What is a cookie and what is its purpose?
Cookies are small text strings that are saved in the user’s browser folders when browsing on Internet sites and contain some information (indication of the server from which they were generated or the domain, duration or expiration date, a unique identification code, a unique value, etc.)
The consulted website sends the above information to the browser that creates the cookie, storing it in its own directories. While browsing, cookies that affect the site you are browsing, are sent back to the server, which uses the value of the cookie for various purposes, such as:
– facilitate the consultation of the site and improve the browsing experience;
– convey advertising messages;
– acquire statistical information related to user navigation, etc.
Which cookies does the Website use and for what purposes?
The cookies used by this website do not allow the collection of personal information relating to the user nor are they used for profiling activities and some are deleted automatically when the browser is closed. In addition, the data generated by cookies are used Westrafo as a tool to assist in the analysis and internal monitoring (on aggregated data) on the traffic generated by users (accesses and page views, in particular), and in order to be able to make changes improvements in terms of operation and navigation. Furthermore, on this website no Westrafo cookies (so-called “first-party cookies”) are used, because the site does not allow authentication, sale and/or does not carry out any activity for customizing the information offered to users.
Browsing or session cookies (technical cookies)
Browsing or session cookies are technical cookies and are necessary for the operation of the site, because they guarantee the normal navigation and use of the website and a better experience of the service offered. From the first access, therefore, these cookies allow the site to work properly and allow you to view the contents on the user’s device (eg recognizing the language and the country from which the connection takes place), thus being able to efficiently explore the site.
In addition, the data generated by cookies are used by Westrafo as a tool to assist us in the analysis and internal monitoring (on aggregated data) of the traffic generated by users (accesses and page views, in particular), and in order to be able to make changes and improvements in terms of operation and navigation.
Session cookies are strictly limited to the transmission of session identification data consisting of random numbers generated by the server that do not allow any personal identification of individual users.
Session cookies are not stored permanently on the user’s computer and disappear when the browser is closed.
Functional cookies (technical c.)
These cookies allow the site, on the basis of the user’s express request, to recognize it at subsequent accesses or allow the user to navigate according to a series of selected criteria in order to improve the service provided (eg by storing the language or research carried out previously). Functional cookies are not essential to the operation of the site, but improve the quality and experience of navigation. This type of cookie is updated on the user’s browser every time he returns to the site.
Analytical cookies (technical c.)
These cookies are used to process statistical analysis on how users browse and collect anonymous information about the use of the website (eg Google Analitycs). These cookies are used to collect and analyze information – relating to the use of the site by users (eg number of pages visited, pages accessed, etc.) – that cannot be used for commercial purposes. Westrafo treats the results of these analyzes anonymously and exclusively for statistical purposes.
How to disable cookies and manage preferences
Most browsers are configured to accept, control or possibly disable cookies through settings. However, remember that disabling cookies or navigation functional ones can cause the site to malfunction and / or limit the service we offer.
To change the settings of your browser in order to disable cookies, we inform you that you can usually follow the following procedure: select “Internet Options” or “Preferences” from the “Tools” or “View” or “Edit” menu; select the item “Privacy” or “Protection” or “File Download” and choose your preferred settings.