or by a specific action like the closing of the browser) set at the time of installation.
The cookies can be:
– temporary or session cookies: these are used to store temporary information, they enable the connection of actions taken during a specific session and are removed by the computer once the browser is closed;
– permanent or persistent cookies: these are used to store information, for example the log-in name and password, so that the user needn’t digit it every time he or she visits the specific site. These are memorised in the computer even after the browser has been closed.
The so-called session cookies, once the connection to the present web site has ended, are not saved. The IT systems used for this web site use temporary analytical cookies.
You can disable cookies present on the web sites by downloading special software like Ghostery (https://www.ghostery.com) for your browser and disabling the use of individual cookies. Or you can enable the “anonymous browsing” method, which means a function that allows navigation without leaving trace of browsing data in the browser. This function only makes it possible not to maintain the browsing data in the browser.
As an alternative, you can disable/delete the cookies by accessing your browser configuration panel.
ACCEPTANCE AND DENYING OF THE COOKIES
BROWSER SETTING: HOW CAN I CONTROL COOKIES
The user’s browser “Guide” section should be capable of helping with the management of cookie settings. If you do not wish to receive cookies, it is possible to modify the browser in such a way as to be informed when they are sent. It is also possible to eliminate the cookies that have not yet been memorised at any time by using the browser settings.