1. What are Cookies
In IT, HTTP cookies (more commonly referred to as Web cookies, tracking cookies or simply cookies) are lines of text used to perform automatic authentication, session tracking and storage of specific information about users accessing the server, such as favourite websites or, in the case of Internet shopping, the contents of their 'shopping carts'.
In detail, these are small text strings sent by a server to a web client (usually a browser) and then sent back by the client to the server (without being modified) each time the client accesses the same portion of the same web domain.
Any domain or portion thereof that is visited with the browser can set cookies. Since a typical Internet page, e.g. that of a web newspaper, contains objects from many different domains and each of them can set cookies, it is normal to host many hundreds of cookies in one's browser.
Because they can be used to track navigation on the Internet, cookies are the subject of discussions concerning the right to privacy. Many countries and organisations, including the United States and the European Union, have legislated on this issue. Cookies have also been criticised because they are not always able to identify the user accurately and also because they can potentially be the target of cyber attacks. There are some alternatives to cookies, but all of them, along with some advantages, have drawbacks.
Cookies are often mistakenly thought of as real programs, which leads to misconceptions. In reality, they are simply blocks of data, incapable, on their own, of performing any action on the computer. In particular, they can be neither spyware nor viruses. Nevertheless, cookies from some sites are categorised as spyware by many anti-spyware products because they make it possible to detect the user. Modern browsers allow users to decide whether or not to accept cookies, but refusal renders some objects unusable. For instance, 'shopping carts' implemented with cookies do not work in the event of a refusal.
3.Types of cookies
Browsing our website may generate various types of cookies. By continuing to use this website and its features, you authorise us (and our partners) to place this type of cookie on your browsing device.
3.1 Strictly necessary (technical) cookies
These cookies are essential in order to browse the website and use certain functionalities. They can be used to enable 'cookie settings', 'form completion', 'shopping cart' functions and are essential for the website to function.
3.2 Performance and analysis cookies
These cookies collect anonymous information about how users use the website and its features. They collect information about which pages of the site you visit most often and which of our advertisements appear on other websites that you interact with.
The information we collect may be used to personalise your online experience by displaying specific content. Performance and analytics cookies do not collect personally identifiable information.
3.3 Functionality cookies
These cookies are used to store the choices you make (language preference, country or other online settings) and to provide you with the personalised features you have selected. They may be used to offer you online services or to prevent you from being offered services that you have declined in the past.
Some of our partners may provide you with content and other online experiences through this website. In this case, the partner may place its own functionality cookies on your device and use them to provide you with personalised features.
If you delete functionality cookies, your selected preferences or settings will not be stored for future visits.
3.4Behavioural advertising cookies
These cookies are partly managed by us or by third parties and may be stored on your user device. They store information about your browsing of various websites and online services in order to display advertisements that are relevant or may be of interest to you.
Advertising networks may share this information with advertisers using their networks.
Behavioural advertising cookies do not collect personal information.
To inhibit the operation of behavioural advertising cookies you can:
use the "antitracking" / "Do not Track" mode of your browser to express your wish not to be tracked by websites;
use the browser's 'anonymous browsing' mode, which does not guarantee anonymity, but allows you to browse without saving any information about the sites and pages you visit
indicate your preferences directly online to the advertising networks via www.youronlinechoices.eu in order to inform them of your willingness to display targeted advertisements.
If you no longer wish to receive targeted communications, you may click the unsubscribe link available in our communications.
5. How to authorise or not to authorise cookies
To allow or disallow a cookie during visits to our websites, you can change your browser settings. In this way you can exclude certain cookies or display a warning message before acceptance.
You can also delete all installed cookies, but each browser has different procedures for managing the settings. Please refer to the help functions in the menus of each browser.