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Why this notice

This page describes how the site is managed in relation to the processing of personal data of users who consult and/or require the provision of services by the Management

the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation - Office III Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

requested via our portal.

This disclosure is made in accordance with art. 13 of Legislative Decree No. 196/2003 – Personal Data Protection Code - to those who interact with the web services of the Italian Language Portal, for the protection of personal data electronically accessible from the address:

which corresponds to the home page of the Italian Language Portal site.

The information applies only to the Italian Language Portal site, and not to other websites accessible via links.

The information is also based on Recommendation no. 2/2001 that the European authorities for the protection of personal data compiled by the Group established by Article 29 of Directive 95/46/EC, adopted on 17th May 2001 to establish minimum requirements for the collection of online personal data and, in particular, the manner, timing, and nature of the information that data controllers must provide users when they connect to web pages, regardless of the purpose.


The consultation of this site by the user, results in the release of information considered as personal data.

The Ownership of the website with reference to the navigation data within the same is held by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A.

The Ownership of the content posted on the site is held by the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation - Office III of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The user's personal data are processed by persons who, pursuant to art. 30 of Legislative Decree no. 196/03, are designated as in charge respectively by the Data Controller and Manager appointed and operating under the direct authority of the same on the basis of instructions received.

The user's personal data are likewise processed by persons designated as System Administrators under the ruling by the Protection of Personal Data of 27th November 2008 and subsequent amendments.


Data processing associated with this site's web services are handled at the headquarters of the Business Solutions & Development department of the Instituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato S.p.A - Via Marciana Marina 28, 00196, Rome, and are only handled by technical staff in charge of processing, or by any persons responsible for occasional maintenance operations.

No data from the web service is disclosed to third parties.

The personal data provided by users who send requests for information material (CD-ROMs, newsletters, publications, etc.) are used only to perform the service or provision requested.


Navigation data

The computer systems and software procedures used to operate this website acquire, during their normal operation, some personal data whose transmission is implicit in the use of Internet communication protocols.

This information is not collected to be associated with specific users, but by their very nature could, through processing and associations with data held by third parties, be used to identify users.

This category of data includes IP addresses or domain names of computers used by users connecting to the site, URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) of requested resources, the time of the request, the method used to submit the request to the server, the size of the file obtained in reply, the numerical code indicating the status of the response from the server (successful, error, etc.), and other parameters regarding the operating system and computer environment.

These data are used only to obtain anonymous statistical information about the site and to check its correct functioning and are immediately deleted from the server 7 days after processing.

The data could be used to ascertain responsibility in case of hypothetical crimes jeopardising website security: with this exception, the data on web contacts is not retained for more than 180 days.

Data provided voluntarily by users

The optional, explicit, and voluntary transmission of information through e-mail addresses listed on this site involves the subsequent acquisition of the sender's address, which is necessary for responding to requests, as well as any other personal data included in the message.


No personal user data is acquired from the site.

The site does not use cookies to transmit personal information, nor does it use so-called persistent cookies of any kind, or systems for tracking users.

The use of so-called session cookies (which are not permanently stored on the user's computer and disappear when the browser is closed) is strictly limited to transmitting session identifiers (consisting of random numbers generated by the server), which are necessary to enable the safe and efficient browsing of the site.

The session cookies used on this site avoid the use of other IT techniques that could potentially be prejudicial to the privacy of users when they are browsing and do not allow the acquisition of personal identification data.

To get more information on the type of cookies used, their purpose, and how to disable them, please refer to the specific section.


Apart from what has been specified for browsing data, the user is free to disclose personal data contained in application forms to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation or otherwise included in contacts with the Institute to request information or other communications.

Failure to provide them may render the provision of the services requested impossible.

It should be remembered that in some cases (that are not the ordinary management of this site) the authorities may request information under Article 157 of Legislative Decree No. 196/2003, in order to control the processing of personal data. In these cases, reply is obligatory under penalty of a fine.


Personal data shall be processed through computerised/automated instruments for purposes strictly necessary to consult the site and for purposes connected and/or instrumental to the consultation itself. The data will be processed by means of instruments and procedures designed to ensure the confidentiality and security of data, in compliance with what is defined in Articles 33 and following of Legislative Decree No. 196 of 30th June 2003 and in accordance with local regulations.

Specific security measures are followed to prevent the loss of data, illegal or incorrect use, and unauthorised access.


Users have the right at any time to obtain confirmation of the existence of any record of their personal data and to know its content and origin, to verify its accuracy, or to request its integration or updating, or correction (art. 7 of Legislative Decree No. 196/2003).

Pursuant to this Article, users shall have the right to request cancellation, transformation into anonymous form, or blocking of data processed unlawfully, and to oppose in any case, for legitimate reasons, their treatment.

Requests should be addressed to the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation - Office III - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


This page is a section of the privacy policy found on the website and specifically describes the use of cookies by the owner.


Cookies are text files containing minimum information sent to your browser and stored on your computer each time you visit a website. At each connection, cookies send information to the web browser.

They are used to improve the functionality of the website, allowing users to move easily between pages, remember their preferences, and to ensure optimal navigation.


Technical cookies

This type of cookie is strictly necessary for the proper operation of certain sections of the site. Technical cookies used by the owner can be divided into the following subcategories:

  • Session cookies: These are destroyed every time the browser is closed.
  • Persistent cookies: These are not destroyed after closing the browser but remain up to a pre-determined expiration period.

These cookies are necessary to view the site and in relation to technical services, they are continuously used and sent, unless the user changes their browser settings (thus affecting page displays).

This website uses technical session cookies.

Analytical cookies

Cookies in this category are used to collect information on website use.

This type of cookie collects anonymous data about user activity and how the user arrived to the site. The analytical cookies are sent from the site itself or from third-party domains.

Analytical cookies are not used on this website.

These cookies do not require the prior consent of the user to be installed and used.

Analysis cookies and third-party services

These cookies are used to anonymously collect information about how the site is used by users, such as: pages visited, time spent, the origins of the traffic received, geographic origin, age, gender, and interests for the purpose of marketing campaigns. These cookies are sent to this website from external third-party domains.

Analysis cookies are not used on this website.

Profiling cookies

These cookies are necessary to create user profiles in order to send advertising messages in line with the preferences expressed by the user within the web pages.

Profiling cookies are not used on this website.

Cookies for integrating products and third-party software functions

This type of cookie incorporates features developed by third parties within the pages of the website, such as icons and preferences in social networks in order to share the contents of the website or the use of third-party software services (such as software to generate maps and other pieces of software that offer additional services).

These cookies are sent from third-party domains and partner websites that provide features on the website pages. In this case, the owner of the website acts solely as a technical intermediary between the user and such sites.

Cookies to integrate products and third-party software are not used on this website.


The website may contain links to other websites that have their own privacy policies, which can be different from the one adopted here and is therefore not applicable to those websites. In particular, the Italian Language Portal uses Google Analytics services.

The security and privacy principles can be found on this page:


These services make it possible to interact directly with social networks or other external platforms from the pages of this website.

The interactions and information obtained from this website are subject to the User Privacy settings for each social network.

When an interaction service with social networks is installed, even if the user does not use the service, it is still possible that it will collect traffic data on pages where it is installed.

The owner does not have access to the data that are independently collected and processed from the social networking platform operators. For more information on how data collected from social networks are processed and what they are used for, users should read the information on privacy provided by the entities that provide the services in question:

  • Twitter disclosure policy
  • Google YouTube disclosure policy
  • Facebook disclosure policy


Through registration or authentication, the user consents to a specific website application to provide identification and access to special services.

To learn about the data processing policy, refer to the details of the service privacy policy at the place where the recorded data has been acquired.


To restrict, block, or delete cookies, the web browser settings must be changed. The procedure varies depending on the browser. For detailed instructions, click on the link of your browser:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Safari iOS

If your browser is not among those listed, select the “Help” function of your web browser for information on how to proceed.

By setting the browser preferences, it is also possible to delete cookies installed in the past, including the saved cookie which allows installation of cookies by this website. It is important to note that disabling all cookies may compromise the operation of this website.


This Cookie Policy may change over time - also in regards to the entry into force of new laws, the updating or provision of new services, or new technological innovations - so please review this page periodically.

Last updated on 17th October 2016