What are cookies
Cookies are pieces of information inserted on your browser when you visit a website or use social media on your pc, smart phone or tablet. Each cookie contains data such as the name of the server where it comes from, a numerical identifier, etc. Cookies can remain in the system for a session (i.e. until you close the navigation browser) or for longer periods and can contain a single identification code.
What are they used for
Cookies are used to complete IT-authentications, to supervise sessions and save specific information about the users who visit the website. They are often useful as they can make the navigation and use of the web faster, making some procedures easier such as online purchases or authentication to restricted areas or by saving language preference.
Types of cookies
Cookies can be distinguished in:
- Technical cookies: Technical cookies are those used for navigation or to provide a service requested by the user. They are not used for any other purpose and are usually installed by the owner of the website. Without these cookies some of the operations might not be completed or would be more complex or less secure, such as home banking (displaying of bank statement, transfers, payment of bills, etc.). For these types of procedures cookies are essential, as they provide identification of the user during the whole session.
- Profiling cookies: These cookies are designed to track the navigation of the user on the net and create user profiles according to his interests, habits and choices. With these cookies targeted advertising messages can be sent to the users device, in line with the preferences and interests expressed by the user during previous navigation sessions. To install this type of cookie a prior consent from the user is needed.
- Third-party cookies: Some websites may contain cookies and content coming from a different website than the one the user is visiting and be placed on several areas of the page, such as advertising banners, images, videos, maps or specific links to websites of domains from other servers than the one where the requested page is. In other words, these cookies are directly installed by the managers of these websites or servers and are different to those who manage this page. These are the so-called Third-party cookies, that are usually installed for profiling purposes. To install this type of cookie a prior consent from the user is needed.
COOKIES PREPARED ON THIS SITE
- cookieconsent_status: saves the user’s decisions regarding cookies, expires when the browser is closed
- firstSessionHit: stores session beginning, expires when the browser is closed
- _ga: Google Analytics, assigns a unique id to distinguish users, expires after 2 years
- _gid: Google Analytics, assigns a unique id to distinguish users, expires after 24 hours
Tracking conversions of Facebook Ads is a statistics service provided by Facebook, Inc. which links data from the Facebook ad network with the actions performed within this Website. Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.
Disable third-party cookies
You can install other options on your browser to navigate without cookies.
- Block the third-party cookies: Third-party cookies are not essential for navigation. The user can change the default configuration by disabling them on his browser.
- Enable Do Not Track: most state-of-the-art browsers have the option Do Not Track and are set to respect this option when enabled and automatically stop collecting your navigation data. Not all browsers however have this type of setting (discretional)
- Enable “Anonymous navigation” mode: when using this option, you leave no trace of your navigation. No site will remember you, the pages you visit won’t appear on your chronology and all new cookies will be deleted. This function however does not make sure you’re completely anonymous on the Internet, it’s only used to remove your navigation data from the browser, whereas your navigation data will still be available to the managers of the websites and the connectivity providers.
- Block cookies permanently: this option is possible on all browsers through some specific functions. Please remember however that every time you connect to the Internet you install new cookies, you should therefore cancel the cookies periodically. Some browsers offer automatic systems of periodical deletion of cookies.
Please find the options offered by the main browsers below: Microsoft Windows Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Google Analytics by downloading a specific plug-in from the browser. For further information concerning the cookies saved on your device and disable them individually please refer to the following link: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices