1. Definition of cookies
Cookies are small text files which are sent by websites and stored in users’ PCs, smartphones, laptops and tablets to be sent back to the same website during the users’ subsequent visit. Thanks to cookies, websites keep track of users’ actions and preferences (such as for instance login information, language, font size, other display settings etc.) so that users won’t have to select them again on their next visit to the site or when surfing between web pages. Therefore, cookies are used for IT authentication, session monitoring and storage of information on website users’ activities and may also contain a unique identification code to keep track of a user’s surfing activities for statistical or advertising purposes. While browsing, a user may receive on his/her computer cookies of other sites or web servers (third-party cookies). Such third parties have own personal data processing policies and privacy notices which are available on their respective sites, to which reference shall be made.
In some cases, cookies are technically required for a site to function, as some operations may not be performed without them.
There are different types of cookies, depending on their characteristics and functions, which are stored in users’ PCs, smartphones or tablets for different lengths of time: session cookies are automatically erased when the browser closes, whereas persistent cookies are written to disk until their expiration date.
Instead, content customisation cookies, which are used to profile users and send them ads in line with their browsing preferences, require users’ express prior consent.
2. Cookies used by the Site
Pirola Corporate Finance S.p.A.’s website (the “Site”) uses the following cookies:
i. Session cookies
The use of session cookies is strictly circumscribed to the transmission of session identifiers (web server generated random numbers), which are required for a secure and efficient surfing of the site. The session cookies used in this site do not rely on other IT techniques potentially harming confidentiality during browsing activities and do not allow the gathering of the user’s personal details. These cookies are processed electronically.
There are other technical cookies which are necessary for the proper operation of the website. Purpose of these cookies is to provide the services required by users and to grant them the best possible surfing experience. These cookies may not be disabled and their use does not involve the processing of personal data.
ii. Google Analytics Cookies
3. How do you disable cookies?
Google Analytics cookies may be disabled using the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available for download from https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.