Our Use of Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Technologies

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Our Use of Cookies, Web Beacons, and Similar Technologies

Last Update: Oct 18, 2013

 

 

What are cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies? 

Like most sites, we use technologies that are essentially small data files placed on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone (referred to collectively as a “device”) that allow us to record certain pieces of information whenever you visit or interact with our sites, services, applications, messaging, and tools.

The specific names and types of the cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies we use may change from time to time. In order to help you better understand this Policy and our use of such technologies we have provided the following limited terminology and definitions:   

  • Cookies – Small text files (typically made of up of letters and numbers) placed in the memory of your browser or device when you visit a website or view a message. Cookies allow a website to recognize a particular device or browser. There are several types of cookies:

    1. Session cookies expire at the end of your browser session and allow us to link your actions during that particular browser session.
    2. Persistent cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions, allowing us to remember your preferences or actions across multiple sites.
    3. First-party cookies are set by site you are visiting.
    4. Third-party cookies are set by a third party site separate from the site you are visiting.

    Cookies can be disabled or removed by tools that are available as part of most commercial browsers. The preferences for each browser you use will need to be set separately and different browsers offer different functionality and options.

  • Web beacons – Small graphic images (also known as “pixel tags” or “clear GIFs”) that may be included on our sites, services, applications, messaging, and tools. Web beacons may be used for a number of purposes, including to measure the performance of our sites, to monitor how many visitors view our sites and how they navigate them, to count how many emails that were sent were actually opened, to monitor the effectiveness of our advertising, or to count how many particular items, articles, or links were actually viewed.

  • Similar technologies for storing information – Technologies that store information in your browser or device utilizing local shared objects or local storage, such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other web application software methods . These technologies can operate across all your browsers. In some instances, the use of local storage may not be fully managed by browsers but requires management through special tools. We may use such similar technologies for storing information to help ensure that your account security is not compromised or to spot irregularities in behavior to prevent your account from being accessed in an unauthorized manner, or to assess the performance of our sites, services, applications or tools. We do not use such technologies for storing information to target advertising to you on or off our sites.

We may use the terms “cookies” or “similar technologies” interchangeably in our policies to refer to all technologies that we may use to store data in your browser or device or that collect information or help us identify you in the manner described above.

Your choice and our use of cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies

We offer certain site features, services, applications, and tools that are available only through the use of these technologies. You are always free to block, delete, or disable these technologies if your browser or device so permits. However, if you decline cookies or other similar technologies, you may not be able to use certain site features, services, applications, or tools. You may also be required to re-enter your password more frequently during a session. For more information on how you can block, delete, or disable these technologies, please review the Help section of your browser, add-on, application, or device.

Generally, these technologies allow our sites, services, applications, and tools to store relevant information in your browser or device and later read that information. We do not store your personal information within these technologies, but rather use them to identify you to our servers or internal systems. Where applicable, we protect our cookies and other similar technologies so that only we and/or our authorized service providers can interpret them by assigning them a unique identifier that is designed for interpretation only by us. We do not store any of your personal information on any of our cookies or within any of our other similar technologies.

We obtain your consent to our use of these technologies to collect and store information by providing you with transparent notice of their use and providing you with the opportunity to make a choice to disable these technologies as set forth above. 

Our uses of such technologies fall into the following general categories:

  1. Operationally Necessary . We may use cookies or other similar technologies that are necessary to the operation of our sites, services, applications, and tools. This includes technologies that allow you access to our sites, services, applications, and tools, that are required to prevent fraudulent activity and improve security, or that allow you to make use of our functions such as shopping-carts, saved search, or similar functions;
  2. Performance‑Related . We may use cookies or other similar technologies that are useful in order to assess the performance of our websites, applications, services, and tools, including as part of our analytic practices to help us understand how our visitors use our websites or to improve our website content, applications, services, or tools;

  3. Functionality‑Related . We may use cookies or other similar technologies that allow us to offer you enhanced functionality when accessing or using our sites, services, applications, or tools. This may include identifying you when you sign into our sites or keeping track of your specified preferences, interests, or past items viewed so that we may enhance the presentation of content on our sites;

  4. Advertising or Targeting‑Related . We may use first-party or third-party cookies and web beacons to deliver content, including ads relevant to your interests, on our sites or on third‑party sites. This includes using technologies to understand the usefulness to you of the advertisements and content that have been delivered to you.

We offer you the ability to opt-out of our use of first-party advertising-related cookies through our Ad Choice program. Simply log in to your account, select My Account, Profile, then My account settings and Communication preferences to get more information on this program. To opt-out of the use of third-party advertising-related cookies and web beacons, see the section on Ad Networks and Exchanges below.

If you would like to opt-out of all other types of technologies we employ on our sites, services, applications, or tools, you may do so by blocking, deleting, or disabling them as your browser or device permits.

Use of these technologies by third-party service providers

We may work with third-party companies, commonly known as service providers, who may place third-party cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies for storing information on our sites or in our services, applications, and tools with our permission. These service providers help us operate our sites, applications, services, and tools, and provide you with a better, faster, and safer experience.

These service providers may use these technologies to help us deliver our own content and advertising, and compile anonymous website metrics and analytics. We do not permit any of these service providers to collect any of your personal information on our sites or in our services, applications, or tools for their own purposes. These service providers are subject to confidentiality agreements with eBay and other legal restrictions on their use or collection of any personal information.

With the exception of the use of such technologies by our service providers, we do not permit any third-party content on sites (such as item listings, member-to-member communications, classified listings, comments, reviews, etc.) to include or utilize any cookies, web beacons, local storage, or similar technologies for tracking purposes or to collect your personal information. If you believe a listing or other third-party content might be collecting personal information or using tracking technologies, please report it to spoof@paypal.com.

Targeted ad networks and exchanges operated by third parties

Our sites, services, applications, and tools may use third parties, such as advertising networks and exchanges, to allow us to serve you advertisements. These third-party ad networks and exchange providers may use third-party cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies to collect information to provide you with their services. They may also collect your device identifier, IP address, or identifier for advertising (IDFA), which may be used to tailor the advertising you see on our sites or elsewhere on the web.

For more information on third-party advertising-related cookies and how to opt-out of them, please visit on of the following third party websites http://www.youronlinechoices.eu or http://www.aboutads.info/choices (only available in English).

The use of these technologies by third parties is not controlled by us, even if they use our technology to help store or collect data. The relevant third party’s terms of service, privacy policy, permissions, notices, and choices should be reviewed regarding their collection, storage, and sharing practices. We make no representations regarding the policies or practices of third-party advertisers or advertising networks or exchanges or related third parties.