Cookies

Date of this revision : 05 April 2017

Cookies and Other Storage Methods

Cookies are little pieces of text that are used for storing information within web browsers. They are generally used to store and receive identifiers and other types of information on computers, mobile phones, and other internet devices. Other technologies (including any data that we store on your web browser or internet device), identifiers associated with your internet device, and other pieces of software, are used for similar purposes. Within this policy document, we call all of these technologies “cookies.” We use cookies if you have a footballcrazy account. This includes our website and any apps we may create (irrespective of whether you’re logged in or not), or visit other websites and apps that use our footballcrazy services. This policy document outlines how we use cookies and the choices made available to you.

Why we use cookies

Cookies enable us to provide, protect and improve the services of footballcrazy, such as by customising content, tailoring and measuring advertising, and providing a safer user experience. While the cookies that we use may occasionally change as we upgrade and improve the footballcrazy services, they generally fall into the categories listed below :

Authentication

We use cookies to verify your user account and establish whether you’re logged in order to simplify it for you to access the footballcrazy services and show you the relevant features. For example, we use cookies to keep you logged in as you navigate around the footballcrazy pages. Cookies also help us to remember your browser so that you don’t have to keep logging into footballcrazy. They also enable you to easily log into footballcrazy via 3rd party apps and websites, where relevant.

Security and Integrity

We use cookies to enable us to keep your account, data and the footballcrazy services safe and secure. For example, cookies helps us to identify and add extra security measures when someone’s trying to access a footballcrazy account without the proper authorization, such as attempting to rapidly guess different passwords. We also use cookies to store information for us to recover your account when you’ve forgotten your password or to require extra authentication if you advise us that your footballcrazy account has been hacked. We also use cookies to tackle any activity that violates our policies and procedures or otherwise downgrades our ability to provide you with the footballcrazy services.For example, cookies help us to combat spammers and phishing attacks by allowing us to identify computers or devices that are being used to create large numbers of fake footballcrazy accounts. We also use cookies to identify any computers infected with malware. This allows us to take steps to prohibit them from causing any further harm or damage. Cookies also help us to prevent underage people from registering footballcrazy accounts.

Advertising and Profiling

We use cookies to help us advertise for businesses and other organisations. This is targeted at users who may be interested in the products, services or causes they promote.For example, cookies enable us to deliver adverts to users who’ve previously visited a business’s website, bought it’s products or used it’s apps. Cookies also permit us to restrict the number of times that you see an advert so that you don’t view the same advert repeatedly. We also use cookies to measure the performance of advertising campaigns for businesses that use the footballcrazy services. As an example, we use cookies to count the number of times an advert is displayed and to calculate the cost of those adverts. We also use cookies to analyse how often people do things such as clicking on or viewing adverts. Cookies enable us to serve and measure adverts across various web browsers and web devices that are used by the same person. A good example to illustrate this point is that we can use cookies to restrict you from viewing the same adverts repeatedly across the different internet devices that you use. Cookies also enable us to provide some sort of insight on the users of the football crazy services, as well as the people who interact with the adverts, websites, and apps of our advertisers and the businesses that use the footballcrazy services. For example, we use cookies to help businesses evaluate the types of users who like their footballcrazy page or use their apps to provide more relevant content and create features that are likely to be of interest to their customers. We also use cookies to permit you to opt out of seeing adverts from footballcrazy based on your activity on 3rd party websites.

Features and Services

We use cookies to enable the functionality of the footballcrazy services. For example, cookies help us to store your preferences and to let us know when you’ve seen or interacted with footballcrazy services or content. This enables us to provide you with customised content and bettexperiences. For instance, cookies allow us to make suggestions to you and to others, and to customise content on 3rd party websites that integrate with our services. We also use cookies to provide you with content that may be relevant to your locale. For example, we store information in a cookie that’s placed in your web browser or device for you to view the site in your preferred language. Currently we have buttons on the website where you can switch to your preferred language.

Performance

We use cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience that we can deliver. Cookies help us route traffic between servers and understand how quickly footballcrazy services load for different users. They also help us to record the aspect ratios and size dimensions of your device’s screen and windows and record whether you’ve enabled a high contrast mode, so that we can better deliver our websites and apps.

Research and Analysis

We use cookies to attempt to understand how people use the footballcrazy services so that we can improve them. Cookies can help us to understand how people use the footballcrazy service, analyse which parts people find the most useful and identify features that could be improved.

Where we use cookies

We may place cookies on your internet device, and receive information stored in cookies, when you use or visit the footballcrazy website or mobile apps. In addition, this also covers services provided by other members of our group, or services provided by other businesses that use the footballcrazy services. We may also set and receive information stored in cookies from other domains used by the footballcrazy companies. Other parties may use cookies in connection with the footballcrazy services to provide services to us and the businesses that advertise on footballcrazy. For example, our analysis partners may use cookies on the footballcrazy services to help advertisers understand the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns on footballcrazy and to evaluate the performance of those campaigns to adverts displayed on other websites and apps.Third parties also use cookies on their own sites and apps in connection with the footballcrazy services. To get a better understanding of how other parties use cookies, please review their policies on their websites.

Your control of our advertising cookies

One of the ways we use cookies is to show you useful and relevant adverts. You can control how we use data to show you adverts by upgrading your account. If you have a footballcrazy account, then you can set your account to one of the following :

  • FREE – You will always see advertising and you have no control over this. You are under no obligation to upgrade your free account, and FREE will always be available. Currently this is the only user account setting, but in the future we are adding the following account types :
  • SILVER – COST £12 per year, renewable annually. There is a minimum advertising setting and restriction that you can set in your user profile.
  • GOLD – COST £49 per year, renewable annually. This account type allows you to set off global advertising but allows you to tweak your locale advertising.
  • PLATINUM – COST £99 per year, renewable annually. This account type allows you to set off all advertising within your user profile. However, you may tailor advertising to your liking if you so wish.

The advertising companies we work with generally use cookies et al as part of their services. Your web browser or internet device may offer settings that allow you to choose whether browser cookies are set and to delete them. For more information about these controls, please view your web browser’s documentation or your internet device’s help pages. Certain parts of the footballcrazy services may not work properly if you disable the use of cookies.

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