What are Cookies
“Cookies” are text strings sent by a web server to the Internet browser which stores them automatically on the user’s computer and is automatically sent back to the server at each instance or subsequent access to the website, for the purpose of storing information based on the user’s network activities. By default, almost all web browsers are set to automatically accept cookies. Cookies are often necessary for the normal functioning of a website. Cookies can also be requested by third-parties to enable certain features on the website (for example: YouTube, Facebook, AddThis, Twitter, Google Analytics, etc.
Cookies can be classified according to various considerations.
Classification of Cookies
Classification of cookies according to the webiste that generates them
- First-party Cookies: are generated by the website you are visiting and only that website can read these cookies.
Classification of cookies according to their duration on your device
- Temporary cookies (or session): do not have an expiry date and are deleted as soon as you end the browsing session of close the browser.
- Persistent cookies: have an expiry date and remain on your computer even when you have finished the browsing session or after closing the the browser. They can be read by the website that created them on subsequent visits to the same website.
Classification of cookies according to their purpose and use
- Technical cookies
- Analysis cookies of third-party services
- Cookies to integrate third-party software products and functions
- Profiling cookies
Let’s look at them in more detail:
Technical cookies: This type of cookie allows certain sections of the website to function properly. There are two categories, temporary (or session) and persistent (see above). These cookies are necessary for the correct viewing of the website and in relation to the technical services offered. They will therefore, always be used and sent, unless you change the settings in your browser (with the possibility of then not having the best possible use of the website or certain services offered by the website being made unusable).
Analysis cookies of third-party services: These cookies are used in order to collect information on the use of the website by users anonymously, such as; pages visited, time spent on the website, origins of traffic source geographical source, age, gender and interests, for the purpose of marketing campaigns. These cookies are sent from third-party external domains.
Cookies to integrate third-party software products and functions: This type of cookie integrates features developed by third-parties within the pages of the website, such as, icons and preferences expressed in social networks for the purpose of sharing website content or for the use of third-party software services (such as, software for generating maps and additional software that offers additional services). These cookies are sent from third-party domains and from partner websites that offer their functionality among the pages of the website
Profiling cookies: These are the cookies that are necessary to create user profiles in order to send advertising messages in line with the preferences expressed by the user on the pages of the website.
This Website, according to current legislation, is not required to request consent for technical cookies, as they are necessary for the normal functioning of the website. As regards the cookies of the statistics service offered by Google Analytics (please see the dedicated paragraph below), they can be considered as technical cookies, for two reasons:
- a) collect data in an “aggregate” manner, not attributable to individual users identified or identifiable;
- b) the IP of the user’s device (computer, smartphone or tablet) is “anonymised” (modified) thus becoming unrecognisable
For all other types of cookies consent can be expressed by the User in one or more of the following ways:
- by refusing consent in the banner with the brief policy that appears the first time you access the Website.
- through specific configurations of the browser used or the related computer programmes used to navigate the pages that make up the Website (see how to here).
- by changing the settings in the use of third-party settings.
These solutions could prevent the user from using or viewing parts of the Website.
This website uses technical cookies and analysis cookies of third-party services to collect some information and provide the above-indicated services, in order to improve communication and services on the website and make it more efficient for visitors.
Cookies necessary for the functioning of the Website (technical cookies)
- _cfduid: persistant (lasts for 1 year) -are set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. The cookies do not store any personal information. Data is sent to the United States
- PHPSESSID: temporary – (Lasts for session time only) – Allows the website to store data on session status, commonly referred to as session cookies and disappear when the customer closes the session. Data is sent to Germany.
Analysis cookies of third party services (statistical cookies):
- __utm.gif: temporary (last until the end of the session) – Google Analytics tracks record details on the visitor’s browser and computer. Data sent to the United States.
- __utma: persistent (last 2 years) – collects information on the number of times the visitor has visited the website, as well as the date of the first and most recent visit to the website. Used by Google Analytics. Data sent to the United States.
- __utmb: persistent (last 1 day) – records a timestamp with the exact time when the user logged onto the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a visit to the website. Data sent to the United States.
- __utmc: temporary (last until the end of the session) – records a timestamp with the exact time when the user logged onto the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a visit to the website. Data sent to the United States.
- __utmt: persistent (last 1 day) – used to limit the speed of requests to the server. Data sent to the United States.
- __utmz: persistent (last 6 months) – collects data on the places from where the user comes, which search engine was used, which link was clicked and which search term was used. Used by Google Analytics. Data sent to the United States.
- __ga: persistent (last 2 years) – used to distinguish users, necessary for third-party service Google Analytics. Data sent to the United States.
- __gat: temporary (ast until the end of the session) – used for visit analysis, necessary for third-party service Google Analytics. Data sent to the United States.
- __gid: temporary (last until the end of the session) – used for visit analysis. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website, necessary for third-party service Google Analytics. Data sent to the United States.
Profiling cookies (marketing cookies)
- __ptq.gif: temporary (last until the end of the session) – send data to the marketing platform “Hubspot” regarding device data and user browsing habits. Profiles the visitor through devices and marketing channels. Data sent to the United States.
- GPS: persistent (last 1 day) – registers a unique ID on mobile devices, in order to be able to track movements based on GPS location. Data sent to the United States.
- IDE: persistent (last 1 year) – used by Google DoubleClick to record user actions on the website after seeing or clicking on one of the advertisements, with the aim of measuring the effectiveness of the latter on the user. Data sent to the United States.
- PREF: persistent (last 8 months) – registers a unique ID that is used by Google to record statistics of how the user uses YouTube videos across different websites. Data sent to the United States.
- r/collect: temporary (last until the end of the session) – used to send data to Google Analytics regarding the visitor’s habits and device, tracking the visitor through devices and marketing channels. Data sent to the United States.
- test_cookie: persistent (last 179 days) – used to see if the visitor’s browser supports cookies. Data sent to the United States.
- VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE: persistent (last 1 day) – tries to estimate the data bandwidth on web pages integrated with YouTube videos. Data sent to the United States.
- YSC: temporary (last until the end of the session) – registers a unique ID to build statistics on which YouTube videos the user has viewed. Data sent to the United States.
- yt-player-two-stage-token: persistent (unknown duration) – not classifiable. Data sent to the United States.
Information on Google Analytics cookies
These cookies are part of the “Third-Party Cookies” category. Google is responsible for them, as the service is provided by them. Google Analytics is a Google statistics service on visits to the website and makes data available to the owner of the website anonymously and in an “aggregate” manner, in the sense that it is not possible to relate the statistics data to the individual people that have visited the Website.
Use of anonymous IP address detection
Google Analytics uses tracking cookies, both temporary and permanent, (which have various expiry dates, as better described on this page) in order to recognise a user who has previously visited the pages of our website. The data collected by these cookies on the pages on our website are generally transmitted to a Google server in the United Sates (or other countries) where they are stored.
The data collected by the Google Analytics system relate to, for example, information concerning the time spent on the Website, the approximate geographical origin, the entering and exiting of the pages, the source of visitor traffic, etc. Google will use this data to evaluate the use, draw up reports on the activities of our website and provide us with further service related to the use of the website and the Internet
The data collected by these cookies will be used in an aggregate manner. “In an aggregate manner” means that the cookies and the tracking systems are never associated with the person but with the navigation, therefore no one will be able to associate your name with the pages of websites you visit.
Furthermore, an important piece of data such as you IP address is “anonymised” for your further peace of mind, as explained on the following page of the website google.com: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2763052?hl=it.
Google adheres to the personal data principles of the “Privacy Shield” protocol, formerly known as the “US Safe Harbor” agreement and is registered in the programme of the United States Department of Commerce.
By using our website, you express your consent to the processing of data collected by Google Analytics and to the methods of data processing for the purposes described above.
You can, at any moment refuse and/or block cookies thanks to your browser settings, even if this could make it impossible to use some of the functions of the website (see how to do this in the following paragraph).
Another way you can avoid the detection of data generated by cookies regarding the use of our website (including your IP address) is to download and install the “Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on”, an extension for your browser, which you can find at this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=it.
On the following pages you will find the principles, confidentiality, security, conservation and data protection and privacy of Google Analytics: https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html?hl=it
On the following page you will find the Google Analytics Terms of Service:
How to disable cookies by configuring your browser (opt-out)
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but the user can normally change the settings in order to disable this function. It is possible to block all types of cookies, or accept to receive only some and disable others. The “Options” or “Preferences” section in the browser menu allows you to avoid receiving cookies and other such user tracking technologies, and to receive notification from the browser regarding the activation of these technologies. Alternatively, you can also consult the “Help” section, present in most browsers.
Below is a list of the most popular browsers with their respective links with instructions as to how to disable cookies:
For more information on cookies and how to manage cookie preferences (first and/or third-party), users are also invited to visit the platform www.youronlinechoices.com.
Websites and third-party services
Our website may contain links to other websites that have their own information on cookies, which may be different from that adopted by our website. We are not responsible for this; therefore, we invite you to read up on this from said websites.
Visibility of this page on the Website
This page is visible through the link at the bottom of all pages of the Website, pursuant to art.122, paragraph 2 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, and following the simplified arrangements to provide information and obtain consent regarding cookies, published in the Official Journal No.126 on 3 June 2014 and its register of measures No. 229 on 8 May 2014.
Changes to this page
The Website Owner reserves the right to modify the contents of this page at any time and without notice. The user agrees to be bound by any such future revisions and therefore undertakes the responsibility to periodically visit the Website in order to be informed of any changes made.