1.       Introduction

Asso.subsea (the “Company”), which owns and operates this website, uses cookies and embedded plug-ins on this website https://www.assogroup.com/ (the “Website”).

The information gathered by means of such tools constitute data that, in certain cases, may allow the Company to identify the users by associating such data with other information kept by third parties (such as, for example, the IP address, DNS and registration numbers of the computers used by people connecting to the Website). These data are used and processed only for statistical purposes.

Please read the following policy to understand what are the cookies that we use, how we process the information we collect through them and to provide information as to the choices that any user of the Website can make in terms of controlling them while accesses and browses the Website.

This document shall form, according to the applicable data protection legislation, including EU Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), an integral and substantial part of the Company’s Privacy Policy. We strongly recommend, therefore, to read such document as well.

2.       What is a cookie

Cookies are small text files which include information and are saved on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, mobile phone) that the user may use when visiting the Website. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates the Website. Cookies are then sent back to originating Website on each subsequent visit.

Most cookies are used in order to improve the usability and functionality of websites, to remember your actions and preferences (e.g. language preferences) and for the purpose of improving the website.

Using such technologies is not, therefore, prohibited by the law but they do require that people are properly informed about how they operate and the consequences deriving from their use, so to have the choice to refuse them, if feasible.

3.       Different types of cookies

3.1 Session and permanent cookies

There are different types of cookies. Cookies can expire at the end of a browsing session (from when a user opens the browser window to when he/she exits the browser) or they can be stored for longer.

Session cookies – Session cookies, also known as 'temporary cookies', help the website recognize the user and the information provided when they navigate through the website. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browsing session (are not stored persistently on the user's computer and are deleted automatically as soon as the browser is shut down). Once the web browser is closed, the cookies are deleted.

The session cookies used in this Website is strictly limited to the purpose of identifying the specific session, necessary to allow a safe and efficient website surfing, and avoid any other computer methods that could potentially compromise the privacy about users’ web-surfing.

Permanent cookies – Permanent cookies, also known as 'persistent cookies', are stored on the users’ device even after the web browser has closed. They are placed on the hard drive of the computer and stay there unless the user deletes them. They allow the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. For example they can remember login details and passwords so web users don't need to re-enter them every time they use a site.

3.2 First and third party cookies

Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by a website visited by the User (the website displayed in the URL window), i.e. cookies set by https://www.assogroup.com/ .

Third-party cookies are installed by third-parties with the aim of collecting certain information from the User to carry out research into, for example, behaviour, demographics or spending habits. They are cookies which are set by web sites other than https://www.assogroup.com/ , such as Google Analytics. Most sites will use these types of cookies from third parties such as Google Analytics (Google analytics doesn’t track your personal data), however it does track anonymously what pages you have visited and what you find most interesting.  This allows a website owner to concentrate on product areas that may be more popular.

4.       Cookies that we use

When operating this Website, the Company uses cookies to offer services, to improve user's experience, as well as to develop aggregated statistics on the data collected for various reasons.

These cookies allow the Company to distinguish each user from the others and therefore help us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our Website and to ensure its ongoing enhancement.

The cookies used by the Company are "technical" and "analytical" cookies:

- technical: necessary for navigation within the Website and in order to use certain functions (e.g. to navigate from one page to the other, etc).

- analytics: for statistical analysis of site accesses. Information is collected on aggregate basis.

Our Website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.

By using this Website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google's Privacy Policy and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.

This Website does not use cookies to target advertising.

If you use social sharing plug-ins or social sign-in, and use this to connect to related social sites including but not limited to sites like Twitter, Linked IN, YouTube, Facebook, or Google+ from the Company site, then it is possible that these sites will also place cookies on your device in order to function. The Company has no control over these cookies and does not record or track any data linked to them.

5.       Controlling cookies

Most web browsers and devices are set to accept cookies by default. Any user has the right to access, rectify and erase any personal data and the rights to object and to restrict to the processing of his/her personal data which are kept by the Company through the use of cookies and social plug-ins.

If you prefer, you can control and/or delete cookies as you wish. You can usually choose to disable cookies by updating the browser or device settings to remove or reject cookies to security levels as appropriate, so that cookies are blocked and erased from the hard drive, or receive a warning before any cookies, javascript or ActiveX controls are stored. In case you wishes to delete any cookies that are already on his/her device, reference should be made to the help, support, history or tools area on the Internet browser for instructions on how to do so. For details, please refer to AboutCookies.org.

Additionally, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Authority, if you consider that the Company violates the applicable data protection laws when processing your personal data.

Please note that certain functionalities or services may not be available if cookies are deleted or cannot be accepted as the Company will be unable to recognize the information related to the Users device.

Further information about cookies, how they work and the choices you have may be found here:

6.       Data retention

Personal data collected through the cookies will be kept in a format that allows user’s identification for no longer than 7 (seven) days, or in any case, within the time limits set forth by applicable laws and regulations, especially in connection with the need of checking computer crimes damaging the Website and/or to enforce or protect the Company’s rights (consistent with the retention periods and statutes of limitations provided for by the law), where necessary.

When no longer necessary in accordance with the above, the data will be cancelled or anonymized.

7.       Disclosing your personal data

No personal data gathered on the Website by means of cookies will be shared to any third party. Access to any user’s personal data may be given to trusted external service providers engaged with the Company, such as companies providing IT services and website hosting, only to the extent necessary for the provision of their services to the Company. These service providers act as data processors in relation to users’ data and are bound to process personal data exclusively on behalf and under the Company’s instructions and to implement strict security measures for protecting any personal data.

Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information. Browsing of the Website does not require any personally identifying information.

8.       Data subjects’ rights

To exercise any of your rights above or you have any questions or concerns in relation to this policy, please send us an email at  gdpr@assogroup.com.

9.       Data controller

The data controller is Asso.subsea Ltd., a company duly incorporated under Cypriot law, with head office at 281 28th Octovriou, 3035 Limassol (Cyprus). The Company shall be liable only for its own cookies, i.e. first-party cookies, while third-party cookies shall fall under the controllership of those companies identified in the table above, as updated from time to time.

10.   Policy updating

This cookie policy may be updated periodically, so you are recommended to consult it each time you accesses the Website, in order to be properly informed about how and why the Company uses cookies.

Last Update: 01/11/2020