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1) About cookies
Cookies are files or pieces of information that may be stored on user’s computer (or other internet enabled devices, such as a smartphone) each time a website is visited. Cookies can be classified into one or more of the following categories: first- or third-party cookies; technical or profiling cookies; session or persistent cookies.
a. first or third party cookies
First-party cookies are those managed by the site owner. Third-party cookies are those not managed by the site owner.
b. Technical cookie
Technical cookies are used for example to surf the Internet and websites or provide a service requested by the user. They are not used for other purposes and are normally installed directly by the owner of the website. Belong to this category of cookies:
- navigation cookies that allow the normal navigation and use of the website;
- functional cookies, that allow the user to navigate according to a series of criteria (e.g., the language) in order to improve the use of the site;
- analytical cookies: These cookies are used directly by the owner of the site to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the site. For these, as third-party cookies, prior consent is necessary.
c. Profiling cookies
Cookie profiling, also called web profiling, is the use of persistent or permanent cookies (profiling cookies) to track a user’s overall activity online. This tracking does not just happen when users are on a particular site, but it occurs the whole time they are browsing. This kind of profiling activity is often done by marketers who buy advertising rights on thousands of popular websites in order to collect and collate cookie information and create a single “profile” of a user.
d. Session or Persistent cookies
– Session cookies are temporary cookie files, which are erased when the user close the browser. These cookies allow users to be recognized within a website so any page changes or item or data selection they do is remembered from page to page. These cookies are also used by the server to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server’s pages. By default, web pages really don’t have any ‘memory’. Cookies tell the server what pages to show the user so the user doesn’t have to remember or start navigating the site all over again. Cookies act as a sort of “bookmark” within the site.
– Persistent cookies stay in one of the user browser’s subfolders until he or she delete them manually or the browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie’s file. Persistent cookies are also employed to store user preferences. These cookies help websites remember user’s information and settings when he or she visit them in the future.
On the first visit, the website is presented in default mode. During the visit, the user may select some preferences and these preferences are remembered, through the use of the persistent cookie, the next time the user visit the site. For example, a website may offer its contents in different languages. On the first visit, the user may choose to have the content delivered in French and the site may record that preference in a persistent cookie set on user’s browser. When the user revisit that site it will use the cookie to ensure that the content is delivered in French.
For more information about cookies, including categories and how to find out which cookies have been set and how to manage and remove them, visit:
METIS does not collect either profiling or third-party profiling cookies, but only technical cookies which are strictly necessary for the operation of this site.
Google Analytics (with anonymization function)
METIS has set Google Analytics tool and this website to anonymize user’s IP address, so the information collected is used for statistical purposes and no other. Indeed, according to Google, the IP anonymization feature in Google Analytics shortens and then anonymizes the user’s IP address before transferring it from the member states of the European Union or from the signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.
Google affirms that “the IP anonymization/masking takes place as soon as data is received by Google Analytics, before any storage or processing takes place”. Google also affirms that “only after this anonymization process is the request written to disk for processing. If the IP anonymization method is used, then at no time is the full IP address written to disk as all anonymization happens in memory nearly instantaneously after the request has been received.”
METIS also informs the users that it has accepted the Amendment on data processing provided by Google Analytics in compliance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (Google Ads Data Processing Terms). With this additional agreement, Google commits itself to the Customer (METIS), as a Company established in the territory of a member state of the European Economic Area, to process the data as a pro tempore Processor, according to the requests of the Customer (METIS) and the applicable law, which it may provide through the settings of the services. Google warrants that it will only process the Personal Data of the Customer within the limits of the instructions given and will not share any Data with other additional Google products unless the Customer (METIS) itself activate them.
For the foregoing, METIS informs the users that in this website all of the options provided by Google Analytics, including advertising, marketing and data sharing with Google, have all been disabled. Doing so, Google states that it will never associate users’ IP address with other data held by Google. Therefore, on this website, the processing of anonymized personal data is carried out for mere statistical purposes.
The Google Analytics Data Retention controls give the Customer the ability to set the amount of time before user-level and event-level data stored by Google Analytics is automatically deleted from Analytics’ servers. For greater user’s data protection, METIS has set the retention period for anonymized data at its minimum (14 months). In addition, METIS has set to “OFF” the option that allows to reset the retention period of the user identifier with each new event from that user, avoiding that the set expiration date becomes void. With these technical measures, when data reaches the end of the retention period, it is deleted automatically.
More information on the aforementioned data retention is available at the following link.
For more info about Google Terms of service, click here.
3) Technical cookies currently used on this website:
- _ms, first-party navigation cookies, remember the user’s choices, duration 30 days;
- _ga (Google Analytics): This purely technical cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors; 2 years duration;
- _gat_gtag_UA_106862220_1, (Google) This purely technical cookie is used to distinguish the service user; 1 minute duration;
- _gid Google Analytics): This purely technical cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating a report of how the website is doing. The data collected anonymously includes the number of visitors, the source from which they come and the pages visited; 24 hours duration.
4) Additional information about third-party cookies:
- Find more information about Google cookies here
- More information about Google Analytics can be found here
- More information on IP Anonymization in Analytics can be found here
5) YouTube privacy-enhanced mode
In our website we have embedded some of our videos with the technology provided by YouTube LLC 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA, Fax: +1 650-253-0001, a company belonging to Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. In the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, Youtube services are provided by Google Ireland Limited, incorporated and operating under the laws of Ireland (Registered Number: 368047), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
In the embedding we used the privacy-enhanced mode option. According to the information provided by YouTube, with the “iframe” code created with the privacy-enhanced mode option enabled YouTube won’t store information about visitors on our website unless they play the video. Then, this option avoids the user to be automatically tracked by YouTube simply displaying one of our webpage that contains a video. This is acceptable by some laws because it sets cookies after the user starts playing video.
The user should therefore be aware that choosing not to start the videos will not be tracked by YouTube but also will not be able to see our website special contents.
6) Social buttons
7) Cookies deletion (withdrawal of the given consent) – management of preferences
Users can change their cookie preferences and choices at any time by changing the browser’s settings. The easiest and safest way to clear cookies installed on user computer (and to withdraw the given consent) is to clear the recent history from the used browser. There is no one standardized way to remove cookies since different browsers clear cookies using different procedures.
The instructions of major browsers on how to manage cookie preferences can be accessed for:
- Internet Explorer: here
- Firefox (manage cookies): here
- Firefox (delete cookies): here
- Chrome (clear, enable, and manage cookies): here
- Chrome (clear browsing data): here
- Safari: here
- Opera: here
- Edge: here
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