Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

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Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy explains the different types of cookies and other technologies that we use in our and , why we use them, and how you can control them.

Visit our Privacy Policy to learn more about how we collect and use your data, how we share it, your choices about how your data is used and shared, and your rights under the privacy laws that apply to you.

For certain purposes for which we use cookies, you may withdraw your consent at any time by managing your choices in Your Privacy Controls.

What technologies do we use?

We use cookies, Software Developments Kits (‘SDK’s), advertising identifiers, web storage, pixels and tags in our and , either through website or app formats. We collectively refer to these as ‘cookies and other technologies’. Check out this section to learn what cookies and other technologies Verizon Media uses, and how they work.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your browser when you visit a website or a mobile app. The website sets the name of the cookie, what information is stored in the cookie and how long the cookie is kept by your browser.

How do cookies work?

Typically, when you visit a website, the website creates a unique identifier and stores it in a cookie on your browser.

Once a website sets a cookie on your browser, your browser will automatically transmit the name and information contained in the cookie to that website, every time you visit it for as long as the cookie exists.

There are two types of cookies that can be set in your browser:

  • session cookies: these cookies are stored when you visit the website or app and will expire once you close the website or app.
  • persistent cookies: these cookies are stored when you visit the website or app but do not expire once you close the website or app.  Instead, these cookies expire after a period of time determined by the website or app. In this way, the website or app may recognise you when you visit the website again in the future.
SDKs

SDKs are software libraries that developers incorporate into their apps to provide app features for users and other services to the app developer. SDKs are typically used in mobile and connected TV devices. 

How do SDKs work?

When you download an app onto your device, any SDK included in that app by the app developer will be installed onto your device as well. 

Once installed, the SDK provides app features such as advertising, and analytics services to app developers, like information about your app usage and device characteristics. 

 

Advertising identifiers

Advertising identifiers are unique identifiers that some companies use to identify your device. These are typically used within operating systems on mobile devices and connected TVs.

How do advertising identifiers work?

Operating systems create a unique advertising identifier on your mobile device or on your connected TV. When you use an app on your mobile device or your connected TV, the app will recognise your unique advertising identifier and use it for different purposes. These purposes include to provide you with personalised ads and to understand the performance of the ads that the app shows you.

 

Web Storage

Web storage is a technology that enables website and app developers to store information in your browser.  Web storage is used similarly to cookies. 

How does web storage work?

There are two types of web storage:

  • Session storage: the website will store the information while you are using the browser, and the information will expire once you close the browser.
  • Local storage: the website will store the information and it will not be deleted once you close your browser. Instead, local storage expires as determined by the website. In this way, the website is able to recognise you when you reopen it during another browsing session.

Though controls vary by browser type, web storage is generally subject to your browser privacy settings.

 

Pixels and Tags

Pixels and tags are invisible images or scripts that are included on the websites and apps that you use.

How do pixels and tags work?

When you interact with features on a website or app, pixels and tags make calls to web servers that transfer information about your browser, unique identifiers, and information regarding your interactions with the website or app.

Pixels and tags are often used in combination with cookies and other technologies.

Why does Verizon Media use cookies and other technologies?

Verizon Media uses cookies and other technologies to uniquely identify the browsers and devices that interact with our and . Once we are able to uniquely identify the browsers or devices, we collect information from them and use that information for a range of purposes. Check out this section to learn more about these purposes.

Authentication, security and fraud, and abuse prevention
  • to authenticate our users
  • to ensure the security of our users’ accounts
  • to prevent malicious activity and protect our Products and Services from abuse
Product features and preferences
  • to remember you when you log into our Products
  • to honour your settings and preferences across visits
Content and advertising personalisation
  • to build an interest profile by linking information about your device and online activity with the unique identifier associated with your device
  • to retrieve the information associated with your unique identifier 
  • to select personalised content and advertising that we think match your interests according to your interest profile
  • to show you the relevant personalised content and advertising on our Products and Services
  • to measure your engagement with the content and advertising that we show to you

To learn more about how we use your data to provide digital ads, visit How advertising works.

 

Analytics
  • to perform analytics on our and to understand how our users interact with them
  • to create aggregate reports and provide data analysis tools for external parties, including publishers, advertisers, and the public, about industry trends, audience insights, ad performance and effectiveness

Some of our cookies are “multi-purpose cookies”. A multi-purpose cookie is a cookie that is used for multiple purposes. While you can withhold consent or opt-out of some of the purposes for which we use multi-purpose cookies, others are strictly necessary to deliver our Products and Services (like security and anti-fraud). In these cases, we will not use those cookies for the purposes where you have withheld your consent or opted out. However, we will still set the multi-purpose cookies and will not offer you controls over the purposes that are strictly necessary.

Do third parties use cookies and other technologies on our Products?

Yes. Our partners, such as our and content providers, use their own cookies and other technologies in connection with our . This means that when you use our Products, third parties will also collect information from you.

How do third parties use cookies and other technologies in our Products?

Third parties use cookies and other technologies when you visit our .

When you visit our Products, third parties use cookies and other technologies to collect associated information from your browser and/or devices  for different purposes, including:

  • to show you personalised content and ads
  • to understand how you interact with the content and ads that they show you

To find out more about the third parties that we work with and how they process your information, visit our Our Partners  page.

How can you control how we use your data?

We provide you with controls over how your data is used by us and our partners. Check out this section to learn how you can manage your data.

In Your Privacy Controls

Visit Your Privacy Controls and see the controls available to manage how we and our use cookies for different purposes. For example, we provide these controls to you that govern how we and our partners use your data: 

Personalised advertising

This control enables you to choose whether you want to  see personalised ads from us or not.  If you do not wish to see personalised ads from us, you will still see  generic ads that may not be relevant to you. To manage whether o ur partners  serve personalised ads to you on our visit the Partners control.

 

Search history

This control enables you to choose whether you want to see  personalised  ads based on your search history. If you do not wish to see personalised ads based on your search history, we will continue to retain your search history to provide necessary support for internal operations such as security.

 

Precise location

This control enables you to choose whether you want to see personalised ads based on your data . When you disable this control, we  still use your precise location data when you are using app or website features where location is necessary to provide the service. This control will not impact previous precise location data that we have converted to general location information.

 

Device linking

This control enables us to use your activity and interest data collected on other devices that we associate with you or your household  to personalise ads on your current device. When you disable this control  the activity on your current device will not be linked to other devices that we associate with you or your household for personalised advertising.  Some linking between devices is necessary for critical functions such as security and fraud detection and prevention.

 

Personalised advertising on Verizon Media Ad Network

This control enables you to choose whether you wish to see personalised  ads  on partner sites and apps in the . When you disable this control, we will continue to collect and use information from partner sites and apps for minimal operational needs such as billing, ad measurement and reporting.

 

Audience matching

When  this control is disabled, Verizon Media will not  use your personal data such as email or phone number for audience match purposes.  Audience matching is a process that identifies where we and our partners share the same users so we can provide more relevant ads to those users.  

 

Communications analysis

This control will enable you to choose whether you wish to see personalised ads based on  the content and  of your communications (such as your emails) . When you disable this control, we will continue to analyse your communications to provide product features and other functions such as spam filtering and security.

 

Partners

You can manage which have the right to collect and use your data, including their use of cookies and other technologies when you use our .

Verizon Media and many of our also participate in self-regulatory organisations that allow you to opt-out from receiving personalised advertising from us. Visit the NAI, DAA and EDAA for more information.

On mobile devices and tablets

If you are using a mobile device, you can manage your choices on your operating system to limit the use of advertising identifiers. To manage your choices, visit the settings and additional information provided by your mobile device’s operating system.

On your web browser or desktop

If you are using a web browser on a mobile or desktop devices, you can configure your browser preferences and manage how the browser handles cookies and other technologies. Please note that some features on our , including being able to sign into your email, may not work if you disable cookies and other technologies in your browser.  Learn more below.