Tracking and data privacy

Overview

When you implement tracking on the website or app or your advertiser, you will have to provide visitors a data privacy statement. This is because several cookies are used for tracking and in most countries, the usage of cookies requires visitor’s consent. This article provides you with a standard data privacy statement informing the visitors of your advertiser’s website. Furthermore, a brief script is added which allows visitors of your advertiser’s website to opt-out of tracking. A brief description on how visitors of mobile applications can deactivate any mobile in-app tracking is added as well.

Standard data privacy statement

The following text is an example of a standard privacy statement. Please feel free to use it.

Like most websites, this website uses cookies in several areas. These cookies are intended to make your experience of the websites more comfortable. Technically, they are are text files that are stored by your browser on your device. None of the cookies used contains malicious software. They are not matched to other data sources and cannot be assigned to you as a person.

The webite uses the following types of cookies:

  • Session cookies: these cookies are used to identify a visitor session.  They will be automatically removed from your device when you leave the website.

  • Last click cookies: these cookies are used to restore your session after a timeout. They will be automatically removed from your device when you leave the website.

  • Profile cookies: these cookies are used to identify new and returning customers. They remain stored on your device for one year, unless they are removed manually.

If you disaprove of the usage of cookies in general, you can limit or completely block the usage of cookies via your your browser settings. Please note that by doing so, you might not be able to use this website to the full extent.

Scripts

The following script can be used offer a button on your advertiser’s website to opt-out of tracking on your website:

1 2 <p id="opt-out">You can opt-out from tracking on this website by clicking on this <a style="text-decoration: underline;" href="#" onclick="generateOptOutPixels(); return false;">link</a>.</p><div id="pixels"> </div>

The script above should trigger the javascript below. If you want to use it, make sure you fill out the following placeholders:

  • REPLACE_NAME needs to be filled out with the name of your advertiser, such as ‘myshop’.

  • REPLACE_DOMAIN need to be filled out with the tracking domain of your advertiser. The advertiser usually has the following format: my.sub.myshop.com.

  • REPLACE_ID needs to be filled out with the tracking ID of your advertiser. You can find the tracking ID in the advertiser properties.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <script type="text/javascript">     function generateOptOutPixels() {         var innerHTML = '';         var toOptOut = '{ "advs" : [' +             '{ "name" : "REPLACE_NAME" , "domain" : "REPLACE_DOMAIN" , "id": "REPLACE_ID" }' +             ']}';         var imgTpl = '<img src="https://<domain>/ts/<id>/tsv?settrackingoptout" width="1" height="1" border="0" />';         var objToOptOut = JSON.parse(toOptOut);         for (var i = 0; i < objToOptOut.advs.length; i++) {             innerHTML += imgTpl.replace('<domain>', objToOptOut.advs[i].domain).replace('<id>', objToOptOut.advs[i].id);         }         document.getElementById("pixels").innerHTML = innerHTML;         document.getElementById("opt-out").innerHTML = " You will no longer be tracked by this website. To opt-in again, click on this <a style=\"text-decoration: underline;\" href=\"#\" onclick=\"generateOptInPixels(); return false;\">link</a>.";     }     function generateOptInPixels() {         var innerHTML = '';         var toOptIn = '{ "advs" : [' +             '{ "name" : " REPLACE_NAME " , "domain" : "REPLACE_DOMAIN" , "id": "REPLACE_ID" }' +             ']}';         var imgTpl = '<img src="https://<domain>/ts/<id>/tsv?resettrackingoptout" width="1" height="1" border="0" />';         var objToOptIn = JSON.parse(toOptIn);         for (var i = 0; i < objToOptIn.advs.length; i++) {             innerHTML += imgTpl.replace('<domain>', objToOptIn.advs[i].domain).replace('<id>', objToOptIn.advs[i].id);         }         document.getElementById("pixels").innerHTML = innerHTML;         document.getElementById("opt-out").innerHTML = "You can opt-out from tracking on this website by clicking on this <a style=\"text-decoration: underline;\" href=\"#\" onclick=\"generateOptOutPixels(); return false;\">link</a>.";     } </script>

In app tracking opt-out for mobile devices

In the following text, we provide instructions for users of your advertiser’s mobile application who want to avoid being tracked. Feel free to use it.

How you can avoid being tracked in mobile applications and activate the tracking again, depends on the operating system you are using. In the following, we offer you instructions for the three main operating systems for mobile devices, iOS (Apple), Andriod (Google) and Windows Phone (Windows).

iOS

From the home screen, go to ‘settings’, select ‘privacy’ and continue to ‘advertising’. On the screen you see now, tap the switch next to ‘limit add tracking’ to ‘off’. To restore tracking, just tap the same switch to ‘on’ again.

Android

Go to the menu icon and display the list of apps. From this list, select ‘Google settings’. In the interface you see now, tap on ‘ads’. On the window you see now, click on ‘opt-out’ for interest-based ads. To restore tracking, return to the Google settings, tap on ‘restore advertising ID’ and confirm your action in the system window.

Windows Phone

Go to ‘settings’, tap on the menu item ‘system’ and proceed to ‘advertising ID’. In the interface you see now, toggle the switch next to ‘advertising ID’ to ‘off’. To restore tracking, go to the same interface and tap