1.1 What are Cookies and Similar Technologies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by online service providers to (for example) make their websites or services work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Cookies store data that has to be sent back to the server with subsequent requests. Its expiration varies based on the type and the expiration duration can be set from either server-side or client-side (normally from server-side).
Similar technologies include without limitation local storage, session storage, flash cookies, HTML5 cookies, etc. Local Storage stores data with no expiration date and gets cleared when the browser cache/ local storage is cleared. The session storage stores data only for a session, meaning that the data is stored until the browser (or tab) is closed. Data is not transferred to the server.
Cookies set by the Site owner or service provider (in this case, passportindia) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the Site owner are called “third party cookies”.
Third-party cookies enable third party features or functionalities to be provided on or through the site or services you are using (such as advertising, interactive content). Third parties include but are not limited to business partners, suppliers, sub-contractors, advertisers & advertising networks, analytics & search engine providers, payment providers (hereinafter collectively referred to as “third parties”).
The third parties that set these cookies can recognize your device including but not limited to mobile devices, computers, Laptops (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Device”) both when it visits our site, and when it visits certain other websites. Should you require more details on third-party cookies on our Services please refer to section 1.2 below, further, if you might have any questions around it, you may write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit or use our services, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience that’s in line with your settings. Cookies also make your interactions with our services faster and more secure.
We may use the terms “cookies” or “similar technologies” interchangeably in our policies to refer to all technologies that we may use to store data in your browser or device or that collect information or help us identify you in the manner described above
The types of first and third-party cookies served through our websites and the purposes they perform are described in further detail below:
1.2.1 Essential Cookies
Please note: Our site will not work properly without cookies.
These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you and your interests. They also perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.
1.3 Cookies and Interest-based Advertising
Cookies and other technologies enable and help us serve relevant ads. They help us provide aggregated research and reporting for advertisers, understand and improve our services, and know when content has been shown to you. Please note: As your web browser might request ads from third parties, these third parties may view, edit, or set cookies, as if you had requested a web page from their website. Ads served by us may also set third-party cookies.
We do not knowingly engage in the provision of any personal information that we collect to advertisers unless you have given us permission to do so. You can choose not to be subject to interest-based ads from us as well from advertisers and third party sites on our Sites, for more information regarding this please refer to section 1.4.1 of this Policy. Please note that by utilizing the above option you will not be removing ads from the pages you visit; it will mean that the ads you see may not be matched to your interests.
1.4 How can you control cookies?
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. Most browsers allow control of cookies through the browser settings feature. However, by disallowing cookies you may restrict your user experience since it may no longer be customized to you.
1.4.1 Steps to pursue if you do not want cookies to be set or want them removed?
If you do not want to receive cookies you can change your browser settings on your device that you use to access our services, some of the resources which shall prove helpful depending upon the browser you may use are mentioned in section 1.5 below. If you use our services without changing the settings on your device, we will assume that you are accepting to use the cookies that reference to this policy. Most browsers provide the functionality to review and delete cookies, however, please note that our site will not work properly without cookies.
1.4.2 Do Not Track
Some Internet browsers – like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari – include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals. Since uniform standards for “DNT” signals have not been adopted, our Websites do not currently process or respond to “DNT” signals. Passport consultant takes privacy and meaningful choice seriously and will make efforts to continue to monitor developments around DNT browser technology and the implementation of a standard.
1.5 Resource you may want to reference:
Internet Advertising Bureau (US)
Internet Advertising Bureau (EU)
Below is a reference to some popular browser manufacturers and their help pages relating to cookie management in their respective products.
1.7 Where Can I Get Further Information?