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This policy will explain how this website is using cookies in order to provide clear and relevant information to users on what choices the user has in terms of controlling what happens when he/she accesses the website. The policy uses the term ‘cookies’ to refer to cookies and similar technologies covered by the law (such as, for example, Local Shared Objects - commonly referred to as "flash cookies", web beacons or bugs, including transparent clear gifs).  The gathered information concerns data that could allow to identify web users/visitors by associating and processing them with other data kept by third parties (such as, for example, the IP address, domain and registration numbers of the computers used by people connecting to the website). These data are used and processed only for statistical purposes.
This document is an integral and substantial part of the Privacy Policy and the information notice contained in it also issued under the ePrivacy law and the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). We recommend, therefore, the reading of that document.

What is a cookie

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses the website. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device. 

The use of cookies and similar technologies has for some time been commonplace and cookies in particular are important in the provision of many online services. Using such technologies is not, therefore, prohibited by the law but they do require that people are told about cookies and given the choice as to which of them they accept.

Different types of cookies

Session and persistent cookies 

Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer. 

Session cookies – allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session.

The use of the so-called session cookies (that, in any case, are not stored persistently on the user's computer and are deleted automatically as soon as the browser is shut down) is strictly limited to the purpose of transmitting data (made up of random numbers created by the server) identifying the specific session and necessary to allow a safe and efficient website surfing. The so-called session cookies used in this website avoid any other computer methods that could potentially compromise the privacy about users' web-surfing.

Persistent cookies – are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allow the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site.

First and third-party cookies – Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user - the website displayed in the URL window: i.e. cookies set by MEGA’s website. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user: i.e. cookies which are set by web sites other than mega.com. If a user visits a website (such as mega.com) and a separate company sets a cookie through it, this would be a third-party cookie.  

Data controller

MEGA, as identified in the privacy policy, is the data controller of - and is liable for - its own cookies, that is, "first party" cookies; otherwise, the "third-party" cookies fall under the controllership of those companies identified through the table contained in this document.

Consent about cookies

Some cookies are strictly necessary for the correct functioning of Internet and do not require user's consent, such as those ensuring that the content of a page loads quickly and effectively by distributing the workload across numerous computers or else those providing security.

Other cookies are still reasonably necessary or important but they are not strictly essential and, therefore, require user's consent.

User's consent can be defined using browser settings, thus refusing or providing consent about cookies by setting up user’s browser to warn of the presence of cookies, allowing the user to decide whether to accept the cookie or not. It is also possible to automatically reject all cookies by activating this option on the browser. 

Each browser highlights instructions for this purpose.

Withdrawal of consent

Your consent to the use of cookies can be withdrawn any time even though the withdrawal of consent might have impacts on the functionality of the website.

Cookies that we use

The collection of cookies helps us understand how our website is being used, user behavior, and also tells us which parts of our website have been visited. It enables us to also tailor messages and display ads to a given person’s interests on our website and on other platforms. Cookie collection facilitates and measures the effectiveness of advertisements and web searches. Cookies are stored for 13 months, unless the person decides to delete them before the end of that term.

More specifically, this Internet site uses these types of cookies, as listed in the table below:

  • technical: necessary for navigation within the site and in order to use certain functions (e.g. to navigate from one page to the other, etc).
  • analytics: for statistical analysis of site accesses, for marketing and commercial purposes

 

Pardot - Pardot cookies are tracking cookies attached to the forms on our websites and to our tracking links. Collected data includes: information about your visits and use of all MEGA websites, as well as information that you provide for the purpose of registering to our events and/or subscribing to our communications and resources.Personal data that you submit on the forms (such as your name, email, company, etc.) may be used to improve your browsing experience and send information to you by email.    
Retention: 390 days

Google Analytics - Google analytics uses cookies to collect standard internet log information and visitor behavior in an anonymous form. All information is processed to compile statistical reports on MEGA’s website activities. Google analytics cookies help us to optimize your navigation and improve content. The use of those cookies does not allow us to identify you personally, and cannot be used from one website to another.    
Retention: 50 months

 

 

Last update: February 25th 2019

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