This Cookie Notice is incorporated into the and is an important part of our promises to you regarding how we use your personal data. If you have any questions about our data practices, you are encouraged to review our Privacy Notice. If you still have unanswered questions, you may contact us at [email protected]
We use browser cookies, tracking pixels, local storage objects, advertising-related device identifiers (such as the Android Advertising ID and the Apple ID For Advertising (IDFA)), and similar technologies (collectively, “cookies” unless otherwise noted), to distinguish you from other users of our sites.
Using cookies helps us provide you with a better user experience, helps us to understand and improve how our services perform, lets us personalize your experience on our sites, and helps our advertising partners deliver more relevant advertisements to you on our sites and on other sites that you visit.
If we are not required to offer you an explicit choice, we will consider your continued use of our site to be an indication that you have given your consent to placement of cookies on your browser by us and our third-party service providers.
Whether you have given explicit consent, or your use of the site indicates your implied consent, this Cookie Notice includes information on how you may block or disable cookies or withdraw previously granted consent.
Please note, cookies are used throughout our sites and disabling or blocking them may prevent you from using certain parts of our site.
Withdraw Your Consent at Any Time
Where required by law, you will have the opportunity to choose to accept or reject cookies. That process is the means by which you must express to us that you are withholding, or have withdrawn, your consent.
If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of the website, you will need to delete, and block or disable cookies via your browser settings. See below for more information on how to do this. Please note that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of the website, and may prevent you from being able to access certain features on the website.
What Is a Cookie?
There are a few key concepts that you should understand about cookies:
First- and Third-party cookies: Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain placing the cookie:
First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time (e.g., cookies placed by our website domain).
Third-party cookies 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.
Persistent cookies: These cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
Session cookies: These cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
How to Delete and Block our Cookies
Changing your Cookie Settings:The browser settings for changing your cookies settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your internet browser for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Microsoft Edge
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Google Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
Cookie settings in Opera
Cookie settings Samsung Internet Browser
Cookie settings in Android Operating System Browser
Cookie settings in UC Browser
More information. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
What Cookies Do We Use and Why?
Categories of Cookies
Our websites generally use four categories of cookies:
- Strictly necessary
Some cookies may fulfill more than one of these purposes.
‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas. Without these cookies, we cannot provide the requested services.
We use these Strictly Necessary cookies to:
- Identify you as being logged in to the website and to authenticate you
- Make sure you connect to the right service on the website when we make any changes to the way it works
- For security purposes
- Make sure you connect to the right service on the website when we make any changes to the way it works
- Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the website. You may be able to block certain of these cookies using your browser’s settings.
However, as the name implies, blocking Strictly Necessary cookies may result in diminished functionality on our website and certain activities that depend on our ability to perform required security or anti-fraud activities. We cannot guarantee that our website will function properly if you block Strictly Necessary cookies.
‘Performance’ cookies collect information about how you use the website, e.g., which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how the website works, understand the interests of our users and measure the effectiveness of our advertising.
We use Performance cookies to:
- Carry out web analytics: Provide statistics on how the website is used
- Perform affiliate tracking: Provide feedback to affiliated entities that one of our visitors also visited their site
- Obtain data on the number of users of the website that have viewed a product or service
- Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur
- Test different designs for the website
Some of our Performance cookies are managed for us by third parties. You may be able to block certain of these cookies using your browser’s settings.
‘Functionality’ cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.
We use ‘Functionality’ cookies for such purposes as:
Remember settings you’ve applied such as layout, text size, preferences and colors
Remember if we’ve already asked you if you want to fill in a survey
Remember if you have engaged with a particular component or list on the website so that it won’t repeat
Show you when you’re logged in to the website
To provide and show embedded video content
Some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties. You may be able to block certain of these cookies using your browser’s settings. However, as the name implies, blocking Functionality cookies may result in diminished functionality on our website.
‘Targeting’ cookies are used to track your visit to the website, as well on other websites, apps and online services. They enable our advertising network partners to recognize when you are visiting other pages on other websites and allows them to deliver targeted ads or other marketing messages.
Targeting cookies may be used to:
Display targeted ads within our website or other websites.
To improve how we deliver personalized ads and content, and to measure the success of ad campaigns on the website.
Most of the targeting cookies used on our site are managed for us by third-parties advertising network partners and service providers. The opt-out instructions (described below) will allow you to manage those targeting cookies.
Blackhawk utilizes a number of service providers in conjunction with our online advertising and marketing activities. This list includes, but is not limited to, the following companies:
Facebook Connect and Facebook Login: A single sign-on service that allows you to use your Facebook account to log into certain sites. When you use Facebook to access a site, you authorize Facebook to share your name and to link your activity on the site to your Facebook account. The service also enables you to use features such as “Like” buttons and to post activity to your Facebook news feed. For more information about what Facebook collects when you use Facebook buttons on the website, please see: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/
Facebook Ads. Facebook allows businesses to coordinate the display of targeted ads both on Facebook and elsewhere. For more information about what Facebook collects and your choices around Facebook Ads, please see: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/
For more information about what Twitter collects when you use Twitter buttons on the website or visit pages on the website that include these buttons, please see: https://twitter.com/en/privacy.
For more information about what LinkedIn collects when you use LinkedIn buttons on the website or visit pages on the website that include these buttons, please see: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy .
We have activated the “IP masking” feature in the Google Analytics code (“gat._anonymizeIp();”) to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses. When active, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on your activity for us and third parties who help operate and provide services related to the website. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
You may refuse the use of these cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser as discussed in this notice. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of the website. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB .
Learn More about Online Advertising and How to Opt Out
Our partners and service providers may use a variety of cookie and non-cookie technologies that may be outside of the capabilities of your browser to block. For this reason, many third-party ad services and networks utilize a number of industry-wide opt out tools that can assist you in controlling your privacy. The following tools are free of charge and available to all users:
United States users can learn more about Interest Based Advertising and Online Behavioral Advertising by visiting Your Ad Choices, a site created by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA). You may opt out of third-party ad targeting by DAA member ad networks by visiting the DAA WebChoices Tool at https://optout.aboutads.info/.
For US users, the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) also offers information about Interest Based Advertising at their site: https://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/. They also offer a free opt out service at NAI Consumer Opt Out.
EU and EEA residents can learn more about Online Behavioral Advertising by visiting Your Online Choices, a site created by the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA). You may opt out of third-party ad targeting by EDAA member ad networks by visiting their site: https://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.
Canadian residents can learn more about Online Behavioral Advertising by visiting YourAdChoices.ca, a site created by the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada (DAAC). You may opt out of third-party ad targeting by DAAC member ad networks by visiting their site: https://youradchoices.ca/en/tools/.
For More Information
For US residents, the Federal Trade Commission has a helpful page that explains Online Tracking.
For Canadians, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions About Cookies which includes useful information about Online Behavioral Advertising.
For UK and EU residents, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has a useful primer on Cookies.
The private organization AllAboutCookies.org also provides a good introduction to cookies, online advertising, and how to protect yourself.