What are cookies?
Cookies are small text strings that the websites visited by the user send to their display devices, usually to the browser, where they are stored before being re-transmitted to the same websites, on the same user’s next visit. While browsing a site, the user can also receive on their device cookies sent from different websites or web servers (so-called “third parties”), which may contain certain elements such as, for example, images, maps, sounds, specific links to pages of other domains on the website that is being browsed.
Cookies, which can be usually found in users’ browsers in large numbers and sometimes with features of long temporal persistence, are used for different purposes such as computer authentication, session monitoring, information storage on specific configurations regarding users accessing the server, etc.
Cookies are divided into two macro-categories: “technical” cookies and “profiling” cookies.
Technical cookies are those used for the sole purpose of “transmitting a communication over an electronic communications network, or as strictly necessary for the provider of the company service supplier of the information explicitly requested by the subscriber or user to provide this service” (see art. 122, paragraph 1, of the Code). They are not used for other purposes and are normally installed directly by the website controller or manager. They can be divided into browsing or session cookies, which guarantee the normal navigation and use of the website (allowing you, for example, to make a purchase or authenticate yourself in order to access restricted areas).
Analytic cookies are similar to technical cookies whenever they are used directly by the website manager to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the website. Functional cookies allow the user to browse according to a set of selected criteria (for example, the language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service rendered to them.
Another type of cookies are the so-called “Flash Cookies” (Local Shared Objects), used within Adobe Flash Player to deliver some contents, such as video clips or animations, so as to remember settings and preferences. Flash cookies are stored on the device but are managed through a different interface from the one provided by the browser used.
Adobe website http://www.adobe.com/devnet/security.html provides information on how to remove or disable Flash cookies related to a specific domain.
The users’ prior consent is not required to install these cookies, whereas the obligation remains for the website manager to provide Information, in the manner they consider most suitable, pursuant to art. 13 of the Code if they only use such devices.
They are referred to in art. 122 of the Code where it is provided that “storing information in the terminal equipment of a contractor or a user, or accessing information already stored, is only permitted provided the contractor or user has expressed their own consent after having been informed using the simplified procedures referred to in article 13, paragraph 3” (art. 122, paragraph 1, of the Code).
DESCRIPTION OF THE COOKIES USED ON THIS WEBSITE
These are cookies installed by the website that the user is visiting. They are necessary for browsing the website, allow you to use the site’s main features, protect the connection, keep the session identifiers and store authentication information.
Without these cookies, some or all of the site’s features may not be usable.
This website does not currently use user profiling cookies.
The following are the third-party cookies that could be used by the site, as well as the links through which the user can receive more information and request their deactivation:
• YOUTUBE – it is a video content visualisation service, managed by Google Inc. (USA), that allows integrating said contents into the site’s pages.
The relevant information and terms of service can be found at: http://developers.google.com/youtube/terms
The exact nature of some cookies (which, under particular conditions, could be considered “profiling” ones) could be reconsidered in the future based on the evolution in the interpretation of the Guarantor’s directives. In this case, this information notice will be updated as appropriate, and any required obligations fully fulfilled.
DURATION OF COOKIES
Cookies have a duration imposed by the expiration date, or by a specific action such as closing the browser, set at the time of installation. Cookies can be:
• temporary or session cookies – they are used to store temporary information, allow you to link the actions performed during a specific session and are removed from the computer when the browser is closed;
• permanent (persistent cookies) – they are used to store information, such as the login name and password, so as to prevent the user from having to enter them again each time they visit a specific site. These cookies remain stored in the computer even after closing the browser.
COOKIE MANAGEMENT – HOW TO DISABLE THEM
In most browsers, cookies are enabled at the origin. The user can decide whether to accept them or not by using the settings of their browser.
If consent has already been given, but you want to change your cookie permissions, you must delete them through the browser, as shown below, because otherwise the ones already installed will not be removed. In particular, please note that third-party cookies may not be controlled in any way, so if consent has already been given previously, it is necessary to delete cookies through the browser (dedicated section) or by submitting an opt-out request directly to third parties.
For more information, it may be useful to consult the following sites:
For more detailed information on the options for disabling cookies, see the list of links for configuring the most popular browsers. If you do not use any of the browsers listed, select “cookies” on the Help page in the browser used.
• Microsoft Windows Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/it-it/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-ininternet-explorer
• Google Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=it&p=cpn_cookies
• Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/it/kb/Attivare%20e%20disattivare%20i%20cookie
• Opera Software: http://help.opera.com/Windows/10.00/it/cookies.html
You can also delete all the cookies installed in the cookie folder of the browsers used. Each browser has different procedures for managing settings. To learn the procedures to be followed for changing the settings and the address of the directory containing cookies, consult the Help page of the browser used.