What are cookies and how do we use them?
This information note illustrates how cookies as well as the typical cookie files and technologies on Web sites are used in detail, such as Local Shared Objects; also known as "Flash cookies, Web beacons, etc. We will generally refer to these as "cookies". If you visit our websites and your browser settings accept cookies, the use of our cookies will be considered as accepted.
What are cookies and how do they work?
Cookies are small files that are sent and stored on your computer by the websites that you visit. The cookies are stored in your browser's file directory. The next time you visit the site, your browser will read the cookie and will relay the information to the website or entity that originally created the cookie. To learn more about these technologies and how they work, visit, for example, the allaboutcookies.org website.
Why are cookies used?
These cookies are essential to the functioning of our web sites and they are the key to ensuring an experience without problems.
You can browse without interruption, for example, remembering language and the country you have selected and by preserving authentication to restricted areas of the website. These cookies also remember products that interest you when you're redirected to the website of an operator for a possible purchase.
Improvement of the Website
These cookies allow us to improve our websites by looking at the way they are used.
We carry out analytical profiling in order to understand for example the unique users reading a particular article (in order to know what is the most popular) or if a video file was viewed or abandoned halfway. We also observe where access to the content is carried out so that we will know how to arrange our sites for optimal user experience. We count clicks on the "Like" and "Tweet" plugins and what contents of our sites were shared or referenced.
These cookies help make the content as customized as possible, for example by showing you targeted banners and the related suggestions.
We examine the type of references used to reach our sites, e.g. an email campaign or a link from a reference site, in order to assess the effectiveness of our promotions and advertising campaigns.
Our websites may include entities that create cookies on behalf of third-parties, such as a "Like" button in Facebook, "Tweets" in Twitter, links to Linkedin or to Google Analytics statistics.
How can cookies be managed?
You can examine the options available for managing cookies in your browser. The browser can be used to manage cookies relating to basic functions, to improvement of the site, to customization and advertising. Different browsers employ different ways to disable cookies, but they are usually found under the Tools or Options menu. You can also consult the browser's Help menu. In addition to cookie management, browsers will usually allow you to control files similar to cookies, such as Local Shared Objects, for example by enabling the browser's privacy mode.
We use advertising cookies managed by third-party resellers to promote their own products on the sites. You can decide to opt-out from certain third party advertising cookies managed by third parties by means of third-party cookie management sites, such as Google Analytics.
Some parts of the website may not be used if you disable the cookies. If you delete your browser's cookies, you may need to remember to re-install those cookies for which you carried out an opt-out.
How long do we keep your information?
It depends on the types of cookies. Session cookies expire when you close your browser. Persistent cookies have typical expiration dates ranging from two months to up a few years.