Updated Jan 24, 2020
What Are Cookies
Cookies and other technologies are used to enable certain features within online services, such as the recognition of a user, to save preferences of a user, user-unique transactions or transaction-related data, and for additional security when a user logs in to his user account. Furthermore, cookies are used to collect information about the use of an online service and improve its use and make it more efficient. These technologies are also used by almost all online services – which may also be offered by third parties – to detect whether the online service has already been called up with the same device and browser in order to adapt and, in some cases, vary the content displayed.
Cookies and other technologies can be set and used by Skyflow, but also by third parties who are not part of Skyflow, but whose content is integrated within our online service. This includes content such as videos, online-based applications, or analytical tools that help us to improve this online service, as well as content that is user-enabled, such as clicks on "share" buttons with content from social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. For third-party cookies, this Policy applies equally. Whether a cookie comes from a first-party vendor or a third-party vendor depends on the domain that places the cookie. First-party cookies are cookies placed by the online service that the user visits. Third-party cookies are cookies placed by a domain other than the domain of the online service that the user visits. Third-party providers place their cookies in the online service of the first-party provider, as long as they provide technologies that the first-party provider uses or provides to its users within its online service. Skyflow has agreed on Commissioned Data Processing Agreements or comparable agreements according to Art. 28 (3) GDPR with these third-party providers.
Cookies can only be read from the online service from which the cookie originated. Cookies do not collect personal information stored on your device. Cookies are just the key to connecting to personal information, if it has been collected at all.
Persistent cookies are stored for a period of time specified in the cookie on the device that uses our online services. These cookies are created the first time you visit our online service, unless your browser-side settings prevent this, and reactivate each time you visit, provided that your visit is made with a device that already has a cookie.
Session cookies allow online services to track and correlate a user's actions during a browser session. A browser session starts when the browser opens and ends when the browser is closed. Session cookies are deleted when the browser is closed.
Web beacons and pixels are files that are included in an online service and that are requested by the accessing user's browser. They enable log file recording and log file analysis, which can be used for statistical evaluations. In this case, information such as the IP address, the browser used or the operating system of the accessing system can be transmitted (so-called “HTTP header fields”).
Which cookies do we use?
Depending on their function and intended purpose, cookies can be divided into five categories: necessary cookies, analytical cookies, functional cookies, targeting cookies and flash cookies. Please refer to the following list for the different types of cookies we can use within our online services.
Functional Cookies: We use functional cookies to save users' decisions that affect the behaviour of our online services. With the help of functional cookies, we can service personalized functions, such as content tailored to individual user needs. For example, we can reactivate your last-used search filters or see if we've already alerted you to services. Additional information may be kept on our systems and linked to functional cookies. These features help us tailor our online services to your individual needs and enhance your user experience. For the best use of our online services, it is therefore necessary that you accept these types of cookies. Unless you accept functional cookies, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to take full advantage of our online services. Functional cookies can also be managed by third parties. Information on the protection of personal data for these cookies can be found on the websites of these third parties, which are listed below.
Analytical Cookies: Analytical cookies are used to collect information about the use of our online services. These types of cookies help us to further improve our online services, inform us about our users' behaviour and help us to identify and eliminate any difficulties or errors in using our online services. It also allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertising efforts and improve the quality of advertising that our users see. These cookies are not associated with information that identifies individual users. Analytical cookies can also be managed by third parties. Information on the protection of personal data for these cookies can be found on the websites of the third parties mentioned below.
Targeting Cookies: We, or our designated service providers, may use targeting cookies to help you show more relevant content such as product information that is aligned with your interests. In addition, they help us to improve the efficiency of our advertising campaigns. For example, we can use targeting cookies to limit or recognize the number of ads you see if you have responded to ads from us. These cookies can be used to recognize individual users and to record which information was particularly relevant to you within our online services. This information may be disclosed by us to any advertiser we engage and may be linked to information from other sources of personal information. This includes data collected about you using other online services. These cookies may also include controls regarding your advertising preferences as well as your personal preferences regarding the collection of personal data by third parties. This means that these cookies maybe used to ensure that you will no longer receive advertising that has been tailored to your needs based on the information collected about you. Please note that you must adjust your settings on each device and for each browser with which you use our services. Even if such cookies are not used, you may receive advertisements from us. Ads are shown to users in certain target group-specific environments on the Internet, which is similar to television advertising. For example, if you are looking at a travel programme, you will likely see more commercials related to travel topics during commercial breaks. If third party targeting cookies are managed, you will find personal information protection information for those cookies on the third-party websites listed below.
Flash Cookies: Sometimes Flash cookies are used when embedding the Adobe Flash plug-in. These may store user settings and shared local resource information on the accessing terminal for the particular content being played. Flash cookies may not be managed in the browser, but via other interfaces, but this depends on the device used. See the Adobe website for more information on how to manage, disable, or delete Flash cookies. Please note that after deactivating Flash cookies you may be unable to use certain features of our online services. Flash cookies can be locked in the settings for Adobe Flash Player and sometimes directly in your browser, depending on whether the browser software you use provides this function. Further information can be found here: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/security.html
How do I manage cookies?
You can manage, deactivate and delete cookies in your browser, but also permanently prevent the acceptance of cookies. To do this, you must enable the browser function, which prevents the storage of cookies, and/or browse in Privacy Mode, depending on the browser which you use. To manage cookies, most browsers allow you to accept or reject all cookies or accept only certain types of cookies. More information on how to manage, deactivate and delete cookies can be found in the help function of your browser.
For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies...