This policy applies to cookies and similar technologies used in the smartPG website.
IT Smart Systems may set cookies and device identifiers when you use the application or visit the smartPG website.
What is a cookie?
An "Internet Cookie" (also known as a "browser cookie" or "HTTP cookie" or simply a "cookie") is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored on your computer, mobile terminal, or other equipment from whom the Internet is accessed.
The cookie is installed by the request issued by a web server to a browser (eg. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and is completely "passive" (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and can not access the information on the users hardware). The cookie stores certain information (for example, your preferred language or webpage settings), which your browser may retransmit to us when you access the webpage again (depending on the lifetime of the cookie).
Cookies themselves do not require personal information in order to be used and, in most cases, do not personally identify internet users.
There are several types of cookies. Their classification is made according to their lifespan, role and source, as follows:
a) Types of cookies depending on lifetime
- Session cookies:
they are temporarily stored in the cookies folder of the web browser for the user to store them until the user leaves the respective web site or closes the browser window (eg. when logging in / logging out on a webmail account or on networks socialization).
- Persistent cookies:
they are stored on the hard drive of a computer or device (and generally depend on the default lifetime for the cookie). Persistent cookies also include those placed by a website other than the one the user is currently visiting - known as 'third party cookies' - which can be used anonymously to memorize a user's interests so that the most relevant advertising for the user is delivered.
b) Types of cookies depending on their role
- Strictly necessary cookies:
these types of cookies are necessary for the web pages to function properly. Strictly needed cookies allow you to browse the site and benefit from its features. Without these cookies, we will not be able to offer certain features, such as, for example, automatic redirection to the least busy server etc.
- Functional cookies
functional cookies record information about the choices users make and also allow site operators to customize the site according to user requirements. For example, cookies can be used to save preferences for personalizing dashboards.
- Performance and analysis cookies
These types of cookies allow website operators to monitor visits and traffic sources, how users interact with the website or certain sections of the website.
The information provided by the analysis cookies helps operators understand how visitors use the sites and then use this information to improve the way content is presented to users.
- Targeting and advertising cookies
these cookies may provide the possibility to monitor the online activities of users and to establish user profiles, which can then be used for marketing purposes. For example, based on cookies, the products and services agreed by a user can be identified, this information being subsequently used to send appropriate advertising messages to that user.
c) First party cookies vs third party cookies
Each cookie has a "manager" (website / Internet domain) who places that cookie.
First party cookies are placed by the Internet domain / website accessed by the user (whose address appears in the browser's address bar). For example, if the user visits smartPG website, and the cookie domain placed on his computer is www.smartpg.eu, then it is a first party cookie.
A third party cookie is placed by a different Internet domain / website than the one accessed by the user; this means that the accessed website also contains information from a third party website - for example, an advertising banner that appears on the accessed website. Thus, if the user visits smartPG website, but the cookie placed on his computer has as domain doublecklick.net, then it is a third party cookie.
d) Built-in content (buttons, apps and social widgets)
Web pages allow the implementation of social buttons or widgets from a third party, which allow users to interact with sites whose social buttons or widgets are implemented. The user's interaction with social media buttons or widgets from a third party allows the third party to collect some information about that user, including IP address, page header information, and browser information.
A widget is a simple extension of an application, being a part of the application already installed in the phone. An example is the Calendar widget, which gives you a quick view of upcoming calendar events without opening the "Calendar" app.
e) How do targeting and advertising cookies work?
In general, data about Internet browsing activity is collected and analyzed anonymously. If this analysis reveals a specific interest, a cookie (small text file used by most sites to store certain pieces of information useful to make the browsing experience better) - is placed on the User's computer and this cookie determines what the advertisement you receive is the user, which is called interest-based advertising.
Interest-based advertising is a way to deliver ads to the websites you visit and make them more relevant to your interests. The common interests are grouped according to the previous browsing activity, and users are only served advertising that suits their interests. In this way, advertising is relevant and as useful as possible.
Disabling / rejecting cookies in Internet browser settings
In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of acceptance of cookies, the period of validity and automatic deletion after the user has visited a particular site.
Other security issues related to cookies:
- Customize your browser's cookie settings to reflect a comfortable level of cookie security for you.
- If you are the only person using your computer, you can set long expiration dates for storing your browsing history and personal access data if you wish.
- If you share access to your computer, you can consider setting your browser to clear individual browsing data each time you close your browser. This is a way to access the sites that place cookies and to delete any visit information at the end of the browsing session.
Types of cookies and device identifiers we use
Below is a detailed list of cookies and device identifiers used.
If you want to know more about cookies and what they are used for, we recommend the following links:
|Used to authenticate Members and API clients|
a) Google Ads
b) Google Maps API
Purpose: Points and estimated delivery near the user by reverse geocoding
Please keep in mind that, like all websites, our website relies on this technology to operate in optimal conditions, so if you refuse to allow it to operate, then the quality of your browsing experience may be to suffer.
This Policy was last updated on 30.08.2022.