Cookie Policy

Cookie usage

 

The “Website” uses cookies to make it simple and efficient for visitors to use the services and view the pages of areastream.net. Cookies are small text files that store information on devices – such as computers and mobile devices – when visiting the Website, and those text files are saved in the web browser directories. There are different types of cookies, some make the website more effective, others enable certain features.

Our cookies allow to:

  • Memorize preferences;
  • Remember sign-in credentials so a visitor doesn’t have to re-enter those information – such as username and password – during their visit;
  • Analyze the use of services and contents provided by areastream.net, the objective being to optimize both the website navigation and experience as well as the proposed services.

 

 

Types of Cookies

Technical cookies

 

This type of cookie is necessary for the proper functioning of some of the Website sections. There are two categories of technical cookies: persistent and session cookies.

  • Persistent cookies: once the browser is closed, they are not destroyed but remain until a pre-set expiration date
  • Session cookies: they are automatically erased when the browser is closed

 

These cookies, which are always sent from our domain, are necessary to ensure a proper experience of the website and to efficiently provide the related technical services. For this reason, we will always use and send cookies, unless the User modifies his browser’s settings (thus affecting the display of the website pages).

 

Analytical cookies

 

Analytical cookies collect information about how the website is used. Areastream.net uses this data to establish an anonymous statistical analysis serving two purposes: improving Website usage and adjusting the content to the Users’ wishes by making it more interesting and relevant. This type of cookie collects data anonymously about the User’s activity and how he reached the Website. Analytical cookies are sent from the Website or from third-party domains.

 

Third-party services analytical cookies

 

Those cookies collect anonymous information about a visitor’s use of the Website such as visited pages, duration of visit, traffic origin, geography, age, gender and interests, for the purposes of creating targeted marketing campaigns. These cookies are sent from third-party domains outside the Website.

 

Cookies to incorporate third-party’s software products and functions

 

Those cookies incorporate third-party’s features developed within the Website pages – such as icons and preferences expressed on social networks – for the purposes of sharing the website content or using third-party software services (e.g. software that generate maps and other software that provide additional services). These cookies are sent from third-party domains and partner websites that offer their services within the Website.

 

Profiling cookies

 

These cookies help create user profiles for the purposes of sending advertisements matching the user’s expressed preferences across the pages of the Website.

 

Under current legislation, Areastream.net has no obligation to ask for a user’s consent in using technical and analytical cookies since they are necessary to provide the requested services.

 

For all other types of cookies, the User can express – or not – his consent by using one or more of the following procedures:

  • Using specific web browser configurations or related software to navigate through the Website.
  • Changing settings regarding the use of third-party services.

Both solutions may hinder the User from using or viewing properly parts of the Website.

 

 

Websites and third-party services

 

The Website may contain links to other websites that have their own privacy policy which may be different from the one implemented by areastream.net. Therefore, areastream.net is not accountable for those sites.

 

 

Information about cookies

 

_gat

_gat cookies are part of Google Analytics’ analysis and monitoring service. This type of cookie expires 10 minutes after being created or updated. The _gat cookie is used to block the scripts request rate such that a User’s visits are considered unique.

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_ga

_ga cookies are part of Google Analytics’ analysis and monitoring service. This type of cookie expires 2 years after being created or updated. The _ga cookie is used to distinguish users.

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__utmz

_utmz cookies are part of Google Analytics’ analysis and monitoring service. This type of cookie is persistent and generally expires 6 months after being set or updated (the expiration time can vary according to the webmaster’s configurations – please see the table for more information about the real expiration time). The __utmz cookie contains an alphanumeric value that identifies your Google Account, a numerical value (timestamp) of its creation, some parameters related to the number of visits, and a set of information about the origin, campaign and typed key words. The cookie stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached the Website. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes, and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

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__utmc

__utmc cookies are part of Google Analytics’ analysis and monitoring service. This type of session cookie is erased once the browser is closed. This cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie which expires after 30 minutes from its creation. Through these two cookies, Analytics can calculate, for example, the average time spent on a page.

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__utmb

__utmb cookies are part of Google Analytics’ analysis and monitoring service. This type of session cookie expires after 30 minutes from its creation and contains the timestamp of the moment you entered the site. This cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmc cookie which expires once you close the browser. Through these two cookies, Analytics can calculate, for example, the average time spent on a page. If you reopen your browser within 30 minutes – so there is no longer __utmc cookies but only __utmb ones – a new session is started.

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__utma

__utma cookies are part of Google Analytics’ analysis and monitoring service. This type of cookie is persistent and expires 2 years after being set or updated. The __utma cookie contains an alphanumeric value which format consists of 6 groups of numbers separated by dots: the first 2 are of a variable length, the 3 others are usually composed of 10 numbers and the last one is variable too. This information is sent to Google servers each time you open a page with the tracking code. They are used to calculate, for example, a visitor’s recent statistics and the time elapsed since his last visit.

 

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__utmt

__utmt cookies are part of Google Analytics’ analysis and monitoring service. This type of cookie indicates the kind of request that is made on the Website (e.g. event, transaction, custom item or variable). Very often, this cookie comes with a suffix that explains its purpose. It’s therefore possible to find it under the form __utmtxxx where xxx is a series of alphanumeric characters or words correlated to certain actions.
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How to disable cookies by configuring your browser

 

Mozilla Firefoxhttps://support.mozilla.org/it/kb/Gestione%20dei%20cookie
Google Chromehttps://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=it
Internet Explorerhttp://windows.microsoft.com/it-it/windows-vista/block-or-allow-cookies
Safari 6/7 Maverickshttps://support.apple.com/kb/PH17191?viewlocale=it_IT&locale=it_IT
Safari 8 Yosemitehttps://support.apple.com/kb/PH19214?viewlocale=it_IT&locale=it_IT
Safari su iPhone, iPad, o iPod touchhttps://support.apple.com/it-it/HT201265

 

Should you wish to further explore how your browser stores cookies during your navigation, please consult the above links and related providers’ websites.