• The Metalmobil.com site uses browsing cookies, so-called technical cookies, which speed up browsing and your access to the website’s content.
• The Metalmobil.com site uses Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager cookies in order to collect aggregated statistical information regarding the website and its use.
• The Metalmobil.com site uses cookie profiling in order to display only those adverts that are relevant to your browsing preferences.
• The Metalmobil.com site does not use “third-party” cookies from other sites, other than the one you are visiting, and cookies contained in various elements hosted on the page itself.
In the following paragraphs you will find more detailed information regarding cookies, how they function, and how you can configure the settings on your own browser.
What are cookies?
Cookies are pieces of information downloaded onto your browser when you visit a website or use a social network on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Each cookie contains different pieces of information, for example, the name of the server from which it originates, a numerical identifier, etc. Cookies can remain in the system for the duration of a session (which means until you close the browser used for accessing the internet) or for longer periods, and can contain a unique identification code.
What is the purpose of cookies?
Some cookies are used to perform computer authentications, to monitor sessions and to store specific information relating to the users who access a web page. These cookies, referred to as technical cookies, are often used because they can speed up browsing and access to web pages and, for example, because they help facilitate certain processes when you make online purchases, when you log into reserved-access areas or when a website automatically recognises the language in which it is normally viewed.
A particular type of cookie, known as analytics, is then used by website operators to collect aggregated information regarding the number of users and the number of visits each of these users makes to the site itself, enabling operators to compile general statistics regarding the service and its users.
In contrast, other cookies can be used to monitor and profile users as they browse, studying their movements and internet browsing or purchasing habits (what they buy, what they read, etc.), in order also to send users advertising for targeted and personalised services, a process referred to as “behavioural advertising”. In this case we are talking about cookie profiling.
For example, have you ever visited a service website, used your webmail or accessed your page on a social network and found advertising banners related to your most recent web searches or the last purchase you made online? This happens because those web spaces are designed to recognise your computer or another device you are using to connect to the internet, for example a smartphone or tablet, and then possibly to send you “profiled” promotional messages based on your web searches or your internet use.
Sometimes a web page may also contain cookies from other sites and cookies that are contained in various elements hosted on the page itself, for example advertising banners, images, videos, etc. In these cases, we are talking about third-party cookies, which are normally used for the purposes of profiling. Therefore, cookies that you download onto a computer, smartphone or tablet can also be read by other parties, other than those who manage the web pages you visit.
Options for cookie-free browsing
In general, third-party cookies are not essential for browsing, therefore you can opt out of them by using the relevant settings of your browser. The "Do Not Track" option is featured in the majority of the latest browsers. Websites that are designed to comply with this option when it is activated should automatically stop collecting any of your browsing data. As indicated, however, not all websites are set up to comply with this (discretionary) option. Activate the “anonymous browsing” mode. This function enables you to browse without leaving a trace of your browsing data in the browser. Sites will not remember you, the pages that you visit will not be stored in the browser’s history and new cookies will be deleted. The anonymous browsing function does not, however, guarantee anonymity on the internet because although it does not store your browsing data within the browser, your browsing data will continue to remain available to the website operators and to your internet provider. Directly delete cookies. All browsers have specific functions that enable you to do this. However, remember that each time you connect to the internet new cookies are downloaded. Therefore, cookies must be deleted on a regular basis. Some browsers offer an automated function that periodically deletes cookies.
For further information regarding your browser settings for monitoring cookies you may visit www.aboutcookies.org.