What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored by a computer when a website is visited by a user. The text stores information that the site is able to read when it is accessed at a later date. Some of these cookies are necessary for the proper operation of the site, while others are useful to the visitor as they can safely store information such as a user name or language settings. The advantage of having cookies installed on your PC is that it is no longer necessary to fill out the same information each time you want to access a site that you have previously visited.
Some cookies are extremely useful as they can make browsing more enjoyable for the user when they visit a website that has already been accessed on other occasions. If you use the same device and the same browser, the cookies can, for example, remember the preferences of the user, help us understand how to use our sites and make the content shown more relevant to the interests and needs of the user.
Reviewing and deleting cookies
In order to monitor cookies, most browsers allow the user to accept or reject all cookies, accept only certain types of cookie, or ask if you want to save a cookie to a particular site on every occasion. It is equally easy to delete cookies that have already been saved by the browser on the device.
The process for reviewing and deleting cookies varies depending on the browser used. To find out how to do this with a particular browser, you can use the Help function in your browser menu.
To limit the number of cookies received through the browser, visit the following sites to understand how to prevent your device from receiving cookies (depending on the browser you use): Firefox; Internet Explorer; Google Chrome and Safari. Alternatively, visit one of the following sites: http://www.aboutcookies.org; http://www.allaboutcookies.org where how to control and delete cookies in most browsers is explained step by step.
Types of cookie
Cookies are categorised as follows.
- Session Cookies: these are stored on the user’s computer for purely technical and functional requirements, for the transmission of session identifiers required to enable secure and efficient browsing of the site; they are deleted at the end of the “session” (hence the name) when the browser is closed. This type of cookie avoids the use of other technologies that could compromise the browsing privacy of the users.
- Persistent Cookies: these remain stored on your computer’s hard drive until they expire or are deleted by the users/visitors. Through persistent cookies, visitors that access the site (or any other customers using the same computer) are automatically recognised on each visit. Persistent cookies have many functions in the interest of browsers (such as the use of browsing language or keeping a record of the contents of the shopping cart while shopping online). However, persistent cookies can also be used for promotional purposes or even for purposes of dubious legality. Visitors can set their computer’s browser so that it accepts/rejects all cookies or displays a warning whenever a cookie is offered, so that they can assess whether to accept it. However, the user is allowed to change the predefined configuration (default) and to disable cookies (i.e. block them completely), by setting the security level higher.
- Third Party Cookies: These are cookies stored on behalf of third parties and may be in turn session or persistent cookies.
Cookies used by this Website
Technical cookies that do not require consent
While navigating this Website, cookies will be installed on the device and, in particular, on some browsers to allow us to store some useful data that will help us to, for example:
- recognise who has already visited us through the browser;
- record any of the content display preferences set during navigation;
- store choices regarding the consent to the installation of additional cookie profiling.
The use of such cookies and the processing of their relative data are necessary for us to make the content published on our website available in an effective and user-friendly way and does not serve any other and further purpose.
The installation of such cookies and their processing does not require, under the applicable law, the consent of the User.
Third Party Cookies
Google Analytics reserves the right to change the terms of this policy at any time, with or without notice.
Transparency of cookie usage
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, we are not able to offer access to our Website and our services without cookies.
If you do not wish to receive third party cookies on your device, many of these third parties allow you to avoid receiving cookies; in the links that we provided, you can block the receipt of cookies sent by third parties. In addition, some browsers allow you to choose how to respond to requests from third parties that send cookies to your device. Please note, however, that this exclusion by third parties is not subject to our control.
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Latest update: 25th April 2017