When you visit or access our Websites, we use (and authorize third parties to use) cookies, pixels, beacons, local storage and similar technologies (“Tracking Technologies“). These allow us to automatically collect information about you, your device, and your online behavior, in order to enhance your navigation in our Websites, improve our Websites’ performance, perform analytics, customize your experience and offer you, for example, tailored content and advertisements that better correspond with your interests.
- What are Tracking Technologies?
Cookies are small text files (composed only of letters and numbers) that a web server places on your computer or mobile device when you visit a webpage. When used, the cookie can help make our Websites more user-friendly, for example by remembering your language preferences and settings.
You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
- Storing Tracking Technologies
We store Tracking Technologies when you visit or access our Websites – these are called “First Party Tracking Technologies”. In addition, Tracking Technologies are stored by other third parties (for example our analytics service providers and advertisers) who run content on our Websites– these are called “Third Party Tracking Technologies”.
Both types of Tracking Technologies may be stored either for the duration of your visit on our Websites or for repeat visits.
The most common types of cookies you may encounter are “persistent” and “session” cookies: a persistent cookie has an expiry date afterwards it will no longer be valid (until then, it will be stored by the browser, locally). On the other hand, a session cookie will lose its validation once browser is closed. Cookies stored while using our Websites are not shared or made available for processing by any external source and it is used with the end goal of improving our Websites.
- What types of Tracking Technologies do we use and why?
We use the following categories of Tracking Technologies, and those Tracking Technologies may be stored on your computer when you visit or access our Websites:
- Performance Tracking Technologies – these Tracking Technologies collect information about your online activity (for example the duration of your visit on our Websites), including behavioral data and content engagement metrics. These Tracking Technologies are used for analytics, research and to perform statistics (based on aggregated information), to help improve your browsing experience and our Websites;
- Marketing and Advertising Tracking Technologies – these Tracking Technologies collect information about your browsing in order to make advertising more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. The Tracking Technologies remember the websites you visit, and that information is shared with other parties such as advertisers and/or publishers. Although these cookies can track your device’s visits to sites, they typically cannot personally identify you. Publishers, advertisers, and third-party ad networks (for example, social media network) may also utilize Tracking Technologies or similar technologies to deliver ads and monitor the performance of such ads. The collection of information through Tracking Technologies by such third parties will be governed by their own privacy policies/cookies policies and principles, which the Company does not control;
- Functionality Tracking Technologies – these Tracking Technologies allow our Websites to remember choices you make (such as your language) and provide enhanced and personalized features. For example, these Tracking Technologies are used for authentication (to remember when you are logged-in) and support other features of our Websites;
- Analytics Tracking Technologies – these Tracking Technologies allow us to gain information about our users behavior on our Websites, in order to optimize the Websites based on how our visitors use it. Doe example,
4.How to control Tracking Technologies?
You can control and manage Tracking Technologies in various ways. Please keep in mind that removing or blocking Tracking Technologies can negatively impact your user experience and parts of our website may no longer be fully accessible.
On your browser: Most browsers will allow you to erase cookies from your computer’s hard drive, block acceptance of cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. You may set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our Website, or to indicate when a cookie is being used by us, by adjusting the privacy and security settings of your web browser. Below is a list of useful links that can provide you with more information on how to manage your cookies:
- Google Chrome;
- Mozilla Firefox;
- Safari (Desktop);
- Safari (Mobile);
- Android Browser; and
- Microsoft Edge
- Opera Mobile
On mobile devices – You can-opt out of certain types of interest-based advertising (or “cross-app” advertising), by accessing the “settings” on your device:
- On iOS, depending on the applicable iOS version, you may withdraw consent across all apps by either enabling the “Limit Ad Tracking” setting or disabling the “Allow Apps to Request to Track” permission in your iOS device settings. Depending on the applicable iOS version, instead of withdrawing consent on a device-wide basis, you may also have the option of withdrawing consent on a per-app basis by disabling tracking permissions for specific apps that appear under the “Allow Apps to Request to Track” setting in your iOS device settings (precise directions may differ depending on the applicable iOS version.)
- On Android devices, you may withdraw your consent in the Google Ads settings within your Android settings by enabling the “Opt out of Ads Personalization” setting (precise directions and the name of the setting may differ depending on the applicable Android versions and device manufacturer).