Cookies consist of portions of code (computer files or partial data) sent from a server to the user’s Internet browser, from that browser automatically stored on the user’s computer and automatically returned to the server at each occurrence or subsequent access to the site. Usually a cookie contains the name of the website from which the cookie comes from, the life of the cookie (ie how long it will remain on the user’s device) and a value, which is usually a unique number generated randomly. At each subsequent visit the cookies are sent back to the website that originated them (first-party cookies) or to another site that recognizes them (third-party cookies). Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize the user’s device and have different purposes such as, for example, to efficiently navigate pages, remember favorite sites and, in general, improve the browsing experience. They also help to ensure that the advertising content displayed online is more targeted to a user and his interests.
If you decide to disable cookies, this may affect and/or limit your browsing experience within the Sites, for example you may not be able to visit certain sections of a Site or may not receive personalized information when you visit the Sites.
The operating modes as well as the options for restricting or blocking cookies can be adjusted by changing the settings of your internet browser. The majority of Internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies automatically, but the user can change these settings to block cookies or to be alerted whenever cookies are sent to his device. There are several ways to manage cookies, for this purpose refer to the help screen of your browser to check how to adjust or change the settings of the same. The user is enabled, in fact, to change the default configuration and disable cookies (ie block them permanently), setting the highest level of protection.
Below is the path to follow to manage cookies from the following browsers:
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/it-it/windows7/block-enable-or-allow-cookies
If the user uses different devices to view and access the Sites (for example, computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.), he must ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect their cookie preferences. To delete cookies from the Internet browser of your smartphone / tablet you must refer to the user manual of the device.
Below is an explanatory list.
“Technical” cookies are essential for the correct operation of the site and allow users to browse the site and take advantage of its features (for example, allow the storage of previous actions or allow you to save the user’s session and/or to perform other activities strictly necessary for the operation of the site).
This category also includes “analytical” cookies that help to understand how users interact with the site by providing information on the last page visited, the number of sections and pages visited, the time spent on the site and each event emerged in the course of navigation, such as an error message, and help to understand every difficulty the user encounters in using the site. This information may be associated with user details such as IP address, domain or browser; however, they are analyzed together with information from other users so as not to identify a particular user with respect to the other. These cookies are collected and aggregated anonymously and allow the site manager to improve the usability of the site.
Finally, “functionality” cookies allow the site to remember the user’s choices (for example the user name) to provide the user with a more personalized and optimized navigation. Functional cookies are not essential to the functioning of the Sites, but they improve the quality and the browsing experience. If you do not accept these cookies, the performance and functionality of the site may be lower and access to the contents of the site may be limited.
“Targeting” or “profiling” cookies are used to present content that is more suited to the user and his interests. They can be used to display targeted advertisements, to publish customized advertising ads based on user interests, or to limit the number of times the user views an advertisement. In addition, they help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on the site; the site manager may use these cookies to remember the sites that the user has visited and to share this information with third parties, including agencies and advertisers who may use their cookies to collect information about the activities that users make on the site.
“Sharing” (or social network) cookies are necessary to allow the user to interact with the Sites through their social account and serve, for example, to express an appreciation and to share it with the related social contacts.
The site uses or may use, also in combination with each other, cookies:
– “session” that are stored on the user’s computer for mere technical and functional needs, for the transmission of session identifiers necessary to allow safe and efficient exploration of the site; they are deleted at the end of the “session” (hence the name) with the closing of the browser;
– “persistent” that remain stored on the computer hard disk until they expire or deleted by users. Through persistent cookies users who access the sites (or any other users who use the same computer) are automatically recognized at each visit.
When a user uses the site, it is possible that some cookies are stored that are not controlled by the site operator. This happens, for example, if the user visits a page containing content from a third-party website. As a result, you will receive cookies from these third-party services. On third-party cookies the site manager has no control over the information provided by the cookie and does not have access to such data. This information is totally controlled by third-party companies as described in the respective privacy policies. The table below shows the third-party cookies on the site. The latter fall under the direct and exclusive responsibility of the third party operator and are divided into the following macro-categories:
– Analytical: cookies are used to collect and analyze statistical information on accesses / visits to the website. In some cases, associated with other information such as credentials entered for access to restricted areas (your e-mail address and password), can be used to profile the user (personal habits, visited sites, downloaded content, types of interactions made, etc.).
– Widgets: This category includes all the graphic components of a user interface of a program, whose purpose is to facilitate the user in the interaction with the program itself (for example widgets are cookies of Facebook, Google+, Twitter).
– Advertsing: This category includes cookies used to provide advertising services within a site.
If the user does not wish to receive third-party cookies on his device, he can, through the links below, access the information and consent forms of these third parties and exclude the receipt.
These cookies are not controlled directly by the site, therefore, to revoke the consent it is necessary to refer to the websites of third parties or refer to the site http://www.youronlinechoices.com to obtain information on how to delete or manage cookies based on the browser used and to manage preferences on third-party profiling cookies.