2. Definitions, characteristics and application of regulations
There are various types of cookies, with each type having its own particular characteristics and functions, and cookies can remain on the user’s computer or mobile device for different periods of time: so-called session cookies, which are automatically deleted when the user’s browser is closed; so-called persistent cookies, which stay on the user’s device until a pre-set expiry date.
Amongst these technical cookies, which do not require a user’s consent in order to be used, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) (see Simplified arrangements to provide information and obtain consent regarding cookies of 8 May 2014) also includes:
"analytical cookies", when used directly by the website manager to collect information, in an aggregate form, on numbers of users and how these users visit the site
browsing or session cookies, that ensure the website can be browsed and used properly (allowing, for example, purchases to be made or authentication to be done for access to a reserved area)
functional cookies, which allow a user to browse a website using a set of selected criteria (for example, language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service delivered.
"Profiling cookies", on the other hand, are those cookies used to build a profile of the user in order to send him/her advertisements which are consistent with the preferences expressed as he/she browses the internet; for such cookies to be deployed the user’s consent is required.
3. Types of cookie used by the Site
The Site uses the following first party and third party types of cookies:
Technical cookies – browsing or session – that are strictly necessary for the Site to work properly or to allow the user to access content and services requested.
Analytical cookies that allow the website manager to understand how the site is used by users. These cookies do not collect any information about the user’s identity nor any personal data. Information is processed in an aggregated and anonymous form.
Functional cookies that are used to enable specific features on the Site and a set of selected criteria (for example, language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service delivered.
Profiling cookies that are used to build a profile of the user in order to send him/her advertisements which are consistent with the preferences expressed as he/she browses the internet.
In detail, the cookies sent directly through the Site are given below:
4. How to view and change cookies through your web browser
The user may select which cookies to accept by following the relevant procedure in the Settings relative to cookies section below, as well as accepting, blocking and deleting cookies (in whole or in part) through the specific browser functions: however, if all or some cookies are disabled, it may result in the Site not being accessible or in some services or certain features not being available or not working properly and/or the user may have to modify or re-enter certain information or preferences each time that he/she visits the Site.
For more information on how to set cookie preferences through a browser, see the relative instructions:
5. Settings relative to cookies
The user may decide and specifically indicate which cookies to authorise.
The user must bear in mind, however, that if technical cookies are not authorised, it might be impossible to use the Site, to view the Site’s content and/or to use the related services. Blocking functional cookies may result in some services or certain features not being available or not working properly and the user may have to modify or re-enter certain information or preferences each time that he/she visits the Site.
If other, third-party cookies are not authorized, however, this has no effect whatsoever on the functioning of the Site; yet, being cookies sent exclusively by third parties, and given the fact that the website manager has no control over whether and how these cookies are sent to the user’s device, a user can only object to these cookies through the consent forms made available by these third parties, if present, or by changing the settings in his/her browser. Links to the relative privacy policies and to the relevant forms to disable such cookies are given in the section "Types of cookies used by the Site".
As for cookies sent directly by the website manager, as well as through the procedure made available on this page, the user may block or delete cookies (in whole or in part) through the specific browser functions (in this regard, please see the above).
The user’s decisions regarding cookies used by the Site will be, in turn, recorded in a special technical cookie having the characteristics given in the specific table on cookies. This cookie may, however, not work properly in certain situations: in this case, the user should delete any unwanted cookies and block their use through his/her browser’s functions.
The user’s preferences in terms of cookies will have to be reset if different devices or browsers are used to access the Site.