What are cookies

Cookies are small text files that are saved on your computer while you browse a website or use a web application. These files contain various kinds of information that aim to enrich the functionalities of a website (such as online purchases or customized messages according to your preferences), collect statistical data and generally improve your browsing experience.

Type of cookies

There are different types of cookies, which are classified according to their characteristics and usage modalities, following this model: Session cookies / Permanent cookies.
Session cookies are stored temporarily in the computer memory while visiting a website (for example to keep track of the selected language). Session cookies are stored for a short period of time, and deleted when the browser is closed.
Permanent cookies , on the other hand, remain on the computer for a long period of time, depending on the expiry time set when the cookie is generated. These cookies allow websites to keep information stored also during the user’s subsequent visits, avoiding for instance having to re-enter login credentials.
First-party cookies / Third-party cookies First-party cookies are set by the websites themselves (with the same domain as the one indicated in the browser's address bar) and can only be read by those websites.
Third-party cookies, on the other hand, are set by domains other than those indicated in the browser's address bar, that is by organizations that do not correspond to the website owners. For example, these cookies used to collect information for advertising purposes and personalization of content, as well as for tracking visits to the site, may be "third-party cookies".
Technical cookies / profiling cookies Technical cookies are essential for the proper functioning of a website or an application: without them the website may not work properly or completely block certain functions.
Profiling cookies are used to collect and store information about the visitor (for example the pages visited, the searches done, etc.) in order to offer more targeted advertising messages in line with his/her interests.

Cookies used on websites
Cookie type Purpose
Facebook Profiling Integration of the services offered by Facebook on the website, including widgets and share buttons.
Google+ Profiling Integration of the services offered by Google+ on the website, including widgets and share buttons.
LinkedIn Profiling Integration of the services offered by LinkedIn on the website, including widgets and share buttons.
Twitter Profiling Integration of the services offered by Twitter on the website, including widgets and share buttons.
Google Analytics Profiling MMonitoring and analysis of traffic on the website, in order to obtain statistical data and profile visitors.
DoubleClick Profiling Display of advertising banners on the website, also based on the visitor’s behavior.
Google Retargeting Profiling IntegrProfiling of websites and pages seen by the visitor, in order to provide targeted advertising messages based on the collected information.ation of the services offered by Vimeo on the website, especially as regards publishing streaming videos.
Vimeo Profiling Integration of the services offered by Vimeo on the website, especially as regards publishing streaming videos.
AddThis Profiling Integration of the services offered by the AddThis platform, particularly as regards the publication of share buttons, also on the basis of the social networks most used by the visitor.
How to delete cookies from your computer

Cookies can be limited or blocked by changing the settings of your browser. Below are the instructions to remove cookies already installed on your computer relative to the most popular browsers. For more details, please consult the guide of your browser.

Internet Explorer

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click on Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.
  2. Swipe down rapidly from the right edge of the screen and then tap Settings . If you use a mouse, place the pointer in the lower right corner of the screen, move it up, and then click on Settings.
  3. Tap or click on Options , and, in History , tap or click on Select
  4. Select the Cookies checkbox and then tap or click on Delete.


  1. Click on the menu button and select Options .
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. Under History settings : select use custom settings.
  4. Click on the item "Show cookies". The Cookies window will appear.
  5. In the Search field, type the name of the website for which you want to remove cookies. A list will appear showing the cookies related to your search.
  6. In the list, select the cookies to remove and click on the "Remove cookies" button .
  7. Click on the "Close" button to close the Cookies window.
  8. Click on OK to close the options window.


  1. Select Edit | Restore Safari
  2. Verify that the following check boxes are selected:
  3. Empty cache
  4. Remove all cookies
  5. Click on Restore.
  6. Close and restart the browser.


  1. Click on the Chrome menu in the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click on Show advanced settings .
  4. In the "Privacy" section, click on the Content settings button
  5. In the "Cookies" section, you can change the following cookie settings:
  6. To delete all cookies, click on Remove all at the bottom of the dialog box.
    To delete a specific cookie, place the mouse pointer over the site that generated the cookie, then click on the X displayed in the right corner.