This Cookies Policy applies to any website (collectively
"Website") supported by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers, which for the purposes of this policy includes its affiliated
organization Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) (collectively "we",
"our" or "us"), that links to this policy or incorporates
it by reference.
2. WHAT IS A COOKIE?
technologies to enable features on the Website. A cookie is a small text file
that stores Internet settings. The next time you visit this Website with the
same terminal device, the cookie and the information in it are either sent back
to the originating website (first-party cookie) or to another website to which
it belongs (third-party cookie). By that, the Website can detect that it has
already been opened using this browser, and in some cases, it will then vary
the content it shows.
2.2 Almost every website uses
cookie technology. Some cookies are useful as they are able to improve the user
experience. Cookies, among other things, speed navigation through our Website,
keep track of information so that you do not have to re-enter it each time you
visit our Website, help us provide you with customized content and allow us to
learn about your visit.
Cookies exempt from consent: Strictly necessary cookies
guarantee functions without which you would not be able to use the Website as
intended. They are stored on your computer during the current browser session.
Strictly necessary cookies ensure that, when you call up the functionalities of
a website, you are shown a version that has a broad-band-related data quantity
corresponding to that of the Internet connection you are using. Such cookies
also guarantee that, when you change pages, the function of changing from http
to https takes place. Cookies of this type also store your decision regarding
Cookies subject to consent: All other cookies that are not
strictly necessary to use the Website still fulfil important tasks. Without
these cookies, functions intended for your convenience on our Website, such as
your personal settings or automatic filling in form functions could not be
retained and would therefore have to be re-entered on every page.
3. TYPES OF COOKIES ICANN USES
Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to
enable you to move around the Website and use its features. These temporary
cookies only last only as long as your web browser is open, and are used for
technical purposes such as enabling better navigation on our Website. Without
these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided – for example,
remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page
in the same session. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears.
Performance cookies are stored on your computer
for longer periods and are used for purposes including tracking the number of
unique visitors to our Website and information such as the number of views a
page gets, how much time a user spends on a page, and other pertinent web
statistics. These cookies do not save information that would allow the user to
be identified. The collected information is aggregated, and therefore made
anonymous. These cookies are used exclusively to improve the performance of the
Website, and with it the user experience.
Functional cookies enable the Website to save
information which has already been entered (such as user names, languages
choices, and your location), so that it can offer you improved and more
personalized functions. Functional cookies are also used to enable features you
request such as playing videos. These cookies collect anonymous information and
cannot track your movements on other websites.
The following chart sets out the reasons for which we may use
cookies on the Website.
Session and Subscriptions
We may use these cookies to meet basic security
requirements and to ensure the site functions correctly. These cookies are
also used to save preferences including subscription for users who are logged
in to help us provide you with a better user experience and provide email
These cookies provide a banner welcome message, other
site-wide message, and cookie dismiss notifications. A cookie is stored to
know when to show the notification based on the user preference.
Testing and Surveys
These cookies are collect responses to surveys. A cookie
might be saved to track progress and sometimes different version of pages are
tested to see which work better (A/B testing).
Technical and Browser
These cookies are used to detect browser, operating, of
plug in versions to notify users of out-of-date software.
These cookies are used to validate that the domain and
subdomain cookies that are sent from the web server to the user are not
3.2 Third-Party Cookies: We may use third-party service
providers to assist us by providing certain statistical and analytics
information. For example, third-party cookies are used to measure site
performance, events, and visitor activity to make sure the Website is meeting
the needs of users and help us make improvements for navigation, search, and
content. We primarily use Google Analytics for this. See Section
4 below for more details.
4. GOOGLE ANALYTICS
4.1 We use Google Analytics, a
web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google
the Website analyze how users use the Website. The information generated by the
cookie about your use of the Website will be transmitted to and stored by
Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information on
behalf of us as the operator of the Website for the purpose of evaluating your
use of the Website, compiling reports on Website activity for Website operators
and providing them other services relating to Website activity and internet
In case IP anonymization is activated on the Website,
your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of
the European Union ("EU") or other parties to the Agreement on the
European Economic Area ("EEA"). Only in exceptional cases will the
whole IP address be first transferred to a Google server in the
United States and truncated there. The IP anonymization is active on
the Website. The IP address that your browser conveys within the
scope of Google Analytics will not be associated with any other data held by
on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able
to use the full functionality of the Website.
4.2 You also can opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser: (click here https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB).
5. HOW TO CONTROL AND DISABLE COOKIES
5.1 You can control and/or
delete or disable cookies at any time by adjusting your browser settings.
Browsers are different, so refer to instructions related to your browser to
learn about cookie-related and other privacy and security settings that may be
5.2 Please be aware, however, that if you turn off cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all of the features of our Website.
6. SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG-INS
6.1 Our Website may use what
are called social plugins ("plugins") from the social networks like
Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumbler. These plugins
are indicated by the respective logo of the social network. When you access our
Website, your browser establishes a direct connection with the servers of these
social networks. The content of the plugin is transferred by the social network
directly to your browser, which then integrates it into the Website.
6.2 Integration of the plugin
causes Facebook, for example, to receive the information that you have loaded
the corresponding page of the Website. If you are logged in with Facebook, it
will be able to assign your visit to your Facebook account. Please note that an
exchange of this information already takes place when you visit our Website,
regardless of whether you interact with the plugin or not. If you interact with
the plugins, such as by pressing the "Like" button, the corresponding
information is sent directly to Facebook by your browser and saved there. You
can find information on the purpose and extent of data acquisition as well as
how the data is processed further and used by the social networks, together
with your rights and optional settings to protect your private sphere, in the
data protection notes of the social networks.
6.3 If you do not want
incorporated social networks to gather data about you via our Website, you must
log out on the respective domain of the social network before visiting the
Website. If you wish to prevent information being exchanged with the
above-mentioned social networks during your visit to our Website, you can opt
out of cookies through your browser settings and other tools.
7. WEB BEACONS
7.1 We may use web beacons (also called web bugs, pixel tags, or clear
GIFs) primarily to collect and maintain aggregated data (such as the number of
visitors) to help us see which areas are most popular with our users and
improve and update the content on our Website.