If the user accepts profiling cookies, as identified below, these will be added to their existing profile in our databases, if the user has given consent to marketing and profiling activities when subscribing to one or more of our site’s initiatives (e.g. donations or joining the distance adoption project, taking part in initiatives, etc.).
What are cookies?
Cookies are information saved on the hard disk of the user’s terminal that are sent from the user’s browser to a web server, and refer to the use of the network. They make it possible to know the services used, sites frequented and options chosen while browsing. Cookies are thus small files containing letters and numbers, that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the original site at each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises these cookies. Cookies are useful in that they enable a website to recognise the user’s device.
This information is not, therefore, provided voluntarily and directly, but leaves a trace of the user’s browsing habits.
Cookies perform different functions, and allow you to browse pages efficiently, remembering your preferences and, more generally, improving your experience. They can also help to ensure that the ads shown during browsing are of interest to you, and that marketing activities carried out comply with your preferences, avoiding promotional initiatives that are unwelcome or not in line with your needs.
While browsing a Site, you may also receive cookies on your device that are sent from different sites or web servers (so called “third parties”), which contain certain elements (such as images, maps, sounds, specific links to pages on other domains) present on the site you are visiting. Therefore, cookies may be:
- Direct cookies , sent directly from this site to the user’s device
- Third-party cookies, coming from a third party but sent on our behalf. This site uses third-party cookies to facilitate the analysis of our website and its use (as described below).
Depending on the cookies’ purpose, they can be of the following types:
- Technical cookies: these are used to allow the transmission of a communication on an electronic communication network or to provide a service expressly requested by the user. They are not used for other purposes. In the technical cookie category, the use of which does not require the user’s consent, there are:
- a) Browsing or session cookies: these guarantee routine browsing and use of the website (e.g. to log on to reserved sections). The use of these cookies (which are not permanently stored on the user’s computer and are deleted when the browser is closed) is strictly limited to the transmission of session identifiers (consisting of random numbers generated by the server) needed to guarantee secure and efficient website browsing.
- b) Analytics cookies: they are used only to collect aggregated information on the number of users who visit the site and how they visit it
- c) Functionality cookies: these allow the user to browse based on a set of selected criteria (e.g. language, or services subscribed to) to improve the service provided to the user.
- Profiling cookies: these cookies are designed to create user profiles, and are used to send targeted promotional messages according to the preferences expressed while browsing. These cookies can only be used for this purpose with the user’s consent.
How cookies are used by this site
- knowing the total number of visitors on a continuous basis, browser types (e.g. Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer) and operating systems (e.g. Windows or Macintosh) used;
- monitoring site performance, including how visitors use it, and improving its functionality;
- customising and improving the online user experience; and
- allowing user profiling, for targeted and personalised promotional purposes according to the preferences and interests expressed on the Internet by the user, for our use and the use of third parties, both on this site and other sites.
The cookie categories we use and how they can be managed by the user
The types of cookies used can be placed into one of the categories shown in the table below, allowing you to give your consent or modify the setting (if previously expressed) to accept the various types of cookies:
|Cookie types||Purpose of cookie||Provenance and how to block cookies|
|Essential website cookies (session and browsing)||These cookies are essential for correct browsing and for using the site’s functions. These cookies do not collect personal information usable for marketing purposes, nor do they store visited sites. The use of these cookies (which are not permanently stored on the user’s computer and are deleted when the browser is closed) is strictly limited to the transmission of session identifiers (consisting of random numbers generated by the server) needed to guarantee secure and efficient website browsing. This category of cookies cannot be disabled.||(direct cookies)|
|Functionality cookies||These cookies allow us to remember the choices made (such as user name, language or geographic location) and provide improved and customised features. The information collected by these cookies can be made anonymous, and do not keep track of browsing activity on other websites. This category of cookies cannot be disabled.||(direct cookies)|
|Third-party analytics and advertising cookies|| These cookies, including cache cookies, are set by Google Analytics, and are used to gather information on how visitors use the site, including the number of visitors, sites of provenance and pages visited on our website. We use this information to compile reports and improve our website; this allows us, for example, to find out about any errors detected by users and to ensure high-speed browsing so that users can easily find what they are looking for. These cookies usually remain on the visitor’s computer until they are deleted.
Third parties may, with the user’s consent, use these cookies for purposes other than analysis. To this end, read the information provided in the link in the facing column before giving your consent to the third party.
|Advertising or profiling cookies|| These cookies are used to collect information on the websites and the individual pages visited by users, both on our site and other sites (which may indicate, by way of example, users’ interests or other characteristics). These cookies are used to provide advertising and commercial communications that are of relevance to the user’s interests, using a user profile. They are also used to limit the number of times an advertisement is shown and to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They remain on the user’s computer until they are deleted, and serve as a reminder of the website’s visit. They may also indicate whether the user has visited our website via an advertising link.
This information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers and our contractors, who may use them together with other information on how the user uses other websites, for example identifying interests and behaviour common to different groups of users who visit our (and other) websites.
Technologies similar to cookies
Like many websites, we use technologies similar to cookies, including local shared objects (also known as “flash cookies”), the analysis of browser history, browser fingerprints and pixel tags (also known as “web beacons”). These technologies provide us and our suppliers with information on how the site and its contents are used by visitors, and enable us to identify whether the computer or device has visited our site or other sites in the past.
Our servers automatically obtain the user’s IP address; in this way, we can associate this address with the name of the user domain or that of its Internet Provider. We may also collect some “clickstream data” relating to the use of the site. Clickstream data include, for example, information relating to the user’s computer or device, browser and operating system and related settings, page of provenance, pages and contents displayed or clicked on during the visit in addition to related times and methods, downloaded items, the site visited after ours, and any search term entered on our site or on a “redirect” site.
How to control or delete cookies
You have the right to choose whether or not to accept cookies. Below is some information on how to exercise this right. However, please note that by refusing cookies, you may not be able to use all the features of the site and, if you have consented to profiling on previous occasions, the communications you receive may not be relevant to your interests. Furthermore, it should be noted that if you choose to manage cookie preferences, our cookie management tool will still set a technical cookie on the device to enable us to implement user preferences. The deletion or removal of cookies from the user device also involves the removal of the cookie related to preferences; these choices will therefore have to be re-set.
You can block cookies using the selection links in the table above. Alternatively, you can change your browser settings so that cookies cannot be stored on your device. To this end, you must follow the instructions provided by the browser. The disabling of a cookie or a category of cookies does not remove them from the browser. Therefore, this operation must be done directly in the browser.
If you want to delete, disable or restore cookies on your computer, you can use the cookie setting pages made available by any third-party content providers, or via the options of the user’s browser.
Below is a list of instructions for managing cookies for the most popular browsers:
If you use a mobile device, please refer to its instruction manual to find out how to manage cookies.
Previously set cookies
If you have disabled one or more cookies, we will still be able to use the information collected before disabling by means of the preferences. However, from that moment on, we will cease to use disabled cookies for the collection of further information.