What are cookies?
. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on the device when you visit a website. Cookies make it possible to identify your device. Cookies are used to save information on your status as you navigate on the different pages of a site or return to the site at a later date. The cookies do not contain any personal information, nor can they be used to run programs or infect your computer with a virus.
Cookies are small text files sent by the sites you visit to your device (usually to the browser), where they are stored and sent back to the same sites the next time you visit. When navigating on a site, you may also receive cookies from other sites or web servers (so-called "third party cookies"); this happens because the website you visit may contain elements such as images, maps, sounds, or specific links to web pages on other dominions located on servers other than that used to host the page requested. In other words, these cookies are set by a website other than the one you are currently visiting. The cookies are used to run computer authentication, monitor sessions and save specific information on users accessing the server; each user usually has a high number of them in their browser. Some operations may not be possible without using cookies, which are sometimes therefore technically necessary: for example, accessing home banking and current account activities (viewing your bank statement, making transfers, paying bills, etc.) would be much more complex and less secure without cookies that allow the site to identify you and maintain identification throughout the session. Cookies may stay on your system for a long time, and may also contain a unique identification code. This allows the sites that use them to trace you as you navigate within the site itself, for statistical or advertising purposes. This involves creating a personal user profile based on the pages that you visit, in order to show you targeted advertising (so-called Behavioural Advertising).
How to disable cookies from your browser
If you block cookies from your browser, your devices will not be traced when you visit the site. We would like to remind you, however, that by blocking cookies you may also block some of the site's functions and prevent it from working correctly. If you want to block cookies, you will need to change the authorisations in your browser's settings.
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, a free service provided by Google for users and in particular webmasters, designed to analyse and monitor all the visitors to a site. The service was created to provide statistics and record the number of visitors to a site, where they come from (which pages they visited before this site), the terms they searched for in search engines, which pages of the site get the most visitors, how long a visitor stays on the site, and other elements such as their geographic origin, which can be traced as far as the city that they are connecting from. All this information aims to help webmasters to understand the tastes and interests of visitors, in order to improve their site and offer more appropriate services and contents to their users.
To find out more about how to manage cookies from your browser: http://aboutcookies.org/.
Cookies used for statistics
Some of the main cookies used are indicated below.
_ga: expires after 2 years, and is used to distinguish between different users.
__utma: expires after 2 years, and is updated each time the data is sent to Google Analytics
, Used to distinguish between users and different sessions for each user.
__utmb: records new activity sessions on a site each time you visit.
__utmc: a "twin" of the previous cookie that gets deleted when you close the browser. Used to interact with other parts of
__utmv: stores data on certain variables that a site user can modify.
__utmz: records how you arrived at the site.
Types of cookie
There are several different types of cookie. The following are the types of cookie that may be used in our site, with a description of the purpose of each.
This type of cookie is necessary for some parts of the site to function, and include both persistent cookies and session cookies. Without these cookies, the site or parts of it may not function correctly; therefore, these cookies are always used, regardless of user preferences. This type of cookie is always sent from our dominion.
This type of cookie is used to collect information on how the site is used, which the data owner uses for statistical purposes, to improve the site and make it easier to use, and to ensure that it is working correctly. These cookies collect anonymous information on your activity on the site, how you got there and which pages you visit. This type of cookie can be sent from the site itself or from third party dominions.
-Third party cookies
These cookies are used to collect information on how visitors use the site, the keywords used to find the site, the sites visited and what other sites visitors come from for marketing campaigns. The data owner can use this information for reporting purposes and to improve the site. The cookies collect anonymous data, and may be sent from the site itself or from third party dominions.
-- Cookies for integrated third party functions
This type of cookie is used to integrate third party functions in the site (for example, comment forms or social network icons allowing visitors to share the contents of the site). These cookies can be sent from the dominions of partner sites or other sites that offer the functions present in our site. The data owner is not required to obtain your consent for technical cookies, as these are strictly necessary in order to provide the service. You may give your consent to the use of other types of cookie, in compliance with current legislation, using specific settings in your browser, program or device that are easy and clear to use. Remember that you can change your cookie preferences at any time. You can also disable cookies from your browser whenever you like, although this may prevent you from using certain parts of the site.
-Third party site cookies
The site contains links to other sites that have their own privacy policies. These privacy policies may differ from the policy used by the owner of this site, who is not liable for third party sites.
As per Article 122, paragraph 2 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you express your consent to using these cookies by freely setting your browser used for navigating the site, without prejudice to your right to inform the Data Owner at any time of your decision regarding the data handled through cookies accepted by the browser.
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