Cookies Privacy Policy

The website owned by AST S.p.A. (hereafter referred to as "Company" and / or "AST"), with Headquarters (legal office) in Cornaredo (MI), address: via Raffaele Merendi, n°40 - 20010, is the Data Controller (European regulation 679/2016) where your personal data is collected, processed and stored pursuant to European regulation 679/2016. The processing of your personal data refers to this Policy on Cookies. The Data Controller provides the following information.

This policy on Cookies ("Cookies Privacy Policy") must be read together with the Privacy Policy that can be consulted in the Privacy section on AST home page at the address This Cookies Privacy Policy has the purpose to describe various types of cookies and the technologies used on AST website to describe the terms and conditions of use of the same.

This document contains the following information:

What are cookies?
Types of cookies
Third party cookies
Cookies Privacy and Security
Other cookie based threats
Cookies on AST website

What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that websites visited by the user send to the device (usually the browser). They are stored in its corresponding folder, while the user is visiting a website, and then retransmitted to the same subsequent visits to the sites. They are used with the aim to improve the navigation, (the http protocol is stateless and cannot "remember" that the authenticated user browses the pages), save user preferences, (username, password, etc.), draw the preferences allowing to manage the presence or absence of targeted marketing initiatives or the provision of services related to the activity of the Data Controller such as newsletters, dem, etc. where restrictions were placed on their use that will certainly have effects on the user state. Blocking or removing them in the browser cache could cause an incomplete use of the services offered by the web application.

Types of cookies
Session Cookies are temporary cookies, which are limited to "exist" for the duration of the session. When the user closes the browser, these Session Cookies expire. These are typically used to identify users when they log on to a site, to remind the user and his preferences in the transition between the pages of the website, to provide specific information previously collected. The most common example is the shopping cart feature of an e-commerce web application. For example, when the user visits a page of a catalogue and selects some items, the Session Cookie remembers these selections in a virtual shopping cart, items remain selected when the user is ready to check out. Without Session Cookies, if the user check outs, the new page could not recognize past activities in the preceding pages, and the shopping cart will always be empty.

Persistent cookies remain active even after the browser is closed and help websites to remember user data and settings for future reference. This allows faster access, since you do not need to log in again. In addition to authentication, other website features are made possible, and include: the language selection, theme selection, the preferences menu, internal site bookmarks or favourites, among many others. At the first visit, the website information is presented by default. During the visit, when selecting your preferences, these preferences will be remembered through the use of persistent cookies the next time the user visits the site.

Functionally Cookies: "Functional" cookies are used to provide services, remember the settings, with the aim of improving the user experience of the website, such as informing the user last log-on. They are never used for purposes other than those described and sometimes are "strictly necessary" capabilities / services that the Data Controller has implemented on the site.
Google Analytics is a service offered by Google that generates statistics about the visitors of a website and traffic sources. It is the most widely used statistics service. Google Analytics can track visitors from all external links to the site, including search engines and social networks, direct visits and reference sites. It also sees advertising, pay-per-click advertising, email marketing and also links within PDF documents. It is possible to access to the informative note on Privacy at the address:
Analytics Cookies allow you to create statistical analysis with the help of Google analytics of the traffic carried by the visitors, which pages are most popular, what browsers your visitors are using to browse the Internet or the size of the screen used.
At these addresses: (Policy in English); and (Policy in Italian);
you can find policies such as Google "Analytics" cookies (for the analysis of traffic statistics for websites). For these cookies, you need to ask for the consent (consenso espresso). The identification data of the user are used to analyse how the user visits the website of the Data Controller. You can find policies such as Google "Analytics" cookies (for analysis the traffic of websites). For these cookies, you need the prior consent of the visitor if the data controller (also via the site manager) does not perform the masking of the IP address. The identification data of the user are used to analyse how the user performs the visit of the website.

Third party Cookies
There are various types of cookies, some of them are defined Third party cookies. These are used, for example, by a site which contains ads from another server or website of the third part. Operationally, the browser collects information fed from different sources so that all items appear on the same page, creating a cookie in the browser corresponding folder. All cookies can be removed directly from the browser settings, or by special programs (also free). It is also possible to block the creation of them. In the latter case some services of the site may not work as intended and a user may not be able to access a cookie associated with the user preferences, then the information would be displayed in the local form “wrong” or “not available”.

Web beacons:  the size of 1 x 1 pixel that are used with the aim to collect anonymous information about how users act; They offer also personalized content. They also identify browser types, words entered into the search engines that bring visitors to the site and domain names of the sites that refer traffic to the site. Web beacons may be available in e-mails and let know if a user has received, opened or clicked on a link (or links) provided with the received e-mail.

Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects (LSOs): websites can use Flash content displayed in their pages to store some information in the device. As HTTP cookies, local shared objects can be used by websites to gather information on the paths taken by Internet users while navigating web sites. The online banks or advertisers can use local shared objects for monitoring purposes.

Google AdSense: Google AdSense is a program run by Google Inc. that allows advertisers to serve ads on the “Google Network advertising” on its website earning based on the number of exposures of the advertisement or clicks made on them. It is possible to access to the informative note on Privacy at the

Cookies Privacy and security
Cookies are not viruses, are just text files that are neither interpreted by the browser or neither run in memory. Consequently, they cannot replicate, spread in other networks and never be replicated again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they do not fall within the definition of standard virus. Cookies, however, can be used for malicious purposes. Being stored information about preferences, the history of a user's actions, the specific navigation between sites, cookies can be used to act as a form of spy. Many anti-spyware products are well aware of this problem and report cookies as potential threats. Regarding Flash Cookies, Adobe does not directly provide a tool to customize the Flash Player settings related to the management of cookies. To access these settings it is necessary to access any web page with a flash content, click with the right mouse button, choose Global Settings, then click on the link “Global Privacy Settings Panel”. Alternatively, you can go directly to the page: It is important to remember that if you delete Flash Cookies, or if you completely turn the storage off, some websites may no longer operate as expected. Flash Cookies may be used, for example, to force a new creation of a traditional HTTP cookie.

How to disable cookies ( opt-out ): You can refuse to give consent (consenso espresso) of the use of Cookies by selecting the appropriate settings of your browser : navigation without tracking activities will still be available in all of its functionalities. The following are links that inform the user on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers :
Internet Explorer:;
Google Chrome:
Mozilla Firefox:
Apple Safari:
It is possible to disable Analytics Cookies (by performing the opt-out). In order to prevent the collection and use of data relating to the behavior of visitors Google has developed an add-on to express the opt-out (a browser extension), that prevents the activation of javascript code of Google Analytics ( ga. js , analytics.js , dc.js ) . In order to perform this operation, you need to download and install the correct extension for your browser pointing to the page:

Other cookie based threats
Since cookies are transmitted between browser and web site, a malicious user or an unauthorized user could intercept data related to cookies. Although relatively rare, this can happen if the user connects to the web using for example an unsecure WI-FI network. Other attacks based on cookies involve the setting of the server. If a website does not require the browser to use only encrypted connections (e.g. https), attackers can exploit this vulnerability to trick visitors by sending them personal information over unsecure channels. The attackers then hijack your personal information for a unauthorized treatment.

Cookies on AST website
AST ethical policy is to include clear descriptions of how cookies are distributed on the site Most browsers have implemented the functionality itself of privacy setting that provides different levels of acceptance of cookies, maturity and elimination after a user has visited a particular site. Since the protection of identity is very much appreciated by internet users and is a right, the user have to be aware of the threats that Cookies can present. AST wants to be transparent about the objectives and conditions of data processing.
In line with the standard practice of many Web sites, the Web site of AST, could install on the computer’s user some cookies, web beacons, Flash cookies and other technologies. By using AST’s website the user agrees to express the opt-in for the use of Cookies.
Therefore in Table 1 there’s a list of cookies that AST’s website, can store on your computer to provide products and deliver services:

Domain / Company
Google Analytics 2 years
30 mins
when you close your browser
10 mins
6 months
respectively These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Google Maps 6 months
2 years
when you close your browser
respectively These cookies allow Google Maps to remember which browser you are using and what preferences you have set when you view maps.
Vimeo embedded videos 1 year
2 years
30 mins
when session ends
10 mins
6 months
when session ends Cookies set by Vimeo to enable the operation of Vimeo videos embedded in this website.  
session cookies   when session ends technical pourpose  
cc_cookie_accept   30 days technical pourpose  

Tabella 1- List of Cookies used in the AST website

Data Acquisition and Management

AST do not process data using automated decision-making method, your prior acceptance should always been required.
The Company moreover clarifies that all data collected for each processing phase is grounded on a solid and appropriate legal basis.

AST does not and will not transfer data towards third Countries.

AST clarifies that all data collected will be kept and retained only for the time necessary to carry out  the operations for which data have been acquired.    
The retention period will be determined on the basis of the assessment of the individual transaction and it will be in compliance with the principles of necessity, purpose, relevance and non-excess sanctioned pursuant to the Regulation.

Last document update : 23 May 2018

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