1.1 Definition

Cookies are small text files which the Site visited by user sends to the user’s terminal, where they are memorised in order to be sent back later to the Site during subsequent visits by the user. Cookies are used for many purposes, they have different features and they can be used both by the Data Controller of the Site which the user is visiting and by third parties. The main categories in which cookies can be divided are the following:

  • session and persistent cookies;
  • technical and profiling cookies;
  • first party and third party cookies.

1.2 Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can be erased at the end of a session with the browser (the time period between opening and closing of web browser by the user) or can be stored for a longer term. Session cookies are those allowing the web sites to link users’ actions during a browser session. Session cookies expire when the browser session ends. Persistent cookies are stored in the user’s hard drive among browser’s subfolders for variable period of time and allow to record user’s preference and actions in relation to a web site.

1.3 Technical and profiling cookies

Technical cookies are those used by the Data Controller of a web site for the sole purpose of transmitting a communication on an electronic communications network or, as strictly necessary, for sending to the provider of a service of a company the information explicitly requested by the subscriber or user to deliver that service. For the installation of such technical cookies, the prior consent of the person involved is not required where used directly from the site manager.

Profiling cookies are used to create profiles relating to the user and to send advertising messages in line with the preferences expressed by the user in the context of browsing the net. Due to particular invasiveness which such cookies can have within the ambit of users’ privacy, European and Italian legislation provides that the user must be adequately informed about their use by a banner and detailed note on the site and must give his/her own explicit consent to this extent the first time visiting the site. Such a consent can be expressed in general way by interacting with the banner on the home page of the site and following the instructions indicated therein, or can be given or refused in selective manner by way of the following instructions. This consent is then stored to be used over the next visits. However, the user has always the possibility to withdraw totally or partially his/her consent already expressed.

1.4 First party and third party cookies

Cookies can be first party (so called “first party cookie”) or third party (so called “third party cookie”) in relation to the web site or domain where they come from.

First party cookies are set up and managed by the Data Controller of the site. As regards them, the information obligation about acquiring the contingent prior consent and/or the possible block of cookies is a Data Controller’s duty.

Third party cookies are set up by a different domain from that one visited by the user. As regards them, the information obligation and the possible instructions about the contingent consent and/or the block of cookies is a third party duty, whereas the Data Controller is asked only to insert in the site the link of third party’s site where such information is available.



2.1 Whereas

Hereinafter the owner of the site Fondazione Istituto Nazionale di Genetica – INGM, with registered office in  Milan, Via Francesco Sforza, 28, Vat Number and Fiscal Code 04175700964, Italy, email address segreteria@ingm.org (hereinafter, “Data Controller”) provides to the users all information about cookies set up on the site www.ingm.org (hereinafter, the “Site”) and the indications for managing their own preferences on them.

2.2 First party cookies

The first party cookies used by the Data Controller on the Site are technical and can be divided into the following subcategories:

  • session cookies, which allows to save the browsing preferences and optimize the user’s browsing experience;
  • functional cookies, used to activate specific features of the Site and necessary to provide the its services or improve them;
  • pll_language

Moreover, the Site uses numerical cookies, consisting of an id that identifies the user and a key that certifies that the user belongs to our database. Without such cookies, the website may not function properly.

Such cookies, as specified in the paragraph above, being of technical nature, do not need for the prior consent by the user to be installed and used; it is enough to deliver this statement.


In addition to the paragraph above in relation to the possibility to disable cookies by accessing to the link where the respective third parties’ privacy policy is saved, the user can manage preference relating to the cookies directly inside his/her own browser and to stop – for example – third parties from installing one. Through browser’s preferences is also possible to erase cookies previously installed, including the cookie where the consent to install cookies from the Site is stored in case. It is important to underline that by disabling all cookies, the operation of the Site could be compromised. It is possible to find information on how to manage cookies in your browser at the following links:



This cookie policy was updated on 24-05-2018 Updates in case will be always published on this page.