Data Protection & Cookies

Last updated: 2020-08-29

Data Protection

We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this data protection policy.

We use the data we collect to operate our business and provide (including improving and personalizing) the products we offer and to send communications, including promotional communications.

The personal data we collect might include your name, address, email address, IP address, phone number and other similar data. You normally provide this data directly, such as when you contact us or interact with our website.

We generally do not share your personal data with third parties unless we have your explicit consent to do so. But in some cases it may be required to share some of your personal data. For example, we may be required to share your data to comply with applicable laws or to complete any transaction that you have requested. We also may share personal data with companies working on our behalf. In such cases, these companies must abide by our data protection and security requirements and are not allowed to use personal data they receive from us for any other purpose.

You have the right to view, correct and restrict your personal data, or to delete it once it is no longer required. You can also make choices about our collection and use of your data, including whether you wish to receive promotional communications from us. Please contact us if you wish to access or delete your personal data; we will respond within 30 days.

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.

We have taken the required technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data from unauthorized access, modification or loss.

Please note that our website may include links to websites that belong to third parties whose data protection practices differ from ours. If you provide personal data to any of those websites, your data is governed by their data protection statements.

Similarly, we may integrate services of third parties on our website. These services have their own data protection policies and include:

Use of Cookies

We use “cookies”, which are small text files placed on your device by a web server. Cookies contain text that can be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. That text often consists of a string of numbers and letters that uniquely identifies your computer, but may contain other information as well.

We may use cookies for:

  • Storing your Preferences, Settings or other Data that you provide through the website.
  • Sign-in and Authentication
    When you sign in to a site or service, we store your unique ID number, and the time you signed in, in an encrypted cookie on your hard disk. This cookie allows you to move from page to page at the site without having to sign in again on each page. When you sign out, these cookies are deleted from your computer. We also use cookies to improve the sign-in experience. For example, your e-mail address may be stored in a cookie that will remain on your computer after you sign out. This cookie allows your e-mail address to be pre-populated, so that you will only need to type your password the next time you sign in.
  • Site Analytics
    We may use cookies to count the number of unique visitors to a web page or service or to develop other aggregate statistics about the operations of our sites and services. These analytics help us operate and improve the performance of these sites and services.
  • Security
    We use cookies to detect fraud and abuse of our websites and services.

In addition to the first-party cookies we may set when you visit our website, third parties may also set certain cookies on your hard drive when you visit our site. In some cases, that is because we have hired the third party to provide certain services on our behalf, such as site analytics. In other cases, it is because our web pages contain content from third parties, such as maps, videos, news content or ads delivered by ad networks. Because your browser connects to those third parties’ web servers to retrieve that content, those third parties are able to set or read their own cookies on your device and may collect information about your online activities across websites or online services. You can usually configure your browser to reject third party cookies.

This is a non-exhaustive list of cookies that may be used by our website; it is intended to illustrate the main reasons we typically set cookies:

NameDescription
authHelps to authenticate you when you sign in to our website. Contains information that is linked to your personal profile that you may create on our website.
cookie_consentRecords if and how you consented the use of cookies.
dataContains data that you can supply to certain parts or function of our website. For example, may contain contact information that you enter in forms so that you don’t have to enter it repeatedly.
prefsKeeps track of your preferences, such as language, colors, etc. Also may contain if and how you consented the use of cookies.
referrerAllows us to know when you arrived on our website and from which other website.
_gaGoogle Analytics, random ID used to distinguish users.
_gatGoogle Analytics, used to throttle request rate.
(various)Various services provided by Google, such as YouTube and Google Maps. Please see the Google Privacy Policy for further information.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of our webiste and services that depend on cookies, and some preferences that are dependent on cookies may not be able to be respected.

If you choose to accept cookies, you also have the ability to later delete cookies that you have accepted.

Instructions for blocking or deleting cookies are available in your browser’s privacy or help documentation. For the most common browsers: