Cookie policy and Privacy

Cookie policy and Privacy



This page will describe management of our web site as regards processing the personal data of users that visit us.

This information is provided – also in pursuance of Section 13 of Legislative Decree no. 196/2003 –  to any entity having to do with the web-based services that are made available by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei  via electronic networks as from the following address:

which corresponds to the home page of the Mercury project web site.

The information provided only applies to our web site and does not concern any web sites that may be visited by an user via external links.

The information provided is also based on the guidelines contained in Recommendation no. 2/2001, which was adopted on 17 May 2001 by the European data protection authorities within the Working Party set up under Article 29 of European Directive 95/46/EC in order to lay down minimum requirements for the collection of personal data online – especially with regard to arrangements, timing and contents of the information to be provided by data controllers to users visiting web pages for whatever purpose.


Visiting this site may result into the processing of data concerning identified or identifiable persons.

The data controller is Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei,(FEEM),whose registered office is in Milan, Corso Magenta, 63.


The Data Processor for exercising the rights referred to in Article 7 is the Executive Director pro tempore of the Foundation.


The processing operations related to the web-based services that are made available via this website are carried out at FEEM’s offices (Milano, Venezia, Viggiano) exclusively by technical staff in charge of said processing, or else by persons tasked with such maintenance activities as may be necessary from time to time.

No data resulting from web-based services is either communicated or disseminated.

Any personal data that is provided by users requesting to be sent information materials such as bulletins, newsletters, annual reports, etc. is only used to provide the service and/or discharge the tasks requested and is disclosed to third parties only if this is necessary for the said purposes.


Navigation Data

The information systems and software procedures relied upon to operate this web site acquire personal data as part of their standard functioning; the transmission of such data is an inherent feature of Internet communication protocols.

Such information is not collected in order to relate it to identified data subjects, however it might allow user identification per se after being processed and matched with data held by third parties.

This data category includes IP addresses and/or the domain names of the computers used by any user connecting with this web site, the URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) addresses of the requested resources, the time of such requests, the method used for submitting a given request to the server, returned file size, a numerical code relating to server response status (successfully performed, error, etc.), and other parameters related to the user’s operating system and computer environment.

These data are only used to extract anonymous statistical information on website use as well as to check its functioning; they are erased immediately after being processed. The data might be used to establish liability in case computer crimes are committed against the website.

Data Provided Voluntarily by Users

Sending e-mail messages to the addresses mentioned on this website, which is done on the basis of a freely chosen, explicit, and voluntary option, entails acquisition of the sender’s address, which is necessary in order to reply to any request, as well as of such additional personal data as is contained in the message(s).

Specific summary information notices will be shown and/or displayed on the pages that are used for providing services on demand.


Data provided for requesting publications and newsletters

As previously indicated, the user can send a request to activate/deactivate the forwarding by email of publications and other material. For this purpose, the information necessary for managing the forwarding, such as e-mail address and personal data, will be requested. This information is managed solely for this purpose and will be treated only after the explicit consent of the user, who can object at any time to the forwarding of further documentation, in accordance with the instructions given in the communications received.

Data provided for sending communications using the form

In order to relay communications using the appropriate form available on the website, you are asked to provide some information, mainly personal data.

This information is managed solely for this purpose and will be treated only after the explicit consent of the user.


What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that websites visited by a user send to his or her computer, where they are stored before being re-transmitted to the same sites on the user’s  next visit.
They are called “first party” if set directly from the site visited.
On the other hand, so-called “third party” cookies are set by a website other than the one the user is visiting, since each website may have elements (such as images, maps, sounds, specific links to web pages in other domains, etc.) that reside on servers other than the website visited.

What are cookies for?

Cookies are used for different purposes: computer authentication, session supervision, memorization of information about specific configurations regarding users who access the server, preference storage …

What are “technical” cookies?
These are cookies used to enable browsing or to provide a service the user requests. They are not used for any other purpose and are normally installed directly by the website owner.
Without the use of these cookies, certain operations could not be carried out or would be more cumbersome and/or less secure, such as home banking (display of account statements, bank transfers, bill payments, etc.), for which cookies, by identifying the user throughout each session, are indispensable. They can be subdivided into:
– browsing session cookies, which guarantee normal browsing and website use (such as making purchases or authenticating onseself to gain access to restricted areas)
– analytics cookies, (like technical cookies where used directly by the site operator for information gathering), in aggregate form, on the number of users and how they visit the site;
– features cookies, which allow the user to browse in function of a set of selected criteria (for example, language, products selected for purchase) in order to improve the service in question.

What are profiling cookies?
These are cookies used to track a user’s web browsing and create profiles on his or her tastes, habits, choices, etc. They enable advertising messages to be transmitted to the user’s computer in accordance with  preferences the user has already expressed in his or her online browsing.

The use of cookies on this website
This website uses first-party technical cookies.
As for third-party cookies, the website uses Google Analytics (privacy policy) to track access in anonymous and aggregate mode, for solely statistical purposes, the same as technical cookies.
The law allows the use of technical and analytics cookies (when these are like technical cookies) without the user’s consent.

When you use this website, you may also be sent the following third party cookies, which may be used for the following purposes (click on the links below to read the privacy policy of each service):

  • You Tube, to display videos on the website
  • Vimeo, to display videos on the website
  • Issuu, to embed and browse publications on the website
  • Google Maps, to display maps on the website
  • Tableau Public, for data visualization.

Managing and disabling cookies by the user
Google Analytics cookies can be disabled by using the Google add-on.
Different types of cookies can also be set or disabled on your browser by following the instructions provided by the various manufacturers, such as:
Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Apple Safari


Subject to the specifications made with regard to navigation data, users are free to provide the personal data either to be entered in the application forms submitted to the Office or referred to in contacting the Office to request delivery of information materials and other communications.

Failure to provide such data may entail the failure to be provided with the items requested.


Personal data is processed with automated means for no longer than is necessary to achieve the purposes for which it has been collected.

Specific security measures are implemented to prevent the data from being lost, used unlawfully and/or inappropriately, and accessed without authorisation.


Data subjects are entitled at any time to obtain confirmation of the existence of personal data concerning them and be informed of their contents and origin, verify their accuracy, or else request that such data be supplemented, updated or rectified (Section 7 of Legislative Decree no. 196/2003).

The above Section also provides for the right to request erasure, anonymisation or blocking of any data that is processed in breach of the law as well as to object in all cases, on legitimate grounds, to processing of the data.

Under the same Article, the data subject has the right to request the cancellation, transformation into an anonymous form, or to object to their processing, in any case, for legitimate reasons. Requests should be addressed to the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, e-mail or at the data controller office.