Cookie Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://hfr-lab.org/

1. What are cookies

Cookies are information saved on the hard disk of the user’s terminal and which are sent by the user’s browser to a Web server and which refer to the use of the network. Consequently, they allow you to know the services, the sites frequented and the options that have been revealed while browsing the net. In other words, cookies are small files, containing letters and numbers, which are downloaded to the user’s computer or mobile device when they visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the original site on each subsequent visit, or to a other website that recognizes these cookies. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize the user’s device.

This information is therefore not provided spontaneously and directly, but leaves traces of the user’s online browsing.

Cookies perform various functions and allow you to navigate between pages efficiently, remembering user preferences and, more generally, improving your experience. They can also help ensure that the advertisements shown while browsing are of interest to you and that the marketing activities carried out comply with your preferences, avoiding unwelcome promotional initiatives or those not in line with the user’s needs.

While browsing a site, the user can also receive cookies on his terminal which are sent from different sites or web servers (so-called “third parties”), on which some elements may reside (e.g. images, maps, sounds, specific links to pages of other domains) present on the site the user is visiting. There may therefore be:

. Direct cookies, sent directly from this site to the user’s device
. Third-party cookies, coming from a third party but sent on our behalf. This site does not use third-party cookies to facilitate the analysis of our website and its use, and to allow targeted advertising.

Furthermore, depending on the purpose of use of cookies, these can be distinguished into:

  • Technical cookies: they are used to allow the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network or to provide a service expressly requested by the user. They are not used for other purposes. In the category of technical cookies, the use of which does not require the user’s consent, the following stand out:
    Navigation or session cookies: they guarantee normal navigation and use of the website (e.g. to authenticate and access reserved areas). The use of these cookies (which are not stored permanently on the user’s device and are automatically deleted when the browser is closed) is strictly limited to the transmission of session identifiers (consisting of random numbers generated by the server) necessary to allow safe and efficient exploration of the site.
    Analytics cookies: if they are used only to collect information in aggregate form, on the number of users who visit the site and how they visit it
    Functionality cookies: they allow the user to navigate based on a series of selected criteria (e.g. language or services subscribed to) to improve the service provided to the user.
  • Profiling cookies: are aimed at creating profiles relating to the user and used to send targeted promotional messages based on the preferences expressed while browsing the internet. These cookies can be used for these purposes only with the user’s consent.

2. How cookies are used by this website

These uses include the use of cookies to:

  • know the total number of visitors on an ongoing basis as well as the types of browsers (e.g. Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer) and operating systems (e.g. Windows or Macintosh) used;
  • monitor the performance of the site, including how visitors use it, as well as to improve its functionality;
  • personalize and improve the online user experience; And
  • allow user profiling, for targeted and personalized promotional purposes based on the preferences and interests expressed online by the user, exclusively by us and not by third parties, both on this site and outside of it.

3. Technologies similar to cookies

As with many websites, we use technologies similar to cookies, including local shared objects (also known as “flash cookies”), browser history analytics, browser fingerprinting, and pixel tags (also known as “ web beacons”). These technologies provide us and our vendors with information about how the site and its content are used by visitors, and allow us to identify whether your computer or device has visited our or other sites in the past.

Our servers automatically collect your IP address; in this way, we can associate this address with the user’s domain name or that of his Internet Provider. We may also collect certain “clickstream data” related to your use of the Site. Clickstream data includes, for example, information relating to the user’s computer or device, browser and operating system and related settings, the page of origin, the pages and contents viewed or clicked during the visit as well as the times and methods of such transactions, items downloaded, the site you visit after ours, and any search terms you enter on our site or a redirecting site.

Data other than personal data are processed exclusively to carry out the service requested by you.

4. How to control or delete cookies

The user has the right to choose whether or not to accept cookies. Below is some information on how to exercise this right. However, please note that by choosing to refuse cookies, the user may not be able to use all the features of the site and, if he has given consent to profiling on other occasions, the communications he receives may not be relevant to his interests. It should also be noted that if you choose to manage cookie preferences, our cookie management tool will still set a technical cookie on your device to allow us to execute the user’s preferences. Deleting or removing cookies from the user device also involves the removal of the cookie relating to preferences; these choices will therefore have to be made again.

You can block cookies using the selection links in the table above. Alternatively, you can change your browser settings so that cookies cannot be stored on your device. To do this, you need to follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually found in the “Help”, “Tools or “Edit” menus). Deactivating a cookie or a category of cookies does not delete them from your browser. Therefore, this operation must be carried out directly in the browser.

For further information about cookies, including how to view those that have been set on your device, how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

5. Cookies set previously

If the user has disabled one or more cookies, we will still be able to use the information collected before such disabling via preferences. However, from that moment on, we will stop using disabled cookies to collect further information.

Last Update: March 14, 2024