Extended policy on the use of navigation cookies

In its “Simplified Arrangements to Provide Information and Obtain Consent Regarding Cookies” (published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale, no. 126 of 3 June 2014) the Garante per la Protezione dei Dati Personali (Italian Personal Data Protection Authority) has identified simplified ways for providing users with an online policy on the use of cookies and has given instructions for acquiring consent where required by law.
In order to protect user privacy and to allow users to make more informed choices, the Authority established that, upon accessing the home page or another page of a website, a clearly visible statement must appear, indicating the following:

  • that the site uses profiling cookies to send targeted marketing messages (where these are used);

  • that the site also allows “third party” cookies to be set; these are cookies set by another site through the site that user is visiting (where these are used);

  • a link to a more comprehensive policy detailing how the cookies the site sets are used. This must also include instructions on how to disable cookies from the browser being used;

  • a statement informing users that, by proceeding to navigate the site (e.g. by accessing another area of the site or selecting an image or link), they consent to the use of cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that websites send to the terminal device (computer, tablet, smartphone, notebook) of users who visit those websites. They are stored on that device to then be sent back to the website the next time the users visit those sites.
They are used for IT authentications, to monitor sessions and to store information on websites (without the use of “technical” cookies, some actions would become very complicated or impossible to perform). Cookies also allow a site to monitor user navigation, collecting data on interests, habits and personal choices, which allows it to put together detailed profiles of consumers.

Technical cookies that are essential for the website to run properly

This website uses session and permanent cookies in order to offer users a more efficient service. The use of these cookies is strictly limited to sending session identifiers (random numbers generated by the server) necessary to allow the full provision of the services and for the website to run properly.
The cookies used on the website are not used for other processing techniques that might jeopardise the confidentiality of user navigation and do not permit the acquisition of data that can be used to directly identify users. Data subjects who do not want these cookies to be stored, may delete them easily after leaving the website by opening the privacy settings of the browser they are using and selecting the option to delete the cookies.
As the Data Protection Authority has indicated, technical cookies are only used for the purpose of “carrying out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communications network, or insofar as this is strictly necessary to the provider of an information society service that has been explicitly requested by the contracting party or user to provide the said service”; the Authority also specifies that, “Users’ prior consent is not necessary to install these cookies”.

Cookies used for analysing aggregated data on visits to the site

The present website makes use of tools for analysing aggregated navigation data to allow it to make improvements to the website. Specifically, Google Analytics, system provided by Google Inc., uses cookies that are set on users’ computers to allow the website owner to analyse how users make use of that website.
The data generated by users as they use the site are sent to and stored on Google’s servers in the United States. Google will use that data in order to track or study how users use the website, to compile reports on activity on the website and to provide other services relating to activity on that site.

Google Analytics policy: https://policies.google.com/privacy
Google Analytics (settings): https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Third-party cookies

When visiting a website, users may receive cookies from the site visited (“first-party cookies”), as well as from sites managed by other organizations (“third-parties cookies”). An obvious example would be the use of “social plugins” for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. The aforementioned sites directly generate certain parts of the visited page, which are integrated into the page on the host site. The most common motive for using social plugins is for sharing content on social networks.
Where these plugins are used, cookies are sent from and to all the sites managed by these third parties. Processing the information collected in these instances is covered by each third party’s own policy, to which users should refer for more information. Listed below are the third-party plugins that are used in the present website and that set cookies. For increased transparency and convenience, the web address of the various policies for each is provided, where users may find instructions on how to manage cookies.

Google Maps Widget (Google Inc.)

Google Maps is a map-viewing service managed by Google Inc. which allows this Application to integrate map content into its own pages.
Personal data collected: Cookies and data on usage.
Processing location: USA – Privacy Policy

Managing cookies from a browser

Almost all browsers allow users to manage cookies in line with their own preferences. Users may therefore disable the setting and storage of cookies.
Some browsers allow users to set rules for how cookies are managed for specific sites, an option that provides more customised control over privacy.

Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cookies-information-websites-store-on-your-computer
Microsoft Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027947/microsoft-edge-delete-cookies
Opera: https://help.opera.com/en/latest/web-preferences/#cookies
Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201265

Warning: fully or partially disabling technical cookies can affect the proper running of the site.
Conversely, disabling “third party” cookies will not affect your navigation through it in any way.

User consent

As indicated by the Authority, “If the user continues browsing by accessing any other section or selecting any item on the website (e.g. by clicking a picture or a link), he or she signifies his or her consent to the use of cookies.”

Further information on cookies

For technical questions or for general assistance, please use the contact information found on the relevant sections of this website.




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