The present cookie policy has the specific aim to illustrate types, use modalities and to provide indications about the actions to refuse or delete the cookies on the website, if wanted.

a. What are cookies and what are used for

Cookies are text strings sent by a web server (e.g. the website) to a user’s Internet browser, by which they are automatically stored on the user’s computer and automatically resent to the server at every occurrence and at every access to the website.

By default almost every web browser is set to automatically accept cookies.

This website uses or can use,also combining them, the following cookies categories, divided on the basis proposed by the Verdict 04/2012 related to the exemption from the cookie acceptance issued by the Group of Work ex art. 29 at Community level(available here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/article-29/documentation/opinion-recommendation/files/2012/wp194_it.pdf#h2-8):

  • the “session” ones, stored in the user’s computer for technical-operational needs, are used for the required indentificatives’ transmission in order to allow the safe and effective website’s exploration; they are deleted at the end of the “session” (the name comes from here) with the browser’s shutdown. This kind of cookie avoids the use of informatics techniques potentially dangerous for the users’ browsing.
  • the “persistent” ones, stored on the computer’s hard disk until their expiration or deletion by users. Through persistent cookies the users accessing the website ( or other potential users who use the same computer) are automatically recognised in every visit. The persistent cookies supply many functionalities in the interest of the users (like, for example, the language used while browsing or the shopping cart’s registration in online purchases). However, persistent cookies can be also used for advertising purposes or even for non-legal purposes. The visitors can set the computer’s browser so that it accepts/ refuses all the cookies or it views a notice everytime a cookie has been proposed, in order to decide whether accept it or not. However, the user is enabled to modify the default configuration and disable the cookies (that means blocking them permanently), setting an higher level of protection.

These two kind of cookies (session and persistent ones) can in turn be:

  • first-party“, when they are managed by the website’s owner or responsible
  • third-party“, when the cookies are manages by responsibles outside the website visited by the user.

b. How do they work and how can be the cookies deleted

The work modalities and the options to restrict or block cookies, can be made modifying the Internet browser’s settings.

It is possible to visit the English website, to have information about how managing/deleting cookies, depending on the kind of browser used.

To delete cookies from the smartphone/tablet’s Internet browser, it is necessary to rely on the device’s instructions textbook.

c. List of this website’s cookies

The tab at the bottom reports the websites with their associated cookies.

As mentioned in a), cookies  can be of session, persistent and third-party. The last ones are the manager’s direct responsibility and are divided in the following macro-categories:

  • Analitycs. They are the cookies used to collect and analyse statistic information on the website’s visits/accesses. Sometimes, they are associated with other infos like the credential inserted to access the reserved area (email address and password), and together can be used to profile the user (personal habits, websites visited, contents downloaded, interactions made etc etc…)

For example, Google Inc., in order to collect aggregated statistics infos, useful to evaluate the website’s use and the activities carried out by the visitor, stores the information collected from the cookies on servers located in the USA or other countries. Google may reserve itself the chance of transferring all the infos collected through cookies to third-parts if this will be requested by the law or if the third-party processes infos on behalf of it. Google assures it willnot associate the user’s IP address to any other owned data in order to obtain a more detailed user profile. More information about privacy and cookies’ use are available on the respective manager’s websites.

  • Widgets. In this category we can find all those graphic components of a program’s user interface, that has the aim to help the user in interacting with the program. For example, cookies from Facebook. Google + and Twitter are widgets. More information about privacy and cookies’ use are available on the respective manager’s websites.
  • Advertsing. In this category we find cookies used to advertise into a website. Google, Tradedoubler fall within this category. More information about privacy and cookies’ use are available on the respective manager’s websites.
  • Web beacons. In this category we find the code’s fragments which allow a website to transfer or collect infos through a graphic image’s request. Websites can be used for different purposes, like the website’s use analysis, the control activity and reports over advertising and the customisation of advertisments and contents.

d. Flash cookie use

The website can use Adobe Flash Player to offer some multimedia contents. On the majority of computers the program turns out to be installed by “default“.

When some of these contents are used, Google Analytics stores additional data on the computer, known as Flash cookies ( or Local Share Object), through which the owner is able to knwo the total numer of times a specific audio/video file is opened, the number of people using it completely and how many people, on the contrary, close it before completing it.

Adobe’s website provides infos about how to remove or disable Flash cookies (see http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security).

Remember that limiting and/or stopping the use of this kind of flash cookies can compromise the available functions for the Flash-based applications.

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More specific information

Session / temporary: these cookies are deleted from your device when you exit the website.

Permanent / persistent: these cookies are not deleted from your device when you exit the website. They stay on your device for a bigger time window.

PERFORMANCE

Cookie used:

What does it do?

How long does the cookie stay on your device?

Cookie’s details

Analytics / Tracking

Provides anonimous information / aggregate on what you do and access on our website and on other websites.

Persistent, session and third-parties

Google Analytics
YouTube Tracking
Php-Stats
ShinyStats

FUNCTIONALITIES

Social Media / sharing

Allow you to share comments /evaluations/ pages/ bookmarks and help you simplify the social network’s access and the social instruments on the Internet

Third-parties

Facebook
Twitter

YouTube
Pinterest
Google+
Instagram
LinkedIn

TARGETING/ADVERTISING

Cross-references websites’ Tracking

It provides anonimous information on visitors, for example the websites they visit before/ after having visited our website

Persistent, session and third-parties

By now we don’t use cookies for these functionalities in our websites

OTHERS

Rich Media

They support many different functionalities on our websites and the ones associated, like the video visualisation, the use of internet cupons codes /loyalty discounts and music downloads.

Persistent, session and third-parties

YouTube

Beacon Domains

‘Web beacons’ (Internet beacons/headlights, also known as web bugs/ pixel tags/ clear GIFs) control the visitors behaviours on the websites and they can provide information on what the users are doing on the websites and the users’ IP addresses to third-party companies.

Persistent, session and third-parties

Php-Stats

Other

They support various and different functionality elements on our websites

Persistent, session and third-parties

Maps.google.com
Sessione Java
Sessione PHP