Did you know that at any time you can clear all or some browser cookies? A small trick you can use is to press Ctrl + Shift + J (on Chrome) when you are on any website to open the “developer console”. This tool allows you to see what information is associated with that web page. But also, if you click on “Application” (you might need to expand the view) you’ll see the 3 types of Cookies that can be placed on your browser.
The 3 types of Cookies are
Also called a transient cookie, a cookie that is erased when you close the Web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from your computer. They typically store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.
Also called a permanent cookie, or a stored cookie. This is a cookie that is stored on your hard drive until it expires (persistent cookies are set with expiration dates) or until you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies are being used to collect identifying information about the user, such as web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific website.
Technically not a cookie, but Local Storage is data stored in a so-called key-value pair (a set of two linked data items) on your computer and is persistent without expiry. Unlike cookies, the browser will not send the contents of the Local Storage with the HTTP request header.
So each time you open a website, depending on what plugins and Services that website has, you’ll get any or all of the above 3 types of Cookies dropped on your browser.
You can actually block these through browser plugins. However, you would then also block “essential” cookies without which the website won’t work properly. In these cases, please pause the browser plugin, refresh the website, use the website the way you want, e.g, purchasing our Services (our shopping cart need to be able to place a plugin in order to keep your purchase secure),and afterwards you can erase the plugins and re activate the cookie blocking browser plugin.
What information does a Cookie store?
You can divide data collection into 5 categories:
- “Necessary” data for the site to function and for commercial activities like the shopping carts etc.
- “Preference” data that remembers your personal preferences such as which language you prefer to see when visiting the website.
- “Statistical” data that tells how you use the website and thus helps know what improvements can be made to your online experience.
- “Marketing” data helps present the most relevant services or items for you when advertising services are used. These kinds of services help to get new customers in a more efficient way and can reduce marketing and subsequently product/service costs. So even the marketing data could be considered to be to your advantage.
- “Unclassified” data sometimes also gets collected when using services like google analytics.
What information does a Cookie store?
First and Third-Party Cookies
When choosing a privacy setting in your browser, two terms you will see are “first-party cookies” and “third-party cookies”. First-party cookies are those cookies that originate from (or are sent to) the website you’re currently viewing. These types of cookies usually contain information about your preferences for that particular website.
Third-party cookies on the other hand are cookies that are placed on your browser by other web services through the use of browser plugins, embedded code such as iframes and/or other services that can intervene with the Hypertext Transfer Protocol to enhance the website experience.
When it comes to our website:
We will never ask your browser to store Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or any information that is related to you.
The following first-party Cookies may be placed on your computer or device:
Third-party Cookies may be placed on your computer or device:
Local Storage Key-Value Pairs that may be placed on your computer or device:
Our site uses analytics services provided by Google Analytics and Vimeo. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse anonymous usage information, enabling us to better understand how our website is used. This, in turn, enables us to improve your experience on our sites.
The data collection only happens once you have given us your consent. Until then, any information or statistical data is blocked at the browser. Once you have given consent, as an anonymous visitor, all data collected is anonymised thus no PII is made available to us or any third party.
Dancing is very visual. This is why all our websites are full of videos of wonderful dancing. To show you these videos we upload our videos to either YouTube (a Google company) or Vimeo (Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (“Vimeo”)). We then integrate these videos in our website using iFrames. The iFrames are set in a way that a connection is only established when you click on the “play” button. Once the connection is established, the following actions will be tracked: Videos Played – Video Time – Video Skipping and Progress Monitoring
The legal basis for this is Art. 6 para. 1 and f GDPR.
Google Tag Manager
We use Google Tag Manager on all our websites. This service allows us to manage and keep inventory. Google Tag Manager only implements tags into the website and does not on it’s own collect any personal information. However, these tags implement the codes that are needed for Google Analytics.
Note that if you have deactivated cookies in your browser this also blocks Google Tag Manager. Click here for more info about Google Tag Manager
We have Google Analytics installed on all our websites. This is a web analysis Service of Google Ireland Ltd. (“Google”). Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001.
By placing a cookie on your browser, information is transmitted to Google servers in the USA and stored there.
To ensure your data privacy, we have installed a code “gat._anonymizeIp();” to ensure that your IP address is anonymized. This process is called “IP masking”.
We have asked Google to use this information to compile reports about how users navigate our websites. This is very valuable information to us as we can use it to optimize your online experience with us. The legal basis for this is Art. 6 (1) f GDPR.
In the configuration of Google Analytics, we ensured that Google receives this data as a processor and is therefore not allowed to use it for its own purposes.
Google Analytics collects data from your web browser, such as browser type and browser language; your (masked) Internet Protocol (“IP”) address; and the actions you take on our websites, such as the web pages viewed, links clicked and other events such as adding items to the cart.
In order for us to comply with Art 17. GDPR stating your right of erasure, we need to use a key-value pair to collate your actions. If you request your data to be deleted, we can then remove statistical data from Google Analytics.
Google Adwords and Retargeting
On our websites, we use the offer of Google Adwords to draw attention to our offers with the help of advertising media (so-called Google Adwords) on external websites. The data collected through our advertising campaigns, allows us to attract customers in a cost-effective way and thus thereby offer you products we believe you’ll enjoy.
These advertisements are delivered by Google via so-called “ad servers”. For this purpose, we use ad server cookies, through which certain parameters for measuring success, such as display of the ads or clicks by users, can be measured. If you access our website via a Google ad, Google Adwords will store a cookie on your computer. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and do not contain any personal identificational information. The data includes: the unique cookie ID, the number of ad impressions per placement (frequency),the last impression (relevant for post-view conversions) and opt-out information (marking that the user no longer wishes to be addressed) are usually stored as analysis values.
Through this process we receive anonymized statistical information from Google. No personalised information is collected by us via these cookies.
Due to the marketing tools used, your browser automatically establishes a direct connection with the Google server. We have no influence on the scope and further use of the data collected by Google through the use of this tool and therefore inform you according to our state of knowledge: Through the integration of Adwords Conversion, Google receives the information that you have called up the corresponding part of our website or clicked on the ad from us. If you are registered with a Google service, Google can assign the visit to your account. Even if you are not registered with Google or have not logged in to a Google service, there is a possibility that the provider will learn your IP address and store it.
You can prevent participation in this tracking process in various ways: a) by setting your browser software accordingly – suppressing third-party cookies will result in you not receiving third-party ads; b) by disabling cookies for conversion tracking by setting your browser to block cookies from the domain www.googleadservices.com (https://www.google. de/settings/ads) whereby this setting will be deleted when you delete your cookies; c) by permanently deactivating ads in your browsers Firefox, Internetexplorer or Google Chrome under the link http://www.google.com/settings/ads/plugin. We would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions on our websites.
In addition to Google Adwords Conversion, we use the Google Adwords Remarketing application. Through this application, our advertisements can be displayed to you after a visit to our website in your subsequent internet use. This is done by means of cookies stored in your browser, through which your usage behavior when visiting various websites is recorded and evaluated by Google. In this way, Google can determine your previous visit to our website. Note that it is not possible to combine data collected via the Google Remarketing with your personal data.
The legal basis for data processing, provided that the user has given their consent to this effect, is Art. 6, Para. 1, lit. a of the GDPR.
Facebook Custom Audiences (for websites) – Facebook Pixel.
We use Facebook pixel to collect event data for the use of targeting our ads and improve ad delivery. This will be done only if you have previously given your consent. The legal basis for the collection and transmission of personal data by us to Meta Platforms Ireland Limited is therefore Art. 6(1) point (a) GDPR.
This collection and transmission of event data is carried out by us and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited as joint controllers. We have entered into a joint controller agreement with Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, which sets out the allocation of data protection obligations between us and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited. In this agreement, we and Meta Platforms Ireland Limited have agreed, among other things, that we are responsible for providing you with all information according to Art. 13, 14 GDPR about the joint processing of personal data; that Meta Platforms Ireland Limited is responsible for facilitating the rights of data subjects under Art. 15 to 20 GDPR with respect to personal data stored by Meta Platforms Ireland Limited after joint processing. For agreement details see: https://www.facebook.com/legal/controller_addendum.
The website uses the remarketing function “Custom Audiences” of Facebook Inc. (“Facebook”) in order to be able to address you again within up to 180 days. This allows users of the website to be shown interest-based advertisements (“Facebook Ads”) when visiting Facebook or other websites that also use this procedure. We thereby pursue the interest of showing you advertisements that are of interest to you in order to make our website more interesting for you.
Due to the marketing tools used, your browser automatically establishes a direct connection with Facebook’s servers. We have no influence on the scope and further use of the data collected by Facebook through the use of this tool and therefore inform you according to our state of knowledge: Through the integration of Facebook Custom Audiences, Facebook receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding web page of our website, or clicked on an ad from us. If you are registered with a Facebook service, Facebook can assign the visit to your account. Even if you are not registered with Facebook or have not logged in, there is a possibility that the provider will learn and store your IP address and other identifiers.
Cookies used: type “Marketing”
Facebook Inc, 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA; http://www.facebook.com/policy.php; more information about data collection: http://www.facebook.com/help/186325668085084, http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info-on-other#applications as well as http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info#everyoneinfo. Facebook has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.
Deactivation of the “Facebook Custom Audiences” function is possible in the cookie settings and for logged-in users at https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads.
Lifetime of cookies: up to 180 days after the last interaction (this only applies to cookies set via this website).
Art. 6 (1) a DSGVO (consent).
Third-party services we use
Our website connects to the internet via CloudFlares Services. CloudFlare Inc. 101 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107 USA.
Our websites are all developed on wordpress. When you purchase one of our Services or open a membership account with us, we store the information you use on our wordpress databases.
On www.swingstep.tv, our wordpress database stores your e-mail address, your user name and the date you signed up. Your password is collected on Auth0.
We will process the data provided during registration only based on your consent as per Art. 6 GDPR. At any point, you may revoke your consent to us storing your data in our data bases according to Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR and object to future processing of your data according to Art. 21 GDPR. However, please note that this also means that you will no longer have access to that service. If you at any point wish to exercise your right to be forgotten, just e-mail us to [email protected] and we will erase your data from our database. Of course, you can also be selective and inform us if you want to only be removed from some of our databases.
Please note that your request will be applied to all future activity (or rather non-activity) of your data. Any data processed prior to receiving your request was legally processed in accordance with Art. 6 GDPR. We will continue to store the data collected during registration for as long as you remain registered on our website.
We keep backups of all our websites, content and databases, these backups are stored for a maximum of 1 month in which time any data deletion request made thereafter, will be removed from all parts of our system, and then removed after the 1 month cycle from our backups.
We aim to both secure your login information as well as develop a one-login functionality across all our services using a system called Single Sign On (SSO) experience. We have chosen Auth0 as they provide a universal authentication & authorization platform for web, mobile and legacy applications.
Auth0 is our authentication and authorisation service which will store
- your account profile data containing your e-mail address, profile name and anonymized IP address.
- your password, browser details, last login date, last known IP address, account creation date for security purposes to detect fraudulent login or unauthorised login attempt(s).
- records of your consent to all our sites. The data stored for consent are: date time, an anonymised IP address, which service the consent is for and the consent version. When we update our policies, you will be prompted to re-consent to our services.
Note that you can use your Google sign-in when creating your account. That does not give Auth0 access to any of your google account passwords.
SSL or TLS encryption
All our sites use SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.
If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by anyone else.
Memberpress & LearnDash
For our subscription and video platform, we use the Services of Memberpress (www.memberpress.com) and LearnDash (www.learndash.com). These Service allows us to provide you with a user account to sign up to courses as well as help us organize our lessons so that you can have the best learning experience.
Memberpress collects the following information:
MemberPress contains the following built-in information fields. Some of these fields (marked with an *) can be disabled.
- First Name
- Last Name
- Email Address
- Date of Registration
- Password (securely hashed by WordPress prior to storage in the database)
- Address (Line 1, Line 2, City, State, Zip, Country)
- Geo-Located country for VAT information. Based on the user’s IP address – the IP is not stored by MemberPress but is sent to the MemberPress geo-locating service. The service compares the IP with a database of known IP locations. The IP is never shared or stored by this service. The service returns a 2 digit country code, and a 2 digit region code indicating the location of the user’s IP address which is used to auto-fill in the address fields on the signup forms.
- VAT User Type (Consumer or Business)
- VAT Number (If Business Type)
LearnDash (only on swingstep.tv) collects certain information in relation to your usage of the site. For example, we have information about:
- when you started a course
- how far along you have come in the course
- if you engaged with any quizzes within the learndash system
- if you have been invited to and participate in any of the groups
Your personal shopping information is not stored within LearnDash’s plugin. Also, all learndash content is saved on our own databases and not transferred to LearnDash.
On our website we use Google Maps to show where our events are taking place. Google Maps is a product from Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
When you use Google Maps, some information about you and how you use the service will be transferred to their servers. This can include your IP address for example. By using our websites you confirm that you are in agreement with the recording, processing and use of your automatically collected data by Google, one of its representatives, or third-party suppliers.
Google Web Fonts
Some of our websites use web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.
For this purpose your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) f GDPR.
If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.
Some of our webforms use Google reCAPTCHA. This service Is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”).
This service helps us know if our webforms are being used by a human or a robot trying to access our systems. The way reCAPTCHA works is that it takes a snapshot of your browser in that moment and analyses the following information
- All cookies placed by Google over the last 6 months
- How many mouse clicks you have made on that screen (or touches if on a touch device),
- The CSS information for that page
- The date
- The language your browser is set to
The data collected during the analysis will be forwarded to Google. The reCAPTCHA analyses take place completely in the background. You will only see the results once you click on the check-box. This data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) f GDPR. As the website operator we want to protect our site from abusive automated crawling and spam. Without a function like this our registration is flooded with false registrations that can prevent us from servicing your requests.
The following data might be collected during your visit:
|Data Collected||How We Collect That Data||How Long Is the Data Stored|
|Technical information including anonymized IP address, browser type, browser language support and operating system||Via Google Analytics||14 months|
|Technical information including Http Headers, Pixel-specific Data, Form Field Names||Via Facebook Pixel||6 Months|
|Actions and behaviour such as the number of plays and time spent watching Vimeo videos||Via Vimeo Analytics||Persistently|
Did You Know…
The name cookie derives from UNIX objects called magic cookies. These are tokens that are attached to a user or program and change depending on the areas entered by the user or program.