1. What are cookies and why are they used?
A cookie is a short text string sent to the user’s browser and, if necessary, is saved on the computer or mobile device, when you visit a website and is used to gather information on the navigation according to the website.
Cookies may be stored permanently on the user’s computer or mobile device and have a variable duration (persistent cookies), but may also disappear when the browser is closed or be of limited duration (session cookies). Cookies may be installed by the website the user is visiting (proprietary cookies) or may be installed by other websites (third party cookies).
2. Types of cookies used and purposes
The different types of Cookies used by Board International SA and its subsidiaries (“Board”), in relation to the website www.board.com (the “Website”) are described below:
- Necessary: “necessary” cookies are essential for helping you to surf the Website and use the relating functions, such as to access protected areas of the Website. Without these cookies, the Website will not function correctly. These cookies do not identify you as an individual.
- Function: “function” cookies are used by Board to store information on the choices made (e.g. user name, language, region) and enable personalisation. They may also be used to provide the services requested, such as the streaming of videos or the publication of a forum. The information gathered by these cookies may include identifiable personal information communicated by you, such as your user name or profile photo. Board will inform you of the type of information gathered, the purpose for which it is gathered and whom it will be shared with. If you do not accept these cookies, this may affect the performance and functions of the Website and could limit access to some contents of the Website.
- Performance: “performance” cookies are used to gather information on how the Website is used. These cookies gather data such as the pages you visit most frequently and the error messages you receive. Board uses these cookies to analyse user activities and improve the Website functions.
- Advertising or tracking: these cookies are used for profiling to provide more pertinent and targeted contents for you in relation to your interests. To allow us to provide you with information which most probably interests you, the cookies used by Board to show you advertising may be based on the contents you visit the most on the Website. The cookies limit the number of times an advertisement is displayed and provide us with information similar to that in which you saw the advertisement to help us to analyse the impact and value of Board advertising campaigns. They also include links to social networks and third party websites (for example Facebook and YouTube), which could therefore use information on your visit to target advertisements on their own websites.
4. Other technologies and types of cookies
Cookies are not the only way of recognising or tracking visitors to a website. On a case-by-case basis, Board could use other technologies or instruments for the same or similar purposes for which it uses the cookies. In particular:
- Web Beacons. Board could use this technology, which consists of small graphic files containing a unique identifier which is used to recognise when someone has visited the Website or has opened an e-mail sent by Board. This is used to monitor the user traffic models from a page on the Website to another and to confer or communicate with the cookies, to understand if you have visited the Website following an advertisement displayed on a third party website, and to improve the performance of the Website and assess the success of the e-mail marketing campaigns. In many cases, these technologies rely on cookies to work correctly and therefore by refusing them the operation of these technologies could be compromised.
- Flash cookies: the Website could also use this type of cookie, for example to gather and archive information on the use of Board services, to prevent fraud or other operations via the Website. If you do not wish Flash cookies to be archived on your computer, you can set the Flash Player settings to prevent their archiving, using the tools in the website archiving settings. You can also control Flash cookies from the “General storage settings” and following the instructions (which may include instructions which explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash cookies, how to prevent these cookies from entering your computer without being asked (for Flash Player 8 and subsequent versions) how to block Flash cookies which are not provided by the manager of the web page you are on at that moment). Flash Player settings to limit or limit the acceptance of Flash cookies may reduce or hinder the functions of some Flash applications, including, potentially, the Flash applications used in connection to the services of Board or Website contents.
5. How to give or revoke consent
After this operation, however, some Web page functions may not run correctly.
6. Data communication