Which LOTECH websites does this policy apply to?
This Cookies Policy applies to our public-facing
‘LOTECH Tech’ branded 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.
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, 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, 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. LOTECH
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-anonymisation 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 IPaddress is encoded (i.e.
anonymised) before beeing 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:
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
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
how it tracks you from our sites; and (c) how to control such cookies and
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 remember that turning off some cookies may result in our sites not
working as intended.
If you are primarily concerned with third party advertising platforms,
including those that track your browser across unrelated websites, please visit
the Network Advertising Initiative, https://www.networkadvertising.org/, for more information
and options for turning off targeting, http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/.
The Digital Advertising Alliance also offers an opt out page at http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.
Users based in the European Union can opt-out of targeted advertising through
the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page at http://www.youronlinechoices.eu.