Last Modified: January 1, 2023
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A “cookie” is a small text file that is placed on a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify it or to store information in the browser. A “web beacon” links web pages to servers and may be used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server.
COOKIES AND OTHER SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES WE USE
First-Party v. Third-Party Cookies. First-party cookies are ones that we place (or have a service provider place for us), which enable you to use the Services and their features and allow us to perform certain internal analytics activities. Third-party cookies are placed by certain third parties when you visit the Services or other websites or online services. These third-party cookies enable certain functionalities and advertising to be provided on the Services. These third parties collect and use this information pursuant to their own privacy policies.
Below we list the different types of first and third-party cookies and other similar technologies we may use on the Services:
Strictly Necessary Cookies and Similar Technologies. These cookies and similar technologies are essential to HarperCollins Canada’s Services in order make our website and apps work correctly. You may block placement of these cookie through your browser settings, but without them, the performance of HarperCollins Canada’s Services may be affected and you may not be able to take full advantage of our services and features. These cookies may be used to assist in fraud prevention, security, and to enable purchasing capabilities.
Functionality Cookies and Similar Technologies. These cookies and similar technologies collect information about your choices and preferences (such as, your language preference, user name, or location) to provide a more personalized online experience and show you content relevant to where you are, such as customizing a certain webpage, remembering if we have asked you to participate in a promotion, and for other services you request, like watching a video or commenting on a blog.
If you access the Services using a mobile, tablet or other internet enabled device, we may collect a unique identifier assigned to that device (“UDID”), geolocation data or other traffic information for that device. These features help us improve your experience with HarperCollins Canada’s Services. For example, functionality cookies help us improve your visit to the website, use credentials to automatically login a user, determine the appropriate device location during a session, count articles viewed or store language settings.
Flash Cookies and Similar Technologies. In some situations, we may use Adobe Flash cookies to deliver special content, such as video clips or animation. Flash cookies, also known as local shared objects, are used to improve your experience to provide functions, such as remembering your settings or preferences. These cookies and similar technologies are stored on your device, but you cannot manage them through your web browser in the same way you would manage other cookies, since they are downloaded to a computer or mobile device by the Adobe Flash Player. Rather you can delete them from the storage section of your Flash Player Settings Manager.
Analytics Cookies and Similar Technologies. We and our service providers use analytics cookies and similar technologies to collect information about your use of HarperCollins Canada’s Services to help create reports and statistics on the performance of HarperCollins Canada’s Services, which enable us to improve the way they work. Analytics cookies and similar technologies collect information such as your IP address, type of device, operating system, referring URLs, country information data and time of page visits, and pages visited. This information allows us to identify overall patterns of usage on the website, help us record any difficulties you have with HarperCollins Canada’s Services and gauge the effectiveness of our advertising. These cookies are also used to recognize you across platforms and devices for the purposes described herein.
Advertising Cookies and Similar Technologies. We and our service providers use these types of cookies and similar technologies to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. We may use advertising cookies and similar technologies to deliver targeted advertising or limit the number of times you see an advertisement, as well as help measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns. Advertising cookies and similar technologies remember your previous browsing activity and this information is shared with other parties, and we may share this information with other organizations, including advertisers and our agencies, in accordance with applicable law.
For example, you may be doing research to buy a bicycle, and read several articles about bikes on various websites. As you browse those sites, a cookie from an advertising network would be placed in your browser. It would remember that you had visited several websites related to bikes. Then, when you visit another website in the same advertising network, the website could show you an ad related to bicycles.
For more information about interest-based advertisements, please visit: www.aboutads.info/choices and www.networkadvertising.org/choices.
HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
We use the information we collect through automated means to allow you access to our Services and for the following general purposes:
- Protect our Networks: Cookies and similar technologies help us identify and prevent threats to our sites. They are necessary to protect your information and our business from outside threats.
- Allow you to Access our Services: Cookies and similar technologies permit your connection to our websites: our servers receive and record information about your computer, device, and browser, including potentially your IP address, browser type, other software or hardware information, and your geographic location.
- Access Usage of Services: We use information about your usage of our Services, such as pages you have visited, content you have viewed, search queries you have run, and advertisements you have seen or interacted with to assess how our Services are used.
- Provide eCommerce Functionality: Cookies and similar technologies help us provide functionality that you need to navigate our sites, select products and services and purchase them.
- Provide Relevant Content: The content on our websites and in our communications with you may be adjusted depending on what we know about the content, products and services that you like. This means we can highlight content and articles that we believe will be of interest to you. We provide personalization by using cookies, IP addresses, web beacons, URL tracking and mobile app settings.
Mobile Apps: By downloading our apps, we will require access to the following services on your device: unique identifier (UDID), MAC address or other applicable device identifier and location. Other services may also be required in order for the apps to function. We may use this information to validate free trials. Our apps may also provide push notifications to your device. You may control these through using the tools on your device, such as turning off push notification and location services.
HOW THIRD PARTIES USE INFORMATION FROM COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES ON OUR SERVICES
We work with third parties to support HarperCollins Canada’s Services to deliver advertisements or provide services. For example, we use analytics services supported by third party companies who generate analytics cookies on our behalf. We may not have access to these cookies, although we may use statistical information arising from the cookies provided by these third parties to customize content and for the other purposes described above. These companies may also transfer this information to other parties where required to do so by law, or where such other parties process the information on their behalf.
Third-party advertisers and other organizations may also use their own cookies to collect information about your activities on our websites and/or the advertisements you have clicked on. This information, which may be combined with other information acquired from third parties, may be used by them to serve advertisements on our website and third party sites that they believe are most likely to be of interest to you based on content you have viewed.
Third-party advertisers may also use this information to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and to track aggregate usage statistics.
Please note that HarperCollins Canada may not control these third-party cookies and other technologies and their use may be governed by the privacy notices or policies of the third parties employing them. The information practices of these third parties are not covered by this Privacy Notice.
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
You have choices regarding cookies being placed on your computer or mobile device by HarperCollins Canada and its third party partners or service providers. However, without cookies, you may not be able to use all of the features of our Services. Similarly, if you upgrade or change your browser or device or delete your cookies, you may need to use these opt-out tools again. We have outlined below ways to manage your cookies.
MANAGING COOKIES VIA YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS
You have the option to stop cookies from being downloaded to your device from the HarperCollins Canada Services at any time by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. Most browsers will tell you how to change your browser settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to restrict or block certain types or all cookies. Please visit www.allaboutcookies.org or select the “Help” menu in your browser.
Please note that if you use different devices to view and access HarperCollins Canada’s websites (such as, your computer, smartphone, tablet), you will need to adjust your cookie options in the browser for each device.
MANAGING FLASH COOKIES
Flash cookies are known as local shared objects and may be used to store your preferences or display content from HarperCollins Canada, advertisers, and other third-parties. You may delete your Flash cookies or adjust your Flash cookie options on Adobe’s Flash Player Help, Settings Manager page.
MANAGING ANALYTICS AND ADVERTISING COOKIES
Please use the following links for more information on Analytics cookies:
Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
The Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) is an industry self-regulatory program developed by the media and marketing industry to give users greater control over customized ads based on their online behavior across different websites. To make choices about interest-based ads from participating third parties:
For United States residents, click here.
For Canadian residents, click here.
Please note that if you opt out of having your information used to deliver advertisements tailored to your interests, you will continue to see advertisements on our Services, but these advertisements may not be of interest to you.
MANAGING COOKIES ON HARPERCOLLINS CANADA’S MOBILE APPLICATIONS
If you download HarperCollins Canada’s applications, HarperCollins Canada may place cookies on your mobile device. You may be provided with an opportunity to decline cookies before downloading a HarperCollins Canada app. Your device settings may also allow you to prohibit mobile app platforms (such as Apple or Google) from sharing certain information obtained by automated means with us.
If you would like to opt out of our browser-based cross-device tracking for advertising purposes, you may do so using the methods described herein. You must opt out separately on each device and each browser that you use. For more information about cross-device matching, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative or the Digital Advertising Alliance. If you opt out of cross-device tracking for advertising purposes, we may still conduct cross-device tracking for other purposes, such as analytics.
DO NOT TRACK
HarperCollins Canada’s Services do not currently process or respond to “Do Not Track” signals, since uniform standards for “Do Not Track” signals have not been adopted.
CHANGES TO THIS COOKIE NOTICE
From time to time, we may change this Cookie Notice to reflect changes to our privacy practices and Services. This may be related to changes in the law, changes in our services or treatment of your personal information. Where necessary, we will notify you of these changes. We will always display clearly when the Cookie Notice was last amended.
If you have any questions or comments about this Cookie Notice, please contact us as follows:
By email: [email protected]
By phone: 1-844-327-5757
You also may write to:
HarperCollins Canada Limited
Internet Development Group
Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower
22 Adelaide St. W, 41st Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E3