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Our Cookie Disclosure

Last updated: Sep 28, 2018

Which Iron websites does this policy apply to?

This Cookies Policy applies Iron Systems, Inc., all its subsidiaries and affiliates (websites and other online services) and will be available by a link on all sites and services which it covers.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is stored by the browser on your computer or mobile device. The cookie can be read by the company that placed it there so that the browser in use on that device can be recognized. Cookies may provide “aggregate data”, that is, data that counts how many visitors engage in certain actions. They can be read as unique but not identify you as an individual or, particularly in case of registration cookies, cookies can be associated with data that does identify you.

How do Iron’s websites use cookies?

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are those which are essential for our sites to work in the way you have requested. Although many of our sites are open, that is, do not require registration, we may use strictly necessary cookies to control access to some of our community sites, collaterals, whitepapers or online events such as webinars and to maintain your session during a single visit. These cookies will need to reset on your browser each time you register or log in to a gated area. If you block these cookies entirely, you may not be able to access gated areas. We may also offer you the choice of a persistent cookie to recognize you as you return to one of our gated sites. If you choose not to use this “remember me” function, you will simply need to log in each time you return.

Performance Cookies

Performance cookies, often called analytics cookies, collect data from visitors to our sites on a unique but anonymous basis. The results are reported to us as aggregate numbers and trends. Iron allows third parties to set performance cookies. We rely on the reports to understand our audiences generally and improve how our websites work.

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), which in turn uses performance cookies. The information generated by the cookies about your use of our website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case IP-anonymization is activated on our website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the whole IP address be first transferred to a Google server in the United States and truncated there. On our websites the IP address is encoded (i.e. anonymized) before being sent to Google servers.

Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of our website to (a) evaluate your use of our website; (b) compile reports on website activity for website operators; and (c) provide website operators with other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP address that your browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.

However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics by downloading and installing Google Analytics’ Opt-out Browser Add-On for your current web browser: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Functionality Cookies

We may use site performance cookies to remember your preferences for operational settings on our websites so that you do not have to re-set the preferences every time you visit. For example, the cookie may recognize optimum video streaming speeds or volume settings, or the order in which you look at comments to a posting on one of our forums. These cookies do not identify you as an individual and we don’t associate the resulting information with a cookie that does.

Social Media Cookies

If you use social media or other third-party credentials to log in to our sites, that third party organization may set a cookie that allows that organization to recognize you. The third-party organization may use that cookie for its own purposes. The organization may also show you ads and content from us when you visit its websites or use its applications.

Also, if you use a social media-sharing button or widget on one of our sites, the social network that created the button will record your action for its own purposes.

Please look to each social media organization’s privacy and data protection policy to understand (a) its use of cookies; (b) how it tracks you from our sites; and (c) how to control such cookies and buttons.

Targeting/Advertising Cookies

We use tracking and targeting cookies or ask other companies to do so on our behalf to send you emails and show you online advertising that meets your business and professional interests. If you have registered for our websites or submitted information through an online form on one of our websites, we may tailor our emails to you to reflect the interests you have shown during your visits.

We ask third party advertising platforms and technology companies to show you our ads after you leave our sites. This is known as ‘retargeting technology’. This technology allows us to make our website services more interesting for you. Retargeting cookies are used to record anonymized movement patterns on a website. These patterns are used to tailor banner advertisements to your interests. The data used for retargeting is completely anonymous and is only used for statistical analysis. No personal data is stored, and the use of retargeting technology is subject to the applicable statutory data protection regulations.

We also work with companies to reach people who have not visited our sites. These companies do not identify you as an individual but instead rely on a variety of other data to show you advertisements, for example, behavior across websites, information about individual devices and, in some cases, IP addresses.

How do I turn off cookies?

All modern browsers allow you to turn off cookies or stop accepting cookies. You can usually find the settings to do so in the “options” or “preferences” menu of the browser on your device or you can use the “Help” option for more details.

Please bear in mind that deleting and blocking cookies will have an impact on your user experience as parts of the site may no longer work. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings to block cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site or click on a link in a targeted email that we have sent you, even if you have previously deleted our cookies.

If you have any questions now or during your visit, please submit your request through our Contact Us form or write to us on info@serviceglobal.com.

Types of cookies we are using on our website

First Party

HostNameDescription
.shop.ironnetworks.comfrontendCookie commonly associated with the Magento eCommerce platform. Purpose currently unknown, but most likely stores a session id. Appears to be necessary for much site functionality.
.shop.ironnetworks.comexternal_no_cacheA cookie name associated with the Magento eCommerce platform. It is a technical cookie to record whether caching of a page is allowed or not.
shop.ironnetworks.comfrontendCookie commonly associated with the Magento eCommerce platform. Purpose currently unknown, but most likely stores a session id. Appears to be necessary for much site functionality.

 

HostNameDescription
.shop.ironnetworks.com_gat_UA-1514484-8This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.
.shop.ironnetworks.com_gaThis cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
.shop.ironnetworks.com_gidThis cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
.shop.ironnetworks.comwooTrackerCookie set by the Woopra Analytics software used to measure site performance

 

HostNameDescription
shop.ironnetworks.com__atuvcThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.
shop.ironnetworks.com__atuvsThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is believed to be a new cookie from AddThis which is not yet documented, but has been categorised on the assumption it serves a similar purpose to other cookies set by the service.

Third Party

HostNameDescription
.statcounter.comis_visitor_uniqueThis domain is owned by StatCounter. The main business activity is: Real time visitor analytics
.statcounter.comis_uniqueThis domain is owned by StatCounter. The main business activity is: Real time visitor analytics
.statcounter.com__cfduidThis domain is owned by StatCounter. The main business activity is: Real time visitor analytics
.statcounter.comis_unique_1This domain is owned by StatCounter. The main business activity is: Real time visitor analytics

 

HostNameDescription
.addthis.comlocThis domain is owned by AddThis. AddThis provides web widgets that site owners embed into their pages or other content to enable visitors to create and share links to the content across social networks. They also make use of the data collected to provide advertisers and marketers with profile information for targeted behavioral advertising. Stores the visitors geolocation to record location of sharer
.addthis.comxtcThis domain is owned by AddThis. AddThis provides web widgets that site owners embed into their pages or other content to enable visitors to create and share links to the content across social networks. They also make use of the data collected to provide advertisers and marketers with profile information for targeted behavioral advertising.
.addthis.comuvcThis domain is owned by AddThis. AddThis provides web widgets that site owners embed into their pages or other content to enable visitors to create and share links to the content across social networks. They also make use of the data collected to provide advertisers and marketers with profile information for targeted behavioral advertising. Tracks how often a user interacts with AddThis
.doubleclick.netIDEThis domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange
.google.comNIDThis domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.

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