Cookies Policy

The website uses cookies so as to provide its users with a more enjoyable browsing experience. Next, you can read more about how cookies are placed, used and managed.
Cookies used by this website offer us valuable feedback and help us better understand our visitors’ particular needs. The information obtained from these cookies is not stored in our database.

What is a “cookie”?
An “Internet Cookie” (also called “browser cookie” or “HTTP cookie” or simply “cookie”) is a small-sized file, consisting of letters and numbers, which is stored on the computer, mobile device or other equipment used to access the Internet.
The cookie is installed after a request is issued by a web server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information stored on the user’s hard drive). Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie. However, the cookie itself does not request personal data to be further used and, in most cases, does not identify the individual internet users. Its primary role is to remember the choices made by one user at a time or to recognize frequent visitors of a website.
There are two major categories of cookies:
- Session cookies – they are temporarily stored in the cookie folder of the web browser which remembers them until the user exits the respective website or closes the browser window (e.g. when logging in/logging out/from a webmail account or social networks)
- Persistent cookies – they are stored on the hard drive of a computer or other device (and, generally, depends on the cookie’s preset lifecycle). Certain cookies are exclusively used during a single session and are not remembered after the user leaves the website, while other cookies are remembered and reused each time the user returns on the respective website. Nevertheless, cookies may be deleted by the user at any moment by accessing the browser settings.

What are the advantages of using “cookies”?
Cookies help you enjoy an improved user experience, memorizing your preferences related to online privacy or choices of the website’s language. At the same time, they help us better understand our visitors’ needs and adjust the website’s structure accordingly.
The information obtained help us identify, at a global level, which are the areas in which we can bring improvements to our website, such as:
- the most popular pages (to make these more accessible)
- the pages which are not used (to remove useless content)
- the information searched (to make it available to visitors)
- the areas where errors occur (to fix these)

What is the lifecycle of a cookie?
The lifecycle of a cookie may vary significantly, depending on the purpose for which it was placed. Certain cookies are exclusively used during a single session (session cookies) and are not remembered after the user leaves the website, while other cookies are remembered and reused each time the user returns on the respective website (“persistent cookies”). Nevertheless, cookies may be deleted by the user at any moment by accessing the browser settings.

What are third party cookies?
Certain content sections found on websites may be provided by third parties / providers. These are called “third party cookies”. Third party providers must comply with the applicable legal regulations and the privacy policy of the website owner.

What types of cookies may third parties place?
A visit on website may place cookies such as:
- Website performance cookies - this type of cookie remembers the user’s preferences on this website, so that it is not necessary to set them for each visit.
- Visitors’ analytics cookies - this type of cookie reveals whether the visitor is for the first time on this site or if it’s a frequent visitor. This information helps us monitor unique users and the number of visits on the site.

Cookies from Google Analytics
This website uses cookies which may originate from Google Analytics. The information collected by these cookies are transferred to and stored by Google on its own servers, in accordance with its privacy practices. The website uses Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use this website and to detect possible browsing problems.
Google Analytics stores information about the pages visited, the website’s browsing time, how it was accessed, as well as the pages’ sections visited. No personal information is stored, therefore, this information may not be used to identify the user.
The site uses Google Analytics to monitor whether the website meets the users’ requirements and to prioritize the improvement of processes undertaken. Google offers more information about cookies on the privacy policy and the cookie policy page. Google also offers an “add-on” which offers the possibility to stop Google Analytics, regardless of the pages viewed.

What type of information is stored and accessed via cookies?
Cookies keep in a small-sized text file information that allows a website to recognize a browser. The web server will recognize the browser until the cookie expires or is deleted.
The cookie stores important information that improves the Web browsing experience (e.g. the settings of a website’s browsing language, keeping a user logged in on a webmail account; the online banking security, etc.)

Why are cookies important for browsing online?
The websites try to evolve and to constantly improve the services provided, which is why cookies are essential for their proper functioning and for adjusting the content to each user’s interests and preferences. Denying or disabling cookies can make some websites impossible to be used. This is entirely at the user’s discretion.
The security and confidentiality of cookies
Cookies are completely harmless and are not viruses! Using plain text type formats, they are not made up of code chunks, so these are not executable files and cannot be auto-run.
However, because they store information about the users’ preferences and browsing history on one or more websites, cookies may be used as Spyware. Many anti-spyware products are aware of this fact and constantly mark cookies to be deleted during the anti-virus/anti-spyware removal/scan procedures.
Generally, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different cookies’ acceptance levels, validity and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.

Cookies can be disabled?
Disabling and refusing to receive cookies may limit the web browsing experience, making some sites unusable or difficult to visit. But it is always the user’s choice.
All modern browsers offer the possibility to change the cookies’ settings. These settings are typically found in “Options” or in the “Preferences” menu of your browser.

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