Cookies consist of portions of code (computer files or partial data) sent by a server to the user’s Internet browser, by said browser automatically stored on the user’s computer and automatically sent back to the server at each occurrence or subsequent access to the site. Usually a cookie contains the name of the website from which the cookie originates, the life span of the cookie (i.e. how long it will remain on the user’s device) and a value, which is usually a randomly generated unique number. At each subsequent visit, cookies are sent back to the website that originated them (first-party cookies) or to another site that recognizes them (third-party cookies). Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize the user’s device and have different purposes such as, for example, allowing you to navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your favorite sites and, in general, improving the browsing experience. They also help to ensure that the advertising content displayed online is more targeted to a user and his interests.
If the user decides to disable cookies, this could influence and / or limit his browsing experience within the Sites, for example he may not be able to visit certain sections of a Site or he may not receive personalized information when he visits the Sites.
The operating modes as well as the options to limit or block cookies can be adjusted by changing the settings of your internet browser. Most internet browsers are initially set up to accept cookies automatically, however the user can change these settings to block cookies or to be warned whenever cookies are sent to his device. There are several ways to manage cookies, for this purpose you need to refer to the help screen of your browser to check how to adjust or change the settings of the same. The user is enabled, in fact, to change the default configuration and disable cookies (i.e. block them permanently), setting the highest level of protection.
If the user uses different devices to view and access the Sites (for example, computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.), he must make sure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect his cookie preferences. To delete cookies from the Internet browser of your smartphone / tablet, please refer to the user manual of the device.
Below is an explanatory list.
“Technical” cookies are essential for the proper functioning of the site and allow users to browse the site and take advantage of its features (for example, they allow the storage of previous actions or allow you to save the user’s session and / or perform other activities strictly necessary for the operation of the site).
This category also includes “analytical” cookies that help understand how users interact with the site by providing information relating to the last page visited, the number of sections and pages visited, the time spent on the site and each event that emerged in the course of navigation, such as an error message, and help to understand any difficulty that the user encounters in using the site. This information may be associated with user details such as IP address, domain or browser; however, they are analyzed together with information from other users so as not to identify one particular user with respect to the other. These cookies are collected and aggregated anonymously and allow the site operator to improve the usability of the site.
“Functionality” cookies allow the site to remember the user’s choices (for example the username) to provide the latter with a more personalized and optimized navigation. Functional cookies are not essential for the functioning of the Sites, but improve their quality and browsing experience. If you do not accept these cookies, the yield and functionality of the site may be lower and access to the contents of the site may be limited.
“Targeting” or “profiling” cookies are used to present content more suitable for the user and his interests. They can be used to display targeted advertisements, to publish advertisements tailored to the user’s interests or to limit the number of times the user views an advertisement. In addition, they help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on the site; the site operator may use these cookies to remember the sites the user has visited and share this information with third parties, including agencies and advertisers who may use their cookies to collect information on the activities that users perform on the site.
“Sharing” (or social network) cookies are necessary to allow the user to interact with the Sites through their social account and are used, for example, to express appreciation and to share it with the related social contacts.
The site uses or can use, also in combination with each other, cookies: – “session” which are stored on the user’s computer for mere technical-functional needs, for the transmission of session identifiers necessary to allow the safe and efficient exploration of the site; they are canceled at the end of the “session” (hence the name) when the browser is closed; – and “persistent” which remain stored on the computer’s hard drive until their expiration or cancellation by users. Through persistent cookies, users who access the sites (or any other users who use the same computer) are automatically recognized at each visit.
Third party cookies
When a user uses the site, some cookies that are not controlled by the site operator may be stored. This happens, for example, if the user visits a page that contains contents of a third party website, consequently, the user will receive cookies from these third party services. On third-party cookies, the site manager does not have control of the information provided by the cookie and does not have access to such data, this information is totally controlled by third-party companies as described in the respective privacy policies.
The following table shows the third-party cookies on the site. The latter fall under the direct and exclusive responsibility of the third party operator and are divided into the following macro-categories:
– Analytical : they are the cookies used to collect and analyze statistical information on accesses / visits to the website. In some cases, associated with other information such as the credentials entered for access to restricted areas (your e-mail address and password), they can be used to profile the user (personal habits, visited sites, downloaded contents, types of interactions carried out, etc.). – Widgets : This category includes all those graphic components of a user interface of a program, which aims to facilitate the user in interacting with the program itself (for example, widgets are cookies Facebook, Google+, Twitter). – Advertising : This category includes the cookies used to provide advertising services within a site. If the user does not wish to receive third-party cookies on his device, he can, through the links below, access the information and consent forms of said third parties and exclude their receipt.
These cookies are not controlled directly by the Site, therefore, to withdraw consent it is necessary to refer to the third party websites or refer to the site http://www.youronlinechoices.com to obtain information on how to delete or manage cookies based on the browser used and to manage preferences on third-party profiling cookies.