What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files sent to the user by the website visited. They are stored on computer hard disk, thus allowing the website to recognize users and store certain information about them, to enable or improve the service offered.
There are different types of cookies. Some are necessary to navigate the Website, others have different purposes such as ensuring internal security, system administration tasks, perform statistical analysis, to understand what are the sections of the Website that matter most to users or offer a personalized visit of the Website.
The Website uses technical cookies and not profiling. Through the Website are installed third-party cookies (for details, please see below). The foregoing relates to both the user's computer and to any other device that he can use to connect to the Website.
Technical cookies are those used for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network, or as strictly necessary for the provider of an information society service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user to provide the service.
They are not used for other purposes and are usually installed by the owner or operator 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, to make a purchase or authenticate for access to restricted areas);
- analytics cookies, similar to cookies where engineers used directly by the website operator to collect information, in aggregate, the number of users and how they visit the website;
- functional cookies, that allow the user browsing function of a set of selected criteria (for example, the language, the products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service rendered to the same.
Disabling cookies may limit your ability to use the Website and prevent to benefit in full of features and services on the Website. To decide what you accept or reject, it is shown below a description of cookies used on the Website.
Type of cookies used
First Party cookies
The first party cookies (ie cookies that belong to the publisher's website that created them) are set by the website visited by the user, whose address appears in the URL window. The use of these cookies allows us to run the website efficiently and to track patterns of behavior of visitors.
The third-party cookies are set by a domain different from that the user visits. If a user visits a website and a different company sends the information using that website, you are in the presence of third party cookies.
Persistent cookies are stored on the user device between the sessions of the browser, allowing to remember your preferences or user actions in a website. They can be used for different purposes, for example to remember the preferences and choices when using the website.
These cookies are necessary for the operations of the Website. Without the use of such cookies some parts of the website will not function. They include, for example, cookies that enable access to protected areas of the website. These cookies do not collect information for marketing purposes and can not be disabled.
These cookies are used to recognize a user who returns to the website. They allow you to customize the content and remember your preferences (for example, the selected language or region). These cookies do not collect information that can identify you. All information gathered is anonymous.
Cookies sharing on social networks
These cookies facilitate the sharing of website content through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. To view the respective privacy policies and cookies you can visit the websites of social networks. In the case of Facebook and Twitter, you can visit www.facebook.com/help/cookies and twitter.com/privacy.
A number of our pages use technical cookies, for example to manage and remember:
- collect statistics anonymously for this website and gauge the number of visitors over time;
The following third party cookies are also used on our pages:
- Creative Commons (license banner): __cfduid - Service provided by Creative Commons Corporation. This cookie does not store any personally identifiable information. For details, see the third-party policies.
- Google Analytics (statistics): _ga, _gat, _gid - Service provided by Google Inc. statistics service managed by Google which collects data on website visits and makes data available to the website owner in an anonymous and “aggregate” way, in the sense that it is not possible to reconnect statistics data to individuals who have visited the Website. For details, see below and the third-party policies.
Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this website may not work as intended.
Google Analytics usage
In order to collect statistical data about user navigation and improve the Website, we use the data analysis online software “Google Analytics”.
This service is supplied by the “Google Inc.”. Google Analytics uses either temporary and persistent tracking cookies (which have various expiry dates, as described in this page) in order to recognize a user which has already visited the pages of Website in the past. Data about the use of the web pages of Website detected by such cookies are normally transmitted to a Google server in the United States (or other countries), where they are stored.
Data collected by the Google Analytics system concern, for instance, information relating to time spent on the Website, approximate geographic location, entrance and exit pages, origin of visitor traffic, and so on. Google will use this data to evaluate the use of the Website, draw reports on the activity of Website and provide us with further services connected to the use of Website and the Internet.
Data collected through these cookies will be used in aggregate form. “In aggregate form” means that cookies and tracking systems are never associated to the individual person but to navigation, and therefore nobody will manage to associate your name to the web pages or websites that you visit.
Moreover, an important detail such as your IP address, is “anonymized” to raise the level of your protection, as explained here below.
For this reason user profiles created by Google Analytics are “anonymized” and this makes it impossible to trace back the individual user. Only in some particular cases the whole IP address is transmitted to a Google server, and there it is shortened.
Your IP address (the number assigned to your computer or device by your Internet Service Provider) is shortened and therefore anonymized - on our initiative - by Google. Your anonymized IP address transmitted by your browser within the Google Analytics system, is not added to other data stored by Google. A transmission of this data to third parties through Google can only be achieved by a statutory provision or as part of data processing for third parties. In no case will Google group your personal data with any other data collected.
Google adheres to the principles of personal data of the “US Safe Harbor” agreement and is registered in the “Safe Harbor” program of the Ministry of Commerce of the United States.
By using the Website you declare your consent to the processing of data collected by Google Analytics, and to the methods of data processing as well as to purpose described above.
You can avoid detection of the data generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (including your IP address) downloading and installing the “Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on”, an extension to your browser, which you can find by clicking on this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
How to control cookies
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but the user can usually change your settings to disable this function. You can block all kinds of cookies, or agree to receive only some and disable the other. The “Options” or “Preferences” menu of the browser allows you to avoid receiving cookies and other tracking technologies user, and how to get notification from the browser of the activation of these technologies. Alternatively, you can also refer to the “Help” toolbar present in most browsers.
Many browsers have specific extensions to manage cookies.
You can also select the browser you use from the list below and follow the instructions:
From mobile device:
To learn more about cookies and to manage preferences about cookies (first and/or third party) users are invited to visit the platform www.youronlinechoices.com. But please note that disabling navigation or functional cookies can cause malfunction of the Website.