What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to "remember" your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
- identify users
- remember users' custom preferences
- help users complete tasks without having to re‑enter information when browsing from one page to another or when visiting the site later.
Cookies can also be used for online behavioural target advertising and to show adverts relevant to something that the user searched for in the past.
How are they used?
What are the different types of cookies?
A cookie can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs. By lifespan, a cookie is either a:
- session cookie which is erased when the user closes the browser or
- persistent cookie which remains on the user's computer/device for a pre-defined period of time.
As for the domain to which it belongs, there are either:
- first-party cookies which are set by the web server of the visited page and share the same domain
Facebook (configuration): access your account. Privacy section
Youtube\Google+ (configuration): http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/managing/
Cookie analytics: our site also includes components transmitted by Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis service provided by Google. These cookies are used only to monitor and improve the site's performance. For more information, please see below given link:
To disable the action of Google Analytics, please refer to the link given below:
How manage the cookies
The user can decide whether to accept cookies using your browser settings. Attention: with the total or partial disabling of technical cookies could affect proper use of the site. Disabling the "third party" cookies does not prejudge in any way the navigability. The setting can be defined specifically for the different sites and web applications. Also browsers allow you to define different settings for cookies "owners" and those of "third parties".
For example, in Firefox, through the Tools-> Options> Privacy, you can access a control panel where you can define whether or not to accept the different types of cookies and remove them. You can find documentation on how to set the cookies management rules for your browser; here are some links for the main browsers:
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/it-it/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9
More info: http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm