What are cookies? (from "GarantePrivacy.it")
Cookies are small text files that the sites visited by a user send to the user’s terminal device, wherein they are saved (generally in the browser), to be transmitted back to the same sites when the user visits them again. While navigating a site, a user may also receive cookies from different websites or web servers (the so-called third party cookies). This happens when the site visited contains elements such as, for instance, images, maps, sounds or specific links to web pages of other domains residing in servers other than the one that houses the page in question. In other words, these are cookies generated by a website other than the one currently visited.
Cookies are used for purposes such as user authentication, session monitoring, saving specific information in the devices of the users accessing the server. As a rule, cookies are present in great numbers in the browsers of individual users.
Cookies may remain in the system for prolonged periods of time and may also contain unique ID codes. This enables the sites that use them to keep track of user navigation within a site, for statistical and advertising purposes, i.e., to create a personalised user profile based on the pages visited, and hence be able to display targeted advertisements.
Some cookies only last as long as the browser remains open and will be erased when the session is over and the browser is closed; others are saved in the browser on the user’s computer and will enable the user to be recognised when he/she returns to the same site (e.g., so that the user needs not enter the password to log in each time he/she visits the site).
How are cookies used?
- Statistical information on web usage.
- Users’ ‘login’ data, in order to keep the web session active.
- Preferred web format when browsing from mobile devices.
- Last searches performed when using the services offered on the website, as well as data about the personalisation of such services.
- Information about advertisements shown to the user.
- Information from surveys taken by the user.
- Data about the connection to social networks (for users who access the site using their Facebook or Twitter accounts).
Can I disable the cookies?
You can, but some functions and some preferences you may have set will be lost. To disable the cookies, all you have to do is open your browser preferences and follow the instructions provided in the Help function.
The use of Google Analytics and AdWords
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service supplied by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies" to let us analyse the way a website is used, so that we may improve the service offered through appropriate measures.
The information generated by a cookie on the way you use our website (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored in Google servers in the U.S. Google will use this information to track and analyse the way you use the website, compile reports on website activities for our web administrators, and supply other services to do with the online activities of users and how they use the Internet. Google can also share this info with third parties if required by the law or when third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.
Google will not associate your IP address with any other personal data in their possession. You can refute cookies by selecting the appropriate setting in your browser, but you may lose some of the functionality of this website as a result. By using this website, you agree to the processing of your personal data by Google according to the modalities and for the purposes specified above.
If you want to disable the use of Google Analytics during your navigation sessions in our site, you can do so by installing a plugin in your browser. To this end, click this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=it, and follow the instructions.
Types of cookie used
Technical cookies that are strictly necessary: these cookies are essential to enable our website to function properly and make use of key features such as the login sessions. These cookies do not collect information about you that could be used for marketing purposes or to track the websites you visit. This cookie category cannot be disabled. These cookies store session data only when the user accesses a web page, and permanent cookies remain stored in the user’s terminal device so that they can be accessed and used in more than one session. These cookies enable the user to navigate the website or the app, and use the various options and services available. Their functions include traffic control and data transmission, session identification, limiting access to some sections of the website, memorising the details of an order, requesting activities such as registration or participation in an event, using security functions during the navigation, saving contents for audio or video broadcasting.
Other technical cookies:
Analytical cookies: We use analytical cookies to measure and analyse the use of our website. The information collected with these cookies is anonymous and only for internal use. These cookies enable us to continuously improve our website and your browsing experience.
Piwik Analytics open source. For details of the cookies used by Piwik, click here.
Google Analytics. For details of the cookies used by Google Analytics, click here.
Smartlook. For details of the cookies used by Smartlook, click here.
User preferences cookies: These cookies remember the preferences set on our website (e.g., preferred language, text font and size). This makes your navigation easier, smoother and more personalised. These cookies enable a user to access the desired service with some general features present in his/her browser or according to settings selected by the user. For example: language, type of browser used to access the service, design of selected contents, browser geolocation, region from which you can access the service.
Other third party cookies: Integrated into our website are third party functions, such as videos, maps, and social media APIs making for a better browsing experience. When visiting a page with these features built-in, you may be presented with cookies by the function providers. We do not obtain information from these cookies and do not control their dissemination. These cookies and other similar technologies are owned and controlled by third parties and hence such third parties – not our company – are responsible for their use. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee that the list given below includes all the cookies and suchlike technologies that are used by third parties, since they may change at any time to meet changing requirements. Further information on these cookies should be sought in the websites of the third parties concerned. The third party cookies that may be active in our website include:
Google: In our websites, we use Google services, such as 'Google map', 'Google Analytics "and “AdWords" or "Adsense", for analytical purposes and to offer users the best possible browsing experience. For details on the cookies used by Google, click here.
Facebook: We have integrated a Facebook API into our website to allow for the sharing of social media data and contents. For details on the cookies used by Facebook, click here.
Twitter: We have integrated a Twitter API into our website to allow for the sharing of social media data and contents. For details on the cookies used by Twitter, click here.
Sina Weibo: We have integrated a Sina Weibo API into our website to allow for the sharing of social media data and contents. For details on the cookies used by Sina Weibo, click here.
YouTube: The videos that you see on our website are hosted by a YouTube channel. We have integrated a single YouTube link into our website to display the videos. For details on the cookies used by YouTube, click here.
Instagram: We have integrated an Instagram API into our website to allow for the sharing of social media data and contents. For details on the cookies used by Instagram, click here.
Advertising cookies: These cookies are used to make effective use of the advertising spaces included in a website or in the app used to supply the service. They make it possible to adjust the ads and make them more relevant to a user’s interests, and to avoid showing ads the user has already seen.
Other third party cookies: Third party cookies may be installed in some web pages to manage and enhance the services offered.
Managing cookies in one’s browser?
The user can allow, block and remove the cookies installed in his/her computer by setting the relevant options in the browser used:
Changing the settings and disabling the cookies
You can adjust the settings on your browser and disable the cookies through a very simple procedure:
Press the “Alt” key on the keyboard
In the toolbar at the top of your browser window, select “Tools” > “Options”
Then select the “Privacy” tab
Go to “History Settings”: and then “Use custom settings”. Deselect “Allow cookies from sites” and save your preferences.
Open Internet Explorer
Click on “Tools” at the top of your browser window and select “Internet Options”
Select the “Privacy” tab and move the slider to set your desired privacy level (upwards to block all cookies and downwards to allow all)
Then click OK
Open Google Chrome
Click on “Tools”
Select “Settings” and then “Advanced Settings”
Select “Content settings” in the “Privacy” section
In the “Cookies” section it is possible to deselect cookies and save your preferences
Select “Preferences” in the toolbar and then select the “Security” tab in the dialogue window that follows
In the “Accept cookies” section it is possible to specify if and when Safari should save cookies from websites. For more information click the Help button (marked by a question mark)
For more information on the cookies that are stored in your computer, click “View cookies”
Blocking all cookies on your browser will undermine the usability of some services and you will not be able to use all the functions of our website.
Some browsers can be configured to manage cookies according to site-specific rules: this offers a more precise control over privacy. This means that you can disable the cookies from all websites except for those you trust.