Cookie policy

1. Foreword

This cookie policy refers exclusively to the website of the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico di Roma (infra “Site”) and should be understood as an integral part of its Privacy Policy.

2. What cookies are

A “cookie” is a small text file that may be stored in a dedicated space on the hard drive of the device used by the user (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when visiting a website through their browser and may be subject to the user's prior consent before being installed.

Some operations could not be carried out without the use of cookies, which in certain cases are therefore technically necessary for the site to function.

According to the applicable legislation, the use of cookies does not always require the express consent of the user. In particular, consent is not required for so-called “technical cookies”, i.e., those used for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communication network or to the extent strictly necessary to provide a service explicitly requested by the user. In other words, these are cookies that are indispensable for the functioning of the site or necessary to carry out activities requested by the user. Among technical cookies, which do not require express consent for their use, the Italian Data Protection Authority also includes:

  • navigation or session cookies (for authentication purposes), which ensure normal navigation and use of the website and whose deactivation of which compromises the use of services accessible by login;
  • functionality cookies, which allow the user to navigate according to a number of selected criteria (e.g., language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided to the user;
  • first party and third-party analytical cookies, if tools are used to reduce the identifying power of the cookies and the third party does not cross-reference the information collected with other information it already has, used to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the site.

On the other hand, for “profiling cookies”, i.e., those aimed at identifying the user's preferences and improving the user's browsing experience, as well as for third-party analytical cookies, if no tools are adopted to reduce the identifying power of the cookies and the third party cross-references the information collected with other information it already has, the user's prior consent is required.

3. Types of cookies used by the website and consent management

We inform you that the Website uses the following cookies, first and/or third party, which can be deselected, even individually (as specified below in the section on “Cookie settings“):

  • strictly necessary technical, ‘navigation' or ‘session' cookies: these cookies allow the Website to function correctly and allow the contents to be displayed; deactivating them would lead to malfunctioning of the Website; technical cookies also include “functionality” cookies, which are used to enable specific functions of the Site and to configure the Site according to your choices (e.g. language, authentication, etc.) in order to improve your browsing experience;
  • Third party analytical cookies, which allow the Controller to understand how users use the Website and to track traffic to and from the Website. These cookies are not functional to the operation of the Website and allow the Data Controller to carry out statistical monitoring and analyse the traffic generated within the Website; an example is the presence on the Site of analytical cookies from Google Analytics 4, a Google product that allows the Owner to understand how users interact with the Site; Google Analytics 4 (“GA4”) uses a set of cookies to collect information and generate statistics about the use of the Site by visitors to the Site and to track traffic generated within the Site. It is represented that the collection of data through GA4's analytical cookies is carried out through local data centers (so-called “regional data collection”) both to improve the loading performance of the Site and to ensure that data from users located in the territory of the European Union is collected and managed through devices in the European Economic Area, before being forwarded to Google Analytics data centers intended for data processing. In addition, through the use of GA4 the IP address is not recorded and/or stored in any form as it is removed after deducting certain information about its location (city, latitude and longitude of the city, continent, country, geographic area, subcontinent), retrieved before forwarding the traffic to Google Analytics servers for processing. With regard to any transfers of personal data collected by the GA4 tool outside the European Economic Area, please refer to what is stated in section “6. TRANSFERS OF PERSONAL DATA” contained in the Site's Privacy Policy;
  • Third party profiling/marketing cookies, used to observe the preferences revealed by the user through the navigation and use of the Website and to  delineate profiles related to the user, in order to carry out commercial communications and a browsing experience in line with the preferences manifested by the same in the context of browsing the web.

Similar third-party cookies and trackers, i.e., trackers from sites or web servers other than the Foundation's, include cookies related to Social Media, which are also used for purposes specific to said third parties. One example is the presence of the Facebook pixel, a tracker consisting of a JavaScript code fragment that places a blank 1 x 1 pixel image on the Site. The use of the pixel means that when the user visits the Site where it is placed, the pixel will send a ping to Facebook and record the visit to the Site and information indicating, for example, whether the user has viewed one of the advertisements on the Social Media in order to monitor conversions. Another example is the presence on the Site of Google Maps, a map-viewing service operated by Google that, through the installation of third-party cookies, allows this Site to indicate on the Google Maps map available on the Site the locations of the Foundation.  Acceptance of the aforementioned cookies/similar trackers results in the transmission of cookies to and from the sites operated by the aforementioned third parties. More information on how third-party cookies and similar trackers work is available through the links to the third parties' privacy policies below.

It should be noted that these third parties process personal data as data controllers on behalf of the Controller, pursuant to special data processing agreements under article 28 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679. The third parties, listed below with the relevant hyperlinks to the privacy policies, typically also act as autonomous data controllers of the data collected through the cookies they send; in this case the user gives or withholds consent directly to the owner of the cookie in question to which the Website merely refers. The management of the information collected by “third parties” is governed by their privacy policies, which you are kindly requested to refer to and which are linked below for your convenience:

In detail, the cookies installed through the Website are set out below:

Cookie type and owner Purposes Technical name Persistence time Category (first/third part)
Analytical User tracking AMP_TOKEN 1 hour Google LLC (“Google”)
Analytical User tracking _ga 2 years Google LLC (“Google”)
Analytical User tracking _gac* 3 months Google LLC (“Google”)
Analytical User tracking _gat 1 minute Google LLC (“Google”)
Analytical User tracking _gid 1 day Meta Platforms, Inc.
Analytical User tracking _fbp 3 months Meta Platforms, Inc.
Analytical User tracking fr 3 months Meta Platforms, Inc.

 4. Cookie settings

The user can select/deselect the cookies to be authorised by clicking the following link.

You may also authorise, block, or delete (in whole or in part) cookies through the specific functions of your browser. If you wish to disable these cookies or have more information on how to set your preferences on the use of cookies through your browser, you can consult the relevant instructions:

Warning: The User is informed that not authorising technical cookies may make it impossible to use the Website, view its contents and use its services. Inhibiting functionality cookies may mean that some services or certain functions of the Website are not available or do not function properly, and the User may have to modify or manually enter certain information or preferences each time he visits the Website.

However, failure to authorise other cookies, including third-party cookies, does not affect the operation of the Website; however, for third-party cookies, since these types of cookies are sent exclusively by third parties and since the Site Owner cannot exercise control over the sending of such cookies to the user's terminal, the relevant objection can be exercised by accessing the consent forms prepared by the aforementioned third parties, if any, or through the settings of one's browser. Links to the privacy policies and any forms for collecting consent to receive cookies prepared by third parties sending cookies through the Site are provided in the “Types of cookies used by the Site” section.

With regard to cookies directly sent by the operator of the Site, in addition to the procedure made available on this page, the user may also block or delete (in whole or in part) cookies through the specific functions of his or her browsing browser (in this regard, see above).

The choices made by the User in relation to the Website’s cookies will in turn be recorded in a specific technical cookie, with the characteristics set out in the relevant cookie table.

Your cookie preferences will need to be reset if you use different devices or browsers to access the Website.