Cookie Policy

This page outlines the cookie policy in use in this website along with details of cookies used by the website. This information may change over time and the latest version can be found at this page.

Most websites you visit use cookies. Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Further information about what cookies are can be found on wikipedia:

Types of cookies

The Italian Data Protection Authority broadly divides cookies into different categories depending on their use and on who sends (sets) the cookie.

Technical cookies

Technical cookies are cookies necessary for website navigation or to provide the services offered by the website. They are not used for ulterior purposes.

To quote the Italian Data Protection Authority,

Technical cookies are those used exclusively with a view to "carrying out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communications network, or insofar as this is strictly necessary to the provider of an information society service that has been explicitly requested by the contracting party or user to provide the said service."

Profiling cookies

Profiling cookies are cookies used to track user navigation and create a profile of their habits which can then be used to send advertising messages to the user's device.
Once again quoting the Italian Data Protection Authority,

Profiling cookies are aimed at creating user profiles. They are used to send ads messages in line with the preferences shown by the user during navigation. In the light of the highly invasive nature of these cookies vis-à-vis users' private sphere, Italian and European legislation requires users to be informed appropriately on their use so as to give their valid consent.

Cookies can also be categorized into first party and third party cookies depending on who sets the cookie.

First party cookies

These are set directly by the website that you are visiting and can only be accessed by that site.

Third party cookies

Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Flickr, and these sites may set their own cookies.

Cookies used by this website

First party cookies

This website uses the drupal cms platform and the Matomo (was Piwik) analytics tool which use first party technical cookies. Like many websites we collect analytic data to help improve the services offered to users. We use Matomo - (an open source alternative to Google Analytics) which has the advantage that any data collected is stored on servers owned by us and not transferred to third parties. The following cookies are used by this site:

Cookie Name Type Duration Details
has_js drupal technical cookie browser session helps the website understand browser Javascript functionality
PHPSESSID browser session php session cookie
SESSxxxx 20 days session cookie for logged in users
_pk_ses.* Matomo (was Piwik) technical cookie 30 mins used by Matomo to track a session, i.e., how long a visitor is on the website
_pk_cvar.* 30 mins used by Matomo for internal statistics
_pk_id.* 13 mesi used by Matomo to avoid counting a person twice when counting how many people visit the website
_pk_ref.* 6 months used by Matomo to identify the page from which visitors have come to the web site to enable us to identify which websites generates the most traffic
displayCookieConsent technical cookie 1 year used to remember if a visitor has agreed to the use of cookies.

The following third party cookies are set by

Cookie Name Type Duration Details
PIWIK_SESSID Matomo technical cookie browser session used by Matomo for the user session
piwik_ignore 2 years tells Matomo to ignore this user when they opt-out of Matomo

The following third party cookies are set by external organisations, you can check the relevant third party websites indicated below for further information about their cookie policies.

How to manage cookies

You can manage cookies by modifying your web browser preferences (see the following paragraph for more details of how to do this). Typically you can accept or reject cookies or ask to be notified when a cookie is set. Please remember if you choose to block cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of this website. If you do wish to restrict or block cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your web browser settings (the help function within your browser should tell you how). You can also visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of web browsers.

The following are links to information about managing cookies in some commonly used browsers:

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome

Apple Safari

Internet Explorer

Matomo opt-out

If you wish, you can opt out of web analytics data collection. Please note that this does not have any effect on your use of the website. If you prefer us not to gather analytical information please untick the checkbox below:

Contact details

If you have any questions regarding our cookie policy we will gladly answer them. You can contact us at:

SISSA Medialab s.r.l.
Via Bonomea, 265
34136 Trieste - Italy
Phone +39 040 3787 620

This cookie policy was last updated in November 2017