Cookies are short snippets of text (letters and / or numbers) that allow the web server to store information on the client (browser) to be reused during the same visit to the site (session cookies) or later, even at a distance of Days (persistent cookies). Cookies are stored, based on user preferences, from the single browser on the specific device you are using (computers, tablets, smartphones).
Similar technologies, such as web beacons, transparent GIFs, and all forms of local storage introduced with HTML5, can be used to collect information about user behavior and usage of services.
In the following, we will refer to cookies and all similar technologies by simply using the term “cookies”.
Types of cookies
Cookies strictly needed. These are indispensable cookies for the proper functioning of www.explainwell.org and are used to manage login and access to the site’s private functions. The duration of cookies is strictly limited to the work session (closed browser is deleted), except for the personal area where longer cookies are used (with a 30-day deadline) to facilitate login functions to the portal. Their deactivation compromises the use of accessible login services.
Analysis and performance cookies. These are cookies used to collect and analyze traffic and site usage anonymously. These cookies, even without identifying the user, allow, for example, to detect whether the same user returns to connect at different times. They also allow you to monitor your system and improve its performance and usability. Disabling such cookies can be performed without any loss of functionality.
Profiling Cookies. These are permanent cookies used to identify (anonymously and not) the user’s preferences and enhance its navigation experience.
Third party cookies
By visiting a website you may receive cookies from both the visited site (“owners”) or from sites managed by other organizations (“third parties”). A notable example is the presence of “social plugins” for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. These are parts of the visited page generated directly from the above sites and integrated into the site of the host site. The most common use of social plugins is to share social networking content.
The presence of these plugins involves the transmission of cookies to and from all sites managed by third parties. The management of information collected by “third parties” is governed by the relevant information to which reference is made. To ensure greater transparency and convenience, here are the web addresses of various information and how to manage cookies.
Facebook Informative: https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies/
Twitter information: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170514
Linkedin information: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy
Google+ info: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/technologies/cookies/
The site www.explainwell.org also includes some components transmitted by Google Analytics, a web traffic analysis service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Again, this is third-party cookies that are collected and managed anonymously to monitor and improve the performance of your site (performance cookie).
Google Analytics uses “cookies” to collect and analyze anonymously the behavioral information about the website www.explainwell.org (including the user’s IP address). This information is collected by Google Analytics, which processes them for the purpose of drafting reports about activities on the websites themselves. This site uses the Google Analysis Tool to monitor or collect personal identification information. Google does not associate the IP address with any other data held by Google or attempts to link an IP address to a user’s identity. Google may also disclose this information to third parties where this is required by law or where such third parties refer the above information to Google.
For more information, please refer to the following link:
The user can selectively disable Google Analytics by installing the opt-out component provided by Google on their browser. To disable Google Analytics action, please refer to the following link:
Some cookies (session cookies) remain active until the browser closes or the logout command is executed. Other cookies “survive” at the end of the browser and are also available on subsequent visits of the user.
These cookies are said to be persistent and their duration is fixed by the server at the time of their creation. In some cases a deadline is set, in other cases the duration is unlimited.
However, browsing the pages of the web site www.explainwell.org, you can interact with third-party managed sites that can create or modify permanent cookies and profiling.
The user can decide whether or not to accept cookies using their browser settings.
Warning: total or partial disabling of technical cookies may compromise the use of site features reserved for registered users. Conversely, the accessibility of public content is also possible by completely disabling cookies.
Disabling “third party” cookies does not affect navigability in any way.
The setting can be specifically defined for different sites and web applications. In addition, the best browsers allow you to define different settings for “proprietary” and “third-party” cookies.
By way of example, in Firefox, through the Tools-> Options -> Privacy menu, you can access a control panel where you can decide whether to accept or not the different types of cookies and to remove them.
Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en/kb/Gestione%20dei%20cookie
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/how-to-manage-cookies-in-internet-explorer-9