Definitions, characteristics and applications
Various types of cookies exist, depending on their characteristics and functions, and they remain on the user's computer for different periods of time: session cookies, which are automatically deleted when the browser is closed; persistent cookies, which remain on the user's computer until a predetermined expiry date.
More particularly, the User's consent is not required for the use of "technical" cookies i.e. cookies used for the sole purpose of transmitting a communication on an electronic communications network, or in so far as strictly necessary to provide a service which the user specifically requests. In other words, these cookies are indispensable for the website's operation or necessary in order to implement services or activities which the user requests.
- analytic cookies, where utilised directly by the site operator to gather information in aggregate form on user numbers and on how users visit that website,
- navigation or session cookies (for authentication purposes),
- functional cookies, which enable the user to browse the web based on a series of preselected criteria (e.g. language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service received.
Profiling cookies require the user's prior approval: their purpose is to create user profiles and they are used for sending advertising messages based on user preferences displayed while browsing the web.
The user can block (partly or completely) technical and functional cookies by using his/her specific browser functionality. Note, however, that failure to consent to technical cookies could make it impossible to use the website, view its content and receive the services offered. If functional cookies are disabled, it is possible that certain services or specific functions of the website will not be available or function correctly, and the user may have to alter or manually enter specific information or preferences whenever accessing the website.
The user's cookie-related choices will, in turn, be recorded in a special cookie. This cookie, however, may not function correctly in certain circumstances: in such cases, please delete unwanted cookies and disable their use also using the browser's functionality.
Your cookie-related preferences will be reset if you use different devices or browsers to access the website.
How to view and modify cookies using the browser