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Last updated: Sep 28, 2018

Which Iron websites does this policy apply to?

This Cookies Policy applies Iron Systems, Inc., all its subsidiaries and affiliates (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.

How do Iron’s websites use cookies?

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, collaterals, 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

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. Iron 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-anonymization 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 IP address is encoded (i.e. anonymized) before being 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: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Functionality Cookies

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 applications.

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 privacy and data protection policy to understand (a) its use of cookies; (b) how it tracks you from our sites; and (c) how to control such cookies and buttons.

Targeting/Advertising Cookies

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 bear in mind that deleting and blocking cookies will have an impact on your user experience as parts of the site may no longer work. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings to block cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site or click on a link in a targeted email that we have sent you, even if you have previously deleted our cookies.

If you have any questions now or during your visit, please submit your request through our Contact Us form or write to us on info@serviceglobal.com.

Types of cookies we are using on our website

First Party

HostNameDescription
www.ironnetworks.com__utmaThis is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The lifespan of the cookie can be customised by website owners.
www.ironnetworks.com__utmtThis cookie is set by Google Analytics. According to their documentation it is used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes
shop.ironnetworks.com_gat_UA-1514484-8This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.
.www.ironnetworks.comcusidThis cookie names is associated with web analytics software and services provided by ClickDimensions. It is a unqique user session identifier to track page visits on the site for up to 30 minutes.
www.ironnetworks.com__utmvThis is an optional addtional cookie set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie is used when site owners create custom visitor-level variables for customising what can be measured. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It has a default lifespan of two years, although this can be customised by site owners.
shop.ironnetworks.com_gaThis cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
www.ironnetworks.comcusidThis cookie names is associated with web analytics software and services provided by ClickDimensions. It is a unqique user session identifier to track page visits on the site for up to 30 minutes.
www.ironnetworks.com__utmcThis is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is not used in most sites but is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin. In this older versions this was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors. When used by Google Analytics this is always a Session cookie which is destroyed when the user closes their browser. Where it is seen as a Persistent cookie it is therefore likely to be a different technology setting the cookie.
shop.ironnetworks.com_gidThis cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
shop.ironnetworks.comwooTracker
Cookie set by the Woopra Analytics software used to measure site performance
www.ironnetworks.com__utmzThis is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour measure of site performance. This cookie identifies the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. The cookie has a life span of 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
www.ironnetworks.com__utmbThis is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie determines new sessions and visits and expires after 30 minutes. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will count as a new visit, but a returning visitor.

 

HostNameDescription
www.ironnetworks.comhas_jsMost commonly associated with the Drupal content management system. Drupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled.
shop.ironnetworks.com__atuvcThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.
shop.ironnetworks.com__atuvsThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is believed to be a new cookie from AddThis which is not yet documented, but has been categorised on the assumption it serves a similar purpose to other cookies set by the service.
www.ironnetworks.com__atuvsThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is believed to be a new cookie from AddThis which is not yet documented, but has been categorised on the assumption it serves a similar purpose to other cookies set by the service.
www.ironnetworks.com__atuvcThis cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.

Third Party

HostNameDescription
statcounter.comis_visitor_uniqueThis domain is owned by StatCounter. The main business activity is: Real time visitor analytics
statcounter.comis_uniqueThis domain is owned by StatCounter. The main business activity is: Real time visitor analytics
statcounter.com__cfduidThis domain is owned by StatCounter. The main business activity is: Real time visitor analytics

 

HostNameDescription
.accounts.google.com__utmaThis domain is owned by Google. The main business activity is: User Accounts sub-domain. Cookies in this domain have lifespans between 1 month to 2 years.
accounts.google.comGAPSThis domain is owned by Google. The main business activity is: User Accounts sub-domain. Cookies in this domain have lifespans between 1 month to 2 years.
accounts.google.comLSIDThis domain is owned by Google. The main business activity is: User Accounts sub-domain. Cookies in this domain have lifespans between 1 month to 2 years.

 

 

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