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Cookie policy


Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna S.p.A. (hereinafter, the ‘Data Controller’ or the ‘Company’), pursuant to Article 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation no. 2016/679 (hereinafter, the ‘GDPR’), hereby provides you with information about the processing of your personal data, which is carried out through the use of cookies, web beacons, web bugs, clear GIFs and similar technologies on the pages of the www.bologna-airport.it website (hereinafter, the ‘Website’.)

Data controller and contact details

The data controller is Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna S.p.A., with registered office at Via Triumvirato no. 84, Bologna (BO), Italy, Tax ID no. 03145140376.
Email address: info@bologna-airport.it.

Contact details of the Data Protection Officer (DPO)

The Data Controller has appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) who can be reached at the following email address: dpo@bologna-airport.it.

Definitions, characteristics and legislation on cookies

Cookies are small text files that the websites you visit send and store on your computer or mobile device, which are then sent back to the same websites the next time you visit. Cookies allow a website to remember the user’s actions and preferences (e.g., login details, language, font size, etc.), so that these details do not have to be entered again when the user returns to that website or navigates from one page to another. Cookies are therefore used to perform computer authentication, to monitor sessions and to store information about the activities of users accessing a website. Cookies may also contain a unique identification code that allows the website to keep track of the user’s navigation within the website for statistical or advertising purposes.

While browsing a website, users may receive so-called ‘first-party’ cookies on their computer – if installed directly by the website operator – as well as cookies from websites or web servers other than the website they are visiting (‘third-party’ cookies), which are installed on their device by a party other than the website operator.

Some operations cannot be carried out without the use of cookies, which in certain cases are therefore technically necessary for the operation of the website. There are various types of cookies, depending on their characteristics and functions, which may remain on the user’s computer for different periods of time. In this regard, a distinction is made between session cookies, which are automatically deleted when the browser is closed, and persistent cookies, which remain on the user’s computer until a pre-determined expiry date.

According to the current legislation in Italy, the use of cookies does not always require the express consent of the user. In particular, no such consent is required for so-called ‘technical cookies’, i.e., cookies used for the sole purpose of sending a message over an electronic communications network, or to the extent strictly necessary to provide a service explicitly requested by the user. In other words, these cookies are indispensable for the functioning of the website or are 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:

  • Analytics cookies: when used directly by the website operator to collect information, in aggregate form, about the number of users and how they visit the website;
  • Navigation or session cookies: essential for ensuring the proper navigation and use of the website (allowing, for example, authentication to access restricted areas);
  • Functionality cookies: allow the user to browse according to a series of selected criteria (e.g., language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service provided to the user.

On the other hand, the user’s prior consent is required for profiling cookies, i.e., cookies which are used to create user profiles and to send advertising messages according to the preferences expressed by the user while browsing the web.

The Website also contains so-called ‘web beacons’, i.e., tools that are generally used to track the behaviour of users and to verify whether they have accessed certain content. Also known as ‘tracking pixels’, web beacons are transparent images the size of a single pixel (1x1 images, usually a GIF file) which, when requested from the server, make it possible to trace the fact that the user is viewing the page that contains the pixel. Tracking pixels are generally installed in order to profile users for commercial purposes.

Types of cookies used by the Website

The Website uses the following types of cookies, which can be selectively disabled via the control panel located in the cookie banner on the homepage of the Website.
More specifically, the cookies sent by the Data Controller through the Website are:

Cookie settings

Users can block or delete (in whole or in part) technical and functionality cookies through the specific functions of their browser. Please note, however, that if you do not allow technical cookies, you may not be able to use the Website, view its contents and take advantage of its services. Disabling ‘preference’ cookies may cause some services or certain features of the website to be unavailable or to not work properly and you may be required to change or manually enter certain information or preferences each time you visit the Website. You may, in particular, authorise, block or delete (in whole or in part) cookies through the specific functions of your browser. For more information on how to select preferences on the use of cookies via your browser, you can consult the following instructions:

How we collect and manage your consent to use cookies

When you access the homepage of the Website, you will see a banner containing a brief cookie policy. Users are immediately given the opportunity to express their preferences and wishes with regard to cookies. In particular:

  • by clicking on the ‘Use necessary cookies only’ button, users do not consent to the installation of profiling and analytical cookies, for which consent is required. Only technical and anonymised analytical cookies will therefore be installed, for which user consent is not required;
  • by clicking on the ‘Allow selection’ button, users are given the opportunity to selectively and specifically give their consent for each category of cookie (‘Preferences’, ‘Statistics’ and ‘Marketing’ cookies), which are indicated in the banner and which are used on the Website;
  • by clicking on the ‘Allow all’ button, users consent to the use of all cookies and other technologies on the Website.

By opening the ‘Cookie Policy’ link, which redirects to this extended policy (directly on the banner or, subsequently, via a special link in the footer of the Website), users will always have the opportunity to change their preferences, by granting or withdrawing their consent to the installation of cookies.

For this purpose, users can click on the "Change consent" button, in the "Types of cookies used by the Website" section indicated in this policy. When clicked, this button redisplays the cookie banner and users can thereby change their preferences.

Transfer of personal data

The personal data collected by means of first-party cookies – i.e., installed by the Data Controller – on the Website is not transferred outside the European Union. In any case, it is understood that, should it become necessary, the Data Controller may also transfer personal data to non-EU countries. The Data Controller hereby guarantees that the transfer will take place in compliance with the applicable provisions of the law and will therefore enter into, if and to the extent necessary, specific agreements that guarantee an adequate level of protection of personal data, or in any case will adopt the standard contractual clauses provided by the European Commission for the transfer of personal data outside the EU.

Categories of recipients

Personal data collected through cookies may be shared with:

  • persons authorised by the Data Controller to process personal data who have received adequate operating instructions, are committed to confidentiality or are subject to an adequate legal confidentiality obligation;
  • persons delegated and/or appointed by the Data Controller to carry out activities strictly related to the pursuit of specific purposes (including, but not limited to, technical maintenance work on systems), who have been duly appointed as Data Processors.

Rights of data subjects

In accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, you have the right, at any time, to ask the Data Controller for access to, to rectify or erase, or to object to the processing of your personal data. The law also allows you to exercise the right to request the restriction of processing in the cases provided for by Article 18 of the GDPR, as well as to obtain your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, in the cases provided for by Article 20 of the GDPR. Requests can be sent to the following email address: info@bologna-airport.it.Finally, please note that you always have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority (the Italian Data Protection Authority), pursuant to Article 77 of the GDPR, if you believe that your personal data is being processed in a way that is contrary to the legislation in force.

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