Why do you use tracking technologies?We use tracking technologies on our digital platforms:
- to make them work, or work more efficiently
- to provide our digital platforms with enhanced functionality
- to provide reporting information to understand how visitors use our digital platforms and interact with our communications
- to target our communication to you, and provide you with a personalized experience
What are cookies and web beacons?Cookies are an example of a tracking technology. They are small text files that are placed on your computer when you visit a digital platform, which are then used as a means of identifying your computer for the purposes described below.
Cookies set by the owner of a digital platform are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by other people are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable the third party to provide features or functionality on or through the digital platform (like analytics, advertising and videos). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your device both when it visits our digital platform, and when it visits certain other digital platforms.
Web beacons are small graphic data (also known as ‘Pixel Tags’ or ‘Clear GIFs’), which can be included in our digital platforms and newsletters (including email) and are usually used in combination with cookies to identify your device or browser, and your online behavior.
Web beacons will in particular not be used in case you objected to the use of the relevant cookie. Some of our websites and Services such as e-mail updates may contain electronic images called “web beacons” (sometimes known as one pixel GIFs, clear GIFs or pixel tags). Web beacons allow us to count visitors who have viewed content on websites or pages. In e-mail messages and newsletters, web beacons allow us to count how many subscribers have read them. They also allow us to develop statistical information about the activities and features that most interest to you in order to provide more personalized content. We do not use web beacons to access your personal data without your consent.
What information do your tracking technologies collect? Can I control whether you use them?We use tracking technologies to collect certain information about the devices that access (and therefore the visitors that use) our digital platforms. The table below shows the types of information, and how you can control whether the information is collected:
|Category of technology||Purpose of technology||Example of use||Type of information collected||How you can control the use|
|Strictly necessary||Provide the digital platform and its features.||Display content on your device properly.||The IP address of the device, browser type, screen resolution.||Because this is essential to operate the digital platform and its services, you can not opt out.|
|Functionality||Provide the digital platform and its features in a convenient way.||
||The IP address of the device, together with preference information you enter, such as language preferences or region.||To learn how to opt out of functionality cookies using your browser settings click here. Note that opting out may impact the functionality you receive when using the digital platform. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here.|
|Targeting or advertising||Serve targeted advertising to the user. Engages third parties to track and analyse use and volume statistical information from individuals who visit the digital platform.||IP addresses and other information from web beacons (these can be on the digital platform, in e-mails, or on third party digital platforms).||To learn more about these and other advertising networks and their opt-out instructions, click here and here . To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies, click here . You may still receive advertising that is not interest-based.|
Do you serve targeted advertising?Yes, we may serve targeted advertising to you using cookies and other tracking technology.
We work with a variety of advertising networks, advertising servers, and analytics companies ("Ad Partners") that use various tracking technologies (including cookies and web beacons) to collect data about you. This “Online Data” may include the following:
- web pages, apps, products and services you view and links you click on when using our websites and services as well as third-party websites;
- our e-mails that you view and links you click on within that e-mail;
- whether you view or click on ads that are shown to you;
- demographic or interest data, including general geographic location;
- offline purchase data that may be combined with Online Data to create a better profile regarding your interests or purchasing preferences; and
- search terms you enter when using certain search services.
Using our Ad Partners, we may also display our ads on third party digital platforms. Sometimes, these ads are based on the content of the digital platforms on which they appear. Other times, they are generated when we or one of our Ad Partners matches the ad to your interests (which again is inferred based on the Online Data about you).
This is known as interest-based advertising. Our objective is to show you ads that will be of most interest to you. To do this, we and some of Ad Partners use tracking technologies (such as cookies and web beacons) to collect Online Data. Typically, Online Data is aggregated with other data to create segments, such as groups of users and certain general interest categories that our Ad Partners have inferred based on a variety of factors
In addition, we and our Ad Partners use this Online Data for a variety of other purposes, including (a) to report website traffic, statistics, advertisement data and other interaction with ads and the websites on which they are served, and (b) to measure the effectiveness of web-based and e-mail ads.
As explained in the table above, you may prevent Google from collecting and using data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in here.
Follow these links for further information concerning the terms and conditions of our use of Google analytics External reference, the information that Google provide on data privacy and security, and Google’s data privacy notice.