Types of collected information
When you use our Services, the only information that may be collected from you will be anonymous and non-identifiable, which means it will not contain any hint as to your identity and it cannot be traced back to you or any other user. Such information will hereafter be referred to as “Non-Personal Information”.
During our collection of Non-Personal Information, we may gather information transmitted directly by the device you are using to access our Website. This may comprise usage and technical data, such as the type and model of device you are using, the type and version of your system software, and your anonymised IP address. We may also collect data about the language in which you use our Website, and aggregated data about when you access our Website and for how long. Finally, we may also gather data on the sections of our Website you spend time in, and in what ways you use them.
All of the above information is collected anonymously and aggregated into statistics that help us upgrade, update and improve our Website. None of this information can be traced back to any specific user.
The reason websites, including ours, use ‘cookies’ is to differentiate between you and other users of our Website. By being able to separate you from others, we can offer you a personalised experience that presents you with your settings and options of choice every time you access our Website, making your experience of it smoother and more enjoyable. It also aids us in ensuring that the Website functions successfully and provides you with all the data you are interested in.
‘Cookies’ are small bits of data which are automatically transferred to your device when you browse websites in order to help the Website distinguish between users. Via the cookies users are provided with a faster and more professional service, since they do not have to select their preferences all over again every time they access the Website. Our Website uses a number of different cookies, which all have different functions, as you can see below:
As the name suggests, these cookies are short-lived and are only stored on your device while your browser session is still active. Once you close your browser, they are automatically discarded. These cookies make your experience on our Website more efficient, and if you disable them you may note a slowing-down in the Website’s performance and functionality.
These cookies are stored for longer periods of time (up to 1 year) as they serve various analytical and data aggregation purposes. While our Website does not use persistent cookies, our third-party affiliates do. There are three types of persistent cookies:
These cookies help to differentiate between users on repeat visits, and they allow websites to provide you with your preferences, and to keep track of repeat visits and new users;
These cookies collect non-personal user data, which is then aggregated in order to understand visitors’ interests and movements through the Website better, so as to be able to structure the Website in the most attractive and efficient manner; and
These type of cookies track the users’ movements along the Website in order to ensure that the Website’s content is relevant and interesting to users.
It is important to keep in mind that no information gathered by any of the types of cookies above can in any way be traced to specific users. While you may disable cookies by accessing your browser settings and disabling cookies from there, this will most probably hinder the accessibility of our Website and reduce its performance for you.
Links to other services and websites
We are not responsible for any information that is shared by users with external third-party websites.
Using your information
Outside of the above purposes listed in this document for collecting data from our users, the data that we gather from our users may also be used for the following reasons:
- To decide how relevant the content on our Website is to the interests of our users
- To conduct analytical exercises in order to update and improve our Services; and
- To ensure and strengthen the safety and security of our Website.
A final way in which we may use users’ anonymous data is if we are requested to share it with legal authorities in order to comply with the relevant laws and regulations, or to submit to an official court request for information or an equivalent legal undertaking.
Sharing your information
The Non-Personal Information that we collect from you might be shared with external parties for the following reasons:
Service providers and others
Our Website collaborates with certain trusted third-party companies who carry out specific data analysis functions for us. We might share the anonymous data we collect from you with them in order for them to carry out the following functions:
- Technical analytics, diagnostics or research and statistics gathering.
- Disseminating informational or promotional materials.
We may share your anonymous data with other external parties for a number of other reasons. This may include sharing information with auditors, business advisers and any potential buyers or investors in our Company. Information may also be shared with our business subsidiaries and affiliates for business purposes.
If the Company becomes involved in any major corporate transaction such as selling part of the business, merging with another company, or buying a significant other business or asset, users’ Non-Personal Information may be shared with the prospective parties involved.
A final reason we may need to release Non-Personal Information gathered from our users is if we believe that it will be a necessary or reasonably helpful step in dealing with a legal obligation, governmental request or relevant law; taking action against illegalities, suspected fraud or security breaches; ensuring the integrity of intellectual property or other legal rights; enforcing our Company’s policies; preventing harm to the Company, our users or any related third-party; or exercising the Company’s rights to contest legal claims and protect its legal rights.
Retention of your information
Any Personal Information that you choose to share with us via forms or emails that you send to us will be stored by the Company only if you grant us permission to do so. You can control and restrict the ways in which we gather and store information related to you.
Securing and transferring your information
In order to ensure that our Website and any data gathered by it and maintained by it are safe, we employ the most up-to-date, cutting-edge security technologies currently used in the industry. We do this both to ensure the safety of collected data, as well as to prevent any unauthorised breaches to our Website. However, we cannot guarantee the 100% security of data despite using the most reliable security methods available and ensuring that we follow strict security policies when dealing with data.
Unfortunately, any data transfer over the medium of the internet carries a certain risk with it. While we make all reasonable effort to maintain the integrity and security of the Non-Personal Information we collect from users, we cannot offer any guarantees that this information will be entirely secure.
The Company is a global entity which might need to transfer data from one business branch to another. This means that data will travel among and between regions with varying data protection and other relevant laws. Some of these regions might have less strict data management laws than others. As such, we will endeavour to take all reasonably necessary measures to protect the data and treat it with consistent care while it is in our possession.
We cannot stress strongly enough that our Website and Services are not designed for minors. Content and third-party links have all been created with adult users in mind. If you are aware of any users of our Website who are under 18 years of age, kindly inform us.
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