Definition of Cookies
A cookie is a small text file sent to the browser by the visited website and then stored on the hard disk of the user’s computer. When you connect to the website again, cookies are read back and recognized by the website that sent them. While visiting a website, you may receive cookies from a third-party website (so-called “third-party cookies”), for example, links to web pages of other domains.
Cookies can be used for different purposes, such as allowing a website to recognize a user’s device or monitoring sessions and storing specific information about users accessing the server.
Classification of cookies according to the duration of their storage
- Session cookies: they are not permanently stored on the user’s computer and are deleted when the browser is closed. They are strictly limited to the transmission of session identifiers necessary to enable the safe and efficient exploration of the site, avoiding the use of other techniques potentially prejudicial to the privacy of the users’ browsing.
- Persistent cookies: they remain stored on the device’s hard drive until they expire or are deleted by users/visitors. Through persistent cookies, visitors accessing the site (or any other users using the same device) are automatically recognized at each visit. Visitors can set their computer browser to accept/reject all cookies or to display a warning whenever a cookie is proposed, in order to decide whether to accept it or not. The User may, however, modify the default configuration and disable cookies (i.e. block them permanently), setting the highest level of protection.
Classification of cookies according to their functionality
- Technical cookies: they are used for authentication, to use multimedia content such as flash players, or to allow the choice of navigation language. For their use is therefore not necessary to acquire the user’s prior consent. This group also includes cookies used to statistically analyse accesses/visits to the site only if used exclusively for statistical purposes and through the collection of information in aggregate form.
- Non-technical cookies: these are used for profiling and marketing purposes. Their use on the users’ terminals is forbidden if data subjects have not been adequately informed beforehand and have not given their valid consent according to the opt-in technique. These types of cookies are, in turn, grouped according to the functions they perform in:
- Analytics: these are used to collect and analyse statistical information on access/visits to the website. When associated with other information such as credentials entered for access to restricted areas (your email address and password), can be used to profile the user (personal habits, sites visited, content downloaded, 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 user interaction with the program itself. By way of example, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn cookies are widgets.
- Advertising: these are used to advertise within a site. Google, Tradedoubler cookies fall into this category.
- Web beacons/Pixels: these are the code snippets that allow a website to transfer or collect information by requesting a graphic image. Websites may use them for various purposes, such as analysing website usage, monitoring and reporting on advertisements, customizing advertisements and content.
Cookies on the Site
Technical cookies for which consent is not required
The Owner will install, or let third parties install, on your device and in your browser, some cookies necessary to acquire statistical information in an anonymous and aggregate form related to your navigation on the pages of the Site.
Each browser has a different procedure for managing settings. Below are specific instructions for each browser: