Cookies are essential for the navigation on modern websites, as well as a functional requirement for the integration of websites and social media.
As you visit a website, it may place small text files on your personal or professional device (smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and computers). These micro files – the cookies – are small entries, that recognize your navigation preferences, so that your interaction with our content and features during your visits runs smoothly.
Essential cookies are not optional. You cannot deny them without substantially impairing your navigation. Offered as a service, they are directly defined by your basic requests, as, for instance, the definition of your privacy settings. Despite being essential, you may block them using your browser's control panel. However, doing so will compromise some basic resources. This type of cookies does not collect any identifiable personal information, nor do they inform the geolocation from which the website was accessed. They might be session cookies or persistent cookies.
In order to improve our website's design, as well as the quality of our editorial content, we use analytic cookies, that enable us to count the number of times our website was visited, learn by means of which keywords it was found and which are our user's preferred devices. Furthermore, they allow us to count the number of visits and learn about the immediate sources of traffic as, for example if it comes from our newsletters, or from one or the other social media outlet. In addition, they enable us to map the most popular pages (the so called «heatmap» of each page) and how long the visits last. This type of cookies does not record any identifiable personal information, but they do inform us about the country, state or province from which the website was accessed, without, however, identifying your precise geolocation. For your safety, the information is aggregate, and therefore anonymized.
We use functional cookies to memorize your choices, decisions and preferences, so that you don't have to repeat them on future visits, for instance, by showing you content in your preferred language, or avoiding offers of services that you had previously refused. This type of cookies does not collect any identifiable personal information as well, but we do capture your geolocation, with just enough precision to identify the language spoken at your access location.