FORA COOKIES STATEMENT
Last Updated: 20 September 2022
1. WHAT IS A COOKIE?
A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to recognise your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. If you are concerned about having cookies on your computer or device, you can set your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being set, allowing you to decide whether to accept it. You can also delete cookies from your computer or device. However, if you choose to block or delete cookies, certain features of the site may not operate correctly. Other technologies are used for similar purposes as a cookie on other platforms where cookies are not available or applicable.
We use two different categories of Cookies as follows:
2.1. “Strictly Necessary Cookies”
These Cookies are an essential part of our log in system and other interactive parts of our website. They contain a “session ID” which is a unique number that identifies you to our website. We use them to make sure that you stay logged into our website from page to page and can use our interactive features correctly. Without these cookies, certain Fora services cannot be provided.
These Cookies are not shared with third parties other than our website developers as necessary for them to support and develop our website.
Unless you ask us to remember you from visit to visit (in which case we will use a Cookie to do so), these Cookies will automatically expire shortly after the end of your visit to our website.
2.2. “Performance Cookies”
For this we use a third party service called Google Analytics operated by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets Cookies containing “tracking IDs” which are unique numbers that identify you to the Google Analytics servers (which may be based in multiple locations worldwide including the United States of America).
Google Analytics collects performance data such as which pages you visit, the number of pages you visit, and how long you spend on our website. Google Analytics also collects technical information about your web browser, computer and internet connection (“Technical Information”). Google Analytics does not store your personal information except incidentally in circumstances where your Technical Information is classified as personal information (for example when your IP address can easily be used to reveal your identify – possible in some cases but not others).
Further information about Google Analytics’ use of your data, including how to set your browser to refuse these Cookies, can be found here: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
Certain Performance Cookies will be saved on your computer for up to two years following your last visit, in order to recognise your visits from time to time.
3. HOW DO I DISABLE COOKIES?
You can remove Cookies at any time by clearing these Cookies from your browser. You can also set your browser to refuse to accept Cookies. Refer to your browser’s “Help” function for further details.
Further, in order to provide website visitors with more choice on how data is collected by Google Analytics, Google has developed the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics code on this website to stop data being sent to the Google Analytics servers. The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on does not affect usage of this website in any other way.
You may also wish to refer to the website www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your hard drive to store and sometimes track information about you.
Some of the cookies and other similar technologies used by the Site and Applications are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services on our behalf. We may use the following types of cookies:
- Necessary cookies
- Performance cookies
- Marketing cookies
- Functional cookies
Necessary cookies are cookies that are essential for the operation of our website. These cookies enable core functions such as security, network management and accessibility. Necessary cookies are automatically activated and you can only disable these cookies by changing your browser settings, but this may affect the way the website works.
Performance cookies serve the purpose of optimising the performance of the website and improving the experience for the user. For this purpose, performance cookies are used to collect and analyse information about the use of the website by visitors. This information includes details about the browser and operating system used, the URL from which users came to our website, the pages accessed or the time a user spent on these pages. Performance cookies are not used to create user profiles.
We use marketing cookies on our website in order to show you advertisements that correspond to your interests. Marketing cookies are also used to evaluate the efficiency of advertisements. In addition, they limit the number of times a particular advertisement is displayed to you. In some cases, we also pass on the data collected with marketing cookies to third parties. These third parties may combine this information with other information about you that you have provided to them or that they have collected as part of your use of the Services.
Functional cookies are primarily used to make the use of our website as pleasant as possible for the user by storing information that has already been entered - for example language selection or login data - so that you do not have to re-enter this information each time you visit our website. Furthermore, this data enables us to personalise the use of the website for you, for example by adjusting the corresponding currency details. Finally, we require functional cookies for certain functions on the website, such as playing videos.
Overview on cookies currently used on our website
You can see a full table of the cookies we currently use on our website above. This particularly includes information on the cookie category, the lifespan of the cookie as well as its purpose. Further, the table indicates the provider of the cookie and the personal data processed in relation with the cookie.
We will only drop cookies (except for necessary cookies) with your consent. If you do not activate non-necessary cookie, these cookies will not be dropped, and we will not process your personal data. Please see below for some more information on our use of Google Analytics cookies. The legal basis for our collection of personal data through the use of necessary cookies is that it falls within our legitimate interests, our entitlement to use of all other cookies is based on your consent (which you can withdraw at any time by updating your browser settings – see section 8).
Please note that this table may regularly be updated if we delete cookies or implement new cookies.
Further information on Google Analytics
Every time someone visits our website, software provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA generates cookies.
These cookies can tell us whether you have visited the site before. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the United States and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and Internet usage to the website operator. The corresponding evaluation of your surfing behaviour is made available to us in anonymised form.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones.
This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site.
We have activated the IP anonymisation function on this website. As a result, your IP address is truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or other Contracting States to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and truncated there. The IP address transmitted by Google Analytics as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data.
We have entered into a data processing agreement with Google.
Google rely on the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for transfers of personal data out of the European Economic Area, the UK or Switzerland.
Necessary cookies are automatically set when you visit our website. Other non-necessary cookies are deactivated and will only be dropped if you give your prior consent. You may continue with only these necessary cookies by clicking “Continue with necessary cookies only” in the cookie banner. Alternatively, you can consent to all non-necessary cookies by pressing the button "Accept all cookies" in the cookie banner. In addition, you may select the different cookie categories individually by changing the respective toggles on the cookie preference page in the cookie banner. Your settings will be saved accordingly.
Most web browsers allow a certain control of many cookies over the browser settings. For more information about cookies, including how to see which cookies have been set, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.
Please note, however, that by blocking or deleting cookies used on the Site or Applications, you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site or Applications (as the case may be). Methods for disabling the most common cookies on the most common browsers are set out below.
The effect of disabling cookies depends on which cookies you disable, but in general the Site and/or Applications may not operate properly if cookies are switched off. You can either disable cookies by adjusting your preferences on the cookie preference page.
Further, you may disable cookies by changing your website browser settings to reject cookies. How you can do this will depend on the browser you use.
For Microsoft Internet Explorer:
- Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
- Click on the “privacy” tab
- Select the setting the appropriate setting
For Google Chrome:
- Choose Settings> Advanced
- Under “Privacy and security,” click “Content settings”.
- Click “Cookies”
- Choose Preferences > Privacy
- Click on “Remove all Website Data”
For Mozilla Firefox:
- Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
- Click on the icon “privacy”
- Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options
For Opera 6.0 and further:
- Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”