Cookies are short pieces of text (letters and / or numbers) that allow the web server to store on the client (the browser) information to be reused during the same visit to the site (session cookies) or later, even at a distance of days (persistent cookies). Cookies are stored by the browser, according to user preferences, on the specific device used (PC, tablet, smartphone).
Similar technologies, such as, for example, web beacons, clear GIFs and all forms of local storage introduced with HTML5, can be used to gather information on user behavior and use of services.
Later in this document we will refer to all cookies and similar technologies by simply using the word "cookie".
Types of Cookies
- Strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are essential for the proper functioning of the sites and are used to manage the login and access to restricted functions of the site. The duration of cookies is strictly limited to the working session (closed the browser are deleted), except for the areas of the site accessible only by login (user ID) where you use longer-lasting cookies (duration 30 days) used to recognize, for this limited period, the visitor's computer. Their deactivation compromise the use of the services accessible by login. The public part of the website is normally available.
- Cookies and performance analysis. Cookies are used to collect and analyze traffic and use of the site anonymously. These cookies, although without identifying the user, allow, for example, to detect if the same user returns to connect at different times. They also allow you to monitor the system and improve its performance and usability. The deactivation of these cookies can be executed without any loss of functionality.
- Profiling Cookie. These are persistent cookies used to identify (anonymously or not) user preferences and improve its navigation experience.
Third Party Cookies
Visiting a website you may receive cookies from both the visited site ( "proprietary"), and the sites maintained by other organizations ( "third parties"). A notable example is the presence of "social plug-in" for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. These are parts of the page visited directly generated by these sites and integrated into the host site. The most common use of social plug-in is aimed at sharing content on social networks.
The presence of these plug-in involves the transmission of cookies to and from all sites operated by third parties. The information collected by "third-party management" shall be governed by the relevant information so please refer to them. To ensure greater transparency and convenience, below are reported the web addresses of various information and methods for handling cookies.
Some cookies (session cookies) remain active only until you close the browser or the execution of the “log out” command. Other cookies "survive" when the browser is closed, and are also available in future visits.
These are called persistent cookies, and their duration is set by the server at the time of their creation. In some cases there is a fixed deadline, in other cases the duration is unlimited.
Browsing the pages of the site you can interact with sites operated by third parties that can create or modify persistent cookies and profiling.
The user can decide whether to accept cookies using your browser settings.
Warning: the total or partial disabling of technical cookies can compromise the use of the functionality of the site reserved for registered users. On the contrary, the usability of public content is also possible to completely disable cookies.
Disabling the "third party" cookies does not prejudge in any way the website navigation. The setting can be defined specifically for the different sites and web applications. Also the best browsers allow you to define different settings for cookies "owners" and those of "third parties."
For example, in Firefox, through the Tools-> Options -> Privacy, you can access a control panel where you can define whether or not to accept the different types of cookies and remove them.