The use of cookies on websites

This document explains "what cookies are" and the types of cookies used on our website.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a simple text file which is stored on the user's computer or mobile device by the server of a website and can be read or accessed from the same server. The file contains some information and allows the website to record the user's preferences for example. The Electronic Communications Directive and the Provision issued by the Italian Data Protection Authority no. 229 of 8 May 2014 on "Simplified Arrangements to Provide Information and Obtain Consent Regarding Cookies", states that the use of cookies is authorised only with the permission of the user.

Do we use cookies on our website?

Yes. Cookies are used to improve the quality of our website, and to provide services and features for users. The use of cookies can be limited and disabled through the user's web browser. However, some of the website's functions may not be available if cookies are limited or disabled.

Why we use cookies

Cookies can be used for many different reasons. In some parts of our site cookies are essential, and without them users cannot, for example, correctly browse the site or the directories. We are always looking for ways to improve our website and to better publicise our services. In order to do this, it is important for us to understand how our website is used. Cookies help us also to provide a better and richer experience: if the user finds something interesting, he or she can "Like" it on Facebook, or tweet it (cookies make this feature possible).

What types of cookies are used on our website?

Technical cookies

Technical cookies are used only to "carry out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network, or as strictly necessary to provide an information society service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user to provide the service" (see art. 122, paragraph 1, of the Italian Privacy Code).

They are not used for other purposes and are normally installed directly by the owner or operator of the website. They can be subdivided into:

Navigation or session cookies

These are used to register useful data on normal browsing and how the website is used on the user's computer (allowing, for example, to record the preferred page dimensions in a list). Such cookies can also be different from one other in how long they stay on the user's computer: those that are automatically deleted when the browser is closed are called session cookies. If they have a longer lifespan however, they are called permanent cookies.

Functional cookies

These cookies allow the website to record information about the choices made by the user in order to tailor the website to the user's needs. For example, functional cookies allow the website to record the user's specific settings, such as the country selected and, if set up, permanent access.

Name of cookie Purpose of cookie
displayCookieConsent Records that you have enabled the use of cookies. It lasts for one year.
__analyse Records if you have opted out of the registration of Google Analytics cookies. It lasts for one hour.

 Analytical cookies

These cookies gather data on the user's use of the website, including the items which are clicked on whilst browsing, in order to improve the services and the design of the site. They can be shared with our third party suppliers of analysis tools. However, our analytical cookies are used solely for the purposes of our website.

Third party cookies

These cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as the "Like" and "Share" features, and they monitor the effectiveness of the advertising. The third party provides these services in exchange for information on the user's visit on our site. This means that third party suppliers of the cookies must also respect the regulations in place. For this reason, we have referenced links to the third-party sites, where the user will be able to find data collection forms authorised to the cookies and their information. If the services were provided through indirect contact with the third parties, the user will have to visit the sites that are intermediaries between us and the third parties.

Name of cookie Purpose of cookie
_ga Created and used by Google Analytics. It keeps track, anonymously, of the pages visited and produces data that we use to monitor the site's use and to improve the quality of service that we offer to our users. It lasts for two years.
APISID Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for two years.
GALX Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It is automatically deleted when the browser is shut.
GAPS Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for two years.
GoogleAccountLocale_session Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It is automatically deleted when the browser is shut.
HSID Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for two years.
NID Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for six months.
PREF Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for two years.
S Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It is automatically deleted when the browser is shut.
SAPISID Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for two years.
SID Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for two years.
SSID Created and used by Youtube for watching video clips. It lasts for two years.

Google reCAPTCHA

The site uses the "Google reCAPTCHA" service in the contact form, a service designed to prevent or discourage the sending of spam by users or spambots. The use of this technology involves the installation of cookies (not profiling) of the third company, Google Inc.

Analytics

The services contained in this section enable the Owner to monitor and analyze web traffic and can be used to keep track of User behavior.

Google Analytics (Google Inc.)
Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.
Place of processing: US – Privacy PolicyOpt Out

How can cookies be disabled or removed?

The majority of browsers accept the use of cookies automatically, but you can also choose to not accept them. We do not advise you do this, as it could prevent normal browsing and not allow you to use all of the site's features. If you do not want your computer to receive and store cookies, you can change the security settings of your browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari etc.). However, you will notice that certain parts of our site can be used in their entirety only if your browser accepts cookies; otherwise, you will not be able to, for example, access confidential areas. Therefore, your choice to remove and not accept cookies will negatively impact your visit of our site. If you wish to change the settings of your cookies, by changing browser settings, found below are some brief explanations on how to do so on the major browsers.

Disabling Google Analytics cookies

These selection boxes allow you to block cookies from Google Analytics.

Opting-out

These selection boxes allow you to opt out of cookies, when permission for them was given prior. This will bring back the information boxes which inform you of the presence of cookies on the site.

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