WHAT ARE COOKIES?
a. Technical cookies.
Technical cookies are those used only to “perform transmission of communications over an electronic communication network, or to the extent strictly necessary for the supplier of an information service explicitly requested by the subscriber or by the user to supply that service” (art. 122, para. 1 of the Code). They are not used for further purposes and are normally installed directly by the owner or manager of the website. They can be divided into navigation or session cookies, which permit normal navigation or use of the web site (allowing, for example, a purchase to be made or authentication for access to private areas to be performed); analytics cookies, similar to technical cookies when used directly by the site operator to gather aggregate data on the number of users and how they use the site; functionality cookies, which allow users to navigate the site on the basis of a series of selected criteria (for example language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided to the same. Storage of these cookies does not require prior consent from users, while the obligation to inform them pursuant to article 13 of the Code remains unchanged.
b. Profiling cookies.
The purpose of profiling cookies is to create profiles on the user, and they are used in order to send advertising messages in line with their web browsing preferences. Due to the particularly invasive nature of and the effects that these files can have on the user’s privacy, European and Italian legislation requires that users be appropriately informed on the use of these cookies and give their consent for the same. Article 122 of the Code refers to these cookies, requiring that “the storage of information on a contractor or user’s terminal, or access to information already stored there, is allowed only on condition that the contractor or user has provided their consent after being informed via the simplified methods per article 13, para. 3” (article 122, para. 1 of the Code).
HOW TO DISABLE COOKIES
The most popular browsers provide the possibility to block exclusively third-party cookies, accepting only those issued by the site itself. Moreover, some companies which generate cookies on third-party sites offer the possibility to simply and immediately disable their own cookies only, even when these are anonymous, in other words identifying personal data is not recorded (e.g. IP address).
Most web browsers are initially set to accept cookies automatically.
If the user does not wish their computer to receive and store cookies, they can modify the security settings of their browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari etc.).
MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER
Click the ‘Tools’ icon in the top right corner of the window and select ‘Internet Options’. Select the ‘Privacy’ tab in the pop-up window. From here you can change the cookie settings.
Click the wrench icon in the top right corner of the window and select ‘Settings’. Click Advanced, then make the desired changes to the Privacy settings.
Click on the drop-down menu in the top left corner, then select ‘Options’. Select ‘Privacy’ in the pop-up window. From here you can change the cookie settings.
Click on the drop-down menu in the top right corner and choose ‘Preferences’. Click on ‘Security’, then change the cookie settings.
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In order to disable analytics cookies and prevent Google Analytics from collecting information about your browsing, you can download a browser add-on to disable Google Analytics: HTTPS://TOOLS.GOOGLE.COM/DLPAGE/GAOPTOUT.