Cookie policy – Hermes

Extended Cookie Policy of website

Under the EU Reg. 2016/679 of art. 13 of the Legislative Decree n. 196/03, known as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), this policy explains what cookies are and describes the various types of cookies present on the website (hereafter referred to as the “Site”) and complements the data processing information found at the page

Cookies are small text files that the websites visited by the user send and save on their computer or mobile device, which are then re-transmitted to the same websites on the next visit. Thanks to cookies, the site remembers the user’s actions and preferences (such as login data, chosen language, font sizes, other display settings, etc.) so that they don’t have to be set again when the user returns to the site or navigates from one page to another. 

Cookies are used to perform computer authentication, session tracking, and storing information about users’ activities accessing a site, and may also contain a unique identification code that keeps track of the user’s browsing within the site for statistical or advertising purposes. During navigation on a site, the user can also receive on their computer or mobile device cookies from websites or web servers different from the one they are visiting (so-called “third-party” cookies). Some operations could not be carried out without the use of cookies, which in some cases are technically necessary for the site to operate.

There are several types of cookies, depending on their characteristics and functions, and these can stay in the user’s computer or mobile device for different periods of time; cookies can thus be classified as:

  • “session” cookies, which are deleted immediately when the browser is closed;
  • “persistent” cookies, which remain in the browser for a certain period of time. They are used, for example, to recognize the device that connects to a site facilitating user authentication operations;
  • “own” cookies, generated and managed directly by the operator of the website the user is browsing;
  • “third-party” cookies, generated and managed by parties other than the operator of the website the user is browsing.

According to the legislation in force in Italy, the user’s express consent is not always required for the use of cookies. Specifically, “technical” cookies, i.e., those used for the sole purpose of transmitting a communication on an electronic communication network, or as strictly necessary to provide a service explicitly requested by the user, do not require such consent. These are, in other words, cookies essential for the functioning of the site or necessary to carry out activities requested by the user.

Among the technical cookies, which do not require express consent for their use, the Italian Data Protection Authority (see the General Regulation “Individuazione delle modalità semplificate per l’informativa e l’acquisizione del consenso per l’uso dei cookie – 8 May 2014″) also includes:

  • analytical cookies when used directly by the site operator to collect information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the site,
  • navigation or session cookies (to authenticate, to make a purchase, etc.),
  • functionality cookies, which allow the user to navigate according to a series of selected criteria (for example, the language, the products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service rendered to them. 

On the other hand, for the so-called “profiling cookies”, i.e, those aimed at creating user profiles and used in order to send advertising messages in line with the preferences shown by the same part within the framework of web browsing, a prior consent of the user is required.


There are several types of cookies that contain different information and perform different functions (e.g., performing computer authentications, monitoring sessions, storing preferences for the sending of targeted advertising messages, etc.). Each cookie, in turn, contains different data (e.g., the name of the server it comes from, a numeric identifier, etc.). Such data may remain in the user’s device for different periods of time – a browser session, a few hours, several days, or for longer periods.

Necessary technical cookies for navigation:  cookies that are necessary to navigate or to provide a service requested by the User. They are not used for further purposes. Technical cookies are necessary for the proper functioning of the site. Without the use of such cookies, some operations could not be performed or would be more complex and/or less secure, hence, technical cookies are indispensable. Technical cookies do not require the user’s consent, as they are essential for the proper functioning of the site.

Third-party analytical cookies used as technical cookies: third-party analytical cookies can be equated to technical cookies only if used for site optimization purposes by the site owner itself, to collect aggregate information on the number of users and how they visit the site. When used as technical cookies and when anonymization measures prescribed by the Data Protection Authority are adopted, analytical cookies are necessary to enable the site owner to improve the functioning of the site and the user’s experience on the site.

Marketing and profiling cookies: cookies used to track the user’s navigation on the internet and create profiles on their tastes, habits, choices, etc. With these cookies, advertising messages in line with the preferences shown by the user during their online navigation can be transmitted to the user’s terminal. Profiling cookies are not strictly necessary for the proper functioning of the site and, therefore, the user can decide whether to install such cookies or not. The user’s consent is required for the installation of profiling cookies, which can be expressed or revoked by the user.

The Site installs the following types of cookies:

Cookie NameCookie TypePurposeStorage periodDomainLink
_gaStatisticsGoogle Analytics cookies allow tracking of user behavior and measuring the performance of the Site.1 yearhermescorporate.comLink
_ga_XXXXXXStatisticsGoogle Analytics cookies allow tracking of user behavior and measuring the performance of the site.1 yearhermescorporate.comLink
_iub_cs-XXXXXMandatoryStores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain.1 yearhermescorporate.comLink
usprivacyMandatoryStores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain.1 yearhermescorporate.comLink
bcookieStatisticsBrowser identification cookie used to uniquely identify devices accessing LinkedIn in order to detect abuse on the platform and for diagnostic purposes.1 yearLinkedIn.comLink
bscookieStatisticsUsed to remember that a logged-in user has been verified by two-factor authentication and has previously logged in.1 yearLinkedIn.comLink
JSESSIONIDTechnicalUsed for CSRF (Cross Site Request Forgery) protection and URL signature validation.SessionLinkedIn.comLink
lidcStatisticsUsed to optimize the selection of the data center. 24 hoursLinkedIn.comLink
li_gcStatisticsUsed to store guest consent regarding the use of cookies for non-essential purposes.6 monthsLinkedIn.comLink
li_mcTechnicalUsed as a temporary cache to prevent searching for user content in the database for the use of non-essential cookies and used to have information on the user’s consent in order to apply such consent.6 monthsLinkedIn.comLink
AnalyticsSyncHistoryStatisticsUsed to store information about the date when a sync with the lms_analytics cookie took place.30 daysLinkedIn.comLink
UserMatchHistoryStatisticsUsed for the ID synchronization process. Stores the date and time of the last sync to avoid repeating the sync process frequently.30 daysLinkedIn.comLink
lms_adsMarketingUsed to identify LinkedIn users outside of LinkedIn for advertising purposes.30 daysLinkedIn.comLink
li_sugrStatisticsUsed for a probabilistic association of a user’s identity outside of designated countries.90 daysLinkedIn.comLink
lms_analyticsStatisticsUsed to identify LinkedIn users outside of LinkedIn for analytical purposes.30 daysLinkedIn.comLink
li_rmStatisticsUsed by LinkedIn’s “Remember me” feature and is set when a user selects “Remember me” on their device to simplify login on that device.1 yearLinkedIn.comLink
li_atTechnicalUsed to authenticate Users and API clients.1 yearLinkedIn.comLink
li_ep_auth_contextTechnicalUsed for authenticating LinkedIn corporate clients.1 yearLinkedIn.comLink
G_ENABLED_IDPSTechnicalUsed by Google’s Single Sign-On.2 yearsLinkedIn.comLink
li_theme_setTechnicalStores a user’s display/theme preferences.6 monthsLinkedIn.comLink
li_themeTechnicalStores a user’s display/theme preference setting.6 monthsLinkedIn.comLink
g_stateStatisticsStores the date and time, for the purpose of respecting the cooldown period and ignoring Google One Tap access request.180 daysLinkedIn.comLink
li_alertsMarketingUsed to track views of LinkedIn notifications, such as the cookie banner, and to implement cooldown periods for notification displays.1 yearLinkedIn.comLink
PLAY_LANGTechnicalUsed by some LinkedIn services to remember the user’s language preference.Session LinkedIn.comLink
_uetvidMarketingUsed to store and track visits across websites.1 yearLinkedIn.comLink

For more information on LinkedIn’s cookies, you can visit:

The user is required to check the privacy policy of third-party sites accessed through the Site and to inform themselves about the conditions applicable to the processing of their personal data. This Privacy Policy applies only to the Site as defined above. 

Disabling cookies 

Cookies are linked to the browser used and CAN BE DISABLED DIRECTLY FROM THE BROWSER, thus refusing/withdrawing consent to the use of cookies. It should be noted that disabling cookies may prevent the correct use of some features of the site itself.

Instructions for disabling cookies can be found on the following web pages: 

Mozilla Firefox  –  Microsoft Edge  –  Google Chrome  –  Opera  –  Apple Safari 

Plugin Social Network

This Site also incorporates plugins and/or buttons for social networks, in order to allow easy sharing of content on your favorite social media platforms. These plugins are programmed not to set any cookies upon accessing the page, in order to protect users’ privacy. Cookies may be set by the social networks only if the user makes actual and voluntary use of the plugin. Please note that if the user is navigating while logged into the social network, they have already consented to the use of cookies conveyed through this site at the time of registration to the social network.

The collection and use of information obtained through the plugin are governed by the respective privacy policies of the social networks, to which please refer.