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 FBK website and to use any of its services (i.e. Newsletter and Magazine).

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 (e.g. subscription to newsletters and the webform to become FBK Magazine contributors) 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 FBK sites, for the only purposes connected to the institutional objectives of scientific research and administrative procedures and could be used to determine the responsibility
of 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

Session cookies
They are not stored permanently on the user’s device and are deleted when the browser is closed out.

Persistent cookies
Expire on a specific date or after a certain period of time

Technical 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.

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

_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
FBK websites 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. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the officiale Google Analytics page .
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
GPS,, 1 day, records a unique ID on mobile devices to allow tracking based on location.

PREF,, 8 months, records a unique ID used by Google for statistics related to how the visitor uses YouTube videos on different websites.

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE,, 179 days, estimates the user’s connection speed on pages with integrated YouTube videos.

YSC,, session duration, records a unique ID for statistics related to which YouTube videos were viewed by the user

yt-remote-cast-installed (session), yt-remote-connected-devices (persistent), yt-remote-device-id (persistent), yt-remote-fast-check-period (session), yt-remote- session-app (session), yt-remote-session-name (session): store the user’s video player preferences using the embedded YouTube video.

IDE,, 1 year, used by Google DoubleClick to record and produce reports on user actions on the site.

r/collect,, session duration, cookie used to send data on the device and visitor behavior to Google Analytics.

test_cookie,, 1 day, used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.

These cookies are installed by parties other than FBK and their installation requires your consent.

Thus, we are providing Users with the following links to the privacy policies of the third parties, where Users can consent to the installation of these cookies; please note that, if Users do not make any choice but decide to continue browsing the website, this will be understood as consenting to the use of these cookies.

Google Fonts
Online archive of applications for the integration of free fonts for web interfaces.

Google Maps
Online map platform.

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. FBK 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 the Digital Communication and Big Events
and by the contact persons for the management of sites updated by the staff of the Research Centers and of the FBK Administration and Research Support Services Division, each for their respective site(s).

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.

The easiest way to unsubscribe to the FBK newsletter or Magazine is to click the ‘unsubscribe’ button in the footer of the received e-mails. Alternatively, Users may contact the Data Controller to submit an unsubscription request at the following email
address: .

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

update version June, 7 – 2021

Fondazione Bruno Kessler’s social media policy

Fondazione Bruno Kessler is officially present on social media through its Facebook page, its Twitter profile, its Linkedin account, its Instagram account and its Youtube channel.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler uses social media to listen to online users and to provide transparent information on the main activities and news concerning the institution as a whole, or in particular with reference to the activities conducted by each of the research centers that are part of it. Contents may be either original, i.e., produced by the Foundation’s staff, or posts suggested by third parties where topics are relevant to FBK’s research areas or of general interest. The accounts are institutional and service related. Account interactions are for introductory information only.

For more information on the organization, see our  website and for updates on current projects, please follow the weekly publications hosted on These sites provide the opportunity to subscribe to the newsletter dedicated respectively to upcoming events and to the latest in-depth analysis articles offered. As for job opportunities and current research or support staff contact information, please see the specific sites that can be accessed from our institutional website Similarly, the documents published in the Transparent Administration section and the sites of each research center can be accessed. FBK laboratories can be visited virtually on the Google Arts & Culture platform.

Contents and regulations

The information posted on official social channels is general, not exhaustive and regards projects and initiatives on a European or international, national and local scale. In social networks all users can respectfully express their opinions; users are solely responsible for what they publish.

Users are asked to present their ideas with fairness and propriety showing respect for the opinions of others. Insults, obscenity, offenses, threats will be reported to the offices concerned which will determine whether to take action and how. Users who publish contents such as spam/malware, advertising or offensive messages will either receive a warning or be reported to social media and, if actions are repeated, will be blocked.

Published content must respect users’ privacy. References to facts or details without public relevance, violent, offensive or discriminatory attitudes towards gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, personal beliefs, ethnicity, disabilities should be avoided.

To protect users’ privacy, the publication of personal data (email, telephone number, taxpayer id. number, etc.) should be avoided. Those who wish to debunk any content published by us are kindly requested to support their claims with links to reliable sources of information.

Following a Facebook page, a Twitter account, etc., or including it in lists of interest, does not mean sharing its lines of thought; the same is true for retweets, likes and messages appearing on the account that have been published by users. In these cases, FBK will just verify compliance with these guidelines and the reliability of the source.

This policy also applies to the social accounts created and managed by the Research Centers into which FBK is divided, by the relative Units into which these Centers are divided and by the organizational Units belonging to the Administration and Research Support Services (CASSR) Section of the Foundation (eg the Library Unit).


FBK will moderate its spaces in the hours and days following the publication of comments by users, without a set schedule, its purpose being not only to contain non-compliant behavior but also to direct questions or curiosities aroused by original contents towards further opportunities or in-depth content.

For obvious privacy protection purposes, personal cases will not be dealt with, but general information of common interest will be provided and confirmed. Messages containing insults, obscenity, offenses, threats, violent, offensive or discriminatory attitudes towards gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, personal beliefs, ethnicity, disabilities will be deleted.

In more serious cases, Fondazione Bruno Kessler reserves the right to delete the contents, remove users from its spaces and report them to the moderation filters of the host social network and/or to the authorities concerned.

Users are hereby also reminded of the responsibilities deriving from the publication of any profession-related data or information that could damage FBK’s intellectual property, image, reputation, productivity and profitability or that could breach the contractual and legal obligations in connection to their employment relationship with the Foundation.

As regards FBK employees and collaborators in particular, the rules contained in the FBK Code of Conduct apply. In particular, for the protection of confidential information and the integrity of the Foundation, the use of social media even outside the workplace must be done responsibly, without disclosing confidential information and always making a distinction between personal and professional communications. The Foundation distances itself from personal content that contains insults, vulgarity, offenses, threats, violent, offensive or discriminatory attitudes with respect to gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, personal beliefs, ethnic origins, disabilities and will evaluate, if this has repercussions at work, the possibility of disciplinary action.

Finally, spreading fake news is forbidden.


For all information, questions, reports that are not addressed by this policy or that are urgent and have not received any feedback, please email us to the following address: .