WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small fragments of text, normally consisting of letters and/or numbers, which are sent by the visited website and stored by the software (such as a web browser) installed on the device used by the user for navigation. Cookies are then retransmitted to the website the next time you visit.
Cookies allow to store information about the visits made by a user to a website and represent a very useful technology, because for example they allow the operation of websites, making them more efficient, and provide useful information to site managers. Without cookies, or other similar technologies, the websites would have no way to “remember ” information about visitors, such as how many items the user has placed in the shopping cart or whether or not he has logged in.
Cookies are classified according to:
– duration: session or persistent cookies
– origin: first-party or third-party cookies;
– purpose: technical, analytical or profiling cookies.
Cookies that expire at the end of a browser session (normally when a user closes their browser) are called session cookies and are useful for example to store a user’s purchase order or for security purposes, such as when accessing your internet banking or webmail account. Cookies that, on the other hand, are stored for a longer period of time (between sessions) are called persistent cookies and are useful for example to remember user preferences or to propose targeted advertising.
The first-party or third-party definition refers to the website or domain that installs the cookie.
The first-party or third-party definition refers to the website or domain that installs the cookie. First-party cookies are installed directly from the website that the user is visiting, while third-party cookies are installed from a domain other than the one the user is visiting, for example if the website incorporates elements from other sites, such as images, social media plugins or advertisements.
It should be specified that the purposes usually fulfilled by a cookie can also be achieved through other similar technologies, including the use of certain features that allow to identify devices so you can analyze visits to a website. This policy applies to any technology that stores or accesses information on your device. This could include HTML5 local storage, Local Shared Objects (also called flash cookies) and fingerprinting techniques. In particular, device fingerprinting is a technique that consists of combining a set of information in order to uniquely identify a particular device. Examples of information that device fingerprinting can detect, associate, or elucidate include:
– data from the configuration of a device;
– data from the use of particular network protocols;
– HTTP header information, clock information;
– fonts installed;
– plugins installed in the browser.
You can also combine these elements with additional information, such as IP addresses or unique identifiers, etc.
From now on, when it comes to cookies, this definition will also include other similar technologies.
WHAT ARE THE PURPOSES OF THE COOKIES USED BY THIS SITE?
Depending on the purpose, cookies installed on this site are devided in technical cookies, analytical cookies and profiling cookies.
Technical cookies are necessary for the operation of the website because they enable functions to facilitate the navigation of the user, who for example can access his profile without having to log in each time or can select the language with which he wants to navigate the site without having to set it each time.
Technical cookies are considered strictly necessary, because the storage of information is essential to provide a service requested by the user. Therefore, technical cookies cannot be disabled and their installation does not require the prior consent of users (pursuant to art. 122 of the Privacy Code).
Analytical cookies, which may be first or third party, are installed to collect information about the use of the website. In particular, they are useful to analyze statistically the accesses or the visits to the same site and to allow the owner to improve the structure, the navigation logics and content. The information collected (including the IP address, masked) is used to carry out statistical analysis in order to improve the use of the site and possibly to make the content more interesting and relevant to the user’s wishes.
Analytical cookies are not necessary for the operation of the website, however, since the IP address is not clear the installation of such cookies does not require the user’s consent.
Profiling cookies, which can be first or third party, are used to track the user’s navigation, analyze his behavior for marketing purposes and create profiles about his tastes, habits, choices, etc. In this way it is possible, for example, to transmit targeted advertising messages in relation to the user’s interests and in line with the preferences expressed by them in online browsing. These cookies also include social cookies.
These cookies can be installed on the user’s terminal only if he has given his consent.
HOW DO I MANAGE MY COOKIE PREFERENCES?
Users can still express their preferences on cookies also through the settings of the browser by default, almost all browsers are set to automatically accept cookies, but users can change the default configuration through the settings of the browser used, which allow you to delete/remove all or some cookies or block the sending of cookies or limit it to certain sites.
Disabling / blocking cookies or deleting them could compromise the optimal use of certain areas of the site or prevent certain features, as well as affect the operation of third-party services.
The configuration of cookie management depends on the browser used. The following are the instructions and links to the guides for the management of cookies of the main desktop browser:
– Microsoft Edge: click on the icon with the three dots at the top right and then on “Settings”. From the menu on the left select “Cookies and site permissions” and adjust the cookie settings. Below is the link to get more information: https: //support.microsoft.com/it-it/help/4027947/microsoft-edge-delete-cookies
– Google Chrome: click on the icon with the three dots at the top right and then on “Settings”. Select “Advanced “and in the” Privacy and security” section click on “Site Settings”. Then adjust the cookie settings by selecting “Cookies and site data”. Below is the link to get more information: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=it&p=cpn_cookies%20https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=it
– Mozilla Firefox In the window select” Privacy and security ” to adjust the cookie settings. Below is the link to get more information: https://support.mozilla.org/it/kb/activate%20and%20disable%20the%cookie.
– Apple Safari: select “Preferences” and then “Privacy Below is the link to get more information: https://support.apple.com/it-it/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac
– Opera: select the icon with the three horizontal bars at the top right and then on “Advanced”. Select “Confidentiality & Security” and then “Site Settings”. From the section “Cookies and site data” adjust the cookie settings. Below is the link to get more information: https://help.opera.com/en/latest/web-preferences/#cookies. For different browser and other than those listed above, it is necessary to consult the relative guide to identify the cookie management modes.