Privacy statement and cookie policy

Pursuant to EU Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) and Legislative Decree No. 196, June 30, 2003, as amended, and in general in compliance with the principle of transparency recalled by the GDPR, this policy describes the types of data of Users who consult
our web pages and use its services, if any, and the ways in which this data is collected, shared and protected.

Automatically processed data and purpose of processing

When browsing this website, reading its pages, and when downloading the information it contains, the website acquires some navigation data, the transmission of which is implicit in the use of Internet communication protocols. In addition to this, a third-party website will automatically collect and store some information about the visit.

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

These data, which are necessary for the use of web services, are not collected to be associated with identified data subjects, but are used to make the site more useful for its visitors, to obtain aggregate and anonymous statistical information on the use of the site and to monitor its proper functioning. These data could be used to determine liability in the event of cybercrime or actions damaging the site.

No information about Users/visitors will be sold, shared or used for commercial purposes.

Data voluntarily provided by Users and Purpose of Processing

The optional, voluntary and explicit transmission of personal data while browsing the site, for example by completing the registration to the Newsletter or the request for patronage, implies obtaining later on such data for the sole purpose of responding to Users’ requests and managing the services themselves. Data processed for these purposes is obtained with the specific consent provided by the User and collected through a specific registration form; the data are kept for the sole duration of the requested activity.
The optional, explicit and voluntary sending of personal data to the addresses indicated on this site or through specific contact request forms involves obtaining the sender’s e-mail address, necessary to respond to requests, as well as any other personal data entered in the message.
The processing of special or judicial personal data is excluded; if provided by Users, it will be deleted.

Personal data provided by users are used for the management of ICT services related to FBK sites, within the institutional objectives of scientific research and administrative activities, and could be used to ascertain the liability of Users in case of any digital crimes against the site.


A cookie is a small piece of text that websites send to the browser and are stored on the User’s terminal, which may be a personal computer, cell phone, tablet, etc. These files allow the website to monitor, personalize and save information about each User’s session, such as language and preferred options, which can facilitate his/her next visit and make the site more useful for the User. A “session” refers to the time the User spends on a site. Cookies play a very important role in improving Users’ experience on the web.

The cookies active on this site do not record personal data. While browsing or using our services, Users consent to our use of cookies through the dedicated pop-up banner. However,
Users have the option to prevent the generation of cookies and opt out of them by selecting the dedicated option in the browser.

Our website uses the following cookies:

Necessary Cookies 

These are cookies that are necessary for the website to function properly and ensure the functionality and security of the website.

Necessary cookies allow:

  •      website browsing and use;
  •       the collection of aggregated information on the number of Users and how they visit the website (“analytical cookies”);
  •       navigation according to a set of selected criteria, such as language, in order to improve the service rendered thereto (“functionality cookies”).

These cookies are not used for purposes other than functional ones and therefore their installation does not require the User’s consent.

Analytical Cookies
FBK’s institutional websites generally use Matomo, a data analytics service designed to track website user visits in an aggregated and anonymous manner. The statistics services collect pseudonymous data about website visitors. The data allows us to better understand visitors and optimize the website.

Cookies relativi alle newsletter
The website offers a newsletter subscription service and cookies may be used to remember whether Users are already registered and whether to show certain notifications that may only apply to registered/unsubscribed Users.

Third-party profiling cookies

Some services outside FBK such as YouTube may use their own cookies for the purpose of User profiling. Such cookies are installed by parties other than FBK (Google) and require the consent of the User for their installation. We therefore provide below links to Google’s privacy policy, which also refers to the YouTube external service, which can be used on the Foundation’s sites.

Users will be able to learn more and personalize their browser settings for the services and personalization options offered by Google.

Google Privacy Policy:

How to manage cookies in the browser

The User has the option to disable, remove or block cookies installed on their tools by setting the options of the browser installed on their terminal (by searching for “Help” of the browser or by setting the DNT -Do Not Track- option if provided).

FBK does not guarantee the full operation of the site if cookies have been disabled. If you block the use of cookies on your browser, some services may be interrupted or the functionality of the site may
be reduced.

Some browsers can be configured to handle specific cookie rules for different sites, which provides more precise control over privacy. This means that Users can disable cookies for all sites except those they trust.

How to disable cookies on browsers

Methods of data processing and data retention

Data is processed mainly using electronic procedures and media and in a lawful, correct, relevant manner, limited to what is necessary to achieve the purposes of the processing, only for the time strictly necessary
to achieve the purposes for which they were collected and in any case in accordance with the principles indicated in Article 5 of the GDPR.
Specific security measures are observed to prevent data loss, unlawful or incorrect use and unauthorized access.
No automated decision-making or profiling activities are performed.

Place of processing and communication of personal data

Personal data on the site and related telematic services are processed mainly in the offices located in the Povo technology Hub of, via Sommarive 18 – 38123 Trento (Italy) and are taken care of by the staff of the Communication and External Relations Service and by the internal contacts for the management of FBK sites, each for the respective site(s) of competence.
Personal data may also be processed by the providers of the services offered appointed as Data Processors pursuant to Article 28 of the GDPR, usually sites in the European Union or in countries for which the Commission has taken a Data Protection Adequacy Decision or, failing that, through the signing with the provider of Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for data protection adopted by the European Commission.
The data collected will not be disclosed or communicated to third parties, except in the cases provided for by law and, in any case, in the manner permitted by it.

Rights of data subjects

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

  •   ask for confirmation of the effective existence of personal data regarding them;
  • 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 retention period;
  •  obtain the rectification and erasure of the data;
  • request processing restriction;
  •  object the processing at any time.

Data subjects also have the right to withdraw their consent at any time, without prejudice to the lawfulness of the processing based on the consent given before the revocation.
For information and contact specifically related to the protection of personal data, including the exercise of the above rights, please address any inquiries to the e-mail address: [email protected]
This is without prejudice to the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Authority.

The Data Controller is Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), based in Trento, via Santa Croce, 77
The Foundation’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at the e-mail address: [email protected]


Changes to the policy

The Data Controller reserves the right to make, if necessary, the appropriate changes to this policy – currently updated on April 19, 2023 – giving the widest visibility to the data subjects.


See also the Fondazione Bruno Kessler’s social media policy