General information on cookies
What are the cookies?
The cookies are computer files or partial data that could be saved on your computer (or other devices enabled to browse on the internet, such as smartphones or tablets) when you visit a Site. Usually a cookie contains the name of the website from which the cookie comes from, the “life span” of the cookie (ie for how long it will remain on your device) and a value, which is usually a unique number randomly generated.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies are used to give a simple web navigation and to adjust better to your interests and needs. Cookies may also be used to help improve your future experiences and activities on the websites. Cookies are also used in order to compile anonymous and aggregate statistics that allow to understand how people use websites, in a way which help improve the structure and the contents of these sites.
What types of cookies are used?
Two types of cookies may be used on websites: ’session cookies’ and ’persistent cookies’.
• session cookies: are temporary cookies that remain on your device until the moment you leave the site.
• persistent cookies: are cookies that remain on your device for much longer or until you manually delete them (how much time the cookie remain on your device will depend on the ‘life span’ of the cookie in question and on the settings of your browser).
Some of the webpages you visit may also gather information through ‘pixel tags’ (also known as ‘clear gifs’) that could be shared with third parties that directly assist the promotional activities and the development of the websites. For example, information on the use of the websites regarding the people who visit the sites may be shared with advertising agencies in order to target the advertising banners optimally. Another cookies type subdivision – indicated by the Guarantor for the protection of personal data – is: Technical Cookies, Profiling Cookies, First-Party Cookies, Third-Party Cookies.
• Technical Cookies: are the cookies that are used for navigation or to provide a service requested by the user. They are not used for further purposes and they are normally installed directly by the website owner. Without the use of those cookies, some operations could not be carried out or they would be more complex and/or less secure, such as the home banking activities (visualisation of the bank statement, bank transfers, payment of bills etc.), for which the cookies that allow to operate and to maintain the user’s identification within the session, are indispensable.
• Profiling Cookies: are the cookies that are used to track the user’s navigation online and to create profiles based on their tastes, habits, choices etc. With these cookies it is possible to transmit to the user’s terminal advertising in alignment with the preferences already expressed by the same user on the online navigation.
• First-party cookies: are cookies directly generated and managed by the managing body of the site navigated by the user.
• Third-party cookies: are cookies generated and managed by entities other than the managing body of the site navigated by the user (usually under a contract between the website owner and the third party).
What are the third-party cookies?
Many different suppliers may set cookies on your device when you visit the websites, in order for you to allow to them to provide their services. For more information in relation with these cookies, along with the information on how to avoid receiving the cookies, you can check the appropriate table on the site http://www.youronlinechoices.com/it/
How can I control or delete the cookies?
The majority of the internet browsers are initially set to automatically accept the cookies. You can modify those settings in order to block the cookies or in order for you to be warned that some cookies are being send to your device. There are many ways to manage the cookies. You can refer to the instruction manual or to the help screens of your browser in order to discover how to adjust or to modify the settings of your browser. Your navigation may be affected by disabling the cookies, for example you may not be able to visit some sections or you may not be able to receive personalized information when you visit a site. If you use different devices to browse and access Internet websites (such as computers, smartphones, tablets etc.), you should make sure that every browser on each device is set to reflect your preferences on the cookies.
Overall management of the cookies
How to disable cookies by configuring the browser
- Disabling cookies in Firefox
- Disabling cookies in Chrome
- Disabling cookies in Internet Explorer
- Disabling cookies in Safari
- Disabling cookies in Opera
How to disable cookies of specific services of third-parties
- Google Services
- Digital Advertising Alliance Consumer Choice(to block third-parties cookies)
- Your Online Choices(to block third-parties cookies)
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