Cookies are small text strings that websites visited by Users send to their respective browsers, where they are stored, and then transmitted back to the same sites the next time Users visit them. This enables a smoother and personalized internet browsing experience.
Types of Cookies
Cookies can be classified based on:
- Duration: session cookies or persistent cookies;
- Origin: first-party cookies or third-party cookies;
- Purpose: strictly necessary cookies, performance analytics cookies, and behavioral advertising cookies.
Cookies that expire at the end of a browser session (usually when the browser is closed or the session expires) are defined as session cookies and are useful, for example, in maintaining an active browsing session. Cookies that are stored for a longer period of time (between sessions) are called persistent cookies and are useful, for example, in remembering your preferences or delivering targeted advertising or storing information such as usernames and passwords. The distinction between first-party and third-party refers to the website or domain that installs the cookies. First-party cookies are installed directly by the Website, while third-party cookies are installed by a different domain. For example, this might occur when the Website incorporates elements from other services, such as advertising platforms. It is important to note that the purposes typically served by a cookie can also be achieved through other similar technologies, including the use of certain functionalities that allow device identification for the purpose of analyzing Website visits. This policy applies to any technology that stores or accesses information on a device. This category could include, for example, local HTML5 storage, Local Shared Objects (also known as flash cookies), and fingerprinting techniques. Henceforth, when referring to cookies, this definition also encompasses other similar technologies.
Purposes of Cookies on this Website
- Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies ensure the proper functioning of the Website and allow easy access to its content and services. For these cookies, no action is required on the banner containing the brief information upon each access to the Website, as consent choices will be recorded for 6 months. Strictly necessary cookies cannot be disabled, and their installation does not require prior consent. These cookies are stored in the user's browser for the time necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the Website and, in the case of persistent cookies, for a maximum of 6 months.
- Performance Analytics Cookies: These cookies are installed to evaluate the effectiveness of a service, contribute to measuring traffic, optimize site functions, and collect statistical information in aggregated form about the number of users and how they visit the site. The use of analytics cookies is solely for the production of aggregated statistics. Through their use, the Controller cannot directly identify the individual user. The analytics cookies used on this Website, as they are implemented, cannot be used for direct and unique identification. For these reasons, the analytics cookies set by this Website can be considered as technical cookies and therefore do not require consent.
Managing Cookie Preferences
Upon the first access to any page of the Website, a banner is displayed that allows the user to manage cookie settings. Through this banner, the user can easily choose which cookies to install. In addition to the above, the user can still modify cookie settings through the browser used, by deleting all or some cookies or limiting their transmission to certain sites. Disabling or deleting cookies may compromise the optimal use of certain areas of the Website or prevent certain functionalities, as well as affect the functioning of third-party services.
Consent is optional, voluntary, and revocable at any time by modifying the settings of the operating system or through the appropriate section of the Website. Revoking consent does not affect the lawfulness of processing carried out prior to the revocation, in accordance with Article 7 of EU Regulation 679/2016.
Data collected using cookies may be processed by employees and collaborators of the company departments responsible for pursuing the aforementioned purposes, who have been expressly authorized to process such data and have received adequate operational instructions. This data may also be processed by trusted companies that perform technical and organizational tasks on behalf of the Controller. In particular, within the scope of data processing carried out through the Website, the company responsible for hosting and data backup of the Website has been appointed. Furthermore, external parties acting as independent data controllers, such as authorities and supervisory bodies, may also process the data.
By using the contact details provided in the "contact us" section of the Website, the user can request access to their data, their erasure, the restriction of processing in cases provided for by Article 18 of the GDPR, as well as object to processing in cases of the Controller's legitimate interest. In cases where processing is based on consent or a contract and is carried out by automated means, the user has the right to receive their data in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format, and, if technically feasible, to transmit them to another data controller without hindrance. Additionally, the user has the right to withdraw consent for non-essential cookies without affecting the functioning and features of the Website. Lastly, the user has the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Authority.