Cookies consist of portions of code (computer files or partial data) sent by a server to the user's Internet browser, automatically memorized by said browser on the user's computer and automatically sent back to the server at each occurrence or subsequent access to the site. A cookie usually contains the name of the website from which the cookie comes, the life span 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. On 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 various purposes such as, for example, allowing you to navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your favorite sites and, in general, improving the browsing experience. They also help ensure that the advertising content displayed online is more relevant to a user and his interests.
If the user decides to disable cookies, this could influence and/or limit his browsing experience within the Sites, for example he might not be able to visit certain sections of a Site or he might not receive personalized information when he visits the Sites.
The operating modes as well as the options to limit or block cookies can be adjusted by changing the settings of your internet browser. The majority of internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies automatically, however the user can change these settings to block cookies or to be notified whenever cookies are sent to his device. There are different ways to manage cookies, for this purpose it is necessary to refer to the help screen of your browser to check how to adjust or change the settings of the same. In fact, the user is enabled to change the default configuration and disable cookies (ie block them definitively), 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, computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.), he must make sure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect his cookie preferences. To delete cookies from the Internet browser of your smartphone/tablet, refer to the device's user manual.
Below is an explanatory list.
"Technical" cookies are essential for the proper functioning of the site and allow users to browse the site and take advantage of its features (for example, they allow memorization of previous actions or allow the user's session to be saved and/or to carry out other activities strictly necessary for the functioning of the site).
This category also includes "analytical" cookies which help to understand how users interact with the site by providing information relating to the last page visited, the number of sections and pages visited, the time spent on the site and each event that has emerged in the course of navigation, such as an error message, and help to understand every difficulty that 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 one user from another. 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 latter with more personalized and optimized navigation. Functional cookies are not essential for the functioning of the Sites, but they improve their quality and browsing experience. If you do not accept these cookies, the site's performance and functionality may be reduced and access to the site's contents may be limited.
"Targeting" or "profiling" cookies are used to present content more suited to the user and his interests. They can be used to display targeted advertisements, to publish personalized advertisements based on the user's interests or to limit the number of times the user views an advertisement. They also help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on the site; the site manager could use these cookies to remember the sites that the user has visited and share this information with third parties, including agencies and advertisers who could use their cookies to collect information on the activities performed by users on the site.
"Sharing" (or social network) cookies are necessary to allow the user to interact with the Sites through their social account and are used, for example, to express appreciation and to share it with the related social contacts.
The site uses or may use, also in combination with each other, cookies: - "session" cookies which are stored on the user's computer for mere technical-functional needs, for the transmission of session identifiers necessary to allow safe browsing and efficient site; they are canceled at the end of the "session" (hence the name) by closing the browser; - "persistent" which remain stored on the computer's hard drive until they expire or are canceled 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. Third party cookies
When a user uses the site, some cookies that are not controlled by the site manager may be stored. This happens, for example, if the user visits a page that contains content from a third-party website. Consequently, the user will receive cookies from these third-party services. On third-party cookies, the site manager does not have control over the information provided by the cookie and does not have access to such data. This information is fully controlled by third-party companies as described in their respective privacy policies.
The table below shows the third-party cookies present on the site. The latter fall under the direct and exclusive responsibility of the third-party manager and are divided into the following macro-categories:
- Analytical : these are cookies used to collect and analyze statistical information on accesses/visits to the website. In some cases, associated with other information such as the credentials entered for access to restricted areas (your e-mail address and password), they can be used to profile the user (personal habits, visited sites, downloaded content, types of interactions made, etc.).
- Widgets : This category includes all those graphic components of a user interface of a program, which have the purpose of facilitating the user's interaction with the program itself (for example, widgets are cookies from Facebook, Google+, Twitter).
- Advertising : 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 their 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 to obtain information on how to delete or manage cookies based on the browser used and to manage preferences on profiling cookies third party.