What are cookies?
Cookies are small data packets sent by a web server (e.g. the Site) to the user’s Internet browser, which will automatically store them on the user’s own computer and send them back to the server each time the user access the Site.
By default, almost all web browsers are set to automatically accept cookies.
Typically, cookies can be installed:
- Directly by the website owner and/or manager (i.e., first-party cookies)
- By managers outside the website visited by the user (i.e., third-party cookies). Unless otherwise specified, these cookies fall under the direct and sole responsibility of the same provider. Further information on the privacy and their use can be found directly on the websites of the relevant providers.
This website may use the following cookies — including in combination with one another — as classified based on the guidelines provided by the Supervisory Authority and on the opinions issued at a European level by the Working Group pursuant to Article 29:
- Session cookies - they are not stored persistently on the user’s computer and are deleted when the browser is closed, are strictly limited to the transmission of session identifiers required to ensure a safe and effective website navigation experience, avoiding reliance on other IT techniques which may jeopardise the users’ navigation privacy;
- Persistent cookies - they are stored on the computer hard drive until they expire or are deleted by the users/visitors. Persistent cookies allow visitors who access the website (or other users who use the same computer) to be automatically recognised each time they visit the website. Visitors can set their computer browser to either accept or reject all cookies or display a notice each time a cookie pops up so as to decide whether or not to accept them. The user may, in any event, change the default settings and disable cookies (i.e., block them permanently) by setting the highest level of protection.
- Technical cookies - these cookies are used to authenticate oneself, experience multimedia contents, such has flash players, or allow the navigation language to be selected. In principle, the collection of the user’s prior and informed consent is therefore not necessary. Cookies used to perform statistical analyses of website accesses/visits are also included in this category, provided that they are used for statistical purposes only and by collecting information in an aggregate form.
- Non-technical cookies - they include all cookies used for profiling and marketing purposes. Their use on the users’ devices is prohibited unless the users have been appropriately informed beforehand and have given their valid consent in this respect according to the opt-in technique. These types of cookies can in turn be grouped based on the functions they perform:
- Analytics. These cookies are used to collect and analyse statistical information regarding website accesses/visits. In some cases, when combined with other information — such as credentials entered to access restricted areas (e.g. email address and password) — they can be used for user profiling purposes (personal habits, websites visited, contents downloaded, types of interactions performed, etc.).
- Widgets. This category of cookies includes all the GUI (Graphic User Interface) components of a programme designed to help users interact with the programme itself. For example, widgets include facebook, google+ and twitter cookies.
- Advertising. These cookies are used for advertising purposes within the website. Google and Tradedoubler are included in this category of cookies.
- Web beacons. This category of cookies refers to code snippets that allow a website to transfer or collect information through the request of a graphic image. Websites may use them for different purposes, such as analysing the use of websites, performing audit and reporting tasks on advertising, and customising advertisements and contents.
The cookies included in the Site
Technical cookies for which no consent is required
The Controller will install, or allow third parties to install, some cookies on your device and, in particular, your browser — such cookies being necessary to collect de-identified and aggregate statistical information as you navigate through the Site pages.
More specifically, these cookies are related to the following statistical analysis services:
- Technical Cookies
- Cookie Analytics
- Profiling Cookies
How to disable cookies by changing your browser’s settings
If you wish, you may manage cookies yourself also by changing your browser settings. However, by deleting the cookies from your browser you may remove the preferences you set for the Group sites. It would, therefore, be appropriate for you to visit this page on a regular basis to check your preferences.
For more information and support, you may also visit the specific help page of the browser you are using: