Cookies are short strings of information in a simple text file that’s stored on your computer (or mobile device) by a website's server. Only that server will be able to see the information on that cookie.
Cookies are what the website uses to improve and personalise your visit to that site in the future. They’re used by websites as well as apps and mobile sites to ‘remember’ you, and your preferences for future use.
Cookies do multiple jobs such as, letting the user navigate between pages easily, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. It’s all to make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.
Each cookie will contain anonymous information like your unique identifier number and the site you’re visiting, along with some other digits and numbers. This information lets the website remember things like your preferences, or what’s in your shopping basket. Each cookie is unique to your browser.
The way they work depends entirely on the browser used and can be enabled and disabled by the user.
What cookies do we use
Our Site uses or can use the following types of cookies:
- Permanent or "persistent" cookies: these cookies are stored on the users device even after leaving the web Site / closing the browser. They remain until they expire or are deleted manually by the user. Persistent cookies provide many functions such as saving passwords, and in some cases, they are used for advertising purposes.
- Session or temporary cookies: These only last for the visit and are deleted when the browser is closed, ending the connection session to the web Site. Normally they enable the user to access personalised services and to take full advantage of the site's functionalities, so they do not have to use other IT technologies which may compromise users' privacy during browsing
- Technical-functional cookies: for example for sending session IDs necessary for enabling secure and efficient browsing of the site. These cookies make it unnecessary to use other IT technologies which may potentially compromise users' privacy during browsing.
According to law for using technical cookies the data subject must be provided a notice, like this notice even without putting up any banners on the Site.
On the other hand, for all non-technical cookies before they can be installed users must give their consent in simplified forms provided by a brief banner the user sees the first time he or she lands on the Site and allows for generating an additional action for using the Site (based on "scrolling" or by continuing to browse the same page) with which the user can implicitly give his or her consent or alternatively click on an analytical cookie notice (i.e. this notice), and give or refuse his or her consent. The user cannot give his or her consent for individual cookies installed but rather for broader categories of cookies, or for certain producers and/or intermediaries the Site has established commercial relations with.
- Analytical cookies : these cookies can be temporary or permanent, and allow for gathering and analysing statistical information related to accesses (e.g. geographic zone the user is located in, device used for the connection, age, etc.) in an aggregated or disaggregated manner and in general the behaviour of users of the Site and improving the experience and content supplied.
Such analytical cookies can be treated the same way as technical cookies only if set and used directly by the first-party site (without the intervention of a third party). For example, our Site uses log files (it records the chronology of operations as they are executed) and registry files (including IP addresses, type of browser, operating system used by the user's device, Internet service provider (ISP), date, time, landing and exit page and number of clicks, as well as the pages visited, and third-party sites the user came from). All this is for analysing the habits of users and managing and improving the site. The information collected in this manner is not personalised as data are collected and analysed anonymously.
On the other hand, if analytical cookies are set and/or used by third parties (not by the first-party site owner), they are treated like technical cookies and legally are treated in a different manner.
- Profiling (or advertising) cookies (always permanent). These are used for obtaining useful information which may or not be aggregated for evaluating use of the web site and activities of visitors (decision to view certain pages, certain products and/or services, etc.), used by the owner for wording targeted advertisements of products and services based on the user's previous activities (instead of ordinary ones offered to everybody).
How to Disable Cookies
On account of the default setting of browsers cookies originating from our Site and the sites of third parties are generally accepted. To allow our Site to work properly, to make the most of functionalities and obtain full use of it, we advise you to accept our cookies.
Below are some links for configuration of the most commonly-used browsers with description of how to handle cookies: