What cookies are and what they are used for
Definition of “cookies” and similar technology
Cookies are small text files sent from a visited website to a user’s device (pc, smartphone, tablet, console, etc.) while the user is browsing that website. Cookies enable a number of functions and collect information regarding the user’s online activities. When browsing a website, a user’s terminal may happen to receive cookies from other websites, web services and providers (so-called “third party cookies”) which may include certain items (such as images, maps, sound files, links to individual web pages on other domains) that are present on the website the user is visiting. There are several types of cookies; however, they all share the common purpose of making the website more effective, enabling certain features and improving the user’s experience.
These types of cookies are necessary to enable the proper working of certain areas of the website and include both persistent and session cookies. Without these cookies, the website, or parts of it, may not function properly. Therefore, regardless of the preferences expressed by the user, these cookies are used for the purposes of data authentication, monitoring browsing sessions and memorizing technical data regarding users who access this Website. The user’s prior consent is not necessary to install these cookies. However, the Data Controller is required to provide the information under Section 13 of the Privacy Code insofar as these types of cookies are strictly necessary to provide the services requested.
Thus, without prejudice to the User’s rights regarding the data managed by means of cookies, it should be noted that, pursuant to article 122, paragraph 2 of the Privacy Code, the consent to the use of such cookies is given by the party concerned through the individual setting selected for the browser in use to navigate the website.
When browsing a website, a User’s terminal may happen to receive cookies from other websites, web services or providers (so-called “third party cookies”): This happens because a visited website may contain items such as images, maps, sound files, links to individual web pages on different domains that are located on servers other than the one where the visited page is stored. In other words, the cookies are directly installed by the manager of the website, web server or provider other than the manager of the visited website. In these cases, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. would like to point out that third-party cookies are outside its control and are sent by an external entity.