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swatch-scio privacy & Cookie statement

Your privacy is very important to swatch-scio.com.

Swatch-scio believes in a free and safe internet for everybody. We care about your privacy also because the people running swatch-scio are regular visitors of the website themselves. Swatch-scio was not founded to create money, it was created as an informational website by collectors for everybody. We have chosen to not use your personal information at all. In the future we might give you an account to log in (which would then require a first party cookie) but even then we will only store your email address, a chosen name and your settings. Our analytical data based on individual visitors is never shared with any third party.

Privacy legislation - the “cookie act”

As explained below in the official statement that Google Analytics users are required to place on their website, this website uses Google Analytics. This program provides key statistics about the number of visitors, pages visited, traffic sources and other essential information enabling us to make continual improvements to this website for users. These statistics are anonymous and cannot be traced to a specific person or user. We do not use behavioural targeting, which creates a profile on the basis of your browsing habits. Your surfing behaviour remains completely anonymous.

Google Analytics uses a cookie, which is a small file that is saved on your computer. Google Analytics is covered by one of the exceptions under the new privacy legislation (dating from January 2015) and Analytics cookies can be stored without the user’s prior permission, provided that Analytics is implemented correctly and the requirement to inform website visitors about this is satisfied. The purpose of this page is to provide that information.

Google Analytics privacy settings

Under the Dutch Telecommunications Act adopted in January 2015, Google Analytics is covered by the exceptions because this cookie constitutes “little or no” infringement of privacy. In addition, Google Analytics’ cookie is a “first party cookie”, which means that the file only applies to swatch-scio.com. This cookie is not used for advertising or other commercial purposes.

In addition to the Telecommunications Act, the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act also applies. The use of Google Analytics is also permitted under this act, provided that it is implemented correctly. This involves satisfying key requirements. A data processing agreement has been entered between swatch-scio.com and Google with respect to the Analytics data. Swatch-scio.com’s Analytics account is set up such that the information may not be shared with others (full opt-out, even to Google’s engineers). The user is clearly informed about the use of Analytics and the option to opt out. The Analytics cookie expires after 6 months.

Opt-out for Google Analytics

If you would prefer to block the Analytics script completely, you can download an opt-out plug-in for Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. With this plug-in your visit will no longer be included in the statistics of all websites using Google Analytics.

Swatch-scio.com however urges you to keep our analytics flowing. There is no harm whatsoever and we really need to know how many people use the website, what pages they see most often, where they come from (regionally) and what technology (like browsers) they use, in order to make the website work perfectly. Thanks for considering this.

Google privacy statement

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies” (text files that are stored on your computer) to help the website to analyse how users use the site. The information about your use of the website generated by the cookie is transferred to and saved by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to track how you use this website, prepare reports about website activity for swatch-scio.com and provide other services relating to website activity and internet use. Google is not permitted to provide this information to third parties. Google will not receive your IP address (swatch-scio implemented IP masking) or other personally identifiable data. You can refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. By using this website you consent to the information being processed by Google in the manner and for the purposes described above.

Other cookies

Swatch-scio does not use any other first party functional, third party, remarketing (or retargeting) or other cookies.