What is a cookie?
Cookies and similar technologies are small text files that are sent to your devices when you visit a website or application. They are widely used in order to make websites and applications work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website and/or application.
Cookies on websites and applications do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences (such as login data, the default language, font sizes, additional display settings, etc.) and generally improving user’s experience.
On the other hand, your prior consent is instead required for “analytics” and “profiling” cookies, i.e. those aimed at providing analytical statistics of the usage of a website or those creating profiles for users in order to send them advertising messages in line with the preferences they have expressed while surfing the web.
The types of cookies we use
This Website could use some technical cookies. We do not do this to track individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how the sites are used so that we can keep improving them for our users. Without these cookies we would not be able to provide the service we do.
If you use parts of the site that require registration to access content, we will place an “authentication cookie” on your computer. This is a technical cookie, that allows you to leave and return to these parts of the site without re-authenticating yourself.
If you have Adobe Flash installed on your devices and you use video players, we store a “flash cookie” on your device. These cookies are used to store data needed to play back video or audio content and store the user’s preferences.
In order to understand how visitors use our websites, this Website uses web analytics services. They count the number of visitors and tell us things about the visitors’ behaviour overall – such as identifying the search engine keywords that lead the user to the site, the typical length of stay on the site or the average number of pages a user views; we use services such as Google Analytics to track web statistics. In this case, Google will place a “third-party cookie” on your computer.
How to control cookies
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.