Last Updated: January 8, 2021
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to your computer when you access certain websites. Like virtual door keys, cookies unlock a computer’s memory and allow a website to recognize users when they return to a site by opening doors to different content or services. Like a key, a cookie itself does not contain information, but when it is read by a browser it can help a website improve the service delivered.
Cookie files are automatically lodged into the cookie file – the memory of your browser – and each one typically contains:
The name of the server the cookie was sent from
The lifetime of the cookie
A value – usually a randomly generated unique number
The website server which sent the cookie uses this number to recognize you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sent a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie.
Who is likely to place cookies on your device, and for what purpose?
Return to Venice, LLC (RTV)
RTV may place cookies on your device for various purposes: to help you to navigate our site more easily, to administer and provide the service to you and to deliver better and more personalized content.
The cookies we place enable us for instance:
to adapt the display format of our content to your device,
to track your navigation in order to identify your preferences in terms of our content,
to offer you customized content based on your preferences identified via your navigation data, and
to recognize your device, so that you do not have to re-enter the same information each time you access our site.
Third parties: service providers, partners, social media
Third parties are likely to place cookies on your device.
The purpose of the third party cookies of which we are aware is to provide audience-measurement and social-sharing functions and to customize content.
Measurement: audience, traffic, technique
Audience-measurement cookies are used by third parties for us to obtain information about your browsing patterns, so as to (among other things):
understand how you arrive at a website, and reconstruct your path;
count the number of visitors to our site with a view, in particular, to improving the content we offer;
compile traffic and/or conversion statistics; and
access your user account.
These tools use technologies for tracking website users and associating a ‘referrer’ or campaign with a unique identifier.
Social media share buttons
We may offer you the possibility to share our content with other people or render public your viewing or appreciation of such content by clicking on social media sharing buttons such as Recommend (Facebook, Google+), Tweet (Twitter) or Send by email.
Even if you do not use social media share buttons when visiting our site, the social networks that provided the buttons can identify you through them. Indeed, the mere fact that your account with a social network is activated on your device (open session) when you browse the inthefootsteps.org site that can allow that network to monitor your navigation of our content.
How long do cookies last?
Our website uses several types of cookies including:
Session cookies: Session cookies are created temporarily in your browser’s subfolder while you are visiting a website and are automatically deleted when you leave the website.
Persistent cookies: In contrast to session cookies, persistent cookies are re-activated when you return to the same website, and remain in your browser’s subfolder until they expire (usually after 12 months).
Secure cookies: Secure cookies are a type of cookie which is transmitted over encrypted HTTP connection. When setting the cookie, the Secure attribute instructs the browser that the cookie should only be returned to the application over encrypted connections.
Third party cookies: A third party cookie is one that is placed on your hard drive by a website from a domain other than the one you are visiting (e.g. when the website features content, such as ads, from a third party domain). Third party cookies are set so that a site can remember something about you at a later time. These cookies are set by third parties and we do not control how they are set.
You can control how cookies are set on your device by adjusting your browser settings (see below).
How can you consent or object to cookies being placed on your device?
You can authorize, refuse or disable cookies by changing your browser settings. If you disable a cookie already installed on your browser, it will not be active any more, but it will not disappear from your browser until the end of its lifespan. Please note that blocking all cookies can render some of our content unavailable to you or have a negative effect on the performance, efficiency or customization of the service or our website.
You can express your choices and change your wishes regarding cookies, via your browser
If you use Microsoft Edge
If you use Internet Explorer
If you use Safari
If you use Firefox
If you use Chrome
If you use different devices, make sure you configure the settings of the corresponding browser according to your preferences.
Social media sharing buttons
The privacy policies of social networks should allow you to exercise your choices regarding cookies, typically by configuring your user account settings on each such network.
To find out more about cookies
To find out more about cookies and obtain cookie management tools, please visit the following websites: