Privacy policy

Nine O' Clock

Why your data and privacy matter

Nine O’Clock expresses its commitment and attention to the processing of personal data of those using the website (hereinafter referred to as the “Website”) by adopting a personal data confidentiality policy that complies with the current regulations of personal data protection  and is based on the terms used by the European legislation  on  the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This page describes the methods used for processing of personal data of users who consult the Website, through a specific disclosure that is made, to all to all those who interact with web services provided by Nine O’Clock, accessible electronically from the address: corresponding to the official home page of the Website.

The information applies solely to the Website and not to other websites eventually consulted by the user through links accessible from the site.


Type of data processed and purpose of the processing

Navigation of the Website is free and does not require registration by the user except in cases where the collection of personal data is needed to achieve certain objectives such as, but not limited to: providing paid services, asking for commercial information regarding Nine O’Clock  services, enabling forum participation, sending of a resume or sending e-mails to the addresses indicated on the Website.

Therefore, during access to the Website, it is possible to distinguish the data from the single user navigation and data voluntarily provided by the user in relation to certain purposes.


Data deriving from the user’s browsing

During normal operation, computer systems and software procedures acquire some personal data whose transmission is implicit when using Internet communication protocols.

This information is not collected to be associated with identified individuals, but, due to its very nature and through processing and association with data held by third parties, could identify users.

Nine O’Clock  never commissions or has third parties carry out the processing and association of data.

This category of data includes IP addresses or the domain names of the computers used by users who connect to the Website, Uniform Resource Identifier addresses of resources requested, the time of the request, the method used to submit the request to the server, the size of the file obtained in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the reply given by the server (successful, error, etc.) as well as other parameters relative to the operating system and the user’s computing environment.

This data is used by Nine O’Clock exclusively in anonymous form for statistical purposes related to the use of the Website and its proper functioning. The data could be used and stored in case of suspected computer crimes against the Website, for which Nine O’Clock reserves the right to resort to the competent authorities to ascertain any liability.


Data provided voluntarily by the user

Personal data provided voluntarily by users who interact with the Website by giving their personal data to Nine O’Clock for the attainment of certain services (paid services, sales inquiries, forum participation, sending of resumes, sending of e-mails, etc.) will be used solely to provide the service or provision requested.



Cookies are a common feature used on almost all websites. A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto a device to allow a website to recognize that device and to store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions on that website. A cookie is designed to provide a number of features to help the site operate effectively and to improve the experience of the reader.

When you visit our site, we collect information from you automatically using cookies or similar technology, unless you manage your cookies as set out here.

We use cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on our site, including keeping you signed-in, understanding how you use our site, serving journalism that is relevant to you, and working with partners to serve you relevant advertising. Other organizations may also set their own cookies on our site too.

Cookies may provide information about navigating within the Website and enable the provision of specific services requiring identification of the user path through different Website pages. Any cookies present in application software are anonymous and cannot be traced back to the user’s personal data. Any access to the portal, irrespective of the presence of a cookie, records the type of browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Netscape), the operating system (e.g. Macintosh, Windows), the host and the URL of the visitor as well as data on the requested page. Nevertheless, the user can set its browser to notify when a cookie is received and can decide to delete it.

“Cookies are divided into “session” and “persistent”; once the first type of cookies are downloaded, they are deleted when the Browser is closed, and the “persistent” cookies are stored on the user/visitor’s hard disk until they expire. Persistent cookies are mainly used to facilitate site navigation, to understand which sections of the site have generated a number of pages and users and also for the delivery of advertising formats.



From the very first edition of Nine O’Clock in 1991, our journalism has been funded in part by advertising. Unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall. Instead, our journalism is funded by a combination of reader support and advertising revenue. Our journalism is not influenced by the advertising we display and our journalists are free to, and often do, challenge the activities of companies and organizations that advertise and sponsor content that appears in our site and publication.

As you browse our site, some of the cookies and similar technology we place on your device are for advertising, so we can understand what sort of pages you read and are interested in. We can then display advertising on your browser based on these interests. For instance if you have been reading a lot of food and drink articles, you may be shown more adverts for food and drink.


Cookies and advertising settings

We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you relevant advertising.

You can change your mind at any time by taking the steps set out in our cookie policy, where you can also learn more about what cookies are and how they are used by Nine O’Clock.

Choosing this option will immediately reduce the number of advertising partners who will serve you with relevant adverts, although you may still see some advertising that has been tailored to you.

However, if you wish to disable cookies on Nine O’Clock, including advertising cookies, you will need to take further steps. Please follow the instructions in our cookie policy.

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