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Data controller

The use of cookies and similar technologies by AU DEPART ITALIA S.r.l., with registered office at Via del Duca Cino n. 5, Milan, Tax Code and Vat no. 10304060964 (hereinafter, the “Manager”), is covered by the Manager’s privacy policy, in accordance with Regulation (EU) no. 2016/679, Italian Legislative Decree no. 196/03, the Personal Data Protection Code (“Privacy Code”) and Measure of the Italian Data Protection Authority no. 229 of 8 May 2014 - “Simplified Methods for Disclosure and Obtaining Consent for the Use of Cookies”. The Manager, as the data Controller, operates in accordance with the provisions of applicable laws.

Method of acceptance

As indicated in the brief information stated in the banner, you can provide your consent to the use of cookies in a simplified manner: by clicking on the “OK” button, closing the banner with the “X” button, browsing the page or clicking anywhere in the internal content of the site’s pages.

What is a cookie? A cookie is a small file that is sent to a browser that is being used and is saved on the user’s device when he/she views an Internet site like “”. Cookies allow the site to work efficiently and improve its performance, and also provide information to the owner of the site for statistical or advertising purposes, mainly to personalise the navigation experience based on the final user’s preferences (for example, by remembering the language and currency that were set, recognising the user on subsequent visits, etc.).

There are different kinds of cookies, based on their characteristics and functions, and they can stay on the user’s computer for different periods of time: “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted when the browser is closed, and “persistent cookies”, which remain on the user’s equipment until a predetermined expiry.

Based on current law in Italy, the user’s express consent is not always required for the use of cookies. In particular, such consent is not required for “technical cookies”, namely, cookies used just to transmit a message on an electronic communications network, or cookies used solely to the extent strictly necessary to provide a service explicitly requested by the user. In other words, these cookies are essential for the site to operate 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”, if used directly by the Manager to collect information, in aggregated form, about the number of users and how they visit the site,
  • navigation or session cookies (to allow authentication),
  • functional cookies, which allow the user to navigate based on a set of selected criteria (for example, language and products selected for purchase), to improve the service provided to the user.

For “profiling cookies”, on the other hand, namely, cookies used to create profiles about the user and to send advertising messages based on the preferences indicated by the user while navigating the Internet, the user’s prior approval is required.

Which cookies are used and for what purposes? The site uses different kinds of first-party cookies (cookies created and managed by the Manager) and third-party cookies (cookies created and managed by third parties based on their own privacy policies and which are not under the Manager’s control), each of which has a specific function. An explanatory table appears below.

Navigation Cookies Starting with the first access, these cookies allow the site to work properly and make it possible for the user to view content on his/her device by recognising the language and market of the country from which the user is connected. They also make it possible to recognise registered users and allow them to access services in dedicated areas. Navigation cookies are technical cookies and are necessary for the site to function.
Functional Cookies Based on the user’s express request, these cookies make it possible to recognise the user on subsequent visits, so that he/she does not have to re-enter his/her data on each visit (e.g.: “Remember me next time”). If the final user places articles in his/her cart and ends the session without completing the purchase and without removing them, these cookies make it possible to continue shopping the next time the user accesses the site (within a limited period of time), by keeping track of the cart. Functional cookies are not essential for the site to work, but improve navigation quality and the navigation experience.
Analytical Cookies First-party cookies of this type are owned by the Manager and are used to collect anonymous, aggregated data. These cookies are used to produce statistical analyses of how users navigate the site. The Manager uses the results of these analyses anonymously and solely for statistical purposes.
First- and Third-party Marketing and Profiling Cookies These cookies are intended to create profiles about the user to send commercial messages that match preferences expressed during the visit or to improve the navigation experience. While the final user navigates the site, these cookies are useful for showing him/her products of interest or that are similar to those the user viewed. Third-party cookies are cookies sent by third-party companies. These cookies make it possible to offer a business proposal on other affiliated websites (retargeting). The Manager has no control over the information provided by third-party cookies and has no access to that data. This information is controlled in its entirety by the third-party companies, as described in their respective policies.
Social Network Cookies These cookies are necessary to allow the final user’s social media account to interact with the site. For example, they are necessary to express “likes” and share them on social media. Social network cookies are not necessary for navigation. For additional information about social networks’ cookie use policies, their respective privacy and cookie policies can be consulted as indicated below: Facebook: YouTube:

How can cookies be disabled and preferences managed? Browser Most browsers are configured to accept, control or potentially disable cookies through their settings. However, disabling navigation or functional cookies could cause the site to work unsatisfactorily and/or limit the service we offer. Preferences regarding cookies will be reset if the user uses different devices or browsers to access the site.

Links to manage cookies on the following browsers are below: Internet Explorer:

Safari: Chrome: Firefox:

Third parties The site explains how to disable third-party cookies and promotional and targeting cookies on your own computer.

Access to data and contacts You can review the privacy disclosure for more complete information about how your personal data is processed. For additional information about cookies, questions or suggestions, to obtain assistance and explanations as to how to provide consent or selectively deny consent, and how to delete cookies and similar technologies from your browser, the Manager can be contacted at this e-mail