Cookies Policy

(Updated April 2021)

This Cookies Policy explains how crunchygadgets.com uses cookies and similar technologies. Whenever you use Crunchy Gadgets website, app, advertising services, or other technologies (“Services”), or visit a website, app, or service which uses our Services, information may be collected through the use of cookies and similar technologies. Crunchy Gadgets is committed to protecting the personal information collected when you use our Services.

What are cookies & similar technologies?

A cookie is a small data file, often including a unique identifier, which is sent to your computer, mobile phone, or tablet device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so the website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the website. The cookie will collect information relating to your use of our Services, information about your device, e.g., the device’s IP address and browser type, broad location, and, if you arrived at our site via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page. If you have registered for any Services or you are a subscriber, it may also collect your name and email address, which may be transferred to data processors for registered user or subscriber verification purposes.

Similar technologies are known as “local storage” may also be used in our Services as an alternative to cookies. This is a technology that is similar to cookies and performs very similar functions, such as caching data to enable us to improve our Services, allowing you to register for our Services, tracking activity to enable us and our advertisers to advertise to you under this policy and counting the number of people who view adverts on our Services. Where we refer to “cookies” in this policy, we mean cookies or similar technologies.

Cookies record information about your online preferences and help us to tailor our Services to your interests. Information provided by cookies can help us to analyze your use of our Services and help us to provide you with a better user experience.

In addition to cookies, our Services may also use web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags, and web bugs. These are all types of technology implemented by websites or third-party ad servers to allow them to analyze your website use and help improve your experience of the Services.

What are the different types of cookies?

What are cookies used for?

1. Functional cookies:

Functional cookies are essential to the running of our Services. They are used to remember your preferences on our websites and to provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these cookies is usually anonymized, so we cannot identify you personally. Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather the information that could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving to advertise. These cookies are usually session cookies that will expire when you close your browsing session.

2. Essential/Strictly necessary cookies:

These cookies are essential for the running of our Services. Without these cookies, parts of our websites would not function. These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do remember preferences beyond your current visit and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes. These cookies are usually session cookies that will expire when you close your browsing session.

3. Analytical performance & measurement cookies:

Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our Services, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users a website has. Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties. The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyze patterns of user behavior and we use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance. The information is anonymous (i.e., it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes.

4. Targeting/Behavioral advertising cookies:

These cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third-party service providers, remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with content or advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioral advertising (OBA) and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g., your age, gender, etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you. Without these cookies, content, and advertisements you encounter may be less relevant to you and your interests.

How do Crunchy Gadgets use cookies?

Crunchy Gadgets, together with our trusted partners, uses cookies in combination with other information we maintain for some purposes, including the following:

1. Essential & functional cookies:

We use these cookies to enable certain online functionality including:

2. Analytical performance & measurement cookies:

We use these cookies to measure users’ behavior to better develop our Services. By using analytics services provided by third parties such as Google Analytics and ComScore, we can analyze and measure which pages are viewed and how long for and which links are followed, and we can use this information to provide more content that is of interest. We also use this analysis to report on our performance and to sell advertising.

3. Targeting & behavioral advertising cookies:

We use these cookies to:

The trusted partners we work with about targeting and behavioral advertising include third-party ad servers, ad agencies, technology vendors, providers of advertisement content, research firms, and other companies that help us provide more effective advertising and offer you a more personalized experience. As your browser, app or device communicates with the third party’s servers, these companies can collect information, including your IP address, page header information, browser or device information, just as if you had requested their web page or used their apps directly. We cannot control nor do we have access to any cookies placed on your computer by third-party advertisers and sponsors.

4. Other third-party cookies:

You may notice on some pages of our websites that cookies have been set that are not related to Crunchy Gadgets. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Facebook, these third-party service providers may set their cookies on your device. Crunchy Gadgets does not control the use of these third-party cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Please check the third-party websites for more information about these cookies.

Some of our websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and game content to users. Adobe utilizes their cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users. Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies; rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data, if any, may be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what type of information is allowed to be stored. You can manage which websites can store information in Flash cookies on your device via the website storage settings panel on the Adobe website.

We also include web beacons in our emails to track the success of our marketing campaigns. This means that if you open an email from us, we can see which of the pages of our Website you have visited. Our web beacons do not store additional information on your device but, by communicating with our cookies on your device, they can tell us when you have opened our email.

How can users manage/opt-out of cookies?

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their device a little intrusive, in particular when the information is stored and used by a third party. For example, you may object to being served advertising which is targeted to your interests based on your browsing history. If you would prefer to opt-out of cookies, it is possible to control cookies by following the steps below, however, you should be aware that you might lose some features and functionality of the website if you do so.

Cookies, including those which have already been set, can be deleted from your hard drive. You can also change the preferences/settings in your web browser to control cookies. Some internet browsers have a ‘Do Not Track or ‘DNT’ setting; this sends a signal to websites asking them not to track your browsing

In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from the primary site, but block them from third parties. In others, you can block cookies from specific advertisers, or clear out all cookies. Deleting or blocking cookies may reduce the functionality of the site.

Web beacons:

You can normally render web beacons and other tracking technologies ineffective by switching off cookies in your browser. There are also browser add-ons and extensions that specifically block web beacons.

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