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New Policy on Cookies and Similar Technologies

Policy on Cookies and Similar Technologies 

 

PLEASE READ THIS POLICY ON COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE OR APP  

 

Last updated on September 2020

 

  • What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that contain letters and numbers which may be placed on your device when you visit a website or use an app. We use cookies to enhance your experience on our Services by remembering your preferences. For instance, on many ecommerce websites, if you add an item to an online shopping cart without completing the checkout process, the next time you visit the same website, you can still see the same item in the shopping cart. This is an example of how cookies are used to remember your preferences. Without using cookies your experience on our Services will be less user-friendly. 

For more information about cookies, see www.allaboutcookies.org.    

 

  • Why do we use cookies?

Cookies perform various functions including making navigation easier and storing your preferences to show you relevant content and enhance your general user experience. 

We use cookies:

  • To manage your preferences and to enhance certain features on our Services. This may include collecting information about the date and time of your visit, your browsing history and your language preference.
  • To support our security measures and detect any fraudulent activities.
  • To analyse how our Services are accessed or used and its performance. We use this information to maintain, operate and continually improve our Services.
  • To deliver advertisements relevant for you. As cookies help us to regulate the advertisements you see and measure their effectiveness.

 

  • What kind of cookies and other technologies do we use? 

Our Services use the following categories of cookies and technologies:

  • Persistent cookies – these cookies are stored in the browser of your device and are used whenever you visit our Services. These cookies help us in remembering your  settings and preference(s), in order to make your next visit more convenient. For instance  these cookies will ensure that you will not have to log in again. It will also remember the language preference of the users on their next visit.
  • Session cookies – these are temporary cookies that remain in the cookies archive of your browser until you leave our Services. The information we receive using these cookies helps us to analyse web traffic patterns, enabling us to identify and troubleshoot problems and provide a better navigation experience.
  • Advertising cookies -  these cookies help us in providing relevant ads to you, in measuring the performance of the advertisers’ campaign by analysing your interaction with the advertiser’s ads. For example, it helps us in determining the number of times users have clicked on an advertiser’s ad and have visited the advertiser’s website.
  • Web beacons - these are small graphic images (also known as “pixel tags” or “clear GIFs”). We use web beacons together with cookies to identify our users and their behaviour. 
  • Device fingerprinting - this technique involves combining certain information that we collect from the device from which our users are accessing our Services. When you browse our website or use our mobile app, we obtain certain information from and in relation to your device and its configuration such as your IP address, the OLX country domain you are using, your device language settings, your device brand and type, your device operating system and version, browser type and version, and device specific software information. On the basis of this user device information we create a certain device fingerprint. The device related information and fingerprint we obtain is not unique and is rather a set of information indicating particular information about the device that is being used to access our Services at a certain moment. We are not able to identify a user on the sole basis of the collected device information. This device related information enables us to associate user accounts with a respective fraud score based on a partly automated process, using algorithms in combination with human review and moderation. If the fraud score indicates that a certain user account is very likely to be fraudulent, we will ban the respective user and the account. The information we obtain in this process is used solely for the purposes of customer safety and security and fraud prevention and is subject to highly restrictive access rights for selected customer safety and security specialists at OLX. We do not share this information with third parties. The use of this device fingerprinting technique is necessary to keep up with the constantly changing developments in online fraud and to ensure our Services are safe and secure for our users. For further information on what you can do if you think your account is wrongfully banned, please see our Privacy Statement

 

Our Services may contain links to third-party websites or applications, including those of our partners. Please note those third-party websites may also use cookies. We do not control those third-party websites and are not responsible for the cookies they set or access. If you click on one of these links or apps, please note that each one will have its own cookies policy. Therefore, please read the cookies policy of other Internet sites or apps before using them.

 

  • Do we have third party cookies or plug-ins on our Services?

Third-parties such as advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis may use cookies, web beacons, software development kits (SDKs) or similar technologies to collect information about your visit to our Services. The information is used to provide you with more relevant advertising on our Services or elsewhere on the Internet. We do not have control over the use of these third-party cookies, which are governed by those third-parties’ privacy/cookies policies. 

Below are the third parties whom we allow to set cookies or other technologies on your device.

Analytics Partners: In order to better understand how you use our Services, we work with various analytics partners. We allow analytics partners such as Google and Facebook analytics to use cookies, SDKs and other related technologies. For more information on how Google and Facebook uses your data, please visit   https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/partner-sites/, https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update.

Advertising partners: Our Advertising partners such as DoubleClick, Criteo, RTB House, Index Exchange, OpenX etc. may use targeting and advertising cookies to serve ads they believe are most likely to be of interest to you and to measure the effectiveness of such ads on our Services. Below, you can find explanations on how you can control ad personalization and tracking. If you deactivate personalized ads, you will still be served generic ads on our Services. 

 

Third Party Plug-ins:

Our Services also use plug-ins of third parties in the form of share button for Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. With the help of this share button you can share our ad listings on the third parties’ services provided that you are logged into these third parties. These third parties may be able to link your interaction with our Services to your account with them. Therefore, please read these third-party privacy policies before clicking on the share button.

 

  • What can you do to delete, disable or block cookies?

You can deactivate the use of cookies on your device. Your browser will usually provide information on how to refuse, delete or block cookies. The following links will take you to that information on some of the commonly used browsers:

You may opt out of third party cookies from Google Analytics through its ads settings or through https://adssettings.google.com 

You may opt out of interest-based targeting cookies set by participating ad servers through the following websites powered by the Digital Advertising Alliance:

In addition, you can change your mobile device settings to control whether you see interest-based advertisements.

Please note: If you choose to block the cookies we set on our Services, you may not be able to access all or part of our Services, for example, you may not be able to save customized settings such as login information.