A cookie is a small file containing a unique identifier that is placed in the web browser of your computer or mobile device that enables LH features and functionality. Cookies and related technologies, such as tracking pixels, enable our systems to recognize your device and report information back to us. Such recognition helps the efficient operation of LinkingHuts, including our website and apps.
For example, cookies enable us to identify your device, secure your access to LH and our sites generally, and even help us know if someone attempts to access your account from a different device. Cookies also enable you to easily share content on LH and help us serve relevant advertisements to you.
We may place cookies on your computer or device, and receive information stored in cookies, when you use or visit the LH Services and Services provided by other companies that use the LH Services. We may also set and receive information stored in cookies from other domains used by LH Services.
We use both session cookies and persistent cookies.
We use a session cookie to identify you during a particular visit to LinkingHuts. Session cookies expire after a short time, or when you close your web browser or app after using LinkingHuts.
We use a persistent cookie to identify you over a long period of time. (For example, if you asked us to keep you signed in, we would use a persistent cookie for that purpose.) Persistent cookies remain on your device for the set period of time specified in the cookie. A persistent cookie helps us recognize you as an existing user, so it's easier to return to LinkingHuts or interact with our services without signing in again. After you sign in, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by LH when you return to one of our sites or a partner site that uses our services.
Our advertising partners may use tracking pixels or similar technology such as beacons and tags to measure the success of the sponsored posts or other advertising products they use. They help us provide aggregated auditing, research, and reporting for advertisers, understand and improve our service, and know when content has been shown to you. A “tracking pixel” (also sometimes called web beacon, or clear GIF) is a tiny piece of code, invisible to the user, placed on a webpage or in an email and used in combination with a cookie, to link a given activity or impression back to the user; the advertiser includes it in its content so it can measure whether our members interact with that content (for example, by clicking to view an offer). We may set our own tracking pixel on an advertiser’s website so we can measure whether our members found the advertiser’s content effective or interesting, by tracking whether the sponsored post prompted members to take advantage of the advertised offer. This information helps us assess whether sponsored posts and other advertising offers are relevant and interesting to our members and successful for the advertiser.
Because your web browser may request advertisements and beacons directly from third party advertisement network servers, these networks can view, edit, or set third party cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site. Advertisements served by LH may also set third party cookies.
We do not provide any personal information that we collect to advertisers unless you have given us permission to do so. Some of the advertisements you see are based on your activity on websites and apps beyond LH family of companies. We call this online interest-based advertising. You can opt-out of interest-based advertising from our customers, as well as our customers' advertising on LH based on data collected through third party sites, by adjusting your settings. Please note that opting out will not remove advertising from the pages you visit; it will mean that the advertisements you see may not be matched to your interests. You can use your advertisement preferences to learn why you’re seeing a particular advertisement and control how we use information we collect to show you advertisements.
Please note that our systems are not configured to accept browsers’ Do Not Track signals, because no industry standard for handling them has been adopted. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.wikipedia.org, www.allaboutcookies.org, or www.aboutcookies.org.