The aim of this page is for us to provide the user with information on the technologies directly adopted by us and how they are used on the Website and in our services and tools. Other external connections (like Twitter and Instagram) that are connected to our site also use their respective cookies, of which we do not have control over.
When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.
- personalise content and adverts,
- to provide social media features,
- to analyse our traffic and how people interact with the Website,
- to share information about your use of our site with our social media accounts,
- and to provide targeted advertising.
Where possible, security measures are implemented to prevent unauthorised access to cookies and similar technologies. A unique code guarantees that only us and/or our authorised service providers can access cookie data. BOVAS is responsible for processing of your personal data in relation to cookies issued directly by us. For processing relating to cookies issued by third parties that we use their services, each third party is responsible for handling their data.
The service providers are companies that support us in various aspects of our business, dealing for example with operations, advertising services and website tools. We use our authorised service providers to show you advertising in line with your interests, our services and on other webpages. These service providers may place cookies on your device via our services (third-party cookies). They can also obtain information that allows them to identify your device, such as its IP address or other device’s unique codes.
What are cookies, web beacons and similar technologies?
Cookies used on the Website
To give you a better understanding of the policy and the use of these technologies, some terms with their definitions are provided below:
This is a small text file (usually comprising letters and numbers) that is saved in the browser or device memory when you visit a site or view a message. Cookies allow a site to recognise a particular device or browser.
There are various types of cookies:
- Session cookies: these expire at the end of the browser session and allow us to link together your actions during that specific session.
- Permanent cookies: these are saved on your device even after the end of the browser session and make it possible to remember your preferences or actions on multiple websites.
- First-party cookies: these are set by the website that you are visiting.
- Third-party cookies: these are set by a website other than the website you are visiting. These come from external services that a website you are visiting rely on for one or two functions.
These are small images (also known as “pixel tags” or “clear GIFs”) which we may include in the Websites, services, apps, messages and tools. They generally work with cookies to identify our users and what they do on the Website.
These echnologies store data in the browser or device using locally shared objects or local storage, such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other software methods for web applications. These technologies work in all browsers. In some cases, the use of local storage cannot be managed in full through browsers and has to be managed using specific tools. We do not use these technologies to store information for creating targeted advertisements on our or other websites.
The terms “cookies”, “web beacons” and “similar technologies” can be used interchangeably in this policy, referring to all the technologies used to store data in your browser or device or to technologies that collect data or which enable you to be identified as described above. The types types of cookies, web beacons and other similar technologies we use may change over time.
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, because some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store your personal information which can be used to identify you.
- Functional Cookies
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly or at all.
- Performance Cookies
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
- Targeting Cookies
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, they simply identify your unique browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will get less targeted advertising.
- Social Media Cookies
These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.
In general, these technologies allow the Website to store important information in your browser or device and then use it later to identify you on the servers/internal systems that host or provide services for the Website. Where applicable, we protect cookies and other similar technologies to ensure that only we and/or our authorised service providers can interpret them by assigning them a unique code. Your personal data is not stored in cookies or other similar technologies used.
All personal information acquired and stored through the use of these technologies is obtained only after notifying you and requesting your express and deliberate consent. We obtain your consent by clearly informing you of the use of the technologies and giving you the opportunity to disable them, as described above.
You also have the right to obtain the updating, rectification or integration of your data, as well as to object to the processing for legitimate reasons.
- Operationally necessary use.
- Performance-related use or analytical cookies.
- Function-related use.
- Use for advertising or customising content.
With your consent, which must be expressly and explicitly stated, we may use our or third-party cookies and web beacons to offer content, including advertisements relevant to your interests, on the Websites or on third-party websites. This includes the use of technologies to better assess the usefulness of advertising and content presented to you, for example by monitoring whether or not you have selected an advertisement.
If you wish to reject all other types of technologies used on the Websites, services, apps or tools, you may do so by blocking, deleting or disabling them as permitted by your device or browser. For more information on how to block, delete or disable these technologies, refer to your device or browser settings.
We do not permit any of our service providers to collect your personal information on the Website or through our services or tools for their own purposes. These service providers are subject to confidentiality agreements with us and other legal restrictions on the use or collection of any personal information. The use of third-party cookies is governed by the privacy policies of those third parties.
For more information about third-party cookies in advertising and how to disable them, you may visit the following third-party websites:
You can exercise your rights by emailing us at [email protected].