Cookie policy

Effective date 25.4.2014

Cookies and how we use them

This policy details how Microsoft Mobile uses cookies and cookie-like files and technologies on its websites, e.g. Local Shared Objects, also known as “Flash cookies”, web beacons etc. We refer to these generically as “cookies”. If you visit our websites and your browser settings accept cookies, we consider this as acceptance of our use of cookies.

What are cookies and how do they work?

Cookies are small files that are sent to and stored in you computer by the websites you visit. Cookies are stored in your browser’s file directory. Next time you visit the site, your browser will read the cookie and relay the information back to the website or element that originally set the cookie. To learn more about these technologies and how they work, please see e.g. allaboutcookies.org.

Why does Microsoft Mobile use cookies?

At Microsoft Mobile domains, we use cookies to offer you a smoother experience. View your options for managing cookies in the next chapter.

Basic functions

Site improvement

Personalization

Advertising

These cookies are essential for running our web sites and are the key to providing you a seamless experience.

You can navigate uninterrupted e.g. by remembering language and country choices you’ve made and by preserving authentication to secure parts of the domain. These cookies also remember products of interest when you are redirected to an Operator site for a possible purchase.

These cookies enable us to improve our websites by looking at how they are used.

We do analytical profiling to understand e.g. unique users reading a particular article (to know what is popular) or if a video file was viewed or abandoned half way through. We also look at where content is accessed so we know how to arrange our sites for optimal user experience. We count clicks on “Like” and “Tweet” plugins and what content from our sites was shared or referenced.

These cookies help make the content as personalized as possible, for example by showing you targeted banners and relevant recommendations.

We examine what type of reference was used to reach our sites, e.g. an email campaign or a link from a referral site, so we can estimate the effectiveness of our promotions and advertising campaigns.

We use these cookies to dynamically serve Microsoft Mobile ads on both Microsoft Mobile and selected third party websites.

Currently, we also host 3rd party advertising on here.com through 24/7 Real Media. These ads are not provided by Microsoft Mobile. We may expand 3rd party advertising to other Microsoft Mobile sites in future.

Our domains may also include elements that set cookies on behalf of a third party, e.g. a “Like”-button from Facebook or a “Tweet”-button from Twitter.

How can I manage cookies?

You can review the options available to manage cookies  in your browser. The browser can be used to manage cookies relating to basic functions, site improvement, personalization and advertising. Different browsers use different ways to disable cookies, but they are usually found under a Tools or Options menu. You can also consult the browser’s help menu. In addition to cookie management, browsers usually let you control files similar to cookies, for example Local Shared Objects, e.g. by enabling the browser’s privacy mode.

Microsoft Mobile uses third party vendor managed advertising cookies to promote its products in both Microsoft Mobile and  non-Microsoft Mobile web sites. You may be able to opt-out from certain third party managed advertising cookies through third party cookie management sites, such as DoubleClick, Google Analytics, 24/7 Real Media, Network Advertising Initiative and Adobe Flash.

Disabling cookies may prevent you from using certain parts of Microsoft Mobile websites. If you delete your cookies from the browser, you may need to remember to re-install opt-out cookies.

How long do we keep the information?

It depends based on the type of cookies. Session cookies expire when you close the browser. Persistent cookies, including Local Shared Objects (“Flash cookies”), have typical expiration dates ranging from two months up to a couple of years.

What else should you know?

In addition to collecting data on the web domains, Microsoft Mobile collects other types of information as described in the Microsoft Mobile Privacy Policy. Microsoft Mobile also runs a voluntary program for improving its phones, the Microsoft Mobile Improvement program. This program is based on collecting information on how users navigate and use the applications and features on their devices. Please see Microsoft Mobile Improvement program privacy details for a complete description of the program and your choices related to the program.

Microsoft Mobile may from time to time change this Policy. However, if this Policy is changed in a material, adverse way, Microsoft Mobile will post a notice advising of such change at the beginning of this Policy and on this site's home page. We recommend that you re-visit this Policy from time to time to learn of any such changes to this Policy.

If you have additional questions, please contact us through our customer care or by writing to:

Microsoft Mobile Oy
c/o Privacy
Keilalahdentie 4
02150 Espoo
Finland

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