A. What are cookies?
We (and third parties with whom we partner) may also deliver a file known as a web beacon, pixel or pixel tag to you through our Services. “Web Beacons” are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on the Services interface or in emails relating to the Services to collect certain information and monitor user activity on the Services interface, such as to count visits, access Cookies, understand usage effectiveness and to determine if an email has been opened and acted upon. “Pixels” or “Pixel Tags,” also known as clear GIFs, beacons, spotlight, tags or web bugs, are a method for passing information from the user’s device to a third-party website (for example, information about a user’s browsing behavior, what links they click on, and purchases they have made on the Services).
We (and third parties with whom we partner) may deliver Web Beacons or Pixel Tags to you through our Services. Web Beacons allow ad networks, marketing partners and other service providers that we use to provide anonymized, aggregated auditing, research and reporting for us, for advertisers and our other partners. Web Beacons also enable ad networks and other partners to track your behavior for their own analysis and use, and to serve targeted advertisements to you on the Services or when you visit other websites or platforms. These Web Beacons enable third-party companies to view, edit, or set their own cookies when you visit the Services, just as if you had visited a web page from their site.
Browsers and devices have tools that allow you to disable cookies on sites and apps. If you disable Cookies you may not be able to access all the features of our services. We suggest that you keep our Essential Cookies (described below) active for a better user experience and to help us keep improving and developing our products and services.
For more information on cookies please visit: www.allaboutcookies.org.
B. Which types of cookies does Group Nine use?
The categories of Cookies used on the Services are described below. A more detailed list of the specific Cookies being used on each of the Services is available as part of our consent management platform. For instructions on how to access our consent management platform,, please see below under Can I Change My Cookie Preferences?
Our Services use our own Cookies, which may be facilitated through use of technologies provided by our third-party vendors (“First-Party Cookies”), to recognize you and remember you as a unique user:
- Strictly Necessary or Essential Cookies
- These Cookies are essential in order for you to move around the Services and to use the features of the Services. We use “Session Cookies” to remember you during your session on our Services. They remain in your browser or device until you leave the site and are then deleted from your device once you leave the Services. Session Cookies are used to ensure you are served content correctly, to balance and monitor load on our servers, and for other technical matters essential to the operation of our Services. You can configure your device to reject these cookies, but if you do the Services are unlikely to work correctly.
- Functionality Cookies
- These cookies remember how you prefer to use the Services and enable us to improve the functionality of the Services. Functional Cookies are “Persistent Cookies” that remain in your browser or device until you delete them or they reach their expiration date (which may vary depending on the Cookie). These may, for example, be used to remember your preferences when you use the Services, recognize you when you return to the Services, provide ads, and enhance your experience on the Services. Use of a Persistent Cookie may be linked to Personal Data while interacting with the Services. If you reject Functional Cookies, you may still use the Services but functionality may be limited in some areas.
- Targeting/Advertising Cookies
Analytics Cookies are used by us and by third parties who process data on our behalf for data analytics purposes so that we can manage and improve the performance and design of our Services and for monitoring, auditing, research and reporting. One example of an analytics vendor used by Group Nine is Google Analytics.
For UK and EEA users, we have activated Google’s IP anonymization function on our Services. This will cause your IP address to be removed by Google within Member States of the EEA before being transmitted to the United States. In some exceptional cases, the full IP address may be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of Group Nine to evaluate your use of the Sites, to compile reports on Site activity and to provide us with other services relating to website and internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.
You can read about how Google uses data gathered in connection with Google Analytics here
Our advertising partners collect User Data from you for the purposes they disclose through our consent management platform (linked to below under Can I Change My Cookie Preferences?) and their respective privacy policies. Our advertising partners include ad networks such as third-party ad servers, ad agencies, ad technology vendors and research firms.
C. Can I Change My Cookie Preferences?
You can decide who you will allow to set Third-Party Cookies on your browser or device by going to our consent management platform by clicking on the Cookie Settings button in the footer of every page on the Services. Please note that if you intend to opt out of tracking for advertising purposes, you will need to adjust your Cookie Settings separately for each brand.
California residents can opt out of the sale of their personal information, as “sale” is defined in the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by filling out the form here, or by clicking on the “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link in the footer of every page on the Services.
Certain browser settings may also allow you to choose whether or not to accept cookies or limit certain cookies. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies. You may wish to refer to this guide for information on commonly used browsers. Please be aware that if cookies are disabled, not all features of the Services may operate as intended.
Your mobile operating system may let you opt out from having your information collected or used for interest-based advertising on mobile devices. You should refer to the instructions provided by your mobile device’s manufacturer, but this functionality is usually available in the “Settings” section of your device. You can also stop us from collecting information via our applications by uninstalling those applications.
D. Does this Policy Change?