Cookie Policy

1. What are cookies and why are they used?

A cookie is a short text string sent to the user’s browser and, if necessary, is saved on the computer or mobile device, when you visit a website and is used to gather information on the navigation according to the website.

Cookies may be stored permanently on the user’s computer or mobile device and have a variable duration (persistent cookies), but may also disappear when the browser is closed or be of limited duration (session cookies). Cookies may be installed by the website the user is visiting (proprietary cookies) or may be installed by other websites (third party cookies).

2. Types of cookies used and purposes

The different types of Cookies used by Board International SA and its subsidiaries (“Board”), in relation to the website (the “Website”) are described below:

  • Necessary: “necessary” cookies are essential for helping you to surf the Website and use the relating functions, such as to access protected areas of the Website. Without these cookies, the Website will not function correctly. These cookies do not identify you as an individual.
  • Function: “function” cookies are used by Board to store information on the choices made (e.g. user name, language, region) and enable personalisation. They may also be used to provide the services requested, such as the streaming of videos or the publication of a forum. The information gathered by these cookies may include identifiable personal information communicated by you, such as your user name or profile photo. Board will inform you of the type of information gathered, the purpose for which it is gathered and whom it will be shared with. If you do not accept these cookies, this may affect the performance and functions of the Website and could limit access to some contents of the Website.
  • Performance: "performance" cookies are used to gather information on how the Website is used. These cookies gather data such as the pages you visit most frequently and the error messages you receive. Board uses these cookies to analyse user activities and improve the Website functions.
  • Advertising or tracking: these cookies are used for profiling to provide more pertinent and targeted contents for you in relation to your interests. To allow us to provide you with information which most probably interests you, the cookies used by Board to show you advertising may be based on the contents you visit the most on the Website. The cookies limit the number of times an advertisement is displayed and provide us with information similar to that in which you saw the advertisement to help us to analyse the impact and value of Board advertising campaigns. They also include links to social networks and third party websites (for example Facebook and YouTube), which could therefore use information on your visit to target advertisements on their own websites.

3. Cookies used on the Website

In particular the characteristics of the cookies used on the Website are illustrated in the following table:


4. Other technologies and types of cookies

Cookies are not the only way of recognising or tracking visitors to a website. On a case-by-case basis, Board could use other technologies or instruments for the same or similar purposes for which it uses the cookies. In particular:

  • Web Beacons. Board could use this technology, which consists of small graphic files containing a unique identifier which is used to recognise when someone has visited the Website or has opened an e-mail sent by Board. This is used to monitor the user traffic models from a page on the Website to another and to confer or communicate with the cookies, to understand if you have visited the Website following an advertisement displayed on a third party website, and to improve the performance of the Website and assess the success of the e-mail marketing campaigns. In many cases, these technologies rely on cookies to work correctly and therefore by refusing them the operation of these technologies could be compromised.
  • Social media functions. The Website could, on a case by case basis, use social media functions, such as the “like” button on Facebook. These functions may gather your IP address and the page you are visiting on the Website and may set a cookie to ensure the correct operation of the function. This function may include the possibility to publish information on your activities on the Website on a page of your profile provided by a third party social media network to share it with others in your network. The social media functions, where used by Board, are hosted by a third party or direct on the Website. Your interactions with these functions are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing the social media functions.
  • Flash cookies: the Website could also use this type of cookie, for example to gather and archive information on the use of Board services, to prevent fraud or other operations via the Website. If you do not wish Flash cookies to be archived on your computer, you can set the Flash Player settings to prevent their archiving, using the tools in the website archiving settings. You can also control Flash cookies from the “General storage settings” and following the instructions (which may include instructions which explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash cookies, how to prevent these cookies from entering your computer without being asked (for Flash Player 8 and subsequent versions) how to block Flash cookies which are not provided by the manager of the web page you are on at that moment). Flash Player settings to limit or limit the acceptance of Flash cookies may reduce or hinder the functions of some Flash applications, including, potentially, the Flash applications used in connection to the services of Board or Website contents.
  • Targeted and mobile online advertising: Board could appoint one or more third parties, service providers, to track and analyse both individual use and statistical information on the volume of interactions with the Website. These providers may also offer cookies to your computer or mobile device for advertising purposes via the Website and provide other personalisation services in conformity with this Cookie Policy. These companies may gather and use information relating to visits to the Website and other sites to provide pertinent product and service advertising which could interest you. They may also use the technology used to measure and monitor the effectiveness of advertising through the use of cookies or web beacons. The information gathered through this process does not allow Board to identify your name, contact details or other personal information that directly identifies you unless you decide to provide it.


5. How to give or revoke consent

Consent to the use of cookies is given initially in the following manners: by clicking on the “Accept cookies” and closing the relative banner, scrolling the page hosting the banner or clicking on any element, and can be revoked at any time. Users have the possibility to set their own devices to accept all cookies, receive notifications when a cookie is sent or not receive them. Cookies can be completely disabled from the browser using the specific function available in most browsers. Please note however that by disabling the cookies some personalised services may no longer be provided and some of the Website functions may not be usable. However, each browser is different, so consult the “Help” menu of your browser for instructions on how to change your cookie preferences. The methods proposed by major browsers are described below: ChromeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari by downloading a specific plug-in for the browser:

•    Internet Explorer

•   Chrome

•   Firefox

•   Opera

•   Safari

After this operation, however, some Web page functions may not run correctly.


6. Data communication

The data collected through the use of cookies may be processed by employees and/or collaborators of Board, indicated as representatives for the processing of data under the authority of Board[1], in its capacity as Controller, or by the Processor, where appointed. The aforementioned data collected could also be processed by third companies providing various types of service to Board and which work on its behalf in their capacity as Processors. The complete list of processors is constantly updated and is available on request by sending an e-mail to:

The personal data will not in any case be disclosed.

[1] For the purposes of this Cookie Policy, “processing representatives” refers to the persons authorised to process personal data under the direct authority of the Controller or the Processor as laid down in articles 4(10) and 29 of the GDPR.