Date effective: 15 May 2019
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies – What are they?
A cookie is defined as a small text file that is stored on your device and accessed from it when you go onto one of our Sites, so long as you give your consent. The other tracking technologies function in a similar way to cookies and put small data files onto your devices or track your activity on the website, which helps us glean information about the way you use our Sites. This lets our Sites recognize and distinguish your device from the devices belonging to other users of the Sites. Below you’ll find more information about cookies and other tracking technologies.
For further information go to www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu
How are Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies used on our Sites?
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies are used by The Swiss Quality to identify you and your interests, to record your preferences, and to keep track of how you use our Sites. They also help us control access to particular content on our Sites, protect the sites, and process your requests.
In order to run our Sites, and for research reasons, The Swiss Quality has carried out contracts with third-party service providers to keep track of and analyse our Site users’ statistical usage as well as information about site user volume. Persistent cookies are employed by these third parties to assist us in improving user experience, managing the content on our Site, and analysing the ways in which users navigate and use the Sites.
First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies
Cookies that belong solely to The Swiss Quality and are put onto your device by The Swiss Quality are referred to as “First-party Cookies”. Cookies placed by another party onto your device via our site are called “Third-party Cookies.” Third-party service providers may be contracted by The Swiss Quality in order to send e-mails to users who have given us their contact information. Third-party service providers may put Cookies on these users’ devices in order to help us assess and increase the effectiveness of our e-mails, and/or to help us see whether the e-mails have been opened and links within clicked on.
You can refer to the privacy policies of these companies below for more information on how they use and collect information on The Swiss Quality’s behalf.
These are the types of cookies we use:
Temporary Session Cookies are deleted from your device when you close your web browser. Session Cookies are used by The Swiss Quality to help us track internet usage in the way described above.
We will not keep for longer than necessary to fulfil the purposes above any data collected by the Sites and/or via Cookies placed on your device. At any rate, The Swiss Quality will not keep such information for longer than a year.
|Strictly Necessary/ Technical||These Cookies are essential to let us run our Sites so that you can access them in the way you wish. These Cookies, for example, let us see that you have made an account and logged into that account in order to access Site content. They also include Cookies that permit us to record and remember your previous actions in the same browsing session and keep our Sites secure.|
|Analytical/ Performance||We or third-party service providers use these Cookies to analyse Site performance and determine how the Sites are utilized. For example, these Cookies keep track of our most frequently visited pages, and where our visitors are coming from. These Cookies may be connected to you if you subscribe to a newsletter or register in some other way with the Sites. Google Analytics cookies, for instance, are analytical/performance cookies.|
|Functionality||This type of cookie lets us operate the Sites in line with the selections you make. We can “remember” you in-between visits thanks to these cookies. For example, we are able to recognize your user name and recall your personal customization of the Sites and services, for instance by adjusting text size, languages, fonts, and other changeable parts of web pages, and we can then show you the same customizations when you visit in the future.|
In the event that you do not want Cookies placed on your device, you can change the setting of your Internet browser to reject either all or some Cookies and also to warn you when a Cookie has been put onto your device. If you’d like to know more about how to go about this, please check your browser ‘help’ / ‘tool’ or ‘edit’ section or go to www.allaboutcookies.org . Also be aware that if you block all Cookies (including strictly necessary Cookies) using your browser settings, some functionalities of our Sites may be inaccessible to you.
It is possible to manually remove previously stored Cookies whenever you wish. Please note, however, that this does not mean the Sites can’t put more Cookies on your device, except when you have changed your Internet browser settings in the manner explained above.
If you are located in Europe, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu for more information on how user-profiles are developed, and how targeting/advertising Cookies are utilised. If you are in the United States, go to www.aboutads.info/choices .
The Swiss Quality
14 Rue du Lac
1207 Geneva, Switzerland