This page provides detailed information about cookies and similar technologies, how we use them on this site, and how you can manage cookies.
A cookie is a small text file, made up of letters and/or numbers, which a web server saves to a visitor’s browser where they’re stored to be used during the current visit to the site (session cookies) or during a later visit, even after days (persistent cookies). Cookies are stored, based on user preferences, for a single browser on a specific device (computer, tablet, smartphone).
Duration of cookies – Session cookies expire when the user closes the browser or logs out of their computer. Persistent cookies are not cancelled when the browser is closed or upon logout and can have either a set expiration or an unlimited duration; this is set by the server when they are created. These cookies are utilized on subsequent user visits to the site. This site does not use persistent cookies, however, by browsing the pages of this site or by leaving this site you may interact with third party sites which could create or modify persistent cookies or profiling.
Types of cookies – Cookies can be separated into various categories based on their characteristics and use:
- Technical cookies: are used solely to transmit certain information on an electronic communications network (for online purchasing) or as strictly necessary for the provider of an information service (web host) to provide functions explicitly requested by the subscriber or user. This type of cookie is cancelled at the end of the session.
- Analytics cookies: help a website owner to understand how users on their site interact with the content, can provide information about how many visitors they get on their site and how users visit the site. They are used to monitor the website’s performance and for possible upgrades and improvements to enhance the user experience. These cookies are anonymous (don’t identify the user) and their use can be cancelled without loss of the site’s functionality.
- Functionality (Navigational) cookies: can store choices made by the user, like language preference, cookies acceptance, or items selected for purchase. They improve service on the site to the customer. This type of cookie doesn’t require prior consent from the visitor to the site.
- Profiling cookies: these are permanent cookies which identify (anonymously and non-anonymously) a user’s preferences in order to enhance their navigation experience on the site. This site does not use profiling cookies.
- First party cookies: are placed on a user’s computer by the website they’re visiting.
- Third party cookies – Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & LinkedIn: these are cookies placed on a visitor’s computer by a website other than the one the user is browsing, such as social network sites like Facebook and Twitter. This site uses third party cookies. Cookies may be generated by these third parties when you click the links to these social network applications from our site. These cookies are the direct and exclusive responsibility of the third-party manager and it is necessary to visit the third party’s website in order to give or refuse consent for their use.
- Google Analytics cookies: this site uses certain components of Google Analytics which is a web traffic analysis tool provided to the site’s owner by Google, Inc. These third party cookies provide anonymous information (information stored doesn’t contain the user’s identity), which may include the user’s IP address, to develop statistics and basic analytical tools that enable the site owner to optimize search engine function, for marketing purposes or to improve the overall performance of this site. The information collected is used by Google Analytics to create reports for this site’s owner regarding activity on this website. This site does not use (and does not allow third parties to use) Google Analytics to monitor or collect personal identification information and Google does not associate the user’s IP address with any other data it holds and does not try to link the IP address to the user’s identity. Google may communicate this information to third parties as required by law or where third parties process information on Google’s behalf. For further information, please see the link below:
- In the settings of their internet browser – many internet browsers are set to accept cookies. The user can change the settings to block cookies or to be alerted when a cookie is sent to their device. You should refer to your instruction manual or the browser’s help screen to learn how to change your settings regarding cookies. A user can also disable cookies (block them permanently) by setting the security level higher.
Below are the links to manage cookies in the following browsers:
Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=it
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/it-it/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9
- For third party cookies – for information on how to manage cookies and set preferences regarding profiling third party cookies for social networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc. (give or refuse consent) you must visit the third party’s website and access the information specific to your browser.
Below are the links to manage cookies for various social networks:
- For Google Analytics cookies – The user can selectively disable Google Analytics by installing the opt-out component, which is provided by Google, on his/her browser. To disable Google Analytics, please visit the link below: