Cookies are computer data, in particular text files, placed on the devices of end users (e.g. on computers, phones, tablets) via web browsers. They enable identification of your device and suitable display of the website, customised to your individual preferences. Servers can read cookies whenever your terminal device connects to them. These files usually contain the name of the domain of the website they are taken from, the time of storage on the terminal device and a unique number.
- customise the contents of the pages of the website to your preferences and improve the way you use the web pages; in particular, these files can be used to identify your device and correctly display the web page customised to your individual needs.
- create anonymous, aggregated statistics to help in understanding the way you use the web pages in order to improve their structure and contents.
- protect the web pages, e.g. prevent unauthorised access.
- identify which advertisements you displayed in order to provide you with advertising contents better suited to your interests.
- ensure that the web pages are well-developed and that they function correctly, including tests of web page performance.
We generally use:
- “session” cookies (temporary files left on your device until you log out of the website or until you close your software (web browser))
- “persistent” cookies (files kept on your device for the period specified in their parameters or until you delete them manually).
- necessary cookies, which are absolutely required for the correct functioning of the web page or the functionalities you wish to use and which enable using the services available on the website
- cookies that enable acquiring information about the way you use the website
- functional cookies, used to enhance the functions of the web pages and ensure high quality and functionality of the web pages, capable of, for instance, saving the settings you select and customising the user interface
- advertising cookies, which enable providing you with advertising contents more suited to your preferences.
Cookies generally do not contain personal data. However, some information kept in the cookies (e.g. regarding your preferences) may, in combination with other information about you, be regarded as personal data. In any case, the personal data acquired this way may only be processed in order to perform specific functions for you, as discussed above. Such data are encrypted in a manner that prevents unauthorised access.
How to delete cookies?
Your web browser usually permits storing cookies on your terminal device by default.
The right to store and gain access to cookies is granted upon your consent. This consent is usually granted when you configure your web browser or the selected web page or service. You may return to these settings at any time and specify the conditions of storage or access to this information.
In order to change cookie settings, you should read the specific information about the options and methods of managing cookies that are available in the settings of your browser. If you do not change the cookie settings, this will mean that cookies will be placed on your terminal device.
If you disable cookies, using some of the services of the website may become difficult.
Below, we have provided links to instructions indicating how to change cookie settings in the most popular web browsers:
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
- Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cookies-information-websites-store-on-your-computer
- Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
- Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac
For more information about cookies, go to: wikipedia.org/HTTP_cookie