What are cookies?
In general, a cookie is a small amount of data (text file), which may contain an anonymous unique identification code, and which is transmitted from a web server of the site visited to the terminal (computer, notebook, tablet, smartphone) of the surfer, on his or her browser, and then retransmitted to the visited site on the next visit. If the cookie is a session cookie, it expires at the end of the visit to the site and is deleted. If, on the other hand, the cookie is persistent, i.e., it is valid for longer than the browsing session, it is re-read and recognised by the site that sent it, even when the user makes subsequent visits. During browsing, the user may also receive cookies on his/her terminal that are sent by different sites or web servers (so-called "third parties") which may contain some items (such as, for example, images, maps, sounds, specific links to pages of other domains) present on the site the user is visiting.
Cookies can be used for different purposes: session monitoring, storing information about specific configurations of users accessing the server, performing computer authentication, etc.
They can be defined and classified in different ways. One possible distinction is between the two macro-categories of “technical'” and “profiling” cookies.
1 - Technical cookies
Technical cookies are those used for the sole purpose of "carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network, or to the extent strictly necessary for the provider of an information society service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user to provide such service" (see Article 122, paragraph 1 of the Personal Data Protection Code).
They are not used for any other purpose and are normally installed directly by the owner or operator of the website. They can be divided into:
- browsing or session cookies: they ensure normal browsing and use of the website (e.g., allowing a purchase to be made or authentication to access restricted areas);
- analytics cookies, assimilated to technical cookies where they are used directly by the site operator to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the site;
- functionality cookies, which allow the user to navigate according to a number of selected criteria (e.g., language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided to the user.
2 - Profiling cookies
The browser can be configured to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or even receive a warning when cookies are received.
You can also delete cookies that have been stored on your computer.
On the following sites you can find information on the most popular browsers and how to set them with regard to cookies:
The user can also use the following tool to customise the cookies on his/her browser:
Deactivating certain cookies may limit the functionality of the site.
Without prejudice to the clarifications provided below, please note that, if you decide to block cookies altogether, you may not be able to use some of the messagegroup.it services that require them; most of the services provided through the messagegroup.it site do not, however, presuppose the acceptance of cookies.
messagegroup.it uses exclusively technical cookies (including analytics cookies).
- keep an anonymous record of browsing sessions on the site;
- avoid re-proposing any opinion polls or pop-up windows;
- anonymously counting surfers' responses to promotions.
In any case, cookies are not used for profiling purposes.
At the discretion of messagegroup.it, the contents of this document may be modified in the future, for example, when messagegroup.it adds or eliminates any options or characteristics of its services, or when it avails itself of new content providers.
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