A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. A cookie will typically contain the name of the website from which the cookie comes from, the life span of the cookies (the amount of time it will remain on the user's device) and a value, which is usually a unique number randomly generated. When return on the website, the cookies are sent back to the website that originated them (first-party cookies) or another site that recognizes them (third-party cookies). Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website. They can help to navigate between pages efficiently and generally to improve the browsing experience. Cookies also help to ensure that the advertising content displayed online is more targeted to the user and to his interests.
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on the website and might not be able to receive personalized information when visiting the site.
The options to limit or block cookies, can be managed by changing the settings on your internet browser. The majority of Internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies automatically, but the user can change these settings to block cookies or to be alerted whenever cookies are sent to your device. There are several ways to manage cookies, so please refer to the help section on your browser to learn how to adjust or change the settings. The user is enabled, in fact, to change the default configuration and disable cookies, by setting the browsing security to a higher level.
Below is the path to follow to manage cookies by the following browsers:
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/block-enable-or-allow-cookies
If using different devices to access websites (for example, computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.), it is necessary to ensure that each browser on each device is set to reflect your cookie preferences. To remove cookies from the Internet browser of your smartphone / tablet you should refer to device user manual. The Sites use different types of cookies, each one with a specific function.
Below is an explanatory list.
Technical cookies are essential for the operation of the website and allow users to browse the site and take advantage of its features (e.g. allow the storage of previous actions, or allow you to save the user's session and / or performing other activities strictly necessary for the operation of the site).
The "analytical" cookies belong to this category and they help to understand how users interact with the website providing information about the last viewed page, the number of sections and pages viewed, time spent on the site and details such an error message, which helps to understand all the difficulties that a user encounters while navigating the website. This information may be associated with user details such as IP address, domain or browser; however, they are analysed along with other user information so that their identities are kept secret. These cookies are collected and aggregated anonymously and this process allows the site operator to improve the usability of the site.
Finally, the functionality cookies allows the site to remember the user's choices (for example the user name) to provide him with a more customized and optimized navigation. These cookies are not essential to the operation of the sites, but it improves the quality and experience of the navigation. If you do not accept these cookies, yield and site features may be reduced and the access to the content of the site may be limited.
"Targeting" or "profiling" cookies are used to present matching content to the user and to his interests. They can be used to display targeted ads, to publish advertisements tailored to his interests, or to limit the number of times the user views an advertisement. In addition, they help to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on the site; the site manager may use these cookies to remember the sites that the user has visited and share this information with third parties, including advertisers and agencies who could use their own cookies to collect information about activities performed by users on the site.
"Sharing" cookies (or social network) are needed to allow the user to interact with the sites through their social network account and are used, for example, to express appreciation and to share it with their social contacts.
The site uses or may use, different combinations of cookies: - "Session" cookies that are stored in the user's computer for purely technical and functional purposes, for the transmission of identifiers session required to enable a safe and efficient search; they get cancelled at the end of each "session" (hence the name) with the closing of the browser; - "Persistent" cookies that are stored in the user's computer hard drive until they expire or get cancelled by users. Through persistent cookies users who access the sites (or any other customers using the same computer) is automatically recognized at each visit.
The below table lists the third-party cookies present on the site. They fall under the direct and exclusive responsibility of the third party operator and are divided into the following main categories:
- Analytics: : these cookies are used to collect and analyse statistical information when accessing or visiting the website. In some cases, combined with other information such as the entered credentials used to access restricted areas (your email address and password), can be used to identify the user (personal habits, sites visited, downloaded content, types of interactions carried out, etc.).
- Widgets: this category includes all the components of a graphic user interface of a program which aims to facilitate user interaction with the program itself (are widgets cookies the ones from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter).
- Advertising: These cookies are used to deliver advertising services within a site.
If a user does not wish to receive third-party cookies he will be able, through the links listed below, to access information and consent forms of the third parties and refuse to accept cookies.
These cookies are not controlled directly from the site, therefore, to withdraw consent is necessary to refer to the third parties website or click on the following link
to get information on how to delete or handle cookies, based on the type of browser used and manage preferences about third party cookies profiling.