Specifically, the website installs cookies on the computers in order to enable the functionalities of the content management system functions in use (Joomla) and of the caching system on which it is based, or in order to store user preferences (language selection, user interface state).
DEFINITIONSCookies are small text files sent by the sites visited by users to their terminals, where they are stored before being transmitted back to the same sites on their next visit. So-called "third party cookies" are, instead, set by websites other than the one that the user is visiting. This is because on each site may be present elements (images, maps, sounds, specific links to web pages in other domains, etc.) that reside on servers other than the visited site.
TYPES OF COOKIESBased on their characteristics and use, there can be different categories of cookies:
- Technical Cookies. Technical cookies are those used for the sole purpose of "carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network, or strictly necessary for the offering of a digital service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user"(cfr. art. 122, paragraph 1, of the Italian Cookie Law) .Technical cookies are not used for other purposes and are normally installed by the owner or operator of the website. They can be divided into navigation or session cookies, which guarantee the normal navigation and use of the website; analytics cookies, similar to the technical cookies when used directly by the site operator to collect information, in aggregate form, about the number of users and how they visit the site; feature cookies, enabling the users’ navigation according to a series of criteria selected in order to improve the service rendered to the same. For the installation of these cookies prior users’ approval is not required, while it remains the obligation to provide this same Extended Information, as per art.13 of Italian Cookie Law, which the operator of the website may provide in the way it deems most appropriate.
- Profiling Cookies. Profiling cookies are designed to create profiles on the user, and are used in order to send advertising messages in line with the preferences expressed by the same user while surfing the Internet. Given the considerable invasiveness that such cookies may have within the private sphere of the users, the European and Italian legislation requires the user to be properly informed and to express their explicit consent. Article 122 of the Italian Cookie Law states that "the storage of information in the terminal equipment of a contractor or a user, or the access to information already stored, are only allowed on condition that the contractor or the user has given his express consent after being informed by the simplified procedures described by art. 13, paragraph 3 "(art. 122, paragraph 1, of the Italian Cookie Law). This site does not make use of Profiling Cookies.
COOKIES DURATION AND VALIDITYSome cookies (session cookies) remain active until the user closes the browser or logs out of a website or web application. Other cookies "survive" the browser shutdown, and are also available in future visits. The latter are called Persistent Cookies, and their duration is set by the server at the time of their creation. In some cases there is a fixed deadline, in other cases the duration is unlimited.
COOKIES MANAGEMENTThe user can decide whether to accept cookies using his/her browser settings.
It should be noted that the total or partial disabling of technical cookies could affect the proper functioning of the site.
Disabling "third party cookies” does not prejudge in any way the navigability of the website, but could render unaccessible some of its elements, parts, functions or contents (i.e. mapping services by Alphabet Inc. / Google).
The setting can be defined specifically for the different web sites and applications.
Moreover, browsers allow users to define different settings for “first party cookies" (installed by website owners) and "third party" ones.
For example, in Firefox, through the Tools-> Options> Privacy menu, you can access a control panel where you can define whether or not to accept the different types of cookies and remove them. On Internet documentation on how to set the cookies management rules for your browser is readily available.
Here are the addresses for the main browsers’ documentations:
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/it-it/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9