What is a cookie?
Cookies are small files of text sent by the websites you visit to your device (computer, tablet, smartphone, notebook, etc.), where they are saved. They are then sent back to the same websites when you visit them again, for the purpose of computerised authentication, session monitoring and saving information on the websites. Cookies may also be used to monitor navigation and to collect data on preferences, habits and personal choices that can be used to reconstruct detailed consumer profiles.
What are the different types of cookies?
There are two main categories of cookies:
- Technical Cookies: these cookies improve and simplify the user’s navigation on a website. They may be broken down into functionality cookies, which enable the user to navigate based on a series of selected criteria (for example, the language); transient or session cookies, which make it possible to navigate and use the website normally; and analytics cookies, similar to technical cookies when used directly by the website manager to collect aggregate information about the number of users and how they use the website;
- Profiling Cookies:these cookies are intended create profiles about the user, which are used for commercial and advertising purposes (e.g., displaying advertising that fits the preferences expressed by the user while browsing).
- the proper functioning of the website. Without this type of cookie, it would not be possible to use website services such as filling out request forms (estimate, appointment, information), payment forms (credit card, PayPal) and registration forms (newsletter)
- to collect information in anonymous, aggregate form on user navigation, which is used to calculate and improve the website’s services (e.g., Google Analytics)
- to save user choices in order to simplify navigation on the website. The information collected is in anonymous form (e.g., selection of the website language)
The types of cookies specified above do not collect information that can be used for commercial or advertising purposes.
Granting of consent
This depends on the type of cookie. Most cookies are session cookies, which are deleted when you close the browser. Persistent cookies (e.g., selection of website language) typically expire in 30 days to a maximum of 24 months. Some software (e.g., Google Analytics) may place permanent cookies.
How to manage cookies on your computer
It is possible to disable cookies from the browser settings menu.
Please note that once they are disabled, the website may lose some functions that make navigation easier for users.
Instructions are provided below for the most widely used browsers: