UTC cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are bits of text (in general made out of numbers and letters) that are placed on your computer’s hard drive, mobile device, mobile application or other devices (“device”) when you visit certain websites. Cookies have different functionalities, like keeping track of your movements within the site, letting you navigate between pages efficiently and storing information ( e.g. about your preferred settings) when your browser is interacting with our systems.

Cookies are used to make websites and mobile applications work, or work more efficiently. When you are using the same device and the same internet browser again, cookies will remember your actions, preferences and habits (such as login, language, font size, other display preferences and items you ordered or intended  to order).

On mobile devices, such as smart phones or tablets, cookies will collect the same information as on a computer but will operate in your applications (more commonly known as apps).

The purpose and the reason why UTC uses cookies

For each visitor to a UTC website, a browser cookie automatically recognizes and stores information (such as the IP address, domain, referring websites, etc).

UTC uses browser cookies that will indicate:

  1. whether you have visited us before
  2. if you are a new visitor and
  3. to help us identify site features in which you may have the greatest interest.

The used cookies enable features and are only used and set by UTC (hereinafter “First-Party cookies”). The stored information helps us to understand visitor traffic patterns on our websites. Your computer provides this information automatically each time you log on, unless you have activated blocking technology which is available in some browsers.

If you activate blocking technology or deny your consent to the cookies you are not able to use UTC websites fully as intended.

Does UTC use third party cookies?

UTC may also work with third-party companies (service providers) who are authorized by UTC to place third-party cookies ((hereinafter “Third-Party cookies”). These cookies allow our partners to provide functional web tools for our website, e.g. to advertise products, which may be of interest to you. Examples of the incorporation of Third Party cookies is Facebook and YouTube videos.

These third-party providers could theoretically place cookies and gather information while you visit UTC websites. More information on the cookies used by third parties is to be found on the websites of the third-party providers.

Further, Cookies are also created by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements.

“Do Not Track” features on browsers

Some newer browsers have incorporated “Do Not Track” features. Most of these features, when turned on, send a signal or preference to the web sites you visit indicating that you do not wish to be tracked. Those sites (or the third party content on those sites) may continue to engage in activities you might view as tracking even though you have expressed this preference, depending on the sites’ privacy practices. If your browser or similar mechanism gives our Site a “do not track” signal, the Site may not honor it because of the tracking described in this section (“Approved Sharing”).

If your settings and our Site are nuanced enough to allow the Approved Sharing but also preclude tracking for behavioral advertising by third parties, the Site will make commercially reasonable attempts to honor your settings. However, UTC / CCS provides no warrants or guaranties about the effects of any opt-out choice that you make because of things such as this:

  1. such nuanced treatment isn’t necessarily available or effective for any or all browsers, mechanisms or technologies and our attempts might or might not be effective to preclude tracking at all or over any particular period of time;
  2. not all third parties will necessarily honor our attempts;
  3. UTC / CCS does not control third parties or technologies (even if we have a contract), and
  4. technologies used by you and third parties will change from time to time and our attempts might or might not be effective for each technology.

For more information about the kind of data we collect, please read our Privacy notice.

What type of cookies does UTC use?

UTC uses the following types of cookies:

Necessary cookies

These cookies are essential for the operation of a website and the use of the website features. Without these cookies, UTC websites do not work properly. Accordingly, we are not asking you for your specific consent for those cookies. For all other cookies your explicit consent is required.

Session cookies

Web pages do not have any “memory”. Session cookies are created temporarily in your browser's subfolder while you are visiting a website. They are used by the website to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off. Cookies act a “bookmark” within the website. Session Cookies are usually deleted from the moment you close your browser. Whenever you visit the same website that created the cookie, this website will treat you as a new visitor.

Persistent Cookies

Persistent Cookies record information on your device for a certain period about your web surfing behaviour. When you re-visit the website your preferences are remembered, such as the content you previously viewed or the email address and password provided earlier, the selected language, your theme selection, your menu preferences, favourites and many others.

Flash cookies / Silverlight cookies etc.

Many websites use e.g. Adobe Flash Player or Silverlight to deliver video and game content to their users. Flash cookies and Silverlight cookies are referred to as Browser Independent Cookies and are able to handle more complex information than browser cookies in general and they are also making it faster and easier for you to access sites the next time you re-visit the website. Usually these cookies are not manageable through your browser and they work in a different way to web browser cookies. You cannot choose what type of information is allowed to be stored.  You can Delete Flash Cookies in Windows using Flash Player Settings or Flash Cookie Remover . More on removing flash cookies here.

Google Analytics  and Interest Reporting

UTC websites use Google Analytics and Interest Reporting to improve the way of advertising. UTC will use standard applications to target specific advertising (based on user’s habits), to improve reporting on campaign performance, and to avoid repetitions of advertisements with the help of a “DoubleClick cookie” ( more information to be found on https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/2839090?hl=en-GB).

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. As the IP anonymization is activated  the IP address will be shortened in member countries of the European Union and other member countries associated with the Treaty on the European Economic Area.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Third party supplier, including Google, will place advertisements on websites in the internet. They use saved Cookies to place advertisements on the basis of previous visits of a user on this website. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

DoubleClick cookies contain no personally identifiable information. Sometimes the DoubleClick cookie will contain an additional identifier that is similar in appearance to the cookie ID. This identifier is used to identify an advertisement campaign to which a user was exposed previously but no personally identifiable information is stored by DoubleClick in the cookie.

We will not use any information reported by Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to identify any individual user of our site.

If you do not agree that information will be collected by DoubleClick cookies , you can:

  • use Google’s Ad Settings to opt out of Display Advertising; or
  • use Google's Browser add-on to opt out of Google Analytics
  • by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google [CV3] in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

You can prevent the transmission of the data related to the use of this website (including your IP address) to Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the Browser plugin which is available at the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

How to control cookies

It is possible to block and / or to delete cookies. The “help” button on the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive new cookies, and how to disable existing cookies.

You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed.

Without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our website features. If you want to use the full features of this website, cookies cannot be disabled.

Sharing

We will share aggregated demographic information with our partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person. We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our Site users, without their prior authorization. We may share information provided by our users with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements. In addition, we may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (ii) to law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity. We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to direct the transferee to use the personal information you have provided through the Sites in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Statement.