What are cookies?
Cookies consist of portions of code (IT files or partial data) sent by a server to the user’s internet browser, which from said browser are automatically stored on the user’s computer and automatically sent back to the server whenever needed or whenever the website is accessed again.
Usually a cookie contains the name of the website from which the same cookie originates, the lifetime of the cookie (i.e. the amount of time it remains on the user’s device) and a value, which generally is a unique number generated randomly. At each subsequent visit the cookies are sent back to the original website (first-party cookies) or to another site that recognises them (third-party cookies). Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise the user’s device and they also have different purposes, such as, for example, allowing the user to navigate efficiently between pages, remember preferences and, more generally, improve the browsing experience. They can also help to ensure that the adverts seen online are more relevant to the user and his/her interests.
If the user decides to turn off the cookies, this could impact and/or limit his/her browsing experience in the websites, for example, he/she may not be able to visit certain sections of the site or receive personalised information when visiting the sites.
How do cookies work and how can they be deleted?
The methods of functioning as well as the options for restricting or blocking cookies can be adjusted by changing the settings on the internet browser. Most internet browsers are initially set to automatically accept cookies; the user may, however, change these settings to block the cookies or be warned each time cookies are sent to his/her device. Cookies can be managed in different ways; please refer to the instruction manual or help screen of your browser to see how to adjust or change its settings. The user, in fact, is permitted to modify the pre-defined configuration and turn off the cookies (i.e. block them definitively), setting the highest level of protection.
Here below is the path to follow to manage cookies on the following browsers:
If the user uses different devices to display and access the websites (e.g. computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.), he/she must make sure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit his/her preferences regarding cookies. To delete cookies from the internet browser of a smartphone/tablet, please refer to the instruction manual of the device. What type and category of cookies does the Autogas Group use and for what purpose?
A detailed explanation of the cookies used in this website is given below:
“Technical” cookies are essential for the correct functioning of the websites and allow users to browse the sites and make good use of all the features (e.g. they allow previous actions to be memorised and the user’s session to be saved and/or other activities strictly necessary to the functioning of the websites to be performed).
“Analytical” cookies also belong to this category, and these cookies help the Autogas Group to understand how users interact with the websites by providing information on the last page visited, the number of sections and pages visited, the time spent on the websites and each event that occurred during browsing, such as an error message, and to help to understand whether the user encounters any difficulties when using the websites. This information may be associated to the user’s details, such as IP address, domain or browser; however, they are analysed together with other users’ information so that no individual user is identified.
These cookies are gathered and aggregated anonymously and allow the Autogas Group to improve the performance of the websites.
Lastly, “functionality” cookies enable websites to remember the user’s choices (e.g. the user name) to provide him/her with more personalised, optimised browsing. Functionality cookies are essential for website functioning, but they also improve browsing quality and experience. If you do not accept these cookies, the performance and functionality of the websites could be poor, and access to the website content could be restricted.
These cookies gather information on how users use the website, e.g. which pages are visited most frequently and if users receive error messages.
The data gathered are read in aggregated form to understand the efficiency of the website and level of browsing experience; these data are only used to improve the functioning and performance of the website.
Google Analytics uses text files which are placed on your computer to allow the website to analyse the way in which users use the site. The information generated by cookies on the use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted and placed on Google servers in the United States. In the event that IP anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will, however, be shortened beforehand within the borders of the European Union and in the member states of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional circumstances will the IP address be transmitted to Google servers and shortened there. Google uses this information to monitor your use of the website, compile reports on website activities for website operators and provide other services related to website activities and the use of the Internet. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or if such third parties process this information on Google’s behalf. You can turn off cookies on your browser by following the procedures given by Google (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=it), this will result in restricted use of the website.
By using this website, you give your consent to the processing of your data by Google according to the methods and for the purposes mentioned above.
If you do not wish to associate your visit to your social network account, please log off. Please find below the methods offered by the main social networks that allow the user to disable social plugins:
- Facebook: access your account, privacy section.
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/settings/security
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/
- Google+: http://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/managing/
For further information on the processing and use of data via social networks, including privacy protection settings, please check the privacy policies of the individual social networks or websites. The links in question are given below: