Information regarding cookies and social plugins on the digital platforms of Styria Media Group AG
So-called cookies and similar technologies (hereinafter summarised as "cookies" for short) are implemented on the digital platforms (website including subdomains) of Styria Media Group AG (Gadollaplatz 1, 8010 Graz), hereinafter referred to as "Styria" for short, with the aid of which Styria's digital products and services (hereinafter summarised as "our products" for short) can be utilised more simply and efficiently whilst user habits can be analysed with a view to continuously improving our products. Furthermore, by means of cookies, advertisements can be adjusted specifically to users' individual interests and habits. Styria's digital platforms also use so-called social plugins, through which users can directly access pages on social networks.
Available below is more detailed information about cookies and social plugins and how you can control them.
Note: Styria is not a party to the content in the websites to which the links below point, and excludes any liability in relation to them. You access the linked websites at your own risk.
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are text files that are stored on the computer or smartphone of a visitor to a website. Typically they contain information about websites visited by the user that is stored by the browser during Internet surfing. Cookies enable users to be recognised when they make a return visit to a website and can therefore make it possible for a user, having initially successfully registered, to skip renewed registration on returning, for example. Moreover, cookies are suitable for storing and passing on information about the user's surfing behaviour.
Cookies are applied not only to improve service quality, including storing user settings, but also for recommending content or search results, as well as for tracking user trends like, for example, what content users are consuming. This enables analysis of the usage of digital platforms and the acquisition of valuable insight into user requirements. Here such insight contributes to further improving the quality of digital platforms. For the user, cookies can be inspected and individually deleted (more on this in the sections below). In addition, as a user one can deactivate cookies globally by selecting appropriate settings within the browser.
2. What kinds of cookies exist?
2.1. Functionality cookies
These cookies are necessary in order to be able to use our products and their functions to the full extent. For example, this could be storing your entry in a form field (so that you don't have to fill this out on multiple occasions) or storing your geographical location or storing your user settings. Information collected by functionality cookies relates solely to the website visited, whilst no information is collected regarding surfing of other websites. Declining such cookies can mean that full functionality is not available to you.
2.2. Performance and web analysis cookies
These cookies collect in anonymised form, i.e. with no consequent possibility of tracing back to the individual user, information about the usage habits of someone visiting a website. Examples of such information would be the time of day at which most access attempts take place or which (sub-) pages are visited most frequently. This information is collected and analysed by performance and web analysis tools with the aim of gaining an insight into the usage, functionality and user-friendliness of websites and being in a position further to develop them on a continuous basis. As a consequence, these cookies are important for improving the quality of our products. Furthermore, such cookies are implemented for the analysis of the number of visitors, page impressions and further indicators of the performance of websites or specific content (e.g. advertising spots).
2.3. Adserver, advert, targeting and recommender cookies
These cookies are applied to allow analysis of users' surfing behaviour and then to draw conclusions about their interests and requirements, as well as being able to carry out segmentation of users with the same or similar interests and requirements ("target groups"). Building upon this, advertising can be correspondingly directed toward users allocated to a particular target group ("targeting"). This is carried out mostly by means of tools provided by specialist service providers (e.g. Adserver for marketing online advertising spaces; Data Management Platform for managing user data). These cookies are also used to control the frequency of advert appearances (particularly to limit them) and to measure the effect and efficiency of campaigns. Third-party-vendor cookies can also come into play via advertising networks, which apply them in connection with their services. Such cookies establish whether the user has visited a website and pass this information on to the third-party vendor, where it can be linked to functionality provided by other organisations (see also paragraph 4). Moreover, special targeting cookies enable advertising to be directed at users of social networks.
2.4. Cookies of third-party vendors
These cookies are not deposited by the website currently being visited but rather by another vendor (=third-party vendor). The third-party vendor, generally an advertiser, can use such cookies to follow a user's visits to all subsequent sites on which the third-party vendor's adverts are displayed, e.g. on Styria's pages too. The website currently being visited has no influence on the third-party vendor or their cookies; they also change, depending on advertising placement. Some browsers allow the targeted blocking of third-party-vendors' cookies (for more detail see section ‘How do I manage or delete cookies in my browser?' ). Furthermore, third-party-vendor cookies may be implemented when use is made of the Facebook or Google login.
3. Which cookies are used on Styria's digital platforms and how can they be checked?
When visiting our digital platforms and/or using our products, the cookies listed below may come into play. Depending on the classification of each respective type of cookie, as described in general above, the mode of operation and purpose of each respective cookie is laid out. Furthermore you will find information below about how you can decline cookies. Additionally, using the software implemented in each case, some technical data can be collected and stored (e.g. operating system version, browser type and version, screen resolution etc.), along with the user's IP address. However, in no case is the person associated with these data identified.
3.1. Functionality cookies
The following functionality cookies are implemented on our website:
Session ID cookie; storage of selected language (EN, DE)
If you would like to decline these cookies, we recommend carrying this out globally via the browser.
3.2. Performance and web analysis cookies
Google Analytics: Google offers you a browser add-on that deactivates Google Analytics. You will find all the relevant information at: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881?hl=de You can download the browser add-on here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB
3.3. Adserver, advert, targeting and recommender cookies
Facebook Custom Audiences:
Facebook Custom Audiences: the user has the possibility to opt-out and can veto at any time the use of her/his data in connection with Custom Audiences by going to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ads/website_custom_audiences/ and clicking on the Cancel button. Styria states that, as operator of the digital platforms, it receives no information on the content of data transferred in connection with Custom Audiences or on its use by Facebook. For further information on data usage by Facebook go to: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy
3.4 Cookies of third-party vendors
In the context of advertising bookings, third-party vendors' cookies are placed on Styria's digital platforms on a continuous basis. These third-party-vendor cookies cannot be directly influenced by us. In order to block these cookies we recommend doing so globally via the browser settings. Some browsers allow the targeted blocking of third-party-vendors' cookies (for more details see section ‘How do I manage or delete cookies in my browser?
Facebook Login/Facebook Connect:
Google Login/Google+ Connect:
If you use the services of Google+ Connect to sign onto wogibtswas.at, you entrust this provider with information about your activities, content you have generated and personal data – also with the aid of cookies placed by Google. You will find detailed information about the kind of data collected here: https://privacy.google.com/intl/en-GB/your-data.html. This web page informs you about how you can manage your data protection settings in your Google account: https://privacy.google.com/intl/en-GB/take-control.html
4. How do I manage or delete cookies in my browser?
Cookies can generally be declined or deleted by means of appropriate browser settings. However, in such circumstances it is possible that not all of the Internet platform's functions will be usable to the full extent.
Below is guidance on how you can manage and delete cookies in your browser:
Some browsers allow the targeted blocking of third-party-vendors' cookies:
5. How do I manage or delete cookies on Android devices?
5.1 Android standard browser (browser, Internet)
Start the standard browser. Press the Menu or function key (depending on device e.g. left softkey button) and go to the Settings area. There navigate your way to the Privacy and security area. There you can cancel your acceptance of cookies by deactivating the corresponding checkbox. Moreover you can clear all cookie data by tapping the correspondingly named button.
If you use a Chrome browser on your Android smartphone, start it up and press the Menu or function key (depending on device e.g. left softkey button). Then go to the Settings area and on to Privacy. There tap the button for Clear browser data and check the box for Cookies and site data.
5.3 Other browsers and devices
This guidance is based on a Samsung Galaxy GT-I9300 with Android 4.3 installed. On other devices or with other versions of Android it is possible that the management and deletion of cookies may deviate slightly from the description above.
More information here:
6. How do I manage or delete cookies on iPhone and iPad?
In order permanently to block cookies on your Apple iPhone or iPad, go to Settings and on to Safari. Having opened this page, scroll down to the section Privacy & security. There you have the option permanently to block cookies by selecting Block cookies > Always block. In order to delete cookies, on this page tap Clear history and website data.
6.1 Other browsers
Managing cookies in Chrome for iOS (scroll down for iOS instructions)
7. What are social plugins and what precautions should I take when dealing with social plugins?
Social plugins make it possible to distribute content from a website, on which social plugins are integrated, directly to social networks (e.g. Facebook Connect, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc.).
The social plugins integrated into Styria's digital platforms are marked with the logo or icon of the individual social networks.
If a social plugin is invoked in connection with the use of our products, the user's browser connects directly with the servers of the corresponding social network. The social plugin's content is thus transferred directly to the user's browser, which embeds it in the digital platform being accessed. As a result of this embedding, the information that the user has accessed the corresponding digital platform is passed on to the social network. If the user is logged into the social network, the latter can collate the act of accessing the digital platform with the user's account. In the event that the user interacts with a social plugin, e.g. the user selects the "Like" button, the corresponding information is transferred directly from the user's browser to the social network and stored there. For more detailed information about the purpose and scope of data usage by social networks, along with setting options for protecting privacy, refer to the social networks' privacy policies. In order to prevent social networks from using user data collected in connection with the use of our products, before accessing the particular digital platform the user must first log out of the social network.