The Italian Data Protection Authority broadly divides cookies into different categories depending on their use and on who sends (sets) the cookie.
Technical cookies are cookies necessary for website navigation or to provide the services offered by the website. They are not used for ulterior purposes.
To quote the Italian Data Protection Authority,
Technical cookies are those used exclusively with a view to "carrying out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communications network, or insofar as this is strictly necessary to the provider of an information society service that has been explicitly requested by the contracting party or user to provide the said service."
Profiling cookies are cookies used to track user navigation and create a profile of their habits which can then be used to send advertising messages to the users device.
Once again quoting the Italian Data Protection Authority,
Profiling cookies are aimed at creating user profiles. They are used to send ads messages in line with the preferences shown by the user during navigation. In the light of the highly invasive nature of these cookies vis-a-vis users' private sphere, Italian and European legislation requires users to be informed appropriately on their use so as to give their valid consent.
Cookies can also be categorized into first party and third party cookies depending on who sets the cookie.
These are set directly by the website that you are visiting and can only be accessed by that site. A first party cookie's domain name will match the domain name that is shown in the web browser address bar.
The website may contain content embedded from YouTube or Flickr for example, and these sites may set their own cookies or it might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. Third-party cookies belong to domains different from the one shown in the address bar.
The following first party cookies are set by pos.sissa.it:
|session||technical cookie||16 days||Session cookie for logged in users|
|_pk_ses.*||technical cookie||30 mins||Used by Piwik to track a session, i.e., how long a vistor is on the website|
|_pk_cvar.*||technical cookie||30 mins||Used by Piwik for internal statistics|
|_pk_ref.*||technical cookie||6 months||Used by Piwik to identify the page from which visitors have come to the web site to enable us to identify which websites generates the most traffic|
|_pk_id.*||technical cookie||2 years||Used by Piwik to avoid counting a person twice when counting how many people visit the website|
The following third party cookies are set by stats.sissa.it:
|PIWIK_SESSID||technical cookie||Until end of browser session||Used by Piwik for the user session|
|piwik_ignore||technical cookie||2 years||Tells Piwik to ignore this user when they opt-out of Piwik|
|Piwik opt-out - If you prefer us not to gather analytical information please untick the box below|
You can manage cookies by modifying your web browser preferences (see the following paragraph for more details of how to do this). Typically you can accept cookies, ask to be notified when a cookie is set or reject cookies.
If you do wish to restrict or block cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your web browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. You can also visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of web browsers.
The following are links to information about managing cookies in some commonly used browsers:
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