Cookies are text files containing packages of information that are stored on your computer or mobile device every time you visit a website through a browser. When you visit a website, your browser sends cookies to the website that created them, or to another website. Cookies allow websites to remember some information and allow you to surf the web quickly and easily.
Our website only uses technical and analytical cookies, which do not require user consent as they are strictly necessary for the provision of our web service. Technical cookies are used for navigation purposes and to facilitate user access to and use of websites. They are essential, for example, for users wishing to access a reserved area without having to log in every time. Analytical cookies collect information on user numbers and how they choose to visit websites, such as information on which pages or sections of pages are most viewed, and which pages most commonly report malfunctions. The information is collected in aggregate and anonymous form. The Guarantor states that these cookies can be considered technical if the website owner uses them specifically for the purpose of optimizing their website, such as aggregated information on user numbers and how they choose to visit websites. The same rules apply to both analytical and technical cookies with regard to disclosure and consent.
The legal basis for this type of data processing is the legitimate interests of the Data Controller.
More information on how Google’s analytical cookies collect data can be found here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.
Depending on their purpose, cookies can be classified as follows:
Following instructions provided by the Supervisor Authority “Garante per la protezione dei dati personali” in the general provision of 8 May 2014, the Data Controller lists the cookies used for each category below:
5.1 Third-Party Cookies for advertising purposes:
YouTube (This cookie is set by Youtube. Used to track the information of the embedded YouTube videos on a website.)
5.2 Third-Party Cookies for statistical purposes:
Google Analytics (This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors).
Your consent to the processing of personal data based on the stated purposes can be revoked modifying the options contained on the cookie banner.
One option is to nuke all existing cookies. Then you can take some control back. How you do it depends on the desktop or mobile browser you’re using. Google Chrome and Firefox users should consider the Click&Clean extension and use it to take care of cookies.
But there are manual methods.
Take advantage of the built-in controls in each browser to limit the cookies you receive. At the very least, always block the third-party/advertiser cookies. It’s not foolproof, as advertisers can find ways around that simple option, but it’s a start. There are many extensions that help you control cookies on browser like Firefox and Chrome. Check out their respective web stores/repositories for options.
6.1.1 GOOGLE CHROME (DESKTOP)
Click the three-dot icon menu in the upper-right corner to get the Chrome menu, and select More tools > Clear browsing data. In the pop-up box, check off the third and fourth boxes to delete cookies and clear cached images and files. Just pick a timeframe from the menu at the top.
To manage the cookies in Chrome, type “chrome://settings/content/cookies” in the omnibox (without the quote marks). Tell Chrome to allow data from local sites you actually visit, only keep data until you close the browser, or block cookies altogether. The best option: Block all third-party cookies. You can also set exceptions—if you block all cookies, you might to still allow them for, say, Amazon and NYTimes.com, just so you don’t have to re-type your password all the time.
Click See All Cookies and Site Data to see a list of the cookies actually installed locally on your computer. You can go through them one by one and delete as desired. It’s not a bad idea to just do a Remove All on cookies every few months, just to clear things out.
6.1.2 GOOGLE CHROME (MOBILE)
Access the menu via the ellipsis menu in the lower-right (iOS) or upper-right (Android), and select Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data. Check off the section for cookies and tap Clear Browsing Data (iOS) or Clear Data (Android). That’s all you can do; you don’t get any granular controls over existing cookies (except for selecting a time-frame at the top) and can’t block third-party cookies alone.
6.1.3 MOZILLA FIREFOX
Click the upper-right hamburger stack and select Options > Privacy & Security. Under Cookies and Site Data, click Clear Data > Cookies and Site Data > Clear to remove your entire cookie history.
Back to Cookies and Site Data, select Manage Data if you want to choose the sites from which to remove cookies. There’s also a checkbox to Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed. But that may be overkill. Under Manage Exceptions, create Exceptions to always (or never) accept cookies from select sites.
6.1.4 FIREFOX (ANDROID)
Go to the three-dot menu and select Settings > Privacy > Cookies. You get three choices: Enabled, Enabled Excluding 3rd Party, or Disabled. To erase all cookies, on the Privacy screen, check the box by Clear Private Data on Exit. You’ll get another pop-up to pick Cookies & Active Logins, among other settings.
6.1.5 FIREFOX (IOS)
Tap the hamburger menu on the lower-right, select Settings >Tracking Protection. Select Standard or Strict. The latter is basically a private browsing mode.
But for true cookie control, go to Settings > Data Management > Cookies and turn them off. You can Clear Private Data at the bottom of the screen. Or click Website Data at the top to delete cookie data site by site.
6.1.6 MICROSOFT EDGE
Internet Explorer is (mostly) dead, long live Microsoft Edge. To clear cookies, select the three-dot menu and select Settings. Click the hamburger menu on the top left and select Privacy and services. Under Clear browsing data, click Choose what to clear. Some options will be pre-selected; can click or de-select the items you want to delete. Click Clear now. Back under Clear browsing data, you can also choose what gets cleared every time you close the browser.
To manage cookies in the future, scroll up to Tracking Prevention. Choose one of three options: Basic, Balanced, or Strict. You can also see blocked trackers and set exceptions.
6.1.7 SAFARI (MAC OS)
By default, Safari is only taking cookies from sites you visit—not third-party cookies. You can make changes by going to the Safari menu (a gear icon) and selecting Preferences > Privacy and looking under Cookies and website data > Manage Website Data. From there, pick the sites whose cookies you crush; click Remove All > Remove Now to kill all cookies.
If you’d like to manage how Safari handles cookies, look for the option to Block All Cookies on that same Privacy tab.
To manage the cookies Safari will accept, click any site under Cookies and Website data to have Safari ask sites and third parties not to track you. Safari may ask on your behalf every time, but it’s up to individual websites whether they’ll comply or not.
6.1.8 SAFARI (IOS)
With Safari, you don’t access the cookie settings by opening the browser itself. In iOS, go to Settings > Safari and toggle Block All Cookies to on.
To kill all cookies, choose Clear History and Website Data. To kill only select cookie data stored by websites (and keep your History), scroll down to Advanced > Website Data. You’ll get a list of the sites storing the most data; at the bottom of the list click Show All Sites to see the full list. Delete the data for sites you don’t recognize or trust by swiping left; you’ll sleep better. Clear them all by clicking Remove All Website Data at the bottom.
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