Definitions Cookies are brief text fragments (letters and/or numbers) that allow web servers to memorise user (browser) information to be reused during the current site visit (session cookies) or at a later time, even days later (persistent cookies). According to user preferences, cookies are memorised by an individual browser on the specific device being used (computer, tablet, smartphone). Similar technology, such as web beacon, clear GIFs and all forms of localised storage introduced with HTML5, can be used to collect information on user behaviour and the use of services. From here on in this document, cookies and all similar technology mentioned above shall be collectively referred to as "cookies".
Types of Cookie According to cookie characteristics and use, we can identify various categories:
Google Analytics This site also comprises some components transmitted by Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis service offered by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Here too we are dealing with third party cookies collected and managed anonymously so as to monitor and improve host sites' performance (performance cookies). Google Analytics uses "cookies" to collect and analyse anonymously the website use behavioural information (including user IPs). This information is collected by Google Analytics, which uses it to create reports relative to the activity on websites. This site uses Google Analytics to monitor the site and to collect personal identification information. Google does not link the IP address to any other data possessed by Google nor does it seek to link an IP address to a user identity. Google may pass this information to third parties when this is required by law or when such third parties handle the information on behalf of Google.
Duration of Cookies Some cookies (session cookies) deactivate at browser closure or at logout. Other cookies "survive" browser closure and are available during the following visits by the user. These cookies are called persistent cookies and their lifespan is fixed by the server at the moment of their creation. In some cases an expiry date is fixed, in others their duration is unlimited.
Cookie Management Users can decide to accept cookies or not by adjusting their browser's settings. Watch out: disabling either totally or partially technical cookies may compromise site functions for registered users. On the contrary, a site's public content may be fully exploited when cookies are disabled. Disabling third party cookies has no effect on one's navigation of a site. Cookie settings can be adjusted specifically for various sites and applications. Furthermore the best browsers allow you to adjust various settings for both first party and third party cookies.