What are cookies

A “cookie” is a text file saved on the user’s computer when he/she visits a website and its purpose is to provide information each time the user returns to the same website. It is a kind of reminder of the website visited. With the cookie, the web server sends information to the user's browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) stored on his/her computer, and this information will be reread and updated each time the user returns to the website. In this way, the website can automatically adapt to the user. While surfing the Internet, the user might also receive cookies on his/her terminal from different websites (“third-part” cookies), set directly by the managers of said websites and used for the purposes and in the manner defined by them. Depending on how long they last, they can be divided into session cookies (i.e. temporary and automatically deleted by the terminal at the end of the browsing session, when the browser is closed) and persistent cookies (i.e. those that remain stored on the terminal until they expire or are deleted by the user).

Based on their function and purpose of use, cookies can be divided into technical cookies and profiling cooking.

Technical cookies

Some cookies are used to perform authentication, monitor sessions and save specific information about users who access a web page. These cookies, called technical, are often useful because they allow you to browse a website and use all its features. Technical cookies are those whose use does not require the user's consent. Analytics cookies also belong to this category. These cookies collect information on how a user uses a website and allow for it to be improved. For example, analytics cookies show which pages are most frequently visited, they allow for the recurring patterns of use of a website to be checked and they help understand the difficulties that the user encounters during use.

Profiling cookies

Other cookies can instead be used to monitor and profile users while they surf the internet and study their movements and habits (what they buy, what they read, etc.), also with the aim to send targeted and customised advertisements. These are called profiling cookies. The use of these cookies requires the prior acquisition of the user's free informed consent pursuant to art. 7 of EU Regulation 2016/679.

Third-party cookies

A web page may contain cookies from other websites and contained in various elements hosted on the page itself, such as banner ads, images, videos, maps or specific links to web pages of other domains that reside on servers other than the one on which the requested page is. In other words, these cookies are set directly by managers of websites or servers other than this website. These cookies are called third-party cookies and they are usually used for profiling purposes. The use of these cookies requires the prior acquisition of the user's free informed consent.

Types of cookies used by our website

The main functions of the cookies installed on this website are technical; they are used to constantly improve the Service, for authentication and for statistical purposes, such as counting the number of visitors. The use of cookies is therefore strictly aimed at facilitating the functions of the server while browsing the Service. The website also allows for the following third-party cookies to be sent. These cookies are not proprietary tools so, for more information, read the third-party information and consent forms by clicking on the appropriate links.

To improve the website and understand which parts or elements are most appreciated by users, third-party Google Analytics cookies are used as an anonymous and aggregate analysis tool. These cookies are not proprietary tools so, for more information, read the information provided by Google. The pages of the website feature some widgets and Facebook and Google Plus share buttons to allow users to share the contents of the website on their social channels and to interact with our channels. These cookies are not proprietary tools; they are created respectively by Facebook and Google when the respective widget or share button is used. For more information, go to the following pages: Facebook and Google.

Some web pages feature YouTube videos. When you visit a page containing a video, or when you click to view the video, there may be cookies from YouTube. These cookies are not proprietary tools. To learn more, read the Google information page. The website may use the programs Facebook ADS managed by Facebook Inc., Google AdWords and Google Remarketing technology, managed by Google Inc. The conversion tracking function of Facebook ADS and AdWords also uses cookies to help us track sales and other conversions.

Cookie management

The user can manage his/her cookie preferences using the features present in common browsers that allow to delete/remove cookies (all or some) or to change the browser settings to block cookies or limit them to specific sites (compared to others). It is therefore possible to deny the use of cookies, following the disabling procedure provided by your browser. Here's how to do it on the main browsers: Microsoft Windows Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Google Analytics by downloading a specific browser plugin.

Social Network Plugin

This website also incorporates plugins and/or commands for social networks, to allow you to easily share the contents on your favourite social networks. The plugins are programmed in such a way that they do not set any cookies when accessing the page, to protect the user’s privacy. Cookies are set, if envisaged by the social network, only when the user actually and voluntarily uses the plugin. Bear in mind that if the user browses while being logged into the social network, then he/she has already agreed to the use of cookies conveyed through the website at the time of registration to the social network. The collection and use of information obtained through the plugin is governed by the respective privacy policies of the social networks, to which reference should be made.

This policy may undergo changes over time - also related to the entry into force of new sector-specific regulations, the update or provision of new services or technological innovations - for which reason the user is invited to consult this page periodically.