Definitions, characteristics and application of the legislation
Cookies are small text files sent by websites you visit and recorded on your computer or mobile device. They are then sent back to those same websites the next time you visit.
Cookies allow a website to remember your actions and preferences (such as, for example, your login details, your preferred language, font size, other display settings, etc.) so that they do not need to be indicated again when you return to that website or browse from one page to another.
Cookies are used to perform computer authentication, session monitoring and storage of information regarding the activities of users who access a website. They may also contain a unique identification code that enables the user's browsing within the website to be tracked for statistical or marketing purposes.
There are various types of cookies, depending on their characteristics and functions, and they may remain on the user's computer for different periods of time. Session cookies are automatically deleted when the browser is closed, while persistent cookies remain on the user's device until a set date.
According to the Italian Data Protection Authority (see the Decision on Simplified Arrangements to Provide Information and Obtain Consent Regarding Cookies dated 8 May 2014 and subsequent clarifications, hereinafter the ‘Decision’), technical cookies, which do not require express consent to be used, also include:
- analytics cookies when used directly by the website operator to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the website,
- browsing or session cookies (to authenticate),
- functionality cookies, which allow the user to browse according to a series of selected criteria (for example, language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided to the user.
Profiling cookies, meanwhile, which are designed to create user profiles and used to send marketing messages in line with the preferences expressed by the user while browsing the web, require the user’s prior consent.
Types of cookies used by the Website and the option to enable or disable them
The Website uses the following cookies that can be disabled, except for third party cookies for which you must refer directly to the enabling/disabling methods for the respective cookies, given in the links:
- Browsing or session technical cookies that are strictly necessary for the functioning of the Website or that allow you to make use of the contents and services requested.
- Analytics cookies, used to collect information, in aggregate and anonymous form, about the number of users and how they visit the site.
WARNING: if technical and/or functionality cookies are disabled, the Website may not be available for viewing or some of the Website's services or functions may not be available or may not function properly and you may be required to manually change or enter certain information or preferences each time you visit the Website.
- Third-party cookies i.e. cookies from websites or web servers other than those belonging to Sofidel.
For completeness, it should be noted that Sofidel does its utmost to track cookies on its Website. These are regularly updated in the table below, where we provide transparency about the cookies Sofidel sends directly to you and the purposes of such cookies. For third parties that send cookies through our Website, we provide links to their privacy policies below.
The cookies sent by Sofidel through the Website are indicated below:
Cookies present on the Website
|Type of cookie and owner||Technical name of the cookies||Function and purpose||Duration period|
|Third-party (Google Analytics) Analytics/Technical||_ga (GA1.2.1043483256.1598604106)||Associated with Google Universal Analytics, it enables analysis of Website usage in order to improve the content and services offered to users. It is included on each page on a website and used to calculate visitor data, sessions and campaigns for web analytics reports.||2 years|
|First-party Analytics||_gcl_au (1.1.438586834.1598604105)||A first-party cookie for the Conversion linker function, it takes the ad click information and stores it in a first-party cookie. Conversions are attributed off the landing page.||3 months|
|Third-party (Google Analytics) Analytics/Technical||_gid (GA1.2.642457919.1598604106)||Cookie used for web analytics, allowing you to monitor and analyse traffic data and track user behaviour in order to improve user experience.||1 day|
You will receive Google Analytics cookies while browsing the Website. These are third-party cookies i.e. cookies from a website or server other than Sofidel.
Google processes personal data as data controller on behalf of Sofidel. The parties have in fact signed agreements for the processing of data pursuant to Art. 28 of the GDPR.
All cookies, both first-party and third-party cookies (Google Analytics), have been anonymised by masking IP addresses. They do not collect any other information that could be used to identify Website users.
Cookies may be blocked or deleted (in whole or in part) through your specific browser settings or through third-party add-ons.
The choices made with regard to cookies on the Website will also be recorded in a cookie. This cookie may not, however, work properly in some circumstances: in such cases, we recommend that you delete cookies you do not like and also block the use of such cookies through your browser’s settings.
Your cookie preferences should be reset if you use multiple devices or browsers to access the Website.
How to view and change cookies through your browser settings
You may authorise, block or delete (in whole or in part) cookies through your browser’s specific settings. For more information on how to set cookie preferences through your browser, please refer to the corresponding instructions: