Postcrossing Cookie Policy

What are “cookies”?

A cookie is a small text file that a website can save on your device when you visit it. It enables websites to remember your actions and preferences (such as login and other configuration preferences) over a period of time, so that you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

Cookies may be classified by how long they are stored in your device:

Session cookies
Such cookies are erased when your web browser is closed. A common example of this type of cookies is the ones that allow you to login into your account.
Persistent cookies
These cookies are stored by your web browser in your device for a given period of time. After this period, your browser removes them.

They can also be classified regarding the domain to which the cookie belongs to, which can be:

First-party cookies
These are set by the domain of the website you are visiting.
Third-party cookies
These are cookies set by a different domain than the one you are visiting. These are usually cookies used by third party services we use in our website.

What types of cookies do we use?

The cookies we use in our website can be classified in the following groups:

Strictly necessary cookies
These are first-party session cookies which give you the possibility to login and access protected parts of our website, usually after you have authenticated. Without these cookies, you won’t be able to use our website as expected.
Functionality cookies
These are first-party persistent cookies used to remember some of your user-interface preferences so that you don’t need to specify them every time. For example, we may set a cookie with your preferred selection of a checkbox for the next time you use it. These cookies are not strictly necessary but help you have a smoother experience on the website.
Analytics cookies
These type of cookies allow us to obtain anonymous statistical information about the way the website is used so that we can make improvements to it. To do this, we use the Google Analytics service provided by Google Inc. which collects information about the website traffic and provides us with reports that allow us to analyze how our website is used and to make improvements. Google Analytics makes use of persistent first-party cookies. Our integration of this service is made such that your IP address is always maintained anonymous by being truncated before it is stored. The Privacy Policy of Google Analytics can be consulted on its website.
Advertisement cookies

We display advertisement banners (ads) in order to be able to bring this website to you. To display these ads, we use services of third party providers, such as Google DFP and Google AdSense, that set third party session and/or persistent cookies which may be used to:

  • avoid or limit showing ads that you have already seen,
  • provide us with reports on advertisement results to improve the website advertisement setup,
  • combat fraud and abuse, and/or
  • personalize the advertisement according to your interests and visits to our website and others you have visited previously. Where required, we will first request your consent to show this type of ads and you can withdraw your consent at any time.

You can learn how Google manages data in its ads products on this page.

How can I manage, block or remove cookies?

You can control and/or remove cookies in your device at any time. If you so wish, you can delete all cookies that are already on your computer. It’s also possible to configure most browsers to prevent them from being accepted and/or use specific software to block them. Please note however that without cookies, your experience while using our website may be affected and some functionalities (that use cookies) may not work as expected as a result.

It is also possible to opt-out of the use of cookies of the following services:

Analytics cookies
You can opt-out of Google Analytics using a browser opt-out add-on for that effect.
Advertisement cookies
Where required, if you’ve given us consent for showing you personalized ads, we will provide you with information on how to easily withdraw your consent at any time. You can also opt-out of Google's personalized advertising cookies by visiting the Ads Settings page. It's also possible to opt-out of other third party vendor's use of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting aboutads.info/choices.

Effective from: May 25, 2018