What are cookies?
In general, a cookie is a small amount of data (text file), which may contain a single anonymous ID code and which is usually sent from a web server of the website visited on the user’s terminal (computer, notebook, tablet, smartphone), to the web browsing software (browser) of the website visitor, to be subsequently re-sent to the visited website upon the subsequent visit. The cookie is then read again and identified only by the website which has sent it whenever the user visit that website. When surfing the web, users may also receive on their terminal cookies which are then sent from other websites or web servers (the so-called “third parties”), which may contain some elements (such as, for example, images, maps, sounds, specific links to pages of other domains) present on the website the user is visiting.
Cookies may be used for various purposes: monitoring sessions, storing information on specific settings regarding the users who access the server, carrying out authentication processes, etc.
It is possible to define and classify them in various ways. A possible distinction is between the two macro-categories of “technical” and “profiling” cookies.
1. Technical cookies
Technical cookies are those cookies used for the sole purpose of “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 said service” and their use does not require the User’s consent as detailed in Section 122, par. 1, of the Privacy Code.
They are not used for additional purposes and are normally installed directly by the website owner or manager. They may be classified as follows:
- browsing or session cookies: they ensure the normal website surfing experience and website use (enabling, for example, purchase or the authentication to access restricted areas of the website):
- analytics cookies, similar to technical cookies when used directly by the website manager to collect information in aggregate form on the number of users and on their ways of surfing the website;
- functionality cookies, which enable users to surf the website based on a set of selected criteria (for example the language and the products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided.
2. Profiling cookies
Profiling cookies are aimed at creating user profiles and are used to send advertising messages in line with the preferences shown by the user during their navigation on the web. Italian and European rules and regulations provide that web users must be adequately informed on the use of such cookies and express their valid consent.
3. Third-party cookies
These enable the website to remember the user data throughout the visit time, or for the following visits, and thus they enable the user to surf the pages efficiently, interact with social networks, and use third party services.
Cookies may be set on the websites which have contents in our website (third-party cookies).
Any browser may be set to accept all cookies, to reject them all or to receive a notice at the time of receipt. It is also possible to delete the cookies which have been stored on one’s computer. In the following websites it is possible to find information on the cookie settings of the most widespread browsers:
The user may also use the following tools to customise the cookies in his/her browser. De-activating some cookies may limit the website functions.
Save for the clarifications provided below, we hereby specify that if it were decided to block cookies completely, some services provided by Message which mandatorily require cookies may be unavailable; most of the services provided through Message’s website do not require the acceptance of cookies.
Message uses exclusively technical cookies (including also analytics cookies).
- track records of navigation sessions on its website in anonymous form
- avoid that opinion surveys or pop-up windows, if any, are brought to the attention of the user more than once.
- calculate user reactions to special offers, if any, in anonymous form.
However, cookies are not used for profiling purposes.
Cookies of third parties, including partner companies or companies belonging to Message
Message authorises prospective customer service providers to send their cookies to the website visitor’s computer. The ways to use its cookies by partner companies and/or subsidiaries of the Message’s are governed by the relevant privacy procedures, and not in accordance with Message’s specific operations.
At Message’s discretion, the contents of this document may be amended in future, for example in those cases in which should Message decide to add or remove options or characteristics of its own services and products, or should Message decide to rely on new content providers.
Below is a list of the cookies used in this website, divided by category:
First party cookies
|cookie-agreed, privacycookie||Technical functionality cookie||It tracks record of the fact that a user has accepted or rejected the use of the various types of website’s cookies||variable, depending on the website,
3 months – 1 year
|SESSxxxID||Technical session cookie||Only for authenticated users (it prevents multiple logins for the same user on a browser session)||one week|
|session_api_session||Technical session cookie||It generates a casual number when one starts to use the website (it is essential to enable the website to work properly)||one month|
|Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight||Technical functionality cookie||It is inserted by the CMS to track record of the user’s display preferences||one year|
|currfontsize||Technical functionality cookie||It tracks record of the size of the font chosen by the user||one week|
|evid||Technical functionality cookie||It enables to track the underlined portions in the case that the underlying tool is active||one month|
|contrasto||Technical functionality cookie||Remember the Contrast setting for fonts.||one week|
|__utma __utmb __utmc
|Technical analytical cookie||These cookies collect data on the user’s behaviour. This information is used to fill in reports for statistical analyses and to improve the website. All the data are collected in anonymous form.||Six months to two years. For more in-depth information: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage
|LinkedIn.com||Technical analytical, Technical functionality||These cookies collect data on the user’s behaviour about interaction with the LinkedIn service and specific functionalities to share the page on LinkedIn.||https://www.linkedin.com/
|facebook.com||Technical analytical, Technical functionality||These cookies collect data on the user’s behaviour about interaction with the Facebook service and specific functionalities to share the page and “like it” on Facebook.||https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies/|
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