Cookies are small text files sent to users’ navigation devices (usually a browser) when visiting a website; they are stored in the corresponding browser folder while the user is visiting a website and at the next visit to the same site, the browser sends back this information.
Cookies are used to improve the browsing experience, to save user preferences that have already been entered (username, password and such) as well as to track user tastes and preferences, thereby allowing the site to manage targeted marketing initiatives or provide services connected with the business of the Controller such as newsletters, site service alerts, etc.
Session or navigation cookies are temporary files, which exist only during the user’s browsing session and expire when the browser is closed. They are in general used to identify users when they access a website, to remember users’ preferences when they navigate between the pages of the website and to retrieve previously gathered specific information. The most common example of this function is that of the “virtual trolley” of an e-commerce site. When visiting a catalogue page and selecting certain items, the session cookie remembers the selection so that the elements in a virtual shopping trolley remain selected when the user goes to checkout. Without a session cookie, when users click on checkout, the new page would be unable to present the items seen and selected in the preceding pages and the trolley would remain permanently empty.
Persistent cookies are files which remain active even after the browser is closed and help websites remember data and user settings for future visits. This allows faster and easier access since the user is not required to login again. In addition to authentication, other website functionalities are available, including: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, bookmarks or favourites and many others. During the visit users select their preferences, which will be remembered via persistent cookies for the next visit.
There are various types of cookies, some of which are called third-party cookies. They are used, for example, by the first site visited by the user, which may contain ads from another server or third-party website.
The browser collects information coming from different sources so that all the elements are displayed on the same page consulted by the user, thereby creating several cookies in the corresponding browser folder.
All these cookies may be removed directly from the browser settings or through specific programs that may be free of charge. It is also possible to block the creation of cookies in advance. In this case, however, certain website services may not work as intended or may not be accessible or, no longer having the associated cookie, user preferences may even be lost and information consequently displayed in wrong local form or possibly not be available.
Google Analytics is a service provided by Google Inc. which generates detailed statistics on website traffic and traffic sources. It is the most widely used statistics service. Google Analytics may monitor users who visit the site via external links such as search engines and social networks, direct visits and reference sites. It also displays ads, pay-per-click, e-mail marketing as well as links within PDF documents.
Google AdSense is a program run by Google Inc., which allows Google network’s advertisers to post ads on their own websites and earn according to the number of viewings of the ads or the number of clicks made on them.
AddThis is a useful service for sharing articles and website texts on the various social platforms to be found on the net. It therefore simplifies the life of all those who surf a website and who use the most famous social networking sites on a more or less regular basis. AddThis.com provides a set of buttons to be put in a web page and facilitate the distribution and subscription of web contents on “social” sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.. The service provides two types of buttons, the first for subscription of the RSS feeds and the second for putting the contents of a web page in the various social bookmark services.
Cookies are not viruses, they are just text files that are neither interpreted by the browser nor running in memory. They consequently cannot replicate or spread to other networks to be replicated again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they do not come under the standard definition of virus.
Cookies may, however, be used for malicious purposes. Since information on preferences, user history and specific browsing across multiple sites are stored through them, cookies may be used as a form of spyware.
Many anti-spyware products are well aware of this problem and routinely indicate cookies as possible threats.
In keeping with its Responsible Use policy and Code of Ethics on all matters regarding privacy, Dallan S.p.A. provides clear descriptions of how cookies are distributed from its website, posting them on this specific page. Most browsers have built-in privacy settings which provide different levels of acceptance, expiry and deletion of cookies after a user has visited a certain website.
In line with many website standard practices, the www.dallan.com website may install cookies on the user’s computer. By using the website, users accept the use of the technologies employed by the site, but may decide how they are used, also via the customisation panel to be found on this page.
Certain cookies are indispensible for correct operation of our website. Without them you would be unable to browse the website or use some of its functions. Cookies of this type are “ technical”, i.e. session or permanent cookies, and allow the transfer of user-specified information from one page to another during the ordering process. Since these cookies are essential, disabling them could affect website usage with content severely restricted or unusable. These cookies do not collect information that allow a visitor to be identified, unless the user registers on the website and navigates in a reserved area after login.
We may use these types of cookies for example to track pages that are more popular, to identify the most effective connection method for the pages and to determine the cause of any error messages. These cookies do not collect information which identifies the user. All collected data are aggregated and therefore made anonymous and are used to improve operation of our website.
How to enable and disable cookies
Please be aware that by disabling the cookies this website may not work correctly. You can select/deselect individual cookies directly from the browser. Instructions for the most common browsers are given below.
If you do not know the type and version of web browser you use to access the Internet, click on ‘?’ in the upper part of the browser window, then click on ‘About’. The relevant information will be displayed.
Internet Explorer Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
Click the ‘Tools’ button in the upper part of the browser window. Then click ‘Internet options’ and select the ‘Privacy’ tab. Make sure that the Privacy level is set to Medium or below, which enables cookies in the browser. Settings above Medium disable the cookies.
Google Chrome (latest version)
Click on the icon in the top-right corner of the browser window and select ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Show Advanced Settings’ in the lower part of the page. Under ‘Privacy’, click on ‘Content Settings’ and in the upper part of the cookies section, select ‘allow local data to be set’ to enable cookies. To disable cookies select the options ‘Block sites from setting any data’, ‘Block third-party cookies and site data’ and ‘Clear cookies and other site and plug-in data when I quit my browser’.
Click on ‘Tools’ in the upper part of the browser window and select ‘Options’. Then select the ‘Privacy’ tab in the upper part of the popup overlay. Select the option ‘Accept cookies from sites’ to enable cookies. To disable cookies, uncheck the box.
Click on the ‘gear’ icon in the top-right corner of the browser window and select ‘Preferences’. Click the ‘Privacy’ tab in the upper part of the popup overlay. Select ‘Block cookies” and then “From third parties and advertisers’. To disable cookies completely, select the box ‘Never’.
How to disable cookies on smartphones and tablets
Go to iOS Settings (on your home screen) and select the Safari icon from the menu to open it. Tap on ‘Block cookies’ and click the checkbox ‘Always’ to disable cookies completely. To enable the function ‘Do Not Track’, return to the menu Settings > Safari and set the slider for the ‘Do Not Track’ item to ON.
Android – Chrome Browser
Go to Menu in top-right corner (icon with three dots) and select ‘Settings’ from the menu that appears. In the page that opens, click on ‘Content Settings’ and uncheck the option ‘Accept Cookies’. To enable the function ‘Do Not Track’, go to Settings > Privacy, click on the ‘Do Not Track’ button and move the slider to be found top right to ON.
Android –Firefox Browser
Go to Menu in top-right corner (icon with three dots) and select ‘Settings’ from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, click on ‘Cookies’ and select ‘Disabled’ if you want to disable all types of cookies or ‘Enabled, excluding 3rd party’ if you want to disable them just for third-party websites. To enable the function ‘Do Not Track’, click on ‘Tracking’ and choose the option ‘Ask websites not to track me’ from the box that opens.
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