What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device by websites that you visit. They are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. These files are not harmful to your device and do not contain any personal information about you but do store data related to your browsing habits.
Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser. They help websites remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size, and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
In the following sections, we will explain the different types of cookies we use, how they enhance your experience on our website, and your rights and choices regarding these cookies. Our aim is to be transparent and give you full control over your privacy while navigating through our services.
Types of Cookies Used
At 2K Shipping Company, we use various types of cookies on our website to enhance your browsing experience, provide personalized services, and gather analytical data that helps us improve our website's functionality and content. Below, we have outlined the different categories of cookies that you may encounter during your visit to our site.
Essential cookies, also known as 'strictly necessary' cookies, are vital for the proper operation of our website. They enable you to navigate around the site and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. Without these cookies, services like shopping baskets or e-billing cannot be provided. Essential cookies do not gather information about you for marketing purposes and are not used to remember where you've been on the internet.
These cookies collect information about how you use our website, for instance, which pages you visit most often and if you get error messages from web pages. Performance cookies don't collect information that identifies you personally; all data is aggregated and anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works, understand what interests our users, and measure how effective our content is.
Analytics cookies are used to track website traffic and usage patterns. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. This helps us improve the way our website works by, for example, ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These cookies may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages.
Targeting cookies or advertising cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website, and this information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers.
Social Media Cookies
These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies, you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.
Functionality cookies are used to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, language, or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. They can also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized, and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Your privacy is of utmost importance to us, and we want to ensure you have a clear understanding of the cookies that may operate while you use our services. In the next sections, we will discuss how these cookies are used in more detail and how you can control your cookie preferences.
Enhancing User Experience
Cookies play a crucial role in enhancing your overall experience on our website. They help our website remember your preferences, such as login details, language selection, and other settings you've customized during your previous visits. This means you don't have to set your preferences every time you visit, allowing for smoother, more personalized navigation.
Personalized Content and Services
Analyzing Website Performance
Cookies help us collect data on how our website is being used, which pages are most popular, where we might be experiencing user interface issues, and how fast our content loads for users. This aggregated data is vital for us to understand how we can improve our website's performance and ensure we are meeting your needs effectively. We examine patterns of use rather than individual usage to make decisions about design and functionality improvements.
Marketing and Advertising
Our website includes features to share content on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Cookies facilitate these services and can track your browsing activity across the web to tailor content and advertising on other sites to your interests. It's important to note that these third-party cookies operate under their own privacy policies which we do not control.
By using cookies in these ways, we hope to provide a more efficient, personalized, and user-friendly website. We also utilize them to better understand your needs and preferences to continually improve our services. In the next section, we will guide you through managing your cookie preferences and how you can control or delete cookies if you choose to do so.
Your Choices Regarding Cookies
Managing Cookies in Your Browser
Most web browsers allow you to manage cookies through their settings. You can set your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Depending on the browser, the settings may be found in different places, such as the 'options', 'tools', or 'preferences' menus.
Here's how you can manage cookies on commonly used browsers:
· Google Chrome: Go to 'Settings', then 'Privacy and Security', and select 'Cookies and other site data' to configure your cookie settings.
· Mozilla Firefox: Open the 'Options', click on 'Privacy & Security', and under the 'Cookies and Site Data' section, you can manage your settings.
· Apple Safari: Go to 'Preferences', select 'Privacy', and you will see options to manage cookies.
· Microsoft Edge: Click on the '...’' at the top right, select 'Settings', then choose 'Cookies and site permissions' followed by 'Manage and delete cookies and site data'.
Please note that disabling cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website, and some services and functionalities might not work.
Using Cookie Management Tools
Various third-party tools can also help you manage cookies. These include browser add-ons and plugins that give you greater control over your cookie preferences. These tools can help you block or allow cookies on a case-by-case basis, or they can help you block cookies from specific companies or types of companies.
You can choose to delete cookies already stored on your device at any time. This can be done through the settings in your web browser, which typically includes an option to clear your browsing data, including cookies.
Keep in mind that deleting cookies will likely impact your user experience on our website, as you may lose some information that enables you to browse more quickly and efficiently, such as login information and site preferences.
For more detailed instructions on how to manage and delete cookies, we recommend visiting the help pages of your specific browser or taking a look at the comprehensive guide provided at www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org
Remember that your choice regarding cookies may have an impact on your browsing experience. Cookies are meant to improve the usability and performance of the site; however, you are in control and can exercise your privacy rights at any time.
Compliance and Data Protection
2K Shipping Company takes data protection and privacy seriously, and we are dedicated to complying with all applicable data protection laws and regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for our European Union users, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) for residents of California, and other relevant regional laws.
As part of our commitment to uphold your data privacy rights, we ensure that your consent is obtained before any cookies are placed on your device, except for essential cookies that are required for the operation of our website. Upon your first visit to our website, you will be presented with a cookie consent banner where you have the option to accept or decline the use of non-essential cookies.
Data Protection Principles
· Lawfulness, fairness, and transparency: We process personal data lawfully and fairly, and we provide clear information about how personal data is used in connection with cookies.
· Purpose limitation: We collect data for specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes, and we ensure that the data is not processed in a way that is incompatible with those purposes.
· Data minimization: We only collect personal data that is relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed.
· Accuracy: We take reasonable steps to ensure that personal data is accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
· Storage limitation: We retain personal data in a form that permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data is processed.
· Integrity and confidentiality: We process personal data securely, ensuring appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction, or damage.
Under data protection laws, you have specific rights regarding your personal data, including the right to access, correct, delete, or transfer your data, and the right to object to or restrict certain processing activities. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us using the information provided on our website.
Policy Updates and Effective Date
Whenever significant changes are made to this policy, we will communicate these changes to you by posting the updated policy on our website with a new effective date. We may also take additional steps to notify you of changes, such as through an email notification or a prominent notice on our homepage.
It is important to note that by continuing to use our website after these changes are made, you agree to the revised policy. If you disagree with the changes to our policy, you should alter your cookie preferences through your browser settings or discontinue your use of our website.
We value your trust and aim to continue to serve you with transparency and integrity. Thank you for choosing 2K Shipping Company for your shipping needs.