1. What are cookies and how are they used?
Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer (or mobile device). They are widely used to make sites work correctly, better or more efficiently. They are able to do so because websites can read and write to these files, enabling them to recognise you and remember important information which can make your browsing experience smoother and more convenient. Cookies can either be “persistent” or “session” cookies: persistent cookies are stored during the course of a browsing session and remain active until their expiry date, unless they are deleted by the user before this; session cookies expire after each visit, at the end of a navigation session.
2. Cookie Types
There are different types of cookies. Some are required to browse the website, others have different purposes, such as guaranteeing internal security, system administration, performing statistical analysis, helping understand what sections of the site are most interesting to users, or offering a customised website visit. Anonymised third-party technical and profiling cookies are used on the site. First-party profiling cookies are not used.
a) Technical Cookies
Technical cookies are those used for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of communications over an electronic communication network, or as strictly necessary in order to provide an information society service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user They are not used for further purposes, and are normally set directly by the owner or manager of the website. They can be divided into navigation or session cookies, which guarantee the normal navigation and use of the website (allowing, for example, purchases to be made or users to authenticate themselves for access to restricted areas); analytics cookies, equivalent to technical cookies where used directly by the operator of the website to collect information, in aggregate format, on the number of users and how they browse the site; functionality cookies, which allow the user to browse the website on the basis of a set of selected criteria (e.g. language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided.
b) Profiling Cookies
In relation to their ownership, cookies can be:
– First-party cookies: created and readable by the site which created them. First-party profiling cookies are not used on this website.
– Third-party cookies: Advertising agencies and other parties could use their cookies to gather information on the activities you perform on the website and/or on the adverts you have clicked on. This information could be used by them to display advertising to you which they believe is more interesting or relevant for you because it is based on content you have previously viewed. Advertising agencies could also use this information to measure the effectiveness of their advertising. We do not control these cookies. To disable or reject third-party cookies, you will therefore need to refer to the third-party websites.
3. Options for modifying or blocking cookies
Management of the information gathered by “third parties” is regulated by the corresponding privacy/cookie policies, which you should refer to. In order to ensure greater transparency and convenience, the web addresses of these policies and the methods for managing Google cookies are listed below.
Google+ policy: http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/cookies/
Google+ (configuration): http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/managing/
The operating methods, as well as the options for limiting or blocking the cookies, can also be carried out via your web browser settings. Links are provided below to the disablement procedures for the most popular web browsers: