1 Cookies what are they?
Cookies are information stored through the browser when a website is visited with a pc, smartphone or tablet. Each cookie contains different data (e.g., the name of the server it came from, a numeric identifier, etc.). Cookies may remain on the system for the duration of a session (until the browser is closed) or for long periods and may contain a unique identifier code.
What are they used for?
Cookies are used for different purposes depending on their type: some are strictly necessary for the proper functionality of the site (technical cookies), while others optimize its performance to offer a better user experience or allow the acquisition of statistics on the use of the site, such as analytics cookies; still others are used for the display of advertisements, in some cases personalized thanks to the profiling carried out (profiling cookies).
Consent: any provision of user consent is stored by means of a technical cookie, having a duration of 1 year. The user is informed both through the short information (banner displayed on the first visit to the site until consent is given or denied, as explained in section 1.3. "How to disable cookies?") and through this extended information; in addition, in section 1.2 links to the privacy policies of third parties, including the advertising concessionaire, are provided, also for the purpose of disabling them (where directly available through them).
How to disable them?
You can disable cookies either through your browser settings (para. 1.3. "How to disable cookies?") or through mechanisms made available by certain third parties (para. 1.2 "Specific types of cookies used on the site").
1.1 General types of cookies used in the site
Technical cookies: these are essential for the proper functioning of the site.
Analytical cookies (first party): these are used for the purpose of aggregate analysis of visits to the site.
Analytical cookies (third party): these are used for the purpose of aggregate analysis of visits to the site, through the use of a third-party service.
Profiling or otherwise advertising cookies (third party): are used to serve ads, including interest-based ads. Such cookies are installed by third parties, including the advertising licensee for most of them. The names of the third parties and links to their policies can be found in the next paragraph.
1.2 Cookies used on the site
First-party cookies: technical cookies are used for the following purposes: storing the user's cookie preference, authentication in the session for the restricted area only (if any).
For cookies consequent to sharing through social networks, please refer to each social network (because the cookies are related to it):
1.3 How to disable cookies?
Browser control: Commonly used browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) accept cookies by default, but this setting can be changed by the user at any time. This applies to both PCs and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones-it is a generally and widely supported feature.
Therefore, cookies can easily be turned off or disabled by accessing the options or preferences of the browser being used, and generally only third-party cookies can also be blocked; in general, such options will only take effect for that browser and on that device, unless options are active to unify preferences on different devices. Specific instructions can be found on the options or help page of the browser itself. Disabling technical cookies, however, may affect the full and/or proper functioning of several sites.
As a rule, the browsers used today:
offer a "Do not track" option, which is supported by some (but not all) websites. Thus, some websites may no longer collect certain browsing data;
offer the option of anonymous or incognito browsing: so no data will be collected in the browser and no browsing history will be saved, but browsing data will still be captured by the operator of the website visited;
allow stored cookies to be deleted in whole or in part, but on the next visit to a website they are usually installed where this possibility is not blocked.
Links to the support pages of the most popular browsers (with instructions on disabling cookies on those browsers) are provided:
Internet Explorer (http://windows.microsoft.com/it-it/windows7/block-enable-or-allow-cookies);
Safari (iOS)( https://support.apple.com/it-it/HT201265 );
Chrome (desktop: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=it; Android and iOShttps://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2392971?hl=it).
Third-party cookies: third-party cookies can be disabled either in the manner described above or by referring to each third party (by following the links provided in the previous paragraph).
It should also be noted that http://www.youronlinechoices.com/it/ is an important resource not only for acquiring further information about cookies, but also for expressing consent in relation to numerous cookies installed by different companies.