- A cookie is a small piece of text that is sent to a browser. The browser provides this piece of text to the originating server when the visitor returns. Such cookies may be either “first party cookies” or “third party cookies”.
- “First-party cookies” are such cookies that contain the same domain on which the cookie is placed.
- “Third-party cookies” are cookies that contain a domain that is different to the domain on which it is placed.
Most web browsers are initially configured to accept cookies, but you can change this setting so your browser either refuses certain cookies or all cookies or informs you when a cookie is being sent. Also, you are free to delete any existing cookies at any time. Please note that some features of our Marketing Platform or Services may not function properly when cookies are disabled or removed.
- E-Tag is a technology that is part of the standard HTTP protocol that allows websites to validate temporary storage (cache) of pages and images. This ensures that you are viewing the latest version of a website since your last visit.
- Local Storage (LS), such as HTML5, and Local Shared Objects (LSOs), such as Flash, are used to store content information and preferences. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5 LS’s.
- Beacons are clear graphic image(s) of 1×1 pixel that is delivered through a web browser, usually as part of a webpage request. Web beacons operate as a tag that records an end user’s visit to a particular webpage.
Use of Collection Technologies
Collection Technologies help us provide to users of our Services enhanced functionality and better user experience by remembering user preferences and measuring user actions across the Services. For example, by understanding what a website visitor has clicked on, or the pages visited, we are able to better understand what on our website is working and what is not and make appropriate changes to ensure our visitors have the best user experience when learning about and purchasing our Services.
Additionally, we may use certain third-party marketing and advertising networks (“Third-Party Network(s)“) to help us market our products on our own website and on third party websites (e.g. re-marketing ads across the Internet by Google). In connection with the services provided by such Third-Party Networks, we or the Third-Party Network may use first-party cookies and/or third-party cookies. The cookies we use can be categorised into the following categories:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are necessary for website functionality. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you (settings you choose, logging in or filling in forms). You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the website will then not work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
- Performance Cookies: These cookies allow us to measure and improve the performance of our Marketing Platforms. They help us know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the website.
- Functional Cookies: These cookies enable us to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation through our Services. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we use. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all these services may not function properly.
- Targeted Cookies: These cookies may be set through our website by Third-Party Networks. They may be used by those Third-Party Networks to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant advertisements on other websites. They do not store directly personal information but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted user experience.
As part of the Services provided to our Customers
You can manage cookies through your browser’s settings (see links to instructions below). If you reject all cookies, however, you may not be able to view or use the Gather website or apps or receive the best user experience.
- Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
Additionally, certain advertisers (including Google) may be members of NAI and/or the Digital Advertising Alliance. You may opt out from such advertisers’ services here or through the following link: www.aboutads.info/choices