This document is an integral part of the "website policy" and is drafted in this manner solely and exclusively to allow the User to have a better understanding of the use and deactivation of cookies.
What Cookies Are
Cookies are small text files that the sites visited send to the navigation device utilised by the User (usually a browser). They are stored in the corresponding folder of the browser whilst the User continues to explore a website, before then being retransmitted to the same websites upon subsequent visits. They are used in order to improve navigation, save User preferences already entered (username, password and the like), to track the tastes and preferences of the User, permitting the overseeing of targeted marketing initiatives or the provision of services related to the activity of the Data Controller such as newsletters, communications regarding services on the website, and the like. Should restrictions be placed on their use, these will affect the functionality of the website's content during navigation. The User is always able to block or remove the browser cache, but such actions could cause an incomplete fruition of the services offered by the web application.
Types of Cookies
Session cookies are temporary files that only last for the duration of a User's browsing session. Session cookies expire when the browser is closed.
They are typically used to identify you when you access a website, to remember you and your preferences when you switch to different pages on the website, and to provide specific information gathered prior. The most common example is the functionality of an e-commerce site's "virtual shopping cart". By visiting a catalogue page and selecting certain items, the session cookie remembers these selections so that the items remain in the virtual shopping cart when you are ready to complete the checkout operations. Without session cookies, if you were to click on the checkout, the new page would not recognise the past activities completed on the previous pages and your cart would always remain empty.
Persistent cookies are files that remain active even after you close your browser. They help sites remember your User data and settings for later reference. This permits faster and more convenient ingress, since there is no need to re-effectuate access. In addition to authentication, other features of the website are made possible and include: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, bookmarks or favourites, and more. The preferences expressed during a visit will be remembered through the use of persistent cookies during subsequent visits.
There are various types of cookies, some of which are defined as third-party cookies. These are used, for example, by the website that the visitor initially selected that contains ads from another server or third-party website. The browser collects information from different sources so that all items are displayed on the same page visited, thus creating more cookies in the folder of the corresponding browser.
All of these cookies can be removed directly from the browser settings or through special programmes, with some being free of charge. You can also block their creation in advance, but in this case, some services on the website may not work as expected or you may not be able to gain access to it.
Google Analytics is a service offered by Google Inc. that generates detailed statistics on a website's traffic and the sources of this traffic. It is the most widely-used statistical service.
Google Analytics may monitor visitors coming from all external links to the website, including search engines and social media networks, direct visits and referral sites. It also displays ads, pay-per-click, email marketing, and links within PDF documents.
To access the relative information, please visit: http://www.google.it/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
AddThis is a service that assists in the sharing of articles and text from websites and on various online social media platforms. AddThis.com provides a series of buttons to be added to a web page, facilitating the distribution and subscription of web content on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so on. The service provides two types of buttons, one to sign up for RSS feeds and a second to add the content of a web page to the various social media bookmark services.
To access the information, please visit: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-policy#publisher-visitors.
Privacy and Security of Cookies
Cookies are not viruses; they are text files that are neither interpreted by the browser nor executed in memory. Consequently, they cannot duplicate themselves and spread to other networks for replication. Since they cannot perform these functions, the standard definition of a virus does not apply.
Cookies, however, may still be used for harmful purposes. Given that they store information about preferences, a User's history of operations and specific navigation between multiple websites, cookies can be used as a form of spyware.
Many anti-spyware products report cookies as a possible threat for this reason.
Cookies on the Galileo S.p.A. Website
Including clear descriptions regarding how cookies are distributed from one's own website is in accordance with the responsible and ethical policy under which Galileo S.p.A. handles all aspects related to Privacy, to which this specific page is dedicated. Most browsers have implemented privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, expiration, and deletion upon visiting a particular website.
In line with the standard practices of many websites, www.galileospa.com may install cookies on the computer utilised by the User. By availing of the website, the User accepts the use of such technologies utilised by them, however is permitted to make choices through the customisation panel on this page.
Cookies are included by www.galileospa.com in the emails sent to newsletter subscribers. They are utilised to monitor whether the User has clicked on the content conveyed in the email. Such cookies are unique to each email sent. These cookies are not stored on the device used for browsing by the User.
Cookie Types, Choice of Usage, and Activation Methods
Certain cookies are essential to the proper functioning of our website. Without them, the User would not be able to navigate the website and avail of certain functions offered. Cookies of this type are "technical", being session or permanent, and permit recalling, from one page of the booking process to another, the information provided by the User. Because these cookies are essential, disabling such may compromise the fruition of the website content or render it impossible or severely restricted. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor, unless the User registers on the website and browses a restricted area after "login".
Analytics Cookies (Statistics and site optimisation)
We use Google Analytics' third-party profiling cookies to analyse how visitors utilise our websites and to track their access to our websites. This allows us to deliver a high-quality experience by customising our offerings based on the pages actually visited by Users.
These cookies do not collect information that could identify a visitor. All data collected and shared with Google Inc. is anonymised (by deleting significant components of both the IPv4 and IPv6 IP addresses) and are only used to improve the operation of our website. For regulatory purposes, anonymous third-party Analytics cookies are treated as technical cookies and do not require policy banners, informed consent nor notification to the Data Protection Authority.
This website www.galileospa.com contains third-party cookies, being cookies sent by third-party companies. Galileo S.p.A. does not have control of information provided by third-party cookies, nor does it have access to such data. This information is controlled by third-party companies in accordance with their privacy policies.