This document is issued pursuant to articles 13 and 122 of Legislative Decree 196/2003 (Privacy Law), and the provisions of the general Regulations issued by the Privacy Guarantor on 8th May 2014, in order for the Data Controller, Electrica s.r.l., to provide users of the website electrica.it (hereinafter “website”), information about the cookies that are used.
1 - DATA TREATMENT HOLDER
Data treatment holder is Electrica s.r.l. with registered office in via Privata della Torre 24, 20127 Milano; listed in Milan Company Register with VAT Number IT08357940157 (hereinafter “Electrica”).
2 - WHAT ARE COOKIES
Cookies are short strings of text that the site the user visits sends to their computer (usually to the browser), where they are stored and later retransmitted to the site the next time the same user visits it again. While a user is browsing the web, other cookies may be received in their computer that are sent by different websites or services (so-called “Third party” cookies), that may contain certain elements (e.g. images, maps, sounds, specific links to other domain pages) that are found in the site the user is visiting.
There are usually a large number of cookies in a user’s browser, which often remain there for a long time and are used for different purposes: IT authentication, session monitoring, storing data about specific configurations of the users that access the server.
Cookies differ according to the purposes for which they are used, and are divided into two macro categories: technical cookies and profile cookies..
For more information on cookies and on how to manage browser’s cookie settings please visit:
3 - COOKIES TYPES
Cookies differ according to the purposes for which they are used, and are divided into two macro categories: technical cookies and profile cookies.
Technical cookies are only used to ”transmit a communication in a digital communications network, or to the extent strictly necessary for the provision of a service by the company of information expressly requested by the subscriber or user to receive the service” (ed. Art. 122(1) Privacy Law).
The profile cookies create user profiles and are used to send advertising messages pinpointed to the user’s preferences which are shown while browsing the web. Given the intrusive nature of these cookies into the user’s private life, European and Italian law requires that the user be adequately informed about their use and consequently express their consent or otherwise.
Third Party Cookies
To correctly define the question the further element of subjectivity has to be considered. i.e. consider the other subjects who install cookies in the user’s computer, whether it is the manager of the site the user is visiting (that can be briefly referred to as the “editor”) or a different site that installs cookies through the former site (so-called “third parties”).
4 - COOKIE TYPES USED BY THIS SITE
The website uses technical cookies in order to recognise users who come back to visit the site and their data, so that the same information is not sent to the same user repeatedly. The following cookies are used:
- browsing cookies: that enable saving the user’s browsing preferences and improving their browsing experience.
- cookie analytics: that enable obtaining statistical data about the users’ browsing methods. These data are processed jointly and anonymously.
- function cookies: including third parties, to activate specific functions in the online space that are necessary to provide or improve the service.
In detail, the site uses the following technical cookies:
expiration time 1 years
used to protect against Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks
expires when the browser is closed
used to establish a user session and to store connection status data
expires when the browser is closed
These cookies do not require the user’s prior consent for installation and use.
The website is not using profiling cookies used to save and persist user profiles and to send marketing communication in line with the preferences expressed by the user while navigating the Internet.
Third Party Cookies
Some third-party cookies are installed through the website, in detail:
used by Google Analytics to distinguish users
expiration time 2 yeas
used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
expiration time 10 minutes
used by Google Analytics to store and update a unique value for each page visited
sexpires when the browser is closed
Google Analytics with IP anonymization (Google Inc.) is a web analysis tool provided by Google Inc (in the following “Google”).
Google uses all gathered personal data to track and analyze the usage of the website, fill out reports and share them with other Google services.
Google may use personal data to contextualize and personalize marketing messages within its own commercial network. Anonymizing is in place by shortening the user IP address within the borders of the European Community Members Countries or within any other Country part of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the IP address will be sent to Google and shortened within the USA.
For more information concerning Google Analytics IP Anonymization please refer to:
In any moment, the user can refuse to accept all cookies provided by Google Analytics by disabling the usage from the website and installing the component that can be found at following address:
For more information on Google Analytics please refer to:
5 - METHODS OF TREATMENT
The treatment is performed with automatic tools within the website. No disclosure or communication is performed.
6 - DATA SUPPLY
Apart from technical cookies, needed to allow normal navigation on the website, the user is responsible for cookie data supply by deciding to navigate the website after having read the short informative in the cookie banner and by deciding to use third party’s services that imply cookie usage.
7- HOW TO MANAGE OR DISABLE COOKIES
Most of available internet browsers (the browser is the software used to navigate websites) are by default automatically accepting cookies. The user can manage cookie settings directly within the browser by changing the configuration so that cookies are completely disabled or the user is notified anytime a website is trying to save a cookie on the device. Furthermore, after closing each navigation session all saved cookies can be erased from the device.
The user can prevent a website from using cookies for the aforementioned purposes. Also, all cookies can be erased at once by using the tools provided by the browser. Please, know that if all cookies are erased then some the of the functionalities provided by the website can no longer work properly.
If different devices are used to access the website (computers, smartphones, tablet, etc.) the user is accountable for properly managing cookie settings on each of these devices.
The user can navigate with cookies persistence temporarily disabled by using the incognito navigation mode (also called “private navigation” or “anonymous navigation”) available on all modern web browsers.
With this mode the browser, depending on the version, is not saving cookies or is just saving some cookie strictly needed to keep the website functional. Cookies are anyways erased when the browser window is closed.
Furthermore, in this mode all visited websites are not saved in browser history and all information entered in a form is not remembered.
Details on how to enable “anonymous” or “private” navigation are available on each browser’s support website:
Each user, by clicking on following links, can access to specific instruction on how to manage cookies per each of the used web browser. By doing this each user can completely disable or erase all cookies:
8 - MODIFICATIONS AND UPDATES
Last updated: 04/08/2017