Cookie Policy

1. Introduction

This cookie policy refers exclusively to the site https://www.gsdinternational.com/ (the “Site”) and forms an integral part of the same site’s Privacy Policy.

2. Definitions, characteristics and application of regulations

Cookies are small text files that a site, when visited by a user, sends and stores on the user’s computer or mobile device, to be subsequently sent back to the site upon the user’s next visit. Through the use of cookies, a site can record a user’s actions and preferences (such as, for example, login data, the preferred language, character size and other viewing settings, etc.) and, in this way, there is no need for the user to re-enter this information when he/she returns to the site or when he/she moves from one page of the site to another. Cookies, therefore, are used to perform computer authentication, to monitor sessions and to record information about the activities of a user who accesses a site. Cookies may also contain a unique identifying code that enables the user to be tracked as he/she browses the site. Tracking is done for statistical and/or advertising purposes. As a user browses one site, he/she may also receive cookies from other, different sites or web servers (so-called "third-party cookies"). Some operations may not work properly without the use of cookies which, in certain cases, are technically necessary for the site to function.

There are various types of cookies, with each type having its own particular characteristics and functions, and cookies can remain on the user’s computer or mobile device for different periods of time: so-called session cookies, which are automatically deleted when the user’s browser is closed; so-called persistent cookies, which stay on the user’s device until a pre-set expiry date.

On the basis of the existing regulations in Italy, the use of cookies does not always require the user’s express consent. Specifically, “technical cookies” do not need such consent. These cookies are used for the sole purpose of transmitting data over an electronic communications network, or to the extent strictly necessary to provide a service which has been explicitly requested by the user. In other words, these cookies are essential for the site to work properly or are needed to perform an activity requested by the user.

Amongst these technical cookies, which do not require a user’s consent in order to be used, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) (see Simplified arrangements to provide information and obtain consent regarding cookies of 8 May 2014, hereinafter, simply, the "Decision") also includes:

  • "analytical cookies", when used directly by the website manager to collect information, in an aggregate form, on numbers of users and how these users visit the site,
  • browsing or session cookies, that ensure the website can be browsed and used properly (allowing, for example, purchases to be made or authentication to be done for access to a reserved area);
  • functional cookies, which allow a user to browse a website using a set of selected criteria (for example, language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service delivered.

For "profiling cookies", on the other hand, or those cookies used to build a profile of the user in order to send him/her advertisements which are consistent with the preferences expressed as he/she browses the internet, the user’s consent is required.

3. Types of cookie used by the Site

The Site uses the following types of cookie and provides the option of disabling them, except for third-party cookies, for which the user should refer directly to the relative ways of enabling and disabling the respective cookies, indicated by means of links:

  • Technical cookies – browsing or session – strictly necessary for the Site to work properly or to allow the user to access content and services requested.
  • Analytical cookies that allow the website manager to understand how the site is used by users. These cookies do not collect any information about the user’s identity nor any personal data. Information is processed in an aggregated and anonymous form.
  • Functional cookies that are used to enable specific features on the Site and a set of selected criteria (for example, language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service delivered.
  • Profiling cookies that are used to build a profile of the user in order to send him/her advertisements which are consistent with the preferences expressed as he/she browses the internet.

IMPORTANT: disabling technical cookies and/or functional cookies may result in the Site not being accessible or in certain features not being available or not working properly, and the user may have to modify or re-enter certain information or preferences each time that he/she visits the Site.
https://www.gsdinternational.com/ uses third-party cookies, i.e. cookies set by sites or web services other than the Controller’s. They are used for the third-party’s own purposes and may include analytical cookies and profiling cookies. It should be noted that these third parties, listed below with the relative hypertext link to their privacy policy, act as autonomous controllers in terms of processing personal data collected through cookies sent by the same. Hence, users will need to refer to these third parties to consult their policies on how personal data is processed, their information and any forms they may make available to collect the users’ consent (enabling and disabling the respective cookies).

Below is a list of the links to the respective information on the use of cookies and to the consent forms provided (as required by the Decision): 

Google: https://www.google.it/intl/it/policies/technologies/types/
Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB
 
In detail, the cookies sent directly through the Site are given below:

Cookies on the Site

Type of cookie and owner

Type of cookie and owner 

Technical name for the cookie 

Function and purpose

Duration

Third parties
Google Analytics
Profiling

__ga

They allow an analysis to be done on how users use the site in order to improve the site’s content and services. As part of this activity, browsing information is collected, for example, which pages the user visits, the time since the user’s last visit to the site; information about the session such as the duration of the visit and the time spent on each page; information on where visits to the site come from.

The Gat cookie is used to manage the speed of the request to the server.

2 years

Gat_

1 minute

__gid

24 hours

 

4. How to view and change cookies through your web browser

The user may select which cookies to accept by following the relevant procedure in the Settings relative to cookies section below, as well as accepting, blocking and deleting cookies (in whole or in part) through the specific browser functions: however, if all or some cookies are disabled, it may result in the Site not being accessible or in some services or certain features not being available or not working properly and/or the user may have to modify or re-enter certain information or preferences each time that he/she visits the Site.

For more information on how to set cookie preferences through a browser, see the relative instructions:

5. Settings relative to cookies

The user may decide and specifically indicate which cookies to authorise.

The user must bear in mind, however, that if technical cookies are not authorised, it might be impossible to use the Site, to view the Site’s content and/or to use the related services. Blocking functional cookies may result in some services or certain features not being available or not working properly and the user may have to modify or re-enter certain information or preferences each time that he/she visits the Site. 

If other, third-party cookies are not authorised, however, this has no effect whatsoever on the functioning of the Site; yet, being cookies sent exclusively by third parties, and given the fact that the website manager has no control over whether and how these cookies are sent to the user’s device, a user can only object to these cookies through the consent forms made available by these third parties, if present, or by changing the settings in his/her browser. Links to the relative privacy policies and any cookie consent forms made available by third parties who send cookies through the Site are given in the section, Types of cookie used by the Site.

As for cookies sent directly by the website manager, as well as through the procedure made available on this page, the user may block or delete cookies (in whole or in part) through the specific browser functions (in this regard, please see the above). 

The user’s decisions regarding cookies used by the Site will be, in turn, recorded in a special technical cookie having the characteristics given in the specific table on cookies. This cookie may, however, not work properly in certain situations: in this case, the user should delete any unwanted cookies and block their use through his/her browser’s functions. 

The user’s preferences in terms of cookies will have to be reset if different devices or browsers are used to access the Site.