Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is intended to describe how this website is managed, notably with reference to the use of cookies and to the processing of personal data of users/visitors.

The Information Notice is given solely for the above mentioned website (hereinafter "Website" or "this Website") and its subdomains, if any, and does not cover any other websites browsed/navigated by users via the Website links.

The Website is owned and managed by Telecom Italia Sparkle.

Telecom Italia Sparkle ensures compliance with the regulations on personal data protection (privacy law), in line with the provisions of the Code of Ethics of the Telecom Italia Group. Users/visitors are invited to carefully read this Privacy Policy before sending any personal information and/or filling out any electronic form on the Website.


Type of data processed and purposes of processing


1.Browsing Data


The IT systems and software procedures that ensure the functioning of this Website, acquire personal data during their standard operation which are implicitly communicated whilst using Internet communication protocols. This information is not collected to be associated with identified data subjects; yet, because of its nature, it might allow for users/visitors to be identified (e.g. IP addresses, domain names of the computers of users connecting to the Website, the code indicating the status of the server's response, the type of browser. etc.) via processing with data held by third parties. This data is used solely for statistical information (and thus are anonymous) and to check the proper operation of the Website. Data on web contacts are kept for up to six months, subject to any investigations on IT crimes committed to the detriment of the Website. No data deriving from the web service will be communicated or disseminated. Scope of the service accessed through this Website, is to provide to users single sign on to each single user organization, by means of federated data administered by the Identity Provider, and exchanged with other organizations federated to IDEM (the Italian Universities and research institutions federation for the federated authentication and authorization to get access to network and/or IT on-line resources), and EduGAIN (the worldwide network that interconnects identity federations around the world, in order to get access to content, services and resources for the global research and education community, thus enabling the trustworthy exchange of information related to authentication, authorization and identity - AAI).


1.1. Personal data processed


During a federated authentication, the following data is retrieved from the relevant single user home organization:

  1. For all users: 
    1. IP address
    2. Referrer address
  2. Only for authenticated users, the following are required attributes: 
    • eduPersonTargetedID
    • eduPersonScopedAffiliation
    • email

while the following are desired attributes:

    • eduPersonOrgDN
    • schacHomeOrganization
    • displayName
    • givenName

To summarize, in the table below, in order to allow access to the service each attribute is listed as mandatory or desired:







used as a unique and anonymous identifier



to discriminate the affiliation of those entitled



to communicate with the user regarding the requested service














1.2 Purpose of the processing of personal data


The IP and referrer addresses of all web page visitors are stored in the web server log file for debugging purposes.


1.3. Third parties to whom personal data is disclosed


No data will be released to third parties. Personal data inherent to attributes is only shown to each single user her/himself upon authentication.


2. Cookie


2.1 General information on Cookies


Cookies are small text files that are sent by the websites visited by users to their terminal equipment (typically to users' browser), where they are stored and then backer-transmitted to the same websites every time these are visited via the same terminal equipment. In addition, every website can send the so-called 'third party' cookies, i.e. cookies generated by websites other than the website being visited by the user (via elements included therein such as banners, images, maps, sounds, files specific links to web pages of different domains).

Depending on their duration, cookies can be session cookies (i.e. temporary cookies which are automatically cancelled by the terminal equipment at the end of the browsing session, closing the browser) and persistent cookies (i.e. cookies that remain stored on the terminal equipment until their expiry or cancellation by the user).

Cookies serve different purposes. First of all, they are used to carry out the transmission of a communication or to provide the service requested by the user; specifically, they enable the operation and optimization of the website, the performance of IT authentication and the prevention of unlawful use, the monitoring of sessions; they also improve the browsing experience of users, e.g. by keeping active the connection to reserved areas during their navigation across the pages of a website without having to re-enter their User-Id and password, storing specific information on users themselves (including their preferences, type of browser and computer used).

These cookies are "technical" (the user's prior consent is not necessary), because some of the aforesaid operations could not be carried out or would be more complex and/or less secure without them.

Instead, if cookies are used for further purposes, typically to analyze user behavior and to send targeted ads messages (so-called "profiling cookies") or even only to obtain, via third party services, aggregate information on the number of users and on how they visit the website (so-called ("analytics cookies") the user's prior consent is required. In fact, before sending these cookies to the terminal equipment, in accordance with the privacy law in force, on accessing the home page (or any other landing page) of a website, the user must be shown immediately a banner, providing the short information notice on the use of cookies and the request of the user's consent, which the user can give by continuing browsing by selecting any item on the page underneath the banner or by closing the banner itself.

In any event, cookies can be read or modified only by the website that generated them; they cannot be used to retrieve data from the user's terminal and cannot spread viruses. Some functions of cookies can be performed also by other technology; therefore, in this web privacy policy, "cookies" mean both cookies and any similar technology.


2.2 Use of Cookies in this Website

This Website can use both session cookies and persistent cookies. The cookies generated directly by this Website are:

"technical" cookies used:  a) to customize the user interface (e.g., to store user preferences such as language, currency, page display format, connection area);  b) to ensure a better use of the website and of its audio-visual content (e.g., via programs such as Flash Player);  c) for a proper website connection (e.g., by appropriately directing the user's requests across)


2.3 "Third party" Cookies


This Website also allows for the transmission to the user device of cookies of third parties with which Telecom Italia Sparkle has a collaboration. As a technical intermediary, Telecom Italia Sparkle simply sends these cookies without managing their operation (thus having no control over, nor access to any information given/acquired) because their operation falls within the responsibility of third parties. For these cookies, the information notice and the consent forms of such third parties are available by clicking on the links. Such third parties are:


a.  subjects whose services are used by Telecom Italia Sparkle to collect aggregate/statistical information on the users visiting this Website. In fact, the service Google Analytics ( provided by the company Google.


2.4 Management of Cookie-related decisions


Cookies can be managed by the user via his/her browser. The user can manage his cookie preferences via major browser applications (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari), thereby cancelling/removing (some or all) cookies or changing his browser settings to disable cookies or restrict them to specific websites. For more information on how to change your browser settings (usually from the toolbar), you can visit the 'Help' web pages of the providers of the said browsers (available also via any common search engine).


The supply of Website services is not prevented per se where cookies are disabled; however, if all the cookies, including technical cookies, are cancelled/blocked, some operations may not be completed or may become more complex and/or less secure, including some activities in the Website Reserved Area (in fact, cookies allow for and maintain the user identified during a session).


3. Data supplied voluntarily by users/visitors


When users/visitors, connecting to this Website, send their personal data to have access to given services or to send email requests, this implies the acquisition by Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. of the sender's address and/or other personal data that are processed solely to respond to the user's request or to supply the service. The personal data supplied by users/visitors will be communicated to third parties only where such communication is required to meet the users/visitors' requests.

Data processing procedures
Personal data are processed by automatic or electronic means and/or manually (for example on paper) for the time that is strictly required to achieve the purposes for which data were collected and, in any case, in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations in force.

Data Protection Code of Conduct

Your personal data will be protected according to the Code of Conduct for Service Providers, a common standard for the research and higher education sector to protect your privacy.


Data retention

Your personal data is deleted on request of the user or if the user hasn't used the service for two years.


Data Controller, Data Processor and categories of Persons in charge for the Processing
The Data Controller is Telecom Italia Sparkle with office in Via di Macchia Palocco 223 - 00125 Rome. The data of users/visitors may be processed by Company employees within the Departments indicated in the aforesaid list. Such employees act as Persons in charge of Processing, under the direct authority of the respective Data Manager.

Rights of the persons concerned
Users/visitors have the right to access the data concerning themselves at any time and to exercise the other rights specified in articles 15 to 22 of the GDPR (e.g. to request the source of personal data, the rectification, updating or integration of inaccurate and incomplete data, the erasure or blocking of data that has been processed unlawfully, to object to the processing on legitimate grounds via email .


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