LinkingHuts Cookie Policy

LinkingHuts (Hereafter referred to as either “LinkingHuts” or “LH”) recognizes the importance of privacy of its members. In the spirit of transparency, this policy provides detailed information about how and when we use cookies and the choices you have.

As referred to in our privacy policy, we use cookies and related technologies, such as beacons, pixels, tags and local storage, to provide you with the services accessible through our website and our apps (together, “LinkingHuts” or our “Services”). We use these technologies to provide, protect and improve LinkingHuts, as well as to understand and measure how you use and interact with it.

This policy explains how we use cookies and related technology on LinkingHuts. By accessing or using LinkingHuts, you consent to our use of these technologies as described in this policy. Please do not use LinkingHuts if you are not comfortable with the ways in which we use cookies and related technologies.

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.

Yes, like most websites and social networks, we use cookies in the course of providing you with our Services to ensure everyone who uses LH has the best possible experience. Cookies also help us keep your account safe. By continuing to visit or use our services, you are agreeing to the use of cookies and similar technologies for the purposes we describe in this policy.

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.

We use cookies to operate and improve LinkingHuts services. While the cookies that we use may change from time to time as we improve and update our Services, they generally fall into the below categories of use:

We use cookies to monitor login, session and status data. We use cookies to verify your account and determine when you’re logged in so we can make it easier for you to access the LH Services and show you the appropriate experience and features. For example: We use cookies to keep you logged in as you navigate between LH pages. Cookies also help us remember your browser so you do not have to keep logging into LH and so you can more easily log into LH via third-party apps and websites.

We use cookies to help us keep your account, data and the LH Services safe and secure. For example: Cookies can help us identify and impose additional security measures when someone may be attempting to access an LH account without authorization, for instance, by rapidly guessing different passwords. We also use cookies to store information that allows us to recover your account in the event you’ve forgotten your password or to require additional authentication if you tell us your account has been hacked.

We also use cookies to detect & combat malicious activities that violate our policies or otherwise degrade our ability to provide the LH Services. For example: Cookies help us fight spam and phishing attacks by enabling us to identify computers that are used to create large numbers of fake LH accounts. We also use cookies to detect computers infected with malware and to take steps to prevent them from causing further harm. Cookies also help us prevent underage people from registering for LH accounts.

We use cookies to recognize your browser and remember your preferences. For example, we use cookies to remember your language preferences. Cookies also provide you with features, insights, and customized content in conjunction with our plugins.

We use cookies to understand your use of LinkingHuts and how we can improve our offerings. For example, we use cookies to track whether you open emails or messages we send you. Cookies help us learn how well our site and plugins perform in different locations. If you are a LH member but logged out of your account on a browser, LH may still continue to log your interaction with our services on that browser for up to 30 days in order to generate usage analytics for our services, which we may share in aggregate form with our advertising customers.

We may use cookies to show you relevant advertising both on and off the LH site. We may also use a cookie to learn whether someone who saw an advertisement later visited and took an action (e.g. downloaded a white paper or made a purchase) on the advertiser's site. Similarly, our partners may use a cookie to determine whether we've shown an advertisement and how it performed, or provide us with information about how you interact with advertisements. We may also work with a partner to show you an advertisement on or off LH, such as after you've visited a partner's site or application.

We use cookies to help us show advertisements for businesses and other organisations to people who may be interested in the products, services or causes they promote. For example: Cookies allow us to help deliver advertisements to people who have previously visited a business’ website, purchased its products or used its apps. Cookies also allow us to limit the number of times that you see an advertisement so you don’t see the same advertisement over and over again.

We also use cookies to help measure the performance of advertisement campaigns for businesses that use LH Services. For example: We use cookies to count the number of times an advertisement is shown and to calculate the cost of those advertisements. We also use cookies to measure how often people do things like click on or view advertisements.

Cookies help us serve and measure advertisements across different browsers and devices used by the same person. For example: We can use cookies to prevent you from seeing the same advertisement over and over again across the different devices that you use.

Cookies also allow us to provide insights about the people who use LH Services, as well as, the people who interact with the advertisements, websites, and apps of our advertisers and the businesses that use LH Services. For example: We use cookies to help businesses understand the kinds of people who like their LH page or use their apps so they can provide more relevant content and develop features that are likely to be interesting to their customers.

We also use cookies to help you opt out of seeing advertisements from LH based on your activity on third-party websites.

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.

LinkingHuts members may share content on LinkingHuts that originates from a third-party website or service, and that third-party website or service may set its own cookies when you interact with that content. For example, if a member posts a video from YouTube on LinkingHuts, YouTube may set a cookie when you click to watch the video. Please also note that companies and other organisations that advertise on LH may use cookies, pixels or other technologies on their LH pages to learn about your interest in them, help understand the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and to compare the performance of those campaigns to Advertisements displayed on other websites and apps. Third parties also use cookies on their own sites and apps in connection with the LH Services. To understand how other parties use cookies, please review their policies. If you are logged in on LH or another Service that references this Cookie Policy or browsing a third party partner site of LH and one of our cookies on your device identifies you, your usage (such as your browsing behaviour) and log data (such as your IP address), will be associated by us with your account as noted in our Privacy Policy. We also use aggregate data from third parties and data from your profile and LH activity.

You may refuse or restrict the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. For more information about these controls, visit your browser or device's help material. If you use LH without changing your browser settings, we'll assume that you're happy to receive all cookies on the LH website. Unless you clear these cookies from your browser, we may use this information to:

  • Provide more relevant, interest-based advertising
  • Provide aggregate reports of advertisements activity to advertisers and websites hosting the advertisements
  • Help website and app owners understand how visitors engage with their sites or apps
  • Detect and defend against fraud and other risks to protect users and partners
  • Improve our products
  • However, limiting or refusing cookies may affect your ability to use LinkingHuts. You may worsen your overall user experience, since it will no longer be personalised to you. It may also stop you from saving customised settings like login information. If you want to opt out of specific third-party cookies, please consult the third party’s website or privacy policy as well as adjust the cookie settings on your browser, if possible.

    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.

Our business changes constantly and our cookie policy will also change, so please review it frequently. We will notify you of any changes by posting the updated policy on this page with its effective date. If the change is material, we will take reasonable steps to notify you in advance.

If you have any questions about our use of cookies, please contact us.

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