Privacy and cookies policy

Pursuant to EU Regulation No. 2016/679 (GDPR), and Legislative Ddecree No. 196 of June 30, 2003 as amended, and in general in compliance with the principle of transparency provided for by the above Regulation with this document we provide the rules we apply for managing personal data in order to allow Users to browse the pages on the TS4.0 website.

Data automatically processed and the purpose of the processing

When Users browse the website, read its pages, and download the information contained in it, the website acquires some navigation data, whose transmission is implicit in internet communication protocols. In addition to this, a third-party website will automatically collect and store certain information relating to the visit.

This category includes user IP addresses, type of browser used, access website addresses, pages visited within the site, access time, the code indicating the response status given by the server and other parameters relating to the operating system and the User’s IT environment.

This data, needed to use web services, is not collected to be associated with identified data subjects but is used to make the site more useful for its visitors, to obtain aggregated and anonymous statistical information on the use of the site and to check its proper operation. This data could be used to determine responsibility in the event of cybercrime or actions damaging the site.
No information on Users/visitors will be sold, shared or used for commercial purposes.

Data provided voluntarily by Users and the purpose of the processing

The optional, voluntary and explicit transmission of personal data while browsing the website, for example by registering, signing in to a reserved area or service involves the subsequent acquisition of such data for the sole purpose of answering/responding to requests from Users and managing these web services. The processing operations set up for these purposes are carried out with the specific consent of the User collected through a dedicated registration form and the data is stored only for the duration of the activity required. Failure to consent to the communication and transfer of data (as detailed below) will make it impossible to benefit from the services.
Submitting optional, explicit and voluntary personal data to the addresses indicated on this site or through specific contact request forms involves the acquisition of the sender’s e-mail address, necessary to respond to requests, as well as any other personal data included in the message. Any sensitive or judicial personal data provided by Users will not be processed and, if eventually provided by Users, will be deleted.

Personal data provided by users are used for the management of online services relating to TS4.0 site, for the only purposes connected to the institutional objectives of scientific research and administrative procedures and could be used to determine the responsibilityof Users in the event of any cyber crimes against the site.

A cookie is a small piece of text that websites send to the browser and is stored on the User’s terminal, which may be a personal computer, a mobile phone, a tablet, etc. These files allow the website to track, personalize, and save information about each User’s session, such as language and preferred options, which can make his/her next visit easier and make the site more useful for him/her. A “session” just refers to the time Users spend on a site. Cookies play a very important role in improving user experiences on the web.
Cookies active on this site do not record personal data. When navigating or using our services Users agree to our use of cookies. However, Users have the option to prevent the generation of cookies and disposal of the same by selecting the appropriate option in the browser.

This website uses the following cookies:

Necessary cookies
Those cookies strictly necessary to allow:

  • website browsing and use;
  • the collection of information, in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the web site (“cookie analytics”);
  • browsing based on a series of selected criteria (e.g. language, “functionality cookies”) in order to improve the service provided.
  • _ga, 2 years, persistent Google Analytics cookies that allow data to be read for statistical purposes; Their function is to recognize users. The data is analyzed anonymously and relates solely to the use of the website (pages visited, bounce rate, etc.);
  • _gat, 1 day, Google Analytics session cookie that allows data to be read for statistical purposes. The cookie is valid only for the duration of the session, it is deleted when the browser is closed out, and its purpose is to monitor the amount of requests per page/s;
  • _gid, 1 day, persistent Google Analytics cookies that allow data to be read for statistical purposes. Their function is to recognize users. The data is analyzed anonymously and relates solely to the use of the website (pages visited, bounce rate, etc.).

Analytical cookies
TS4.0 website usually use Google Analytics, a data analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”), to track user visits in an aggregate and anonymous fashion.  The analytical cookie information helps us understand how visitors use the site, allowing us to improve the way we present content. The information collected shall never be transferred for commercial purposes.
The only cookies used are those mentioned above, namely ga, gat and gid cookies.

Email newsletters related cookies

The website offers newsletter subscription service and cookies may be used to remember if Users already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed Users.

Third-party profiling cookies

Some external services such as Google Fonts, Google Maps, YouTube may use their own cookies for the purpose of User profiling.

These cookies are installed by third parties (Google) and not by TS4.0 and their installation requires the consent of the User, in the absence of which they will not be installed.

We therefore report below the links to the privacy policy of Google which refers to the main external services (Analytics, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Fonts, which can be used on the Foundation’s sites). The User will be able to deepen and customize their browser settings in relation to the services and customization options offered by Google.

Google Privacy Pocily:

How to manage cookies in the browser
Users have the option tTo allow, disable, remove or block cookies installed on their devices by setting the browser options installed on their terminal (see browser “Help” for how to do this)., you can use your browser settings or the DNT (Do Not Track) option, if provided. TS4.0 does not guarantee the full operation of the website when cookies have been disabled.
If Users block the use of cookies on theirs browser it may disrupt some services or functionality of the website may be reduced. Some browsers can be configured to manage specific cookie rules for different websites, which provides more precise control over privacy. This means Users can disable cookies for all sites except those in which they trust.

Instructions for disabling cookies on browsers

Data Processing Method and Duration

Personal data is mainly processed digitally and in a lawful, fair, relevant manner, limited to what is necessary to achieve the purposes of the processing, for the time strictly necessary to achieve the purposes for which it was collected and in any case in compliance with the principles set forth in art. 5 of the GDPR.
In order to prevent data loss, abuse or incorrect use of data and unauthorised access, specific security measures have been implemented.
There is no automated decision-making process, nor any profiling activity.

Place of Data Processing and Disclosure of Personal Data

Personal data present on the site and the relating online services are mainly processed in the offices located in the Technology Hub at Povo, via Sommarive 18 – 38123 Trento (Italy) and are only processed by the staff of TS4.0 and FBK.

In case of need, website and newsletter related data may be processed by the staff of the website technological maintenance provider, at the provider’s headquarters, normally located within the EU or in countries for which the European Commission has made a decision on their compliance with personal data protection regulations.
No data collected will be shared or disseminated, except in cases expressly provided for by the law and, in any case, in the manner permitted by it. The data may be known to the staff of the Foundation, within the scope of their respective functions and in accordance with the instructions received, only for the achievement of the purposes listed in this policy.

Rights of Data Subjects

Users (Data Subjects) have the right to contact the Data Controller at any time to exercise the rights referred to Chapter III of the GDPR and, in particular for:

  • request confirmation as to whether or not their personal data is available;
  • obtain information on the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data, the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal data has been or will be communicated and, where possible, the storage period;
  • request rectification and deletion of personal data;
  • obtain the limitation of the processing;
  • object the processing at any time.

The Data Subjects have the right to revoke consent at any time without prejudice to the awfulness of the data processing based on consent granted before said revocation.
For information and contacts specifically relating to the protection of personal data, including the exercise of the above rights, please email:
The right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Authority remains unaffected.

Data Controller

The data controller is Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), based in Trento, via Santa Croce, 77 –


To contact the foundation’s DPO, please send an e-mail to

updated version: June 26, 2022