For the purposes of this Policy, the term "cookie" will also refer to other tracking and monitoring tools used by the Site, as further described below.
This policy applies only to the Site and not to any other third-party websites that may be accessed by the user through links.
The Data Controller is Geckosoft Srl., with registered office in Pisa, Via San Lorenzo, No. 6, 56127, and operational office in Pisa, Borgo Stretto No. 3, 50127, VAT number 02208570503.
During their normal operation, the computer systems and software procedures used to operate the Site acquire certain personal data, the transmission of which is implicit in the use of Internet communication protocols.
These are pieces of information that are not collected to be associated with identified individuals, but which, by their very nature, could, through processing and association with data held by third parties, allow for the identification of users.
This category of data includes IP addresses or domain names of the computers used by users who connect to the Site, the URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) addresses of the requested resources, the time of the request, the method used to submit the request to the server, the size of the file obtained in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the response given by the server (successful, error, etc.), and other parameters related to the user's operating system and computer environment.
These data are used solely for the purpose of obtaining anonymous statistical information about the use of the Site and to ensure its proper functioning. They are immediately deleted after processing.
The data may be used to ascertain responsibility in case of hypothetical computer crimes against the Site. Except for this possibility, the data are retained for the time defined by the relevant legal regulations or, in general, for the time strictly necessary to provide the user with the requested service and ensure the transmission of communication.
Cookies are typically text strings that websites (referred to as "first-party" or "publisher") visited by the user, or different websites or web servers (referred to as "third parties"), place and store directly (in the case of publishers) or indirectly, through these publishers (in the case of third parties), on a terminal device in the user's possession. These terminals can include personal computers, tablets, smartphones, or any other device capable of storing information.
Internet browsing software and the functioning of these devices, such as browsers, can store cookies and then transmit them back to the websites that generated them during a subsequent visit by the same user, thus retaining a memory of their previous interaction with one or more websites.
The information encoded in cookies can include personal data, such as an IP address, a username, a unique identifier, or an email address. However, they can also contain non-personal data, such as language settings or information about the type of device a person is using to browse the site.
Cookies can perform various important functions, including facilitating computer authentication, monitoring sessions, storing information about specific user configurations accessing the server, and enhancing the user's online experience. For example, they can be used to track items in an online shopping cart or information used to fill out an online form. "Authentication" cookies are particularly important whenever verification is required for accessing certain services, such as online banking. While cookies enable web pages to load faster and efficiently route information over a network, in line with the operational requirements of websites, they can also be used for behavioral advertising and measuring the effectiveness of advertising messages.
The same result achieved by cookies can also be obtained through the use of other tracking tools (known as "active" and "passive" identifiers, the latter based on mere observation), which allow for similar processing as described above.
Cookies and other tracking tools can have different characteristics in terms of duration (session or permanent) and subjectivity (whether the publisher acts independently or on behalf of a "Third Party"). However, the classification that primarily meets the user's protection needs is based on two main categories:
Cookies can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of an information society service provided by a publisher, design a website, or contribute to measuring its "traffic," i.e., the number of visitors potentially segmented by geographic area, connection time, or other characteristics. These identifiers, known as analytics cookies, can be included in the technical cookie category and used without the prior acquisition of the data subject's consent, provided the following conditions are met:
If these conditions are not met, analytics cookies also require the user's consent to be downloaded. Cookies, finally, can also be used to enable interactions and easy sharing of content on social networks and/or to enable the delivery of targeted advertising messages based on user preferences (social cookies). Such cookies also require the user's consent. Similarly to cookies, other tracking tools can be categorized according to various criteria, but the main criterion remains the purpose for which they are used: technical or commercial in nature.
Users can object to the storage of cookies on their hard drive by configuring their web browser to disable cookies. Below are the instructions provided by the main browsers:
After completing this operation, however, some functions of the web pages may not be performed correctly.
Users can also disable Google Analytics cookies by downloading a specific browser plug-in available at the following URL: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
For the installation of technical cookies, the prior consent of users is not required. However, all browsers still allow users to modify cookie settings. Usually, these settings can be found in the "Options" or "Preferences" menu of the user's browser, or the "Help" option in the browser can be used for more information. See the section "Changing cookie settings" above for more info.