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Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy

These technologies help SHIFT function, allow us to understand how you use SHIFT.

We think it's important for you to understand how cookies and other similar technologies are used by SHIFT and our partners. These technologies help SHIFT function, allow us to understand how you use the Services, and have a number of purposes (beyond just advertising) that you can read about in this policy. 

In this policy, we'll refer to SHIFT as the "Site" and SHIFT's mobile application as the "App." We'll refer to the Site, the App, SHIFT Payments, and our other services collectively as the "Services." SHIFT Media Networks, Inc. is referred to as "SHIFT" throughout this policy. We’ll refer to cookies and similar technologies collectively as “Cookie Technologies.”

1. Types of Cookie Technologies

2. Purposes

3. Services in the Apps (SDKs)

4. Consent, Contract, and Legitimate Interests in Processing

5. Contact Us


1. Types of Cookie Technologies

Cookies

Cookies are small data files sent from a server to your web browser. They are stored in your browser’s cache and allow a website or a third party to recognize your browser. There are three primary types of cookies:

Session cookies are specific to a particular visit and carry information as you view different pages so you don’t have to re-enter information every time you change pages or attempt to checkout. Session cookies expire and delete themselves automatically in a short period of time like after you leave the Site or when you close your web browser.

Persistent cookies remember certain information about your preferences for viewing the site, and allow SHIFT to recognize you each time you return. Persistent cookies are stored on your browser cache or mobile device until you choose to delete them, and otherwise typically delete themselves at expiration.

Third-party cookies are placed by someone other than SHIFT, and may gather browsing activity across multiple websites and across multiple sessions. They are usually a type of persistent cookie and are stored until you delete them or they expire based on the time period set in each third-party cookie.

Cookies store data about your use, but they are helpful because they allow us to help SHIFT function and customize your experience. You can configure your desktop or mobile browser's settings to reflect your preference to accept or reject cookies, including how to handle third-party cookies (see Managing Cookie Technologies below).

A description of SHIFT’s principal first party cookies can be found in our Cookies & Similar Technologies Disclosures.

Other Technologies

In addition to cookies, there are other similar technologies used by SHIFT and elsewhere on the web or in mobile ecosystems.

Web beacons: These are tiny graphics (sometimes called “clear GIFs” or “web pixels”) with a unique identifier that are used to understand browsing activity. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, web beacons are rendered invisibly on web pages when you open a page.

UTM codes: These are strings that can appear in a URL (the “Uniform Resource Locator,” which is typically the http or https address entered to go to a web page) when a user moves from one web page or website to another, where the string can represent information about browsing, such as which advertisement, page, or publisher sent the user to the receiving website.

Application SDKs: These are mobile application third-party software development kits that are embedded in the Apps (and are used in many mobile applications). These app SDKs permit the collection of information about the app itself, activity in the app, and the device the application is running on.

Local Storage Objects: Sometimes called flash cookies, these are sets of data that can be stored on your browser by a site or app. They can be used to maintain preferences, a history of usage, or even the state or settings of a site or an app.


2. Purposes

SHIFT uses Cookie Technologies to recognize your logged-in state on SHIFT, to understand what purchases members and visitors are interested in, to make SHIFT’s Sites function for you, and to help your browsing experience and use of the Site, Services, and Apps feel more customized. More generally, SHIFT uses Cookie Technologies for the following.

Security and Authentication (Strictly Necessary)

Some cookie and similar technology functions are necessary and vital to ensuring that SHIFT works properly for visitors and members, such as maintaining the security, safety, and integrity of the Site, authentication and logging into SHIFT (including remembering permissions and consents you have granted), and ensuring the ability to securely complete transactions.

Account and User Preferences

Some technologies are used to remember your account and preferences over time, such as keeping yourself logged in when returning to SHIFT, maintaining your choices on SHIFT features and how you want SHIFT to appear (including keeping track of your preferred language and country), and customizing content based on how you use SHIFT.

Social Networks

Some technologies help you to interact with social networks you are signed into while using the Services, such as sharing content with the social network, logging in with the social network, and other features you employ with the social network, or that are allowed in the social network’s privacy policy. These may be set and controlled by the social networks, and your preferences with those social networks.

Social networks may also work with SHIFT or with you for analytics or for marketing purposes, as discussed below. You may be able to manage your privacy preferences for these social networks and their tools and widgets via your account with the social network. You can find more information on specific social media tools and widgets in our Cookies & Similar Technologies Disclosures.

Performance and Analytics

Some technologies help provide performance data on how the Services are functioning in order to improve SHIFT and the Services, including, for example, data on site and app functionality and speed to help us optimize SHIFT, how the Services are used to help us improve your experience on SHIFT, and detecting and gathering reporting on bugs to help make SHIFT work better.

The Site and App also employ Google Analytics to help understand how SHIFT is used by its community. For some of the advertising features listed below, like retargeting, data from Google Analytics may be combined with SHIFT’s first-party data and third-party cookies (like Google’s advertising cookies). To see how to opt-out of Google Analytics Advertising Features, see the Opt-Out section at the bottom of this policy.

You can find more information on how Google Analytics works in this Google guide.

Marketing Services

SHIFT partners with third-party service providers that may use various Cookie Technologies to permit us and them to learn about which ads you see and click when you visit SHIFT, the Apps, and affiliated sites or to show you ads on and off SHIFT. These may include things such as:

Frequency capping, which limits the number of times a user’s browser or mobile device displays the same ad;

Attribution tracking, which estimates which advertising or marketing source brought someone to SHIFT, or determines which marketing source led to actions like a visit or a purchase;

Remarketing/retargeting, which shows relevant ads to an audience based on prior shopping and browsing patterns on SHIFT;

Audience targeting, which refers to targeting advertisements to a large audience based on the audience’s known or inferred demographics; and

Cross-device recognition, which recognizes actions across multiple devices or browsers.

Some third-party service providers may provide information like demographics, cross-device information, or interest categories from a combination of sources that, while not identifying you personally, permit us to provide you with more relevant and useful advertising. In some cases, this information may have non-marketing performance analytics uses as well.

These technologies allow a partner to recognize your computer or mobile device each time you visit SHIFT or other websites and mobile applications based on data like a cookie, your IP address, or device ID, but do not allow access to other personal information from SHIFT. However, these technologies may allow us or a third party to recognize you, either from a single device or across devices, over time. These third parties are required to follow applicable laws, self-regulatory programs, and SHIFT’s data protection rules where applicable. SHIFT does not have control over these third parties, who each have their own privacy policies and privacy practices.

3. Services in the Apps (SDKs)

The Apps may include third-party application software development kits (“SDKs”) that provide mobile performance and analytics data, bug reporting features, and application program interfaces ("APIs") to third parties that help provide the Services, for social media functionality, and for marketing and advertising.

4. Consent, Contract, and Legitimate Interests in Processing

Certain Cookie Technologies are employed to make the Site function for its intended purpose, and are provided based on contractual necessity based on your agreement with SHIFT to perform the services you have requested. These include the functions strictly necessary to the service noted above.

By choosing to use our Services after having been notified of our use of Cookie Technologies in the ways described in this policy, and, in applicable jurisdictions, through notice and unambiguous acknowledgement of your consent, you agree to such use.

Managing Cookie Technologies

You have the ability to control the use of certain Cookie Technologies.

Opt-in and Opt-out on Browsers

In addition, when you use SHIFT via a browser, you can change your web browser's settings to reflect your cookie preferences. Each browser is a little different, but usually these settings are under the "options" or "preferences" menu. The links below provide information about cookie settings for the browsers supported by SHIFT:

Microsoft Edge

Internet Explorer

Firefox

Chrome

Safari

Opt-out of Third-Party Networks

If you reject or block all cookies in your browser settings, you will not be able to take advantage of SHIFT's Services as some cookies are necessary for the Site to function properly.

You can learn more about managing your preferences for ads online, particularly for many third-party advertising networks, through resources made available by the Digital Advertising Alliance at https://www.aboutads.info or the Network Advertising Initiative at https://optout.networkadvertising.org.

Google Analytics Opt-out

For Google Analytics Advertising Features, you can opt-out through Google Ads Settings, Ad Settings for mobile apps, or any other available means (for example, the NAI's consumer opt-out listed above). Google also provides a Google Analytics opt-out plug-in for the web.

Third-Party Tools

Various third parties provide browser plug-ins and apps that can help provide you information on and limit or block third-party cookies, web beacons, and some Javascript-based technologies. SHIFT cannot vouch for the efficacy of a particular third-party product, but popular products that provide these privacy enhancements include Ghostery and AdBlock Plus.

Mobile Opt-out

You may also control interest-based advertising on an iOS or Android device by selecting the “Limit Ad Tracking” option in the privacy section of the Settings App on iOS or via advertising preferences on Android-based devices (usually in the Google Settings app). This will not prevent you from seeing advertisements but will limit the use of device advertising identifiers to personalize ads based on your interests.

5. Contact Us

If you have questions about the use of Cookie Technologies at SHIFT, please see the “Contact” section of SHIFT’s Privacy Policy.



Last updated on March 13, 2019

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