Cookies are small text threads, sent by the sites visited, to the user’s terminal (usually the browser), on which they are then stored before being re-transmitted to the same sites at the next visit by the same user.
Cookies are stored, based on user preferences, by the individual browser on the specific device used (computer, tablet, or smartphone)
Types of cookies
Depending on the characteristics and use, cookies can be divided into different categories:
- Strictly necessary cookies
These are cookies that are indispensable for managing login and access to the site’s reserved functions, typically for updating the pages by web editors. The duration of these cookies is strictly limited to the work session (when the browser is closed they are deleted).
Their deactivation compromises the use of the services which are accessible from the login.
- “Technical” cookies (analysis and performance)
These are cookies used to collect and analyze the traffic and use of the site anonymously. These cookies, even without identifying the user, make it possible, for example, to detect if the same user returns to connect at different times. They also make it possible to monitor the system and improve its performance.
The deactivation of these cookies can be performed without any loss of functionality.
- Profiling cookies
These are permanent cookies used to identify user preferences (anonymously and not anonymously) and improve their browsing experience. The website uses the types of cookies indicated.
Duration of cookies
Some cookies (‘session’ cookies) remain active only until the browser is closed or the logout command is executed. Other cookies “survive” when the browser is closed and are also available in subsequent user visits. These cookies are called ‘persistent’ cookies and their duration is set by the server at the time of their creation. In some cases a deadline is set, in other cases the duration is unlimited.
Browsing through the pages of the site, you can interact with sites operated by third parties that can create or modify persistent and profiling cookies.
Management of cookies
The user can decide whether to accept cookies using the settings on his or her browser.
The setting can be defined specifically for different websites and web applications.
Below are the web resources that illustrate how to proceed for each of the main browsers:
Some sites include components transmitted by Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). These are third-party cookies used to collect and analyze anonymous information on visitors’ site usage behavior. These cookies are used to store non-personal information.
Google Analytics protects the confidentiality of your data in various ways:
- The terms of service of Google Analytics, which all Google Analytics customers must comply with, prohibit the sending of personal information to Google Analytics. Personal information includes all data that Google can use to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, names, email addresses or billing information.
- It is not permitted to provide Google Analytics data to third parties without the client’s consent, except in certain specific circumstances, such as when required by law.
- Google security expert teams protect data from external threats.
- Internal access to data (e.g. by employees) is strictly regulated and subject to employee access controls and procedures.
For more information, please refer to the link below:
The user can selectively disable the action of Google Analytics by installing the opt-out component, provided by Google, on his or her browser.
To disable the Google Analytics action, please refer to the link below:
Third-party cookies (social networks)
By visiting the website you may receive cookies both from the visited site (“owners”) and from websites managed by other organizations (“third parties”). An example is the “social plugins” of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. These are parts of the visited page generated directly by the aforementioned sites and are integrated into the page of the host site. The most common use of social plugins is aimed at sharing content on social networks.
The presence of these plugins involves the transmission of cookies to and from all sites managed by third parties. The management of information collected by “third parties” is governed by the relevant information to which reference is made.
To ensure greater transparency and convenience, the web addresses of the various information and methods for managing cookies are shown below:
- Facebook information
Facebook (configuration): log in to your account. Privacy section
- Twitter information
Twitter (configuration): log in to your account. Settings, Security and Privacy section
- LinkedIn information
LinkedIn (configuration): log in to your account. Account Menu and Settings, Privacy and Settings
- Informative Google+
- Informative Pinterest