What is a cookie?
Cookies are small files containing texts and numbers which are downloaded and saved in the memory of the user’s navigation browser, when he/she visits a website and each time he/she enters a website. These small files containing texts and numbers are used for different and important functions within the network, such as performing automatic authentications, keep a record of the sessions, store information in order to make navigation of the site or the user’s navigation experience easier. Each domain visited via a browser may generate one or more cookies. An internet page may contain elements deriving from several different domains and each one of them may set up cookies (in this case they are called “third-party” cookies).
Cookies, in compliance with the General Provision of the Guarantor dated 2014, and according to the purposes pursued, may be qualified as:
- Technical cookies: cookies enabling to navigate and/or to provide the service requested by the user (e.g. the cookies which automatically recognize the language used by the user).
- Analytics Cookies: cookies used by the managers of the website in order to collect information in an aggregate manner and of statistical nature (e.g. the number of the website’s visitors). These cookies could be first-party analytics cookies, directly installed on the website you are visiting, and third-party analytics cookies, made available to third parties.
- Profiling cookie: cookies which keep track of the user’s navigation, tracing the user’s behavior and his/her preferences expressed for the purposes