Certain cookies and identifiers are conveyed and controlled by us directly. We collect and process your personal data by means of these cookies and identifiers.
To the contrary, other cookies and identifiers are conveyed and controlled by third parties, over which we have no control. We hereby invite you to read such cookies policies of the third parties carefully.
A. What cookies are and what they are for
The cookies are small text files that Sites visited by a user send directly to its terminal (usually, to the browser), where they are memorised to be transmitted to the same Sites at the following visit of the same by the same user (the so called proprium first party cookies). During the surfing of a Site, a user may receive on its terminal also cookies of other Sites or of other web servers (the so called third parties cookies); this happens because there may be elements on the visited Site, such as images, maps, sounds, links to specific web pages of other domains that are on servers other than the server on which the requested page is placed. In other words, such cookies are set up on a Site other than the one that is currently visited.
The cookies may have a duration limited to a single session of navigation on the browser (called session cookies), and, in such event, they deactivate automatically once the browser is closed by the user; or may have a predetermined duration and, in such event, they will remain memorised and active on your hard disk until the expiry date, thus continuing collecting information during different sessions of navigation on the browser (the so called permanent cookies).
The cookies are used for several purposes. Certain cookies are necessary in order to allow you to surf the Site and benefit of its functionalities (the so called technical cookies). Other cookies are used in order to obtain statistical information, whether in aggregate or not, about the number of users accessing the Site and how the Site is used (called monitoring cookies or analytics). To the end, other cookies are used in order to track your customer profile and allow you to view advertisements that may be of interest to you (called profiling cookies).
We summarise the types of cookies below:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Site. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Site and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use on the Site and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|User_id||This cookie is essential for the Site to operate. It allows us to synchronise your login status between the forum section of the Site and the other sections of the Site.|
|This cookie is essential for the Site to operate. It allows us to remember your details during your current visit to the Site. Most of the cookies we use are known as session cookies. These cookies expire whenever you close your browser or shut down your computer.|
|Authautologin||This cookie is a functionality cookie which automatically logs users in if their “session” cookie has expired. This allows you to navigate away from the Site and then return to the Site in the same browsing session.|
|Bblastactivity||This cookie is a functionality cookie which records the time at which you were last active on the forum section of the Site. This is used to update your public profile on the forum.|
|Bblastvisit||This cookie is a functionality cookie which records the time of your last visit to the Site. This allows us to bring updates which you may have missed to your attention.|
|Bbpassword||This cookie is a functionality cookie which remembers your password in order to automatically log you into the forum sections of our Site if you have already logged into your account.|
|Bbuserid||This cookie is a functionality cookie which remembers your user ID in order to automatically log you into the forum sections of our Site if you have already logged into your account.|
|Google Analytics||This is an analytical / performance cookie. The Site uses Google Analytics to help analyse how users use the Site, collecting standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymised form from which no user is identifiable. This information is transmitted to Google and processed to compile statistical reports on activity on the Site. These reports allow us to optimise our user experience. Google provide a browser add-on for users who wish to prevent their data from being used by Google Analytics. Further information is available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.|
C. How to manage the cookies and oppose to their use
There are several options to manage, disable and remove the cookies.
(1) Modify your browser settings
Please follow the instructions provided by your browser’s producer to discover how to manage, disable or remove all the cookies.
Please be careful in making your choice. By blocking the receipt of all the cookies indiscriminately, including the technical ones, without providing a specific exception for the Site, you may no longer able to surf the Site or to benefit, in whole or in part, from its functionalities. Furthermore, removing the technical cookies could remove the preferences set up by using the Site or you could no longer find products or services included in your basket.
(2) Use our interactive instruments or those provided by third parties
In order to disable the first party profiling cookies and/or identifiers, which means those installed directly by us, you can simply edit your preferences using the interactive banner that is displayed on our Site homepage, as illustrated below. Your choice to oppose to the use of such cookies will not have any consequences on the ability to surf on the Site and to use its functionalities, and could be revoked by you at any time whatsoever by using the same button.
In order to disable the third parties cookies or identifiers, please see the privacy policies of those third parties.