In order to comply with the requirements established in the EU Directive of May 26, 2012, and the provisions of Law No. 506 of November 17, 2004, regarding the processing of personal data and the protection of private life in the electronic communications sector, all visitors of are asked for their consent before transmitting cookies to their computers.

This website uses its own cookies and third-party cookies to provide visitors with a much better browsing experience and services tailored to the needs and interest of each individual.

What is a “cookie”?

An “Internet Cookie” (also known as a “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small file, consisting of letters and numbers, that will be stored on your computer, mobile terminal, or other equipment of a user from which the Internet is accessed.

The cookie is installed by request issued by a web-server to a browser (e.g. Safari, Microsoft Edge, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software programs, viruses or spyware, and cannot access information on the user’s hard drive).

A cookie consists of two parts: the name and the content or value of the cookie. Furthermore, the lifespan of a cookie is determined; technically, only the webserver that sent the cookie can access it again when a user returns to the website associated with that webserver.

Cookies themselves do not require personal information to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.

There are 2 major categories of cookies:

Session cookies – these are temporarily stored in the web browser’s cookie folder so that it can remember them until the user exits the website or closes the browser window (e.g., when logging in/out of a webmail account or on social networks).
Persistent cookies – these are stored on the hard drive of a computer or equipment (and generally depends on the predetermined lifespan of the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is visiting at the time – known as ‘third party cookies’ – which can be used anonymously to memorize a user’s interests so that the most relevant advertising for users is delivered.
What are the advantages of cookies?

A cookie contains information linking a web browser (user) to a specific web server (website). If a browser accesses that web server again, it can read the information already stored and respond accordingly. Cookies provide users with a pleasant browsing experience and support the efforts of many websites to offer comfortable services to users: e.g. – preferences in terms of online privacy, language site options, shopping carts or relevant advertising.

What is the lifespan of a cookie?

Cookies are managed by web servers. The lifespan of a cookie can vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it is placed. Some cookies are used exclusively for one session (session cookies) and are not retained once the user has left the website, and some cookies are retained and reused each time the user returns to that website (persistent cookies). However, cookies can be deleted by a user at any time through browser settings.

What are third-party cookies?

Certain sections of content on some sites can be provided through third parties/vendors (e.g., news box, a video, or an advertisement). These third parties may also place cookies through the site, and they are called “third-party cookies” because they are not placed by the owner of the respective website. Third-party providers must also respect the current laws and the privacy policies of the site owner.

A visit to a website can place cookies for:

Enhancing website performance – for example, cookies that retain user preferences
Visitor analysis – for example, google analytics; however, these data are used only for statistical purposes
Geotargeting – these are cookies used by software that determines what country you come from
User registration – servers use these cookies to display the account you are registered with and if you have permission for a specific service.
Other third-party cookies – on some pages, third parties can set their own anonymous cookies, in order to track the success of an application or to customize an application. For example, when you share (share) an article using the social network button on a site, that social network will record your activity.
What type of information is stored and accessed through cookies?

Cookies keep information in a small text file that allows a website to recognize a browser. The webserver will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.

The cookie stores important information that enhances the Internet browsing experience (e.g.: the settings of the language in which you want to access a site; keeping a user logged into the webmail account; online banking security; keeping products in the shopping cart)

Tips for safe and responsible cookie-based browsing.

Customize your browser settings regarding cookies to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
If you share computer access, you might consider setting the browser to delete individual browsing data every time you close the browser. This is an option to access sites that place cookies and delete any visit information at the end of the browsing

Install and constantly update your antispyware applications.
Many of the applications for detecting and preventing spyware include detecting attacks on sites. Thus, they prevent the browser from accessing websites that could exploit browser vulnerabilities or download dangerous software.
How can I stop cookies?

Disabling and refusing to receive cookies can make certain sites impractical or difficult to visit and use.

It is possible to set the browser so that these cookies are no longer accepted or you can set the browser to accept cookies from a specific site. But, for example, if a visitor is not registered using cookies, they will not be able to leave comments.

All modern browsers offer the ability to change cookie settings. These settings are usually found in your browser’s Options/Settings or Preferences/Favorites menu.

To understand these settings, the following links¹ may be useful:

Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari

¹Please note that these links may change over time as the browser companies update their support pages and structures.

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