Understanding Cookies

Cookies are small data files placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. In this Cookie Statement, the term “cookie” is used broadly to encompass cookies as well as similar techniques and technologies, including web beacons. Web beacons, also known as “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs,” are tiny graphics files with unique identifiers that help us recognize when someone visits our Online Properties or takes actions related to them.

Website owners commonly use cookies to make their websites function more effectively and efficiently while also providing valuable reporting information.

Cookies on our Online Properties fall into two categories: “first-party cookies” set by Special Occasions East, and “third-party cookies” set by parties other than Special Occasions East. Third-party cookies enable third-party features, such as advertising, interactive content, and analytics, to be delivered on or through our website. The entities setting these third-party cookies can recognize your device both on our website and on certain other websites.

Why We Use Cookies

Special Occasions East employs both first-party and third-party cookies for various purposes:

  1. Essential Cookies: These are strictly necessary for the basic operation of our Services and Online Properties, including access to secure areas and privacy preferences. Essential cookies cannot be disabled.
  2. Performance and Functionality Cookies: While not required for basic use, these enhance the performance and functionality of our Online Properties. Without them, some features may be limited or unavailable.
  3. Analytics and Customization Cookies: These help us understand how our Online Properties are used and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, enabling us to improve our features.
  4. Targeting Cookies: Used to make advertising more relevant by preventing the repetition of the same ad, ensuring proper ad display, and, in some cases, displaying ads based on user interests.
  5. Social Media Cookies: Enable sharing of pages and content through third-party social networks and other websites, often used for advertising purposes.
  6. Organizer Cookies: Organizers selling event tickets may employ various cookies, including analytics and customization cookies, advertising cookies, and social media cookies, to provide relevant ads and measure advertising and marketing effectiveness. Special Occasions East does not control or access the cookies used by organizers.

Cookie Duration

The duration of cookies stored on your device varies:

  1. Temporary Cookies: These allow uninterrupted browsing and may be used for internal reporting but do not store information on your hard drive after your session ends.
  2. Persistent Cookies: Some first-party and third-party cookies are persistent, tracking browsing behavior over a longer period. These cookies may persist for several hours, days, or even years, and can be used for features, content storage, and advertising.

Managing Cookies

You have control over your cookie preferences:

  • Browser Settings: You can manage all cookie types through your web browser settings. The process varies by browser (e.g., Chrome, Safari, Firefox), so consult your browser’s help menu for instructions on managing your preferences. You can configure your browser to notify you when a cookie is received, allowing you to accept or decline it.
  • Cookie Settings Tool: For European Special Occasions East domains, you can adjust cookie preferences through our Cookie Settings tool, which can be modified at any time.

Please note that disabling all cookies, either through browser settings or our tool, affects the functionality of our Online Properties. Some features may become unavailable, and the site may not perform as expected.

Cookies are unable to read other data on your hard drive, and you can delete them from your computer using browser controls. Keep in mind that synchronizing settings across different browsers or devices may not be possible; you must configure each separately.

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