Cookies may also contain a unique identification code that enables a user's browsing within the website to be tracked for statistical or advertising purposes. While browsing a website, the user may also receive cookies from websites or web servers other than the one he/she is visiting (so-called "third-party" cookies) on his/her computer or mobile device. Some operations may not be able to be performed without cookies, which in some cases are, therefore, technically necessary for the functioning of the above-mentioned website. There are various types of cookies, according to their characteristics and functions, and these can remain on the user's computer or mobile device for different periods of time: so-called session cookies, which are automatically deleted when the browser is closed; so-called persistent cookies, which remain on the user's devices until a predetermined deadline.
"Technical cookies", namely cookies used for the sole purpose of transmitting a communication over an electronic communications network or used to the extent strictly necessary to provide a service explicitly requested by the user, do not require the user's consent. In other words, these are cookies that are indispensable for the operation of the website or necessary to perform activities requested by the user.
Among the technical cookies that do not require express consent for their use, also include:
- "cookie analytics", where used directly by the webmaster to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the website,
- browsing or session cookies, which ensure normal browsing and accessibility of the website (allowing, for example, to make a purchase or login to access restricted areas);
Conversely, for "profiling cookies", that is, those designed to create user profiles and used to send advertising messages in line with the preferences expressed by the same user in the context of web-browsing, the user's prior consent is required.
2. Which cookies are used on the website?
Strictly necessary cookies allow core website functionality such as user login and account management. The website cannot be used properly without strictly necessary cookies.
Performance cookies are used to see how visitors use the website, eg. analytics cookies. Those cookies cannot be used to directly identify a certain visitor.
Targeting cookies are used to identify visitors between different websites, eg. content partners and banner networks. Those cookies may be used by companies to build a profile of visitor interests or show relevant ads on other websites.
Functionality cookies are used to remember visitor information on the website, eg. language, timezone, and enhanced content.
Unclassified cookies are cookies that do not belong to any other category or are in the process of categorization.
3. How do you disable cookies through your browser?
Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. You can modify those settings to block cookies or to stop certain cookies from being saved to your device. There are different ways to manage cookies. Please refer to the technical guide and/or the help section of your browser to manage or change your browser settings. If you use different devices (e.g. computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.), you must ensure that each browser on each device is set to reflect your cookie preferences. We've included a few useful links to the policies of the main web browsers below:
Internet Explorer™: http://windows.microsoft.com/