What is a cookie?
Cookie is a small text file which is sent from a web server to the user’s browser when the latter visits a website for the first time. Cookies are memorised by the user’s pc and sent back to the server for each following visit to the site, this way the server will recognise the user’s pc1. The purpose is to simplify internet browsing, without collecting any information stored on your computer or files. Cookies are not a threat for your computer and are not viruses.
WHICH COOKIES DOES THIS SITE USE? TECHNICAL COOKIES
This type of cookie is essential to allow the correct functioning of some sections of the website. For example: they keep the user connected throughout the entire visit, they memorise the language settings, and so on. They remain active, unless the user decides to change their browser settings (risking, however, to compromise the correct display of some pages of the site).
There are two main kinds:
– the session kind, which is stored exclusively during navigation and until the browser is closed;
– the persistent kind, they are stored in the device’s memory until their expiry or cancellation by the user.
THIRD PARTY COOKIES
Google Analytics is an analytic service provided by Google Inc., which allows the website to analyse traffic on the site preserving the anonymity of users. The information generated by the cookies on the use of the website will be sent and stored on Google’s servers in the United States. As an example, here is some information that is stored for analytical purposes: number of active users on the site, number of times the user has visited the site, average duration of visits, pages from which the user accesses the site, used search engine, country from which the user accesses, etc. .
If you prefer that Google Analytics does not use the data collected in any way, you can install an additional component for deactivation on your browser. Link to download it ..
WHICH SPECIFIC COOKIES DO WE USE? NECESSARY TYPE
The necessary cookies help make a website navigable by enabling basic functions such as page navigation and access to protected areas of the site. The website would not function properly without these cookies.
– obfx-policy-consent (persistent, expiry 1 year): it stores the status of the user’s cookie consent.
– googtrans (session cookie): determines the visitor’s preferred language to set up the site based on this preference.
– _ga (persistent, expiry 2 years): registers a unique ID used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the internet site (from Google Analytics).
– _gat (persistent, expiry 1 day): it is used by Google Analytics to limit the frequency of requests (by Google Analytics).
– _gid (persistent, expiry 1 day): records a unique ID used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website (from Google Analytics).
- _collect (session cookie): it is used to send data to Google Analytics regarding the device and user behavior. It tracks the user on devices and marketing channels. (from Google Analytics).
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES ON YOUR COMPUTER?
Each browser allows you to customise cookies, allowing you to disable all or only some types of cookies.
Some of the most common methods of limiting cookies are:
– directly modify the settings of the browser used;
– browse “anonymously” (possibility allowed only by some browsers), in this mode cookies are automatically deleted at the end of the browsing session.
For further information regarding “cookie management” and “anonymous browsing”, please directly consult the documentation of the browser used. Here are the links to the most commonly used browsers:
– Google Chrome
– Mozilla Firefox
However, the user is free to take all precautions and make use of all the services he/she wishes to manage the tracking preferences of most advertising tools. It’s the user’s discretion to use these resources in addition to the information provided in this document.