Cookies-Policy

Definitions, characteristics and application of the legislation

Cookies are small text files that the websites visited by user send and record on its computer/mobile device, so that they can be resent to the same sites the next time the user logs on. It’s precisely thanks to cookies that a website can remember the user’s actions and preferences (such as login details, preferred language, font size, other visual settings, etc.) so that the user doesn’t have to set these preferences again the next time they visit the website, or even when they move to a different page on the same website. Therefore, cookies are used for authentication purposes, to monitor sessions and data record regarding user activities when browsing a website. They may contain a personal identification code that allows tracking of user’s activities within the website for statistical or advertising purposes. While navigating on a website, the user’s computer may receive cookies from websites or web servers other than those used by the website being visited (so-called “third-party cookies”). Some operations may be impossible to perform without the use of cookies, as in some cases they are vital for the technical functioning of the website.

There are various types of cookies, with different features and functions, and they may remain on the user’s device for varying lengths of time: “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted as soon as the browser window is closed, and “persistent cookies”, which remain on the user’s computer until a previously established length of time has elapsed.

According to Italian legislation, cookies may be used also without an express consent of the website user. In particular, “technical cookies” – i.e. those used for the sole purpose of completing the transmission of information on an electronic communication network, or to the extent that is strictly necessary to provide a service explicitly requested by the user – are used without express consent. But the use of cookies may be deactivated through the web browser at any time. Technical cookies are those which are necessary to allow website functioning or in order to carry out user’s requests. Among the technical cookies that do not require express consent for their use, there are:

  • “analytics cookies”, when they are used directly by the website administrator to gather aggregated statistical information about the number of hits and how users browse the site;
  • navigation or session cookies (for authenticating users);
  • technical cookies, which allow the user to navigate on the site according to a series of selected criteria (e.g. language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided to the same user.

For “profiling cookies”, on the other hand, i.e. cookies designed to create user profile and that are used to send advertising messages in line with the preferences shown by user when surfing the web, the express user consent must be previously obtained.

Types of cookies used by the Website

The Website uses the following cookies that may be deselected, except for the third-party cookies: for these you will have to refer directly to the relative methods of selection and deselection for each cookie, for which we provide the relevant links with:

  • Technical navigation or session cookies, which are strictly necessary either to allow the Website functioning or to allow you to access content and avail of the requested services.
  • Functional cookies, i.e. those used to activate specific Website functions as well as a series of selected criteria (for example, language) in order to enhance the service provided.
  • Third-party cookies, i.e. cookies from websites and web servers other than those of the Responsible of the Website’s, used for the purposes of the same third parties. We would like to point out that these third parties, listed below with the respective links to their privacy policies, are generally independent data controllers for the data gathered through the cookies they serve; therefore, you will have to refer to their data processing policies, notices and consent forms (selection and deselection of their respective cookies). We furthermore inform you that the Responsible of the Website does its best to trace cookies on its own Website. These cookies are regularly updated on the table below, where we state with total transparency which cookies are sent directly by the Responsible of the Website and what their respective purposes are. As for the third parties who send cookies through our Website, we have provided links to their respective privacy statements below, as mentioned before, it is their responsibility to inform users and obtain their consent. This responsibility does not include only the cookies sent directly by the third parties, but also any cookies sent through our Website during use of services by third parties. With regard to these cookies, which are sent by service providers of the aforementioned third parties, there is not control of the Responsible of the Website over them, and no knowledge about either their features or purposes.

Cookies of third parties with links to the corresponding privacy policies

Analysis of use of Website with Google Analytics

This Website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service offered by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 USA („Google”). The information generated by the cookies about the use of this Website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored over there. Google will use this information on behalf of the website operator to evaluate the website use, compile reports on Website activity, and provide other services related to Website and internet usage for the website operator. Google Analytics has been extended on this website by the code “anonymizeIp” to ensure anonymous collection of the IP addresses (known as IP masking).

For the most common browsers Google offers an Opt-out Browser Add-on, giving a major control over the data that is collected by Google on the website that has been opened. The add-on communicates to the JavaScript (ga.js) of Google Analytics that no information on Website visit shall be transferred to Google Analytics. Anyway the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on does not prevent that information are transferred to us or any other web analysis service that is potentially in use. Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Through the visit of our Website, Google receives the information that you have opened the corresponding page of our Website and the personal data indicated in the sheet hereunder. This occurs independently from whether you are entered through a Google account or not. If you are logged in on Google, your data will be directly associated with your account. If you do not want this, you have to log out on Google before visiting this Website. Google uses your data for purposes of advertising, market research and appropriate website configuration.

The processing in subject occurs in compliance with art. 6(1)(f) of the Regulation on the grounds of the legitimate interest to configurate this Website in an adequate and target-oriented manner. Google made a self-certification according to the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Google on the following site.

Google Tag Manager

We use Google Tag Manager offered by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”) to manage this Website and incorporate cookie-based technologies. With Google Tag Manager, it is possible to manage website tags through an interface. Google Tag Manager implements only tags and is a domain free of cookies that does not collect personal data. Anyway the tool activates other tags that may collect personal data. Google Tag Manager does not have access to these data. If an opt-out was made on a domain or cookies level, this opt-out remains active for all tracking tags that are implemented with Google Tag Manager.

Google Maps

This Website is integrated with maps of Google maps of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland. Google Ireland Limited is a company affiliated with Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. The related function allows the visual representation of geographical information and interactive maps. By opening sites having maps of Google Maps integrated, visitors’ data of the websites are collected, processed and used too.

The processing in subject occurs in compliace with art. 6(1)(f) of the Regulation on the grounds of the legitimate interest to configurate this Website in an adequate and target-oriented manner. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Google on the following site.

Pixel of visitor‘s actions of Facebook

On this Website we use „pixel of visitor‘s actions“ of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA („Facebook“) in order to track the users´activities after they had been forwarded through a click on a Facebook advertisement to this Website. This process serves to analyse the effectiveness of Facebook advertisements for statistical and market research purposes and may give a contribution to the optimization of future advertising measures. The data we collected are anonymous and not give us the possibility to draw conclusions on the users´identity. However, as the data are stored and processed by Facebook, a connection to the Facebook profile of user may occur and may allow Facebook to use the data for its advertising purposes in compliance with its privacy policy. The user may allow Facebook and its partners to publish advertisements on and outside of Facebook. Furthermore, a cookie may be stored for these purposes on the user´s computer or mobile device.

The processing in subject occurs in compliance with art. 6(1)(f) of the Regulation on the grounds of the legitimate interest to configurate this Website in an adequate and target-oriented manner. Facebook made a self-certification according to the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Facebook on the following site.

Plug-ins

On our Website, plug-ins are used (e.g. plug-ins of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn). The plug-ins are normally recognizable from the respective logo. In order to guarantee data protection on our Website, we use these plug-ins only together with the so-called “Shariff”-solution. This application prevents that the plug-in data integrated on our Website are already transferred to the respective service provider at the first access to the Website.

Only once you activate the respective plug-in by clicking on the corrisponding button, a direct connection to the server of the service provider is set (consent). As soon as you activate the plug-in, the respective service provider receives the information that you visited our Website with your IP address. If you are logged into your respective social media account at the same time, the respective service provider can attribute the visit of our Website to your account.

The activation of plug-ins is a consent according to art. 6(1)(a) of the Regulation. You may withdraw this consent at any time with effect for the future.

Plug-ins of Facebook

On this Website, plug-ins of the social network Facebook are used. Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA („Facebook“). If you access a site of our Website with such a plug-in, a connection to the servers of Facebook is set and the plug-in is represented on the Website through a communication with your browser. The server of Facebook is thereby informed which sites you visited. If you are logged in on Facebook, Facebook attributes these information to your personal facebook account. In case of use of the plug-in functions (e.g. clicking on the “Like” button, sending of a comment), these information are also attributed to your Facebook account, unless you logged out before the use of the plug-in.

The user may allow Facebook and its partners to publish advertisements on and outside of Facebook. Furthermore, a cookie may be stored for these purposes on the computer or the mobile device of the user. If you do not want that Facebook attributes the collected inforrmation directly to your Facebook profile, you have to log out on Facebook (www.facebook.com) before the visit to our Website or block the loading of the Facebook plug-ins on our Website through the use of a Facebook blocker.

Facebook made a self-certification according to the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Facebook on the following site.

Plug-ins of Instagram

On this Website, plug-ins of the social network Instagram are used. Instagram is operated by Instagram LLC., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA („Instagram“), a company affiliated with Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. If you access a site of our Website containing such a plug-in, a connection to the servers of Instagram is set and the plug-in is represented on the Website through a communication with your browser. The server of Instagram is thereby informed about your IP address and which sites you visited. If you are logged in on Instagram, Instagram attributes these information to your Instagram account. By using the plug-in functions (e.g. clicking on the “Instagram” button), these information are also attributed to your Instagram account, unless you logged out before the use of the plug-in. If you do not want that Instagram attributes the collected information directly to your Instagram account, you have to log out on Instagram (www.instagram.com) before visiting our Website or block the loading of the Instagram plug-in on our Website through the use of an add-on or the script blocker “NoScript” (noscript.net) for your browser.

Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Facebook on the following site.

Plug-ins of LinkedIn

On this Website plug-ins of the social network LinkedIn, operated by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, („LinkedIn“) are used. Please note hat the plug-in sets a connection between your respective internet browser and the server of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is therefore informed that our website was visited with your IP address. By clicking on the “Recommend-button” of LinkedIn and logging into your account on LinkedIn at the same time, you will have the possibility to link a content from our Website with your profile site on the LinkedIn profile. In this manner, you allow LinkedIn to attribute your visit on our Website to you and your account. You need to know that we do not get any knowledge of the content of the transferred data and their use by LinkedIn. If you do not wish that LinkedIn may attribute the visit of our Website to your LinkedIn account, please log out from your LinkedIn account (www.linkedin.com).

LinkedIn made a self-certification according to the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of LinkedIn on the following site.

Plug-ins of Pinterest

On this Website social media plug-ins of the social network Pinterest, operated by Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-490, USA („Pinterest”) are used. If you access a site that contains such a plug-in, your browser sets a direct connection with the servers of Pinterest. In this case, the plug-in transfers protocol data to the server of Pinterest in the USA. These protocol data may contain your IP address, the address of the visited websites that contain Pinterest functions too, type and settings of the browser, day and date of the request, your type of use of Pinterest as well as cookies.

Pinterest made a self-certification according to the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Pinterest on the following site.

Plug-ins of Youtube

On this Website the function to integrate YouTube videos of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland („YouTube“) is used. YouTube is a company affiliated with Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; („Google”). The function serves to show the videos stored on YouTube in an iFrame of the Website. To this purpose, the option “privacy-enhanced mode” ist active. In this manner, Youtube does not store any visitors´information of the Website. Only by watching a video, information on this are transferred to YouTube and stored over there. A direct attribution of the collected information to your YouTube account may be prevented by logging out from the YouTube account and other accounts of YouTube and Google and by erasing the corresponding cookies (www.youtube.com).

The activation of plug-ins is a consent according to art. 6(1)(a) of the Regulation. This consent may be withdrawn at any time with effect for the future. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Google on the following site.

Plug-ins of Vimeo

On this Website plug-ins of Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street New York, New York 10011, USA („Vimeo”) for the integration of videos of the website “Vimeo” are used. If you access a site of our Website containing such a plug-in, a connection to the servers of Vimeo is set and the plug-in is represented on the Website through a communication with your browser. The servers of Vimeo is thereby informed about your IP address and which sites you visited. If you are logged in on Vimeo, Vimeo attributes these information to your personal account. By using the plug-in functions (e.g. starting a video by clicking on the corresponding button), these information are also attributed to your Vimeo account. If you do not want that Vimeo attributes the collected information directly to your Vimeo account, you have to log out from the Vimeo account before the visit to our Website.

The activation of plug-ins is a consent according to art. 6(1)(a) of the Regulation. This consent may be withdrawn at any time with effect for the future. Vimeo made a self-certification according to the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Further information on cookies are available in the privacy policy of Vimeo on the following site.

Cookies on the Website

Technical name Cookie type Owner Functionality and purpose Life time
cookiebar technical Website Cookie used to prevent the cookie bar for people who already agreed using cookies. 1 month
_schweitzer_web_session technical Ruby on Rails Session cookies allow users to be recognized within a website so any page changes or item or data selection you do is remembered from page to page. Until the end of current session
request_method technical Ruby on Rails This cookie prevents turbolinks from initialising if set. Until the end of current session
_ga analytics Google Analytics This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. 2 years
_gat_UA-68582290-3 analytics Google Analytics This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. 2 minutes
_gid analytics Google Analytics This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited. 1 day

Cookies settings

You can block or remove technical and functional cookies (either wholly or partially) by using specific functions provided by your browser. Nevertheless, we inform you that, if you do not authorize the use of technical cookies, it may be impossible for you to utilize the Website, view all the contents and make use of the available services. Blocking technical cookies could lead to certain services or functions provided by the Website being unavailable or failing to work correctly, and you may be forced to amend or manually insert either information or preferences every time you visit the Website.

The choices you make regarding the cookies used by the Website will in turn be recorded on a specially designated cookie. In certain circumstances, however, this cookie may not work properly; if this happens, we recommend you to delete or block the unwanted cookies through your browser. If you subsequently use a different device or browser to access the Website, you will have to reset your cookie preferences.

Every browser has functions allowing you to authorize, block or remove cookies (either wholly or partially). For more information on how to set your cookie preferences through your preferred browser, you can consult the relevant instructions below:

  • Internet Explorer
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  • Chrome
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