What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files, which a web server may store on your device/browser when a website is visited. When you visit a page of this website again your browser sends information back to the server in the cookie already created. Cookies are needed for the proper function of almost any website on the internet.
Cookies set by the owner of this website (Comrade Cooperative) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies product of services other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. The latter is used to enable specific functionality throughout the website (such as analytics, client request forms or advertising). The third parties who set the cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits this website and also when it visits certain other websites or services (such as Facebook or LinkedIn).
Cookies served through our website
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and user session. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Still, you can block or delete them by changing your browser settings. For more information, you can visit “Cookie Control” section of this page.
Google Tag Manager is a popular service by Google which allows website owners to easily manage third-party services added to their website.
Performance and Functionality Cookies
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are. While they are non-essential, without these cookies certain functionality may become unavailable.
Google Analytics gathers information allowing us to understand interactions with our websites and ultimately refine that experience to better serve you.
Under GDPR, exchanging data with third-party service providers requires both sides of the exchange to be compliant with the existing regulations. All the aforementioned service providers are fully compliant with the GDPR directives including the EU-US Privacy Shield.
We use third-party social media and analytics partners which can also create cookies in your browser (like Youtube). They contain information about your use of our site and the information collected is aggregated and does not include personal information that enables you to be specifically identified (e.g. by reference to your name or email address).
The cookies themselves are controlled by the respective service provider and not by us. The third-party may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. They are used to measure and track the effectiveness of advertisements and our online marketing activities, ensuring that ads are properly displayed, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.
These tracking technologies facilitate the placement of advertising campaigns on the Facebook platform and enable us to measure the performance of these advertising campaigns. For more information about Facebook cookies, please click here: https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/
YouTube is a Google-owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
Other online tracking technologies
We and our third party partners may use other, similar technologies like web beacons or pixels. These files contain a unique identifier that enables us to recognize when someone has visited our websites or, in the case of web beacons, opened an e-mail that we have sent them. This allows us, for example, to understand whether you have come to our websites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website and to measure the success of marketing campaigns.
While you may not have the ability to specifically reject or disable these tracking technologies they are mostly reliant on cookies to function properly. In those instances, declining cookies will stop these technologies from functioning. For more details read the “How can I control cookies section?” below.
How can I control cookies?
You can control whether you want to accept or not cookies and of what kind. There are several ways to do that:
Browser cookie control
You can explicitly forbid or manage cookie settings within your browser. Most modern browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari) allow you to review and clear already created cookies. Important: blocking ALL cookies may lead to your inability to browse your most commonly used websites.
Website Cookie Preference Tool
You can exercise preferences about what cookies are served on our Websites by visiting our cookie settings preference center, available here: Privacy Settings.
Google provides a tool in the form of a browser extension which allows you to hide your data from sites using Google Analytics. If you use the extension it will also take effect when using our website. You can install the tool here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Facebook provides a settings page for cookies they control for marketing purposes: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/?entry_product=ad_settings_screen.
Google also provides a page where you can control the cookies set by them for marketing purposes: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated.
Disabling Most Interest-Based Advertising
Most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of Interest-Based Advertising. If you would like to find out more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com.
You can opt out of having your mobile advertising identifiers used for certain types of Interest-Based Advertising by accessing the settings on your Apple or Android mobile device and following the most recent published instructions.
Do Not Track
Some Internet browsers – like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari – include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals. Since uniform standards for “DNT” signals have not been adopted, our Websites do not currently process or respond to “DNT” signals. All About Do Not Track.
Where can I get further information?
You can find more information on targeted advertising and data privacy protection here: http://www.youronlinechoices.com