I. But, what is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, which a website transmits to the cookie file on the hard drive of the electronic device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device and therefore to remember who you are. However, cookies cannot read any personal information on your electronic device; they simply unlock the electronic device memory and allow a website to recognise you when you revisit a website.
There are two different durability types of cookies; so-called session or persistent cookies which enable your device to either remember information for the duration of your visit on the website (session cookies) or for repeat visits (persistent cookies). Session cookies get deleted from your device once you leave the website. Persistent cookies remain in a subfolder on your browser; a further visit on the website which originally placed the cookies on your electronic device will activate the cookie again. Persistent cookies remain on your electronic device for a specific time. The exact duration of these cookies is viewable in the cookie’s file stored in a subfolder of your browser.
Cookies are also distinguished into three different necessity levels. Firstly, so-called strictly necessary cookies, which are strictly necessary to enable you to move about the site or to provide certain features you have requested. This type of cookie cannot be disabled. Secondly, there are so-called functionality cookies used, which are cookies that enhance the functionality of website by storing your preferences. For example, these cookies allow remembering your language preferences or your user name on the Lifeplus website. Thirdly, there are so-called performance cookies, which help to improve the performance of the website, providing a better user experience. These cookies do not collect information which could identify you. All information these cookies gather is anonymous and is only used to improve how our website works.
Furthermore, cookies are also differentiated into so-called ‘First Party Cookies’ and so-called ‘Third Party Cookies’. Whether a cookie is a first party or a third party cookie refers to the website or domain which places the cookie. First party cookies are placed by the website the user actually visits and third party cookies are cookies which are set by a domain other than the one visited by the user, hence the name third party cookies. If you want to know more about cookies please have a look at the following link: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
We place cookies on your device to improve your browsing experience on our website. The following list tells which cookies we currently use on our website:
|Lifeplus.com||PHPSESSID||The PHPSESSID cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. On the Lifeplus website it is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie. As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the client is closed.|
|Lifeplus.com||PHPSECID||The PHPSECID cookie is a persistent cookie added by Lifeplus.com to store additional security context during the login process to the secured portion of the website. This cookie utilizes a unique ID that aids in the customer identification and simplifies the customer’s login process. If the cookie is deleted, the customer will be required to provide additional security context in order to gain access to the secured pages of the website.|
|Google Analytics||We use Google Analytics on our website. The cookies placed by Google Analytics are used to collect information about how our visitors use our site. This gives us a chance to improve our website for you. The Google Analytics cookies collect information in an anonymous form.|
|_utma||This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to our site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits our site, a new _utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.|
|_utmb||This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with our site. When a user views a page on our site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on our site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on our site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout method.|
|_utmc||This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.|
|_utmz||This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.|
III. Links to other websites on our website
Our official videos are also viewable via the YouTube button on our website. How does this work? We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode for embedded videos to make all our videos available to you with only one click on our website. This mode restricts YouTube's ability to set cookies for a user who views a web page that contains a privacy-enhanced YouTube embed video player, but does not click the video to begin playback. However, YouTube may still set cookies on your electronic device once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. If you would like to know more about it have a look on: http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=171780 .
Our website integrates a “share-button” of the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You recognise the button as it shows the Facebook logo on this page.
The Facebook “share-button” conforms to the data protection act. A direct link between your browser and the Facebook server is only created when (and only then) you click the Facebook “share-button”. Facebook receives the information that you have visited this page with your IP address. When you click on the Facebook “share- button” whilst you are logged into your Facebook account you can link the content of our pages with your Facebook profile. This way Facebook can allocate the visit of these pages to your user account. We would like to point out that we, as the provider of our website, do not receive any information from Facebook about the data sent nor its use. Further information is available in all languages from the data protection declaration of Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy . (Language selection option at the bottom of the screen).
Our website also includes functions of the provider “Twitter”. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. By using Twitter and its function “Re-Tweet” the websites visited by you are linked to your Twitter account and published to other users. Data is also transferred to Twitter.
We would like to point out that we, as the provider of our website, do not receive any information from Twitter about the content of the data sent nor its use. Further information is available from the data protection declaration of Twitter on http://twitter.com/privacy.
You can change your data protection settings of Twitter in your account settings under http://twitter.com/account/settings.
4. Search engine
We also use a search engine on our website which is designed by use to be as powerful and easy to use as a popular search engine like Google or Yahoo. To make the search tool available we use a piece of hardware, a so-called search “appliance” which is a Lifeplus custom engine which is plugged into our server and continuously indexes the content on our website. Every search request is handled by the search tool appliance and the information is not forwarded to any third party.
IV. What can I do to control cookies?
In case you should be unhappy with the fact that our websites store cookies on your electronic devices, you have the opportunity to either block some or all of the cookies or even delete the cookies from your device which have already been set.
How to delete pre-set cookies from your electronic device?
You have the possibility to change your browser settings so that you are able to accept or decline the placing of cookies or delete cookies which have been set on your hard drive. Most of the web browsers allow its users control of most of the cookies through an amendment of the browser settings. If you would like to find out more about how you can change browser settings, how to view and manage cookies that have already been set on your device or delete cookies, please have a look on: www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
VI. How to contact us in case of any questions