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Among technical cookies not requiring the explicit consent for their use, the Italian Data Protection Authority (see Gen. Prov. “Simplified Arrangements to Provide Information and Obtain Consent Regarding Cookies - 8 May 2014””) includes:

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In particular, the website includes the following cookies:

Name Purpose Type Duration Source Information recorded When it is used Access to information
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