Cookies are widely used to allow online and mobile sites to function efficiently. A “cookie” is a small text file that (depending on your browser settings) is deposited on your computer, mobile phone, tablet or other smart device when you visit a site. The cookie may be sent back to that site when you visit again, and may then be used by the server to identify and track your use of the site.
Cookies last for various durations. A “session cookie” is a temporary cookie that only remains in the cookie file of your browser until you leave a site. A “persistent” cookie is a long-term cookie that will be stored by your browser until its set expiry date (unless you delete it before the expiry date).
There are four widely recognised categories of cookie by function:
Essential cookies. These are necessary for the operation of a site (or part of a site), e.g. enabling a user to log into secure areas of a site or to use a shopping cart.
Functional cookies. These recognise you when you return to a site, allowing content to be personalised and preferences to be set.
Analytical cookies. These monitor site performance and analyse site traffic, gathering anonymous data.
Targeting cookies. These record your browsing history (such as visits to sites, pages visited and links followed) and use that information to make content and/or advertising displayed on a site more relevant to your interests. That process is often called “online behavioural advertising” (or “OBA” for short).
In this Cookies Policy, where the context allows, references to “cookies” include any tools that collect information from your device about your browsing activity.
In general, we use certain types of cookie:
- to identify you as you use the Service (essential and functional cookies);
- (where applicable) to help us authenticate you as a Member and/or Registered User and to give you access to your user profile (functional cookies);
- to customise and personalise your experience of the Service (functional cookies); and
- to compile anonymous statistics about the use of the Service (analytical cookies).
These cookies do not contain any information that, in itself, personally identifies you and do not provide us with access to the rest of your device. We may, however, associate the information contained in cookies with personal information that you have provided to us separately.
More particularly, here is a list of the main cookies that we use on the Service, and what each is used for.
|IO Interactive Europe website (including IO Interactive Members services)||Persistent (with a lifetime of 15 days) – functional||To identify users and to associate them with the user profile stored separately in our database. If you are a Member, your profile consists of your name, surname, date of birth, country, preferred language, registered games, followed products and (at your option) your postal address.
The profile information is used for basic user profiling (including Member communications) and to offer user‑based Service functionalities (i.e. the Service’s gameshelf and custom newsboard).
|IO Interactive Europe Online Store (including IO Interactive Members services)||Session (for duration of the browser session) – functional||To authenticate and maintain the user’s identity for the duration of the browser session. Also used to provide Single-Sign-On facilities on the Service and to associate the Service visitor with the user profile stored separately in our database.|
|IO Interactive Europe Online Store (including IO Interactive Members services)||Persistent (with a lifetime of 30 days) – essential||To store Products that a user has added to the user’s shopping cart (for example, to allow retrieval of the shopping cart on a return visit to the Online Store).|
|IO Interactive Europe brand and studio sites||Session (for duration of the browser session) – functional||To associate the Service visitor with the user profile stored separately in our database.|
We may introduce further types of cookie from time to time to improve your experience of the Service. If we do so, we shall update the list above to note any further main cookies used on the Service.
If you require any further information on the cookies that we use, you can contact us as described in the How to contact us section below.
Third-party providers of targeted advertising services may set cookies and/or use similar tracking tools (such as web beacons, tracking pixels, log files and analytic metric tools). Those providers may offer you means of declining online/mobile behavioural advertising, and please refer to their relevant instructions. Deleting and rejecting their cookies may also limit the scope of their other tracking tools.
Rejecting and deleting cookies
To learn how to reject or delete cookies, we recommend that you consult the “Help” function of your internet browser or, for a mobile phone, your handset manual. Further information on rejection and deletion of cookies is provided on www.aboutcookies.org. For further information on managing behavioural advertising, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com/uk.
If, however, you decide to disable or delete any cookies, some parts or features of the Service (especially interactive features) may not work properly. For some parts of the Service, we may require you to uninstall or cease using the relevant applications, rather than have a poor experience from disabling cookies. Disabling or deleting cookies may also affect your ability to use other online or mobile sites.
How to contact us
Changes to this Cookies Policy
We may at any time update or otherwise modify this Cookies Policy. We will notify you of any changes to our Cookies Policy by posting the modified Cookies Policy on the Service. By then continuing to use the Service, you will be bound by the modified Cookies Policy.
Last modified: October 10, 2017