Privacy and Cookies Policy

16Brands Privacy and Cookies Policy

1 Personal Information Collected

1.1 We collect information:

1.1.1 When you register an account to become a 16Brands user (“User”), such as your name, e-mail, employer, country, and a password.

1.1.2 When you view and interact with 16Brands pages, features, and functionality, including 16Brands mobile applications, software (like adding to your profile, uploading contacts, liking with friends, following brands etc.), and platform technology (like “Share on 16Brands” buttons or third party applications). We also collect your IP address, browser type, operating system, mobile carrier, and your ISP, and receive the URLs of sites from which you arrive or leave the 16Brands website, or sites that have embedded 16Brands platform technology.

2 Uses of personal information

2.1 We use the information you provide to:

2.1.1 Enable you to share your information and communicate with other Users, or provide your personal details to third parties offering combined services with 16Brands;

2.1.2 Administer your account with us and customise the service we provide to you and other Users; and to

2.1.3 Send you service or promotional communications through email and notices on the 16Brands website. You can control your messaging preferences by logging into your account, and clicking on the account > notifications menu.

2.1.4 Create and distribute advertising relevant to your or your network’s 16Brands experience. If you share your interactions on 16Brands, for example, when you recommend a product, follow a brand, establish or update your profile, etc., 16Brands may use these actions to create social ads for your network on 16Brands using your profile photo and name.

2.2 We do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide personally identifiable information to third parties without your consent except where it is necessary to carry out your instructions (to process your payment information, for example) or as described in this Privacy Policy. We also provide you with the means to control whether or not your contact information is viewable to other users through your profile. 

2.3 Please note that in order to fulfill your requests for paid services we share your payment information with our payment processor.

3 Use of cookies

3.1 Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

3.2 A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

3.3 We use the following cookies:

3.3.1 Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services. 

3.3.1 Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

3.3.3 Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

3.3.4 Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

3.4 You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

Name: country 
Value: Country name 
Description: Identifies country of a visitor by IP address. 
TTL: Session 

Name: newbie 
Value: encrypted data for authenticated user visits counter 
Description: cookies to count the account visits for popups displaying 
TTL: Session 

Third-party cookies: 
Facebook cookies for users login* 
Addthis.com cookies for social network sharing options** 
Google plusone cookies***

* Facebook login expires after 7 days in which case we re-require users to login by Facebook

** Addthis.com is a plugin that includes sharing on Facebook, twitter, Google+ 

*** Google +1 cookies store Gmail and Google+ account details. 

3.5 Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

3.6 You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

3.7 Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 7 days.