IP ADDRESS AND COOKIE POLICY

Last Updated: 22nd February 2021

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

https://maltadaily.mt/ is a site operated by Thirteen Media Ltd

Welcome to Thirteen Media’s IP Address and Cookie Policy (the “Policy”).

We, Thirteen Media Ltd of ML 7 Business Centre, Triq l-Intornjatur, Mriehel BKR 3000, Malta (“we”; “us”; “our” collect aggregate information about the users of our Site: https://maltadaily.mt/ (the “Site”).

 

Whenever you use our online services as provided from the Site, cookies and other tracking technologies can be used in various ways, such as to make our Site work, to analyse traffic, or for advertisement purposes and to distinguish you from other users. These technologies are either used by us directly, or by our business partners, including third party service providers and advertisers whom we work with.

This may also involve collecting and using your user Internet Protocol Address (an “IP Address”).

In that respect, this Policy provides you with clear and comprehensive information about the cookies and other tracking technologies we use over the Site and the purposes for using them. You do not need to allow cookies to visit most of our Site. However, enabling cookies may allow for a more tailored browsing experience and is required for certain parts of the Site to work.

 

Please read the following carefully to understand how and why we use cookies and other tracking technology, and also collect your IP Address! If you do not accept or agree to the practices described in this Policy, you must exit the Site immediately!

 

To review the privacy policy that apply to visitors of the Site, please see our Privacy Policy.

For further information about this Policy, please contact us at [email protected]daily.mt

 

  1. IP ADDRESS
  • WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VISIT THE SITE

Every time you connect to the internet or, if you use an always-on connection, such as broadband or ADSL, when you boot up or restart your computer, you are automatically assigned a unique identifying number known as an IP Address. This IP Address, which contains, amongst others, information regarding the location of your computer on the internet (your country of origin) and the name of your internet service provider (“ISP”), is automatically logged by our Site.

 

  • What is an IP Address?

When you first started your internet session (i.e. your computer connected to the internet), your computer was automatically assigned a unique number (normally in the region of 9 or 10 decimal numbers), known as an IP Address. This is your computer’s unique address on the internet. Without an IP Address, Sites would not be able to deliver their respective content to you, given that they would not be able find your computer on the internet. Since each time you disconnect and reconnect to the internet a new IP Address is automatically assigned to your computer, IP Addresses are not inherently capable of identifying you as an individual (at least, by themselves and not combined with other identifiers).

An IP Address does, however, contain information regarding the location of your computer on the internet (your country of origin), and the name of your ISP. Such information, when combined with other available information, may then potentially lead to, or otherwise allow for, your identification. For these reasons, EU Data Protection Law treats IP Addresses as personal data with the resulting protection/s.

 

  • HOW DO WE COLLECT YOUR IP ADDRESS

Each time you visit a page on our Site, your computer sends out a message asking for the requested content to be delivered. This message sent by your computer also encloses your IP Address as a form of “return address”, so that the Site may find your computer in order to be able to send it that requested content. Our web-server automatically logs all these messages.

 

  • WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR IP ADDRESS?

When we log your IP Address, the data collected is grouped up with the other logged IP Addresses in order to provide us with the statistics on the geographic location of visitors to our Site, how long they stay on the Site, which are the most viewed pages and for other statistical reasons that may be relevant to us.

We gather your IP address automatically and store it in log files. These files also contain information relating to your browser type, ISP, operating system, date/time stamp, clickstream data and the files viewed on the Site. Collecting this type of information allows us to generate aggregate information for the purposes of developing our Site, including in terms of overall user trends and activities online (such as the number of unique visitors, pages accessed and viewed most frequently or the search terms entered). It also allows us to administer the Site, diagnose any potential server problems, analyse visitor trends and statistics, and generally helps us to provide you with a better internet experience.

 

IP Addresses are not stored for longer than necessary for the above stated purposes.

 

  1. COOKIES
  • INFORMATION ABOUT OUR USE OF COOKIES

 We have implemented and activated cookies on our Site to distinguish you from other users. These cookies allow us to analyse trends and administer our Site, to help provide you with a good experience when browsing through them and to also improve them at the same time.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer or on your mobile device, if you agree to let us do so. A cookie enables the Site to remember users that have already visited. Without a cookie, every time you open a new web page, the server where that page is stored will treat you like a completely new visitor.

So-called “first party cookies” are cookies which are served by the entity operating the domain through which the cookie is served. Our own cookies are therefore “first party cookies”. In case we allow others to service cookies through our Site, these cookies are so-called “third party cookies”. In addition, there is also a difference between “session cookies” and “permanent cookies”. Session cookies will only exist until you close your browser. Permanent cookies have a longer lifespan and are not automatically deleted once you close your browser.

Cookies are used for different purposes. They allow you to be recognised as the same user across the pages of a website and also between websites. Cookies allow us to remember your custom preferences such as your language preference and allow you to complete tasks without having to re-enter your information when browsing. The types of information that we collect through cookies include: IP address; device ID; viewed pages; browser type; browsing information; operating system; internet service provider; timestamp; whether you have responded to an advertisement; the referring URL; and features used or activities engaged in within the Site.

Our Site use cookies for different purposes.

KEY CONCEPTS

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of the Site. By way of illustration, they include cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of the Site.
  • Analytical Cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and see how visitors move around the Site when using it and gain insight on how our visitors use the Site. This means we can find out what works and what doesn’t, optimize and improve our Site, understand the effectiveness of advertisements and communications, and ensure we continue to be interesting and relevant. The data we gather can include which web pages you have viewed, which referring/exit pages you have entered and left from, the number of clicks you make on a given page, your mouse movements and scrolling activity, the search words you use and the text you enter into various fields. This helps us to improve the manner in which our Site works, such as by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking in a seamless and straightforward manner.
  • Functionality Cookies. These are used to recognise you when your return to our Site, to help you to use them efficiently and effectively. This enables us to personalise our content for you, remember your preferences and searches. These functional cookies are not strictly necessary for the functioning of our Site, but they add functionality and enhance your experience as user.
  • Targeting Cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Site, together with the advertising displayed on it, more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this particular purpose.
  • Technical Cookies: We try to give our visitors an advanced, user-friendly Site that adapts automatically to their needs and wishes. To achieve this, we use technical cookies to show you our Site and to make it function correctly. These technical cookies are absolutely necessary for our Site to function properly, i.e. a ‘strictly necessary cookie’.
  • Third Party Cookies. These are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie.
  • Commercial Cookies: We use third-party cookies as well as our own to display personalized advertisements on our Sites and on other Sites. This is called “retargeting,” and it is based on your browsing activities over the Site.

 

  • MANAGING COOKIES AND YOUR CHOICES

You do not have to accept cookies to use our Site.

How to delete and block our cookies

You can change your cookie preferences when you visit our Site by going to the Cookie Preference Centre by clicking on the Cookie button at the bottom of this Policy. You can also control or 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 strictly necessary cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of our Site or use some of its functions.

 

Changing your cookie settings

You can change your cookie settings by going to the Cookie Preference Centre by clicking on the Cookie button at the bottom of this policy.

Please note that many browsers allow you to browse privately, whereby cookies are automatically erased after you visit a site. In the settings for browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome, you can set which cookies to accept and which to reject. Where you find these settings depends on which browser you use. Use the “Help” function in your browser to locate the settings you need. For your guidance, the following is a list of the most common browsers and the way in which you can activate private browsing:

  • Internet Explorer 8 and later versions: In Private
  • Safari 2 and later versions: Private Navigation/Browsing
  • Firefox 3.5 and later versions: Private Navigation/Browsing
  • Google Chrome 10 and later versions: Incognito

 

Can I withdraw my consent?

If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your internet browser settings or clicking on the Cookie button at the bottom of this policy and change your settings.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage or delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.com and the help section of your browser.

 

Your consent

Strictly necessary cookies do not require your consent.

For performance, functionality, targeting and social media cookies, we request your consent before placing them on your device. You can give your consent by continuing to use our Site, or by clicking on the appropriate button on the banner displayed to you, or by going to the Cookie Preference Centre. If you do not wish to give consent or wish to withdraw your consent to any performance, functionality, targeting or social media cookies at any time, you will need to delete, and block or disable cookies via your browser settings; see above for more information on how to do this or by changing your settings in the Cookie Preference Centre. Please note that disabling these cookies will affect the functionality of the website and may prevent you from being able to access certain features on the website.

Therefore, please be aware that if you do block or reject cookies (including technical and/or functional cookies), you would still be able to access and use Site, but your ability to some of their functions or features, together with the services that you connect to through Site, may be limited or may simply not work or function properly.

 

  1. OTHER INFORMATION STORED

4.1    WEB SERVER LOGS

For security and troubleshooting purposes our web server stores logs of activity on the Site. The information stored includes: date, time, IP, page visited, result, amount of data sent and browser used.

 

  1. GOOGLE ANALYTICS

Our Site also use Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA (“Google”).

Google Analytics employs cookies. The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.  In using Google Analytics, our Site employs the extension, “gat.anonymizeIp”. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymizes your IP address before transferring it from Member States of the European Union or signatory states to the Agreement on the EEA.

Google uses this information to analyse your use of our Site, to compile reports for us on internet activity and to provide other services relating to Site and internet use. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process this data on Google’s behalf.   Google states that it will never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings on your browser software accordingly, as discussed earlier on this Policy. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our Site.

Furthermore, Google offers a deactivation add-on for most current browsers that provides you with more control over what data Google can collect on websites you access. The add-on tells the JavaScript (ga.js) used by Google Analytics not to transmit any information about website visits to Google Analytics. However, the browser deactivation add-on offered by Google Analytics does not prevent information from being transmitted to us or to other web analysis services we may engage. You can find additional information on how to install the browser add-on at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

 

  1. UPDATES TO THIS POLICY

We will occasionally update this Policy to reflect changes in our practices and services. When we post changes to this Policy, we will revise the “Last Updated” date at the top of this Policy.

We recommend that you check this page from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this Policy or any of our other policies.

 

  1. CONTACT US

If you have any questions or comments about this Policy, or privacy matters generally, please contact us via email at [email protected].