In general, a cookie is a small amount of data (text file), which may contain a single anonymous ID code and which is usually sent from a web server of the website visited on the user’s terminal (computer, notebook, tablet, smartphone), to the web browsing software (browser) of the website visitor, to be subsequently re-sent to the visited website upon the subsequent visit. The cookie is then read again and identified only by the website which has sent it whenever the user visit that website.
When surfing the web, users may also receive on their terminal cookies which are then sent from other websites or web servers (the so-called “third parties”), which may contain some elements (such as, for example, images, maps, sounds, specific links to pages of other domains) present on the website the user is visiting.
Cookies may be used for various purposes: monitoring sessions, storing information on specific settings regarding the users who access the server, carrying out authentication processes, etc. It is possible to define and classify them in various ways. A possible distinction is between the two macro-categories of “technical” and “profiling” cookies.
Technical cookies are those cookies used for the sole 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 said service” and their use does not require the User’s consent. They are not used for additional purposes and are normally installed directly by the website owner or manager. They may be classified as follows:
Profiling cookies are aimed at creating user profiles and are used to send advertising messages in line with the preferences shown by the user during their navigation on the web. Italian and European rules and regulations provide that web users must be adequately informed on the use of such cookies and express their valid consent.
These enable the website to remember the user data throughout the visit time, or for the following visits, and thus they enable the user to surf the pages efficiently, interact with social networks, and use third party services. Cookies may be set on the websites which have contents in our website (third-party cookies). Any browser may be set to accept all cookies, to reject them all or to receive a notice at the time of receipt. It is also possible to delete the cookies which have been stored on one’s computer. In the following websites it is possible to find information on the cookie settings of the most widespread browsers:
The user may also use the following tools to customise the cookies in his/her browser. De-activating some cookies may limit the website functions.
However, cookies are not used for profiling purposes.
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