WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small files which are stored on a user's computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
WHEN ARE COOKIES CREATED?
Writing data to a cookie is usually done when a new webpage is loaded - for example after a 'submit' button is pressed the data handling page would be responsible for storing the values in a cookie. If the user has elected to disable cookies then the write operation will fail, and subsequent sites which rely on the cookie will either have to take a default action, or prompt the user to re-enter the information that would have been stored in the cookie.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF COOKIES?
Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user's preferences or registration details for a future visit.
Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users' web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).
WHY ARE COOKIES USED?
Cookies are a convenient way to carry information from one session on a website to another, or between sessions on related websites, without having to burden a server machine with massive amounts of data storage. Storing the data on the server without using cookies would also be problematic because it would be difficult to retrieve a particular user's information without requiring a login on each visit to the website.
If there is a large amount of information to store, then a cookie can simply be used as a means to identify a given user so that further related information can be looked up on a server-side database. For example the first time a user visits a site they may choose a username which is stored in the cookie, and then provide data such as password, name, address, preferred font size, page layout, etc. - this information would all be stored on the database using the username as a key. Subsequently when the site is revisited the server will read the cookie to find the username, and then retrieve all the user's information from the database without it having to be re-entered.
ARE COOKIES DANGEROUS?
No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can't be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and updated versions of several browsers allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.
CAN COOKIES THREATEN USERS' PRIVACY?
Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive - so a cookie can't read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user's e-mail address etc.
TYPES OF COOKIES
Cookies can be divided into different types:
• Cookies strictly necessary (technical) are essential for the proper operation of the site and are used to manage the login and access to reserved functions of the site. The duration of cookies is strictly limited to the working session (closed the browser are deleted).
• Cookies and performance analysis: are used to collect and analyze traffic and use of the site anonymously. These cookies, even without identifying the user, allow, for example, to detect if the same user returns to connect at different times. They also allow you to monitor the system and improve its performance and usability. The deactivation of these cookies can be executed without any loss of functionality.
• Cookies profiling: are used to identify (anonymously or not) user preferences and improve your experience of navigation.
• First-party cookies: they are set by the site you are visiting.
• Third-party cookies: they are set by a third-party site separate from the site you are visiting.
THIRD PARTIES COOKIES
Visiting a website you may receive cookies from the site is visited ("owners"), both from websites maintained by other organizations ("third parties"). A notable example is the presence of "social plugin" for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn 8cookies that our website doesn’t use). It is part of the page visited directly generated by these sites and integrated into site page host. The most common use of social plugin is aimed at sharing content on social networks.
The presence of these plugins involves the transmission of cookies to and from all sites operated by third parties: the management of the information collected by "third parties" shall be governed by the relevant information which please refer.
Our website uses Youtube’s cookies.
These cookies collect information on how a visitor uses the site, such as the pages visited. These cookies do not collect information that can identify you. All information collected by these cookies are aggregated anonymously and are used only to improve the functionality of the site.
Also these are third-party cookies used anonymously to monitor and improve the performance of the host site (performance cookies).
This information is collected by analytics products (e.g. Google Analytics), which elaborate them for the purpose of preparing reports for site managers regarding the activities on the websites themselves. This information may also be disclosed to other third parties, where required by law or where such third parties process the aforementioned information on behalf of the product manager.
HOW LONG DOES A COOKIE LAST?
The time of expiry of a cookie can be set when the cookie is created. By default the cookie is destroyed when the current browser window is closed, but it can be made to persist for an arbitrary length of time after that.
However, we use third-party cookies to evaluate the performance of our website, as well as services, tools and applications, as part of our analytics practices, with the aim of: understanding how our visitors use our sites; understand how they interact with them, if they display an item or a link and to improve the content of our website and our applications accordingly.
These cookies do not collect information that can identify you. All information collected by these cookies are aggregated anonymously and are used only to improve the functionality of the site.
If you access our E-Commerce cookies of the product Prestashop will also be stored on your computer, they necessary to ensure the operation of the product and improve its performance. These cookies allow, among other things, to "remember" the choices you have made and to personalize the contents of the site in order to improve the service rendered to you.
The user can decide whether or not to accept cookies using the settings of their browser. Cookies can be disabled or removed using the tools available in many commercial browsers. Preferences for each browser you use must be set separately, as different browsers offer different features and options.
The setting can be defined specifically for different websites and web applications. Please refer to the documentation of the individual browsers and devices to check how to check and delete cookies.
You can freely block, delete or disable cookies if your browser and / or the device you are using allow it.
For example, you may be asked to re-enter your password multiple times during the browser session and some features may not be available.
Last revision of this document: May 28, 2018.