COOKIES POLICY

1. What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that a website sends to the terminal (usually to the browser) of a visiting user; these are then stored there and sent back to the site the next time the user visits it. When browsing a website, users can accept cookies set by different sites or web servers on their terminals too (known as “third-party cookies”); this happens because the website visited may contain content (such as images, maps, sounds, specific links to web pages in other domains) that resides on different servers, rather than the one where the page wanted is located. In other words, they are cookies that are set by a different website from the one you are currently visiting.

Cookies are used to perform authentication procedures, for monitoring sessions, and to store specific information about users accessing the server and there are usually vast numbers of cookies in any one user’s browser.

Some actions may not be possible without the use of cookies, as they can be vital from a technical viewpoint; for example, accessing your account and all other home banking activities (viewing statements, making transfers, paying bills, etc.) would be much harder and less secure if there were no cookies to help identify you and keep you identified during the session.

Cookies can remain in the system for long periods and may also contain a unique identifier code. This means websites can use them to keep track of a user’s experiences on the site, either for statistical purposes or for advertising (i.e. in order to create an individual profile of the user based on the pages he or she has visited and then display targeted advertising, also known as behavioural advertising

2. What are the main types of cookies?

Let’s look briefly at the main types of cookies used:

  • Session e Persistent Cookies 
    Session cookies contain information used during your current browsing session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser.
    Persistent cookies (such as ASPXANONYMOUS cookies) are cookies that are used to store information in the time between a user accessing a website once and then accessing it again, or for technical purposes, or to improve site navigation. This data tells sites that you are previous user of or visitor to the site, allowing the site to act accordingly. The lifetime of a persistent cookie is set by the website and can range from a couple of minutes to several years.
  • First-party and third-party cookies;
    First-party cookies are those found on the site that created them.
    Third-party cookies are cookies created by external domains (outside the website), whose data is stored by the said third parties.
  • Technical and profiling cookies
    Technical cookies are those used solely to transmit information over an electronic communications network, or for activities which are strictly necessary for a service provider in order to provide a service expressly requested by the subscriber or user (see Article 122, section 1, of the Italian Data Protection Code). They are not used for any other purposes and are normally set by the website owner or manager. These cookies include, for example, functionality cookies, which let users browse a site based on selected criteria (like language, products chosen for purchase) in order to enhance the service provided.


Analytics cookie are similar to technical cookies in that they are set directly by the website manager in order to gather aggregate information about the number of users and how they explore the site.

Profiling cookies are designed to create profiles of the site’s users and are used for targeted advertising based on the preferences expressed by users while browsing the Net. Given the hugely invasive nature of these cookies in terms of user privacy, European and Italian legislation stipulates that the user must be properly informed of the presence of cookies and must give informed consent in order to enable them.

3. What cookies is this website using? What are their main features and how can you refuse your consent to individual profiling cookies?

Technical and aggregate statistics cookies

  • Activities which are essential for the site to work properly
    These cookies are used to save the user’s session and perform other key activities which ensure the site runs smoothly.
  • Saving, optimisation, and statistical activities
    Cookies are used to save browsing preferences and optimise the user’s navigation experience, for example, by setting the language and currency; they can also be used by the site owner for statistics management.

Other kinds of cookies and third-party tools that might use them

Listed below are the services, broken down by type, which either collect or could collect aggregate data and do not necessarily seek permission from the user or which may be managed directly by the site owner, as described below, without the help of third-parties.

Third-party service providers (such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc) may also track activities in order to create user profiles for targeted advertising based on the preferences expressed by users while browsing the Net.

  • Interaction with external social networks and platforms
    These services allow interaction with social networks, or other external platforms, via direct links featured within this website.
    However, the information collected by this website is controlled by the user’s privacy settings within the social network in question.
    Wherever there is social network integration service featured, this service can still gather site traffic data relating to the pages where it is installed even if the user is not registered with that social network.
  1. Facebook ‘Like’ button and widgets (Facebook Inc.)
    Services enabling integration with Facebook social network, provided by Facebook Inc.
    Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.
    For more information: Privacy Policy
  2. Google+ +1 button and widgets (Google Inc.)
    Services enabling integration with Google+ social network, provided by Google Inc.
    Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.
    For more information: Privacy Policy
  3. Tweet button and Twitter widgets (Twitter Inc.)
    Services enabling integration with Twitter social network, provided by Twitter Inc.
    Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.
    For more information: Privacy Policy

Statistics

The services featured in this section allow the Data Controller to monitor and analyse traffic data, as well as to track user behaviour.

  • Google Analytics (Google Inc.)
    This is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google uses the personal data collected to track and examine use of this website, to prepare reports, and to share these reports with other services developed by Google.
    Google may use personal information for the purposes of contextual and customised advertisements within its own advertising network.
    Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.
    For more information: Privacy Policy
    To disable: Opt Out

Display of content from external platforms

These are services which allow content hosted on external platforms to be viewed from within the pages of this site and let users interact with these.

Wherever a service of this kind is featured, this service can still gather site traffic data relating to the pages where it is installed even if the user is not registered with that social network.

  • Google Fonts (Google Inc.)
    This font integration service managed by Google Inc. allows this site to include content of this kind (fonts) within its pages.
    Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.
    For more information: Privacy Policy
  • Widget Google Maps (Google Inc.) This map viewing service managed by Google Inc. allows this site to include Google Maps content within its pages. Personal data collected: cookies and usage data.
    For more information: Privacy Policy

A user wishing to refuse consent to one or more profiling cookies may:

  • access the consent refusal link shown in the section about the service described above (if present), or otherwise refer to the appropriate sections included in the website in question;
  • Alternatively, users may follow the disabling procedure provided by the leading browsers:

Microsoft Windows Explorer

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11

Mozilla Firefox

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies

Google Chrome

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=it

Apple Safari

http://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/

Cookie Flash

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager02.html#118539

Please refer to the Privacy Policy for complete information on how data is processed in compliance with Article 13 of the Italian data protection code.