Effective Date: 22 May 2019

AIM Group International S.P.A. (AIM”) and the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (“EACTA”) respect your concerns about privacy (collectively referred to as “we”, “us” or “our”).  AIM and the EACTA are “joint data controllers” pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”),  AIM manages the website of EACTA, (the “Site”)

EACTA obtain certain information by automated means, such as cookies, web server logs, web beacons, and other technologies (collectively “Cookies”) when you visit, access, or use our website, mobile sites or applications, that link to this Cookie Policy (collectively the “Sites”). This Cookie Policy explains how we use Cookies, their purposes, and how you can control them.

Our use of Cookies may involve the processing of personal information. For more information on our data protection practices, see our Privacy Policy.

  1. What are Cookies?

A “cookie” is a text file that websites send to a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. This technology helps us (1) remember your information so you will not have to re-enter it; (2) track and understand how you use and interact with the Site; (3) tailor the Site around your preferences; (4) measure the usability of the Site; (5) understand the effectiveness of our communications; and (6) otherwise manage and enhance the Site.

  1. Information obtained through Cookies

The information EACTA and AIM obtain through Cookies includes your device IP address, domain name, identifiers associated with your devices, device and operating system type and characteristics, URL, web browser characteristics, language preferences, clickstream data, your interactions with the Sites (such as the web pages you visit, links you click and features you use), the pages that led or referred you to the Sites, dates and times of access to the Sites, and other information about your use of the Sites.

  1. Data supplied by the User

Any communication from you to the contacts listed on this Site implies the acquisition of the e-mail address and other personal information contained in the communication, following the release of an appropriate information sheet (think of, for instance, the “contact us” form)

  1. Cookies used on our Sites

Cookies are used for different scopes: execution of authentications, monitoring of sessions, storage of information regarding specific configurations by users who access the server, storage of preferences, profiling, etc.

Cookies are intended to improve your user experience by making it easier and faster to navigate through a website. For example, some websites require that you log in to gain access. If such sites did not use cookies, then you would be required to enter your login details every time you navigated to a new page because the website would not be able to remember that you had already logged in

Types of cookies

Cookies may be distinguished based on their scope (such as technical cookies or profiling cookies) or on the basis of the domain of provenance (such as first-party cookies and third-party cookies).

Below is a list of the cookies that we use on the Sites. You can indicate your choice with respect to the use of cookies. Please note that, depending on your selection, you may not be able to take full advantage of the website or our products and services.

  1. a) Technical cookies

Technical cookies are those being used for the exclusive scope of transmitting certain data on an electronic data network, or enabling the service supplier to provide the services explicitly requested by the subscriber or user.

  • Navigation/Session Cookies

Navigation or session cookies are essential to use and navigate our Sites. Navigation or session cookies help us collect information, such as your session ID and other server information, that enables us to authenticate users. Navigation or session cookies are deleted when you end your browsing session or within a short period of time thereafter.

  • Analytical Cookies

Analytical cookies collect information on how users navigate and use our Sites, such as how the users traverse our Sites, the pages they view, how long they stay on a page and whether the page is displayed correctly or whether errors occur. Such cookies help us to improve the performance of our Sites and make the Sites more user-friendly. Some of these cookies are persistent cookies which remain on your computer or other Internet-connected device for a certain period of time after you end your browsing session unless you delete them;

  • Functional Cookies

Functional cookies collect information about your choices or remember your preferences so we can show you relevant content. They allow us to identify your location and remember your language during a browsing session and to customize the Sites you have accessed. These cookies are deleted when you end your browsing session

  1. b) Profiling cookies

Profiling cookies have the scope of creating profiles of the user and are used to be able to present the user with contents in line with his/her interests or to send targeted messages/advertisements. For the installation of this type of cookies, previous consent by the user is required.

  1. c) First-party cookies

First-party cookies are those set up by the Site itself which the user is visiting.

  1. d) Third-party cookies

Third-party cookies are set up by Sites different from the one the user is visiting.

How we use cookies

  1. a) Navigation cookies

Are cookies needed to allow navigation of the Sites and usage of some of the products and services, for instance in order to allow the user access to reserved areas or to improve the navigation performance.

  1. b) Cookies for storage of preferences

The Functional cookies allow us to store the user’s choices, so as to improve the navigation experience of the Site. They are used, for instance, to keep track of the chosen language or to store the information whether the user consented to the use of cookies or not.

  1. c) Statistical or analytical cookies

These cookies are used to monitor the Site’s performance, for instance in order to know the number of pages visited or the number of users that navigated a certain section. The analysis of these cookies generates anonymous and aggregated statistics without reference to the identity of the Site’s users. They are useful, in addition, to evaluate changes and improvements to the Site.

  1. d) Social Network Cookies

These are cookies that allow to share the contents of the Site with other users or to express one’s opinion regarding the Site and its contents.

First-party cookies on the Sites

The Sites use the following technical first-party cookies:

exp_last_visit, exp_last_activity, exp_tracker, exp_csrf_token, cookie-banner

Type of cookie: navigation and storage / technical.

Third-party cookies on the Site

The Site uses some services that install third-party cookies on the user’s computer. These are under the direct and exclusive responsibility of the third-party management. In order to give or deny consent (where required by the applicable norms) reference needs to be made to the websites of the third parties or to the site to obtain information on how to eliminate or manage cookies based on the used browser and to manage preferences with regards to third-party profiling cookies.

If the user doesn’t want to receive third-party cookies on his/her device, by means of the following links he/she can access the information and consent forms of abovementioned third parties, as well as inhibit their installation.

  1. a) ShareThis

The Site uses the ShareThis service to allow for sharing of some sections on the main social networks.

The profiling named ShareThis is a third-party cookie, i.e. a cookie from entities different from EACTA. EACTA is not in a position to exercise specific control over those entities and related cookies. In order to obtain information on these cookies and on their features and ways of operating, as well as to express the related consent, Users may use the following link or contact ShareThis directly.

Type of cookie: social / profiling

For further information:

In order to disactivate Share This, Users may use the settings of their browser (see instructions below) or the indications provided by the related third-party at the following link:

  1. b) Google Analytics

Google Analytics mainly uses proprietary cookies to generate reports on the interactions of the visitors on the website. These cookies are used to store information that doesn’t allow personal identification of the users.

The Site implements IP address masking, using only a part of the IP address in order to geolocate.

Google Analytics is to be considered a so-called analytic third-party cookie; these cookies may be considered to be similar to technical cookies, as i) the tools used for their functioning reduce the possibility of identification (for instance, by means of masking significant parts of the IP); ii) the third parties that own them committed to not associating the information they contain with other information they already dispose of.

Type of cookie: technical / analytics

For further information:

To disactivate Google Analytics, execute “Opt-out”:

Cookies and browsers

By changing the setting of the internet browser used, cookies’ way of operating and options of limiting or blocking cookies can be defined. Many internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies automatically, but the user may change these settings in order to block cookies or to be warned whenever cookies are being sent to the device. There are several ways of managing cookies, therefore reference must be made to the instructions manual or the help screen of the related browser, in order to verify how to define or change their settings. The user is allowed to change the predefined configuration and to disable cookies (i.e. to block them without time limitation), opting for the highest protection level.

Below are the links for managing cookies for the related browsers:





If the user uses various devices to visualize and access the Sites (e.g. computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.), he/she should assure that each browser on each device is set to reflect his/her preferences regarding cookies. To eliminate cookies from the Internet browser of smartphones / tablets, please refer to the device’s user manual.

The modification and/or confirmation by the User of the expressed preferences on the use of cookies of the Site by means of the related options can occur at any moment, accessing this page through the related link to be found on each page of the Site, or modifying the settings of the web-browser.

You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking “help” on your browser’s menu or by visiting

  1. Third-party web sites

Any third-party web-sites accessible by means of this Site are not covered by this Data protection policy. These sites could use different types of cookies and/or use a different data protection policy, for which this Site accepts no responsibility. Therefore, we suggest to consult the data protection information of the related sites and to follow the instructions on how to disable cookies, if desired.

  1. Nature of the data transfer

Without prejudice to what’s indicated on navigation data and cookies, users are free to provide their personal data, where requested by the related sections of the Site; refusal to provide this data might cause impossibility to provide the requested services.

  1. Ways of processing

Personal data is processed by means of automated tools, whose settings are strictly related to their scopes and who operate for the strictly minimum time necessary for reaching the scopes for which the data was collected.

Collected information is stored in a safe environment.

  1. Range of communication of the data

The users’ personal data will be processed by staff commissioned by EACTA and AIM. In addition, their data may be processed by third parties, external service providers who act on behalf and in name of EACTA and AIM, duly nominated Processors, who will treat the data in coherence with the scope for which they were originally collected.


If you have any questions about this Cookie Policy, please contact us by e-mail at: [email protected]

  1. Updates

The Site’s data protection policy may be updated from time to time.

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