Cookies are small fragments of text (letters and/or numbers) that allow the web server to memorise information on the CLIENT (the browser) to be reused during the same visit to the website (session cookies) or thereafter, even after a number of days (persistent cookies). Cookies are stored, based upon user preferences, by the individual browser on the specific device used (computer, tablet, smartphone).
Similar technologies, such as, for example, web beacons, transparent GIFs and all forms of local storage introduced with HTML5, can be used to collect information on the behaviour of users and on use of the services.
In the remainder of this document, we will refer to cookies and all similar technologies by simply using the term cookies.
Types of cookies
There are different categories of cookies, based upon their characteristics and use:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are essential for the correct functioning of MAFLON websites and they are used to manage login and access to the website's reserved functions. The duration of the cookies is strictly limited to the work session (when the browser is closed, they are deleted). Their deactivation may compromise the use of the services accessible by way of the login. The public part of MAFLON websites can be used normally.
- Analysis and performance cookies. They are cookies used to collect and analyse traffic and use of the website anonymously. Although these cookies do not identify the user, they do identify, for example, if the same user connects at later times. They also allow for the system to be monitored and for the performances and usability to be improved. These cookies may be deactivated without losing any functionality.
- Profiling cookies. These are permanent cookies used to identify (anonymously or otherwise) the preferences of users and to improve their browsing experience.
Third party cookies
When visiting a website, you may receive cookies both from the visited website (proprietary) and from websites run by other organisations (third parties). A significant example is the presence of social plug-ins for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. These are parts of the visited page generated directly by the aforementioned websites and integrated into the page of the host website. The most common use of social plug-ins is aimed at sharing contents on social networks.
The presence of these plug-ins involves the transmission of cookies from and to all websites run by third parties. The management of information collected by third parties is regulated by the respective information to which you should refer. To ensure greater transparency and convenience, we set out below the website addresses of the different information and methods for managing cookies.
Facebook cookies policy: https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies/
Facebook (configuration): access your account. Privacy section.
Twitter cookies policy: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170514-twitters-use-of-cookies-and-similar-technologies#
Twitter (configuration): https://twitter.com/settings/security
Linkedin cookies policy: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy
Linkedin (configuration): https://www.linkedin.com/settings/
Google+ cookies policy: http://www.google.it/intl/en/policies/technologies/cookies/
Google+ (configuration): http://www.google.it/intl/en/policies/technologies/managing/
MAFLON websites also include some components transmitted by Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis service provided by Google, Inc. (Google). These are also third party cookies collected and managed anonymously to monitor and improve the performances of the host website (performance cookies).
Google Analytics uses "cookies" to collect and analyse information anonymously on the usage behaviours of MAFLON websites (including the user's IP address). That information in collected by Google Analytics, which processes it with the aim of preparing reports for MAFLON operators regarding activities on those websites. This website does not use (and does not allow third parties to use) the Google analysis tool to monitor or collect personal identification data. Google does not associate the IP address with any other data owned by Google nor does it seek to connect an IP address with a user's identity. Google may also communicate this information to third parties where this is required by law or where those third parties process the aforementioned information on behalf of Google.
For further information, please visit the link indicated below:
Users may deactivate the action of Google Analytics selectively by installing on the browser the opt-out component provided by Google. To disable the Google Analytics action, please visit the link indicated below:
These cookies are occasionally used by MAFLON to study and improve its advertising, with remarketing actions, in order to send messages to users in line with their interests.
Further information, also in relation to the methods by which to deactivate those cookies, can be found at the following link: https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/2407785?hl=en
To select/deselect cookies, click here http://www.google.com/settings/ads
Duration of cookies
Some cookies (session cookies) remain active only until the browser is closed or when performing the logout command. Other cookies survive the closure of the browser and are also available at subsequent visits by the user.
These cookies are known as persistent and their duration is fixed by the server when they are created. In some cases an expiry is fixed; in other cases, the duration is unlimited.
However, by browsing on the pages of MAFLON websites, you may interact with websites managed by third parties that may create or modify permanent or profiling cookies.
Management of cookies
Users can decide whether or not to accept cookies using their browser settings.
Attention: completely or partially disabling technical cookies may compromise use of the functions of the website reserved to registered users. Conversely, public contents can be used even when cookies are completely disabled.
Disabling "third party" cookies does not affect browsing in any way.
The settings may be defined specifically for different websites and web applications. In addition, the best browsers allow you to define different settings for proprietary cookies and for those of third parties.
By way of example, in Firefox, through the Tools->Options ->Privacy menu, you can access a control panel where you can define whether or not to accept different types of cookies and you can remove them.
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9
Update of cookies policy
MAFLON will keep this cookies policy constantly updated. The section "LAST UPDATE" at the foot of the page identifies the date on which the policy was updated. MAFLON is also responsible for publishing the updated cookies policy on the MAFLON websites or by way of them.