DEFINITIONS, CHARACTERISTICS AND APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS
Cookie and similar technologies are small text files sent and recorded on users’ computers or mobile devices during their first visit, which are then transmitted back to those sites during the next visit. Thanks to cookies, the sites remember the user’s actions and preferences (such as login data, the default language, font sizes, additional display settings, etc.) so that they do not need to specify them again when they revisit the site and browse its pages.
There are various types of cookies, depending on their features and functions, and these may remain on the user’s computer or mobile device for different periods of time: so-called session cookies, which are automatically deleted when you close your browser; and so-called persistent cookies, which remain on the user’s device until a pre-established date.
Among technical cookies, which do not require prior explicit consent for their use, there are: i) navigation or session cookies (for authentication); ii) functional cookies which allow users to navigate on the basis of a set of selected criteria (the language or the products selected for purchase, for example) in order to improve the service provided to them.
Prior consent from users 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.
HOW TO VIEW AND MODIFY THE COOKIES THROUGH YOUR NAVIGATION PROGRAM (BROWSER)