What are cookies?
Cookies are short text fragments (letters and/or numbers) that enable the web server to store information on the client (your browser). This information is used while you continue your visit on the website (session cookies) or at a later time, even after a few days (persistent cookies). Cookies are stored based on your individual browser preferences, as set on the device you are using (desktop computer, tablet or smartphone).
Similar technologies, such as, for example, web beacons or “clear GIFs” and all forms of HTML5 local storage, collect information about your interaction with and use of the website services.
Types of cookies
There are different types of web cookies depending on their characteristics and use:
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential to navigate around the websites and allow you to sign in and access restricted area functions. These cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open (they are deleted when you close your browser). If disabled, you will not be able to use services that require signing in. You will, however, be able to browse the public access areas of the websites.
Analytical and performance cookies
These cookies anonymously collect and analyse data about user traffic and how users are using the websites. While these cookies do not identify the user, they, for example, make it possible to detect if the same user comes back to visit the website. In addition, they are used to monitor the system and improve its performance and usability. Disabling these cookies will have no impact on the functionality of the website.
These are permanent cookies used to identify (anonymously and not) your preferences and improve your browsing experience. Gas.Net websites do not use these cookies.
When you visit a website, you may receive cookies from the website you are visiting (“first party” cookies) and from websites managed by other organisations (“third party” cookies). A practical example is the presence of social plugins for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. These are parts of pages visited that are directly generated by third-party websites and integrated into the host’s website. They are most commonly used to share content across social networks.
Cookies will be sent to and from the websites operated by the third party whenever these plugins are present. Please refer to the third party’s individual policies to learn how the third party handles the information it collects. To ensure greater transparency, you will find the web addresses of the various notices and cookie policies below for your convenience.
Facebook (settings): sign in to your account Privacy section.
Twitter (settings): https://twitter.com/settings/security
Linkedin (settings): https://www.linkedin.com/settings/
Google+ (settings): http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/managing/
Gas.Net websites also include components sent by Google Analytics, a web analytics service offered by Google Inc. (“Google”). These, too, are third-party cookies collected and managed anonymously to monitor and improve the performance of the host site (performance cookie).
To learn more, please refer to the link: https://www.google.it/policies/privacy/partners/
You may disable Google Analytics by installing the opt-out component, created by Google, on your browser. To opt out of Google Analytics, please refer to the link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Some cookies (session cookies) remain active until you close your browser or logout. Other cookies persist after you close your browser and will be available the next time you visit.
Called persistent cookies, these last for the specific length of time set by the server when they are created. Some have an expiry date; others may last for an unlimited time.
You can choose to enable or disable cookies through your browser settings.
Attention: if you decide to completely or partially disable technical cookies you might not be able to sign in as a registered user. However, you will be able to use the public access areas of the website even if you completely disable them.
Disabling third-party cookies will not affect your browsing experience in any way.
You can define cookie settings specifically for each site and web application. The best browsers will even let you define different settings for first-party and third-party cookies.
In Firefox, for example, through Tools->Options ->Privacy, you can access a control panel that lets you set whether or not to accept the different types of cookies and remove them.
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/it-it/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9