- What are cookies and how are they used?
Cookies are packages of information sent by a web server (e.g. the site) to the user’s internet browser, which automatically saves them to the computer and automatically sends them back to the server each time the site is accessed.
In general, cookies may be used for various reasons, including but not limited to monitoring the use of the site by visitors, improving its page navigation, allowing for personal preferences to be set on visited sites, protecting the user’s security or sending advertising messages based on visitors’ interests.
By default, nearly all web browsers are programmed to automatically accept cookies.
Typically, cookies can be installed:
- directly by the website owner and/or manager (“first-party cookies”)
This website may use, including combinations thereof, the following types of cookies classified according to the instructions provided by the Italian Data Protection Agency, and in Europe by the Working Group pursuant to art. 29:
- These are cookies that are not permanently saved on the user’s computer and are deleted when the browser is closed. They are strictly limited to the transmission of session identification details necessary to allow the secure and efficient navigation of the site, avoiding the use of other IT techniques that are potentially detrimental to users’ navigation privacy.
- These are cookies that are saved on the computer’s hard drive until they expire or are deleted by users/visitors. Using permanent cookies, visitors who access the site (or any other users that use the same computer) are automatically recognised each time they visit. Visitors can set their computer browser to accept/refuse all cookies or to show a notice every time a cookie is suggested, so that they can decide to accept it or not. In any case, the user can change the predefined configuration and disable cookies (definitively blocking them), setting a higher level of protection.
- These are cookies used for authentication, to enjoy multimedia content like Flash Player or to select the navigation language. In general, it is therefore not necessary to obtain the prior and informed consent of the user. Also falling within this scope are cookies used to statistically analyse accesses/visits to the site, exclusively for statistics purposes and through the collection of information in aggregate form.
- Non-Technical Cookies. These are all cookies used for profiling and marketing purposes. Their use on users’ computers is not permitted unless they have first been informed and provided their valid consent using the opt-in technique. In turn, these types of cookies can be grouped based on the function they perform, into:
- Analytics. These are cookies used to collect and analyse statistics information about accesses/visits to the website. In some cases, when associated with other information such as credentials inserted to access restricted areas (e-mail address and password), they may be used to profile the user (personal habits, sites visited, content downloaded, types of interactions carried out, etc.). For example, Google Inc., in order to have aggregate statistics information to evaluate the use of the website and the activities carried out by the visitor, saves information collected by the cookies on servers that may be located in the United States or other countries. Google reserves the right to transfer the information collected with its cookies to third parties where required by law or where the third party processes information on its behalf. Google ensures that the user’s IP address is never associated with any other data held in order to obtain a more detailed user profile.
- Widgets. This category includes every graphic element of a user interface of a programme, which aims to help the user interact with the programme. For instance, widgets include Facebook, Google+ and Twitter cookies.
- Advertising. This category includes the cookies used for advertising on a site.
- Web Beacons. This category includes the fragments of code that allow a website to transfer or collect information through the request of a graphic image. Websites may use them for various purposes, such as analysing the use of websites, control and reporting activities on advertising and the personalisation of advertisements and content.
- Cookies present on this website
The following table gives the name and/or identification code of the cookies present on this website, divided based on type and the purpose they are used for.
Where required, a specific field is provided so that users can give or refuse consent for the installation of the cookie. By providing consent, the terms and conditions of the following third parties’ policies are automatically accepted.
|Cookie name or code
||Technical, first-party cookie
||Temporary cookie used to assist navigation, its duration only lasts for the session.
- Use of Flash cookies
The website may use/uses Adobe Flash Player to offer some multimedia content. On most computers, the programme is installed by default.
Where some of this content is used, Google Analytics saves the additional data on the computer, also known as Flash Cookies (or Local Share Objects) through which the Controller is able to know the total number of times a certain audio/video file is opened, the number of people who use it all the way to the end and, on the other hand, how many people close it before it ends.
The Adobe website provides information on how to remove or disable Flash cookies (see URL http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security)
Please note that limiting and/or deleting the use of this type of Flash cookie may affect the available functions for applications based on Flash technology.
- How to disable cookies using browser configuration
The following instructions describe how to disable/delete cookies based on the type of browser used. Note that for the site to function correctly, some technical cookies are essential and if uninstalled, could impact navigation.
Additionally, depending on the browser used, cookies can be disabled by following the specific instructions provided: