Cookies are small text files (letters and/or numbers) that allow a web server to memorise information on the client (the browser) for reuse during the current visit to the website (session cookies) or afterwards, even days later, (persistent cookies). Cookies are used to memorise user preferences on the device used (computer, tablet, smartphone) by the individual browser.
Similar technologies, such as, for example, web beacons, clear GIFs and all forms of local storage introduced with HTML5 can be used to gather information about user behaviour and use of services. In this document we will use the word “cookies” to mean cookies and all similar technologies.
Types of cookies
Depending on their characteristics and how they are used, we can divide cookies into different categories:
Operationally necessary cookies. These cookies are indispensable for the correct operation of Record Data Srl websites, used to manage login and access to the reserved access areas. Disabling them interferes with use of services accessible after login. The public part of Record Data Srl websites functions as usual.
Analysis and performance-related cookies. These cookies are used for the anonymous gathering and analysing of website traffic and use. Although they do not identify users, these cookies, for example, detect if the same user returns to the website at different times. They also enable monitoring of the system and improvement of performance and usage. Disabling these cookies does not interfere with any of the website’s functions.
Profiling cookies. These are persistent cookies used to identify (anonymously and not) users’ preferences and improve their browsing experience.
When visiting a website you may be sent cookies both by the site you are visiting (“proprietary”) and also by third-party sites (“third party”). A good example of the latter are “social plugins” for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. These are parts of the page visited generated directly by the above-mentioned sites and embedded in the host site page. The most common use of social plugins is for sharing content on social networks.
These plugins transmit cookies to and from all third party sites. Management of the information gathered by “third parties” is regulated by the relative notes, which should be read by users. To ensure greater transparency and ease of use, below are the web addresses of the various notes for users and cookie management methods.
Facebook privacy info: https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies/
Facebook (setup): log in to your account. Privacy section.
Twitter privacy info: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170514
Twitter (setup): https://twitter.com/settings/security
Linkedin privacy notes: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy
Linkedin (setup): https://www.linkedin.com/settings/
Google+ privacy info: http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/cookies/
Google+ (setup): http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/managing/
The Record Data Srl website also includes some components transmitted by Google Analytics, a web traffic measurement service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). These too are third-party cookies, gathered and managed anonymously to monitor and improve the performance of the host site (performance cookies).
Google Analytics uses “cookies” to anonymously gather and analyse information about user behaviour on Record Data Srl websites (including users’ IP addresses). This information is gathered by Google Analytics, which processes it in order to draw up reports for Record Data Srl operators about website activity. This website does not use (and does not allow third-parties to use) the Google analysis to monitor or to gather personal identification information. Google does not associate the IP address to any other data in the possession of Google, nor does it attempt to link an IP address with a user’s identity. Google may also communicate this information to third parties where this is a legal requirement or where said third parties process the above information on behalf of Google.
For further information, please click on the link below:
Users can disable Google Analytics by installing the opt-out component provided by Google on their browser. To disable Google Analytics, please click on the link below:
Duration of cookies
Some cookies (session cookies) only remain active until the browser is closed or the user logs out. Other cookies “survive” closure of the browser and are also available for future visits by the user. The duration of these so-called persistent cookies is set by the server when they are created. In some cases a deadline is fixed, in other cases their duration is unlimited.
When visiting Record Data Srl website pages, users can interact with third-party sites that may create or modify persistent and profiling cookies.
Users can decide whether to accept cookies via their browser settings. Warning: disabling all or some technical cookies may compromise the correct functioning of those sections of the site reserved for registered users. Whereas public content can be correctly viewed even when cookies are completely disabled. Disabling “third-party” cookies does not in any way affect browsing of the site. The setting can be specified for different websites and apps. The best browsers also allow users to choose different settings for “proprietary” and “third party” cookies. By way of example, in Firefox, the menu Tools->Options ->Privacy opens a control panel that allows the user to decide whether to accept different kinds of cookies and remove them.