Like many companies, we use tracking technologies on our Services (referred to together from this point forward as “cookies,” unless otherwise stated) including HTTP cookies, HTML5 and Flash local storage, web beacons/GIFs, embedded scripts and e-tags/cache browsers as Defined Below.
We use both session and persistent tracking technologies. Tracking technologies (e.g., cookies) can either be persistent (i.e., they remain on your computer until you delete them) or temporary (i.e., they last only until you close your browser).
We also use first and third-party cookies. First party cookies are used and controlled by us to provide services for and improve the Services. Third-party cookies are controlled by third-parties, mostly for the purpose of advertising and analytics.
In particular, our Services use the following categories of cookies:
To enable the limited advertisements on our service, we may share a unique advertising identifier that is not attributable to you, with our third party advertising partners, and advertising service providers (such as Appnexus, Polymorf and Google), along with certain technical data about you (your language preference, country, city, and device data). This includes partners managing our advertising placements and also advertisers themselves and their agencies or third parties managing their advertising demands.
Some of these companies may combine information they collect from our Services with other information they have independently collected relating to your web browser’s activities across their network of websites. These companies collect and use this information under their own privacy policies, and are responsible for their practices concerning personal data. You can directly exercise your data subject rights with them.
You may opt-out of additional third-party advertising networks by going to the Network Advertising Initiative’s Website at Http://Www.networkadvertising.org/Managing/Opt_out.asp and following the directions there.
We are not responsible for the effectiveness of any such opt-out options. California residents may be entitled to know the effects of opt-out options under California Business & Professions Code Section 22575(b)(7). The effect of an opt-out, if successful, will be to stop targeted advertising, but it will still allow the collection of usage data for certain purposes (e.g., research, analytics and internal operation purposes for Services).
We attest to the IAB Europe Transparency & Consent Framework Policies for EEA users.
Most browsers are initially set up to accept HTTP cookies. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies and how to disable existing cookies. For more information about HTTP cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at Http://Www.networkadvertising.org/Choices/ and Www.allaboutcookies.org/Manage-Cookies/.
Controlling the HTML5 local storage on your browser depends on which browser you use. For more information regarding your specific browser please consult the browser’s website (often in the Help section).
Please note, however, that without HTTP cookies and HTML5 local storage, you may not be able to take full advantage of all the features of our Services and some parts of the Services may not function properly.
Please note that rejecting cookies and tracking technologies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Services.
You can also disable analytics for mobile apps, including tracking by Adjust and Appsflyer, from the settings screen on your mobile device.
To opt out of interest-based ads on mobile devices, please follow these instructions for your mobile device: On Android open the Google Settings app on your device and select “ads” to control the settings. On iOS devices with iOS 6 and above use Apple’s advertising identifier. To learn more about limiting ad tracking using this identifier, visit the settings menu on your device. For EEA users, you can also turn off the “allow interest based and location based ads” setting on your Gix Connect privacy settings – in which case we will not share your unique identifier with our third party advertisers.
To opt-out of exact location tracking when using our apps, you can use the settings of your device.
The following table sets out details of the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them.
We provide the chart below as a courtesy for all users outside of Germany, but we are not obligated to maintain or update it. We are not responsible for third-party sites and their privacy practices as it relates to opt-outs from tracking activities. The following third-parties that collect information from you on our Services have provided notices that you may obtain information on their policies and practices, and in some instances opt-out of certain of their activities, as follows:
|Cookies/HTML5 Local Storage||A cookie (sometimes referred to as local storage object or LSO) is a data file placed on a device. Cookies can be created through a variety of web-related protocols and technologies, such as HTTP (sometimes referred to as “browser cookies”), and HTML5.|
Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1×1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in our Services’ pages and messages. Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a page or email can act as a web beacon.
Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to HTTP cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
|Embedded Script||An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Services, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third-party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Services, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.|
ETag, Or Entity
|A feature of the cache in browsers, an ETag is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL. If the resource content at that URL ever changes, a new and different ETag is assigned. Used in this manner ETags are a form of device identifier. ETag tracking may generate unique tracking values even where the consumer blocks HTTP, Flash, and/or HTML5 cookies.|
|The unique series of numbers and letters assigned to your device.|
|Probabilistic Finger-Printing||Probabilistic tracking depends upon collecting non-personal data regarding device attributes like operating system, device make and model, IP addresses, ad requests and location data, and making statistical inferences to link multiple devices to a single user. Note that this is accomplished through proprietary algorithms owned by the companies performing probabilistic finger-printing. Note also that in the EU, IP Addresses are personal information.|
|Device Graph||Device graphs can be created by combining non-personal data regarding use of smartphones and other devices with personal log-in information to track interactions with content across multiple devices.|
|Unique Identifier Header (UIDH)||
Unique Identifier Header (UIDH) in the address information that accompanies Internet (http) requests transmitted over an ISP’s wireless network. For example, when a customer types the web address of a retailer on his or her phone, the request travels over the network and is delivered to the retailer’s website. The information included in that request includes things like the device type and screen size so that the retailer site knows how to best display the site on the phone. The UIDH is included in this information and can be used as an anonymous way for advertisers to be able to determine that the user is part of a group that a third party advertiser is attempting to reach.
It is important to note that the UIDH is a temporary, anonymous identifier included with unencrypted web traffic. We change the UIDH on a regular basis to protect the privacy of our customers. We do not use the UIDH to collect web browsing information and it does not broadcast individuals’ web browsing activity out to advertisers or others.
We also use social plugins on our Site. The social plugins used on the Site are hosted by social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Your browser sends cookie data to a social media network when loading its related social plugin inside your browser. This data contains information on your use of the Site. In case you are registered with the social media network, the data will be associated with your data already stored in the social media network. To find out more on the social media networks and their corresponding social plugins, see the table in Section 4 of this Cookies and Tracking Technologies Policy.