Policy last updated August 2, 2018
INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES
What is a cookie?
What is a cookie? A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a computer when a user visits a website. The text contains information that the website can read when the file is opened at a later date. Some of these cookies are needed for the website to work properly, while others are useful to visitors for the safe memorization of usernames and language settings, for example. The benefit of having cookies installed on your PC is that you don’t need to keep on providing the same information every time you visit the same website.
Cookies are short fragments of text (letters and/or numbers) used by web servers to store information locally (through the browser), for reuse during the same visit to the website (session cookies) or afterwards, perhaps even days later (persistent cookies). Cookies are stored according to the user’s preferences, by each browser, on a specific device (computer, tablet, smartphone).
Similar technologies, like web beacons, transparent GIFs and all forms of local storage introduced with HTML5, for example, can be used to collect information about the behavior of users and how they use the services provided.
In the rest of this document, when we use the term “cookies”, we are referring to cookies and all similar technologies.
Types of cookies
Based on their characteristics and use, we can classify cookies as follows:
- Analytics and third party cookies. These cookies are used to track and analyze site traffic anonymously.
They are also used for system monitoring and to improve performance and usability. These cookies can be switched off without any loss of function.
- Profiling cookies. These permanent cookies are used to identify (anonymously or not) the user’s preferences and improve their browsing experience. This website does not use these cookies.
Some cookies (session cookies) remain active only until the browser is closed or the user logs out. Other cookies remain on devices after the browser is closed and can also be used during subsequent visits by the user.
These cookies are known as persistent and their duration is established by the server when they are created. In some cases the expiry is fixed, in others it is unlimited.
Cookies are used to provide customers with an experience that reflects as far as possible their tastes and preferences. Cookies make it possible not to receive or enter the same information every time a website is visited. Cookies are also used to optimize website performance, by making it easier to search quickly for specific items on the website.
Managing and Disabling Cookies
Users can decide whether or not to accept cookies by using their browser settings.
Warning: totally or partially disabling technical cookies can affect website functions reserved for registered users. Public content can be accessed even if cookies are completely disabled.
Disabling third party cookies doesn’t affect navigation in any way.
Specific settings can be defined for different websites and applications. The best browsers also allow you to define different settings for proprietary and third party cookies.
In Firefox, for example, the menu item Tools->Options->Privacy displays a control panel that allows the user to decide whether or not to accept the various types of cookie and delete them if desired.
This page can be viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of every page in the website, pursuant to the applicable data protection provisions, including if you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), the Regulation (EU) no. 679/2016 (General Data Protection Regulation).