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Comet Group
Cookie and Privacy Policy

1.  Cookies

1.1 Definition and introduction

When first visiting a COMET* (“We”) website, a cookie is sent to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. A "cookie" is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service and to better understand how people use our sites. We do this by storing user preferences in cookies and by tracking user trends and patterns of how people navigate our sites.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, please note that some features or services on our sites may not function properly without cookies.

*COMET includes all brands of the Comet Group: COMET, YXLON and ebeam Technologies.


1.2 Cookies specific to the COMET websites (not shared with third parties)

COMET’s websites use both "first party" cookies (cookies used by the COMET websites only) and "third party" cookies (cookies originating from a third party website – see further information down below). We use first party cookies for storing preferences and data needed throughout your visit on the site (for example, CMSCsrfCookie). We use third party cookies for tracking user trends and patterns with the help of third party web statistic providers. The third party cookies used for tracking user trends and patterns are used exclusively by COMET websites and the web statistics provider and are not shared with any other third party.

The table below describes the web statistics cookies used by COMET websites.

 
Provider of cookie  Type of cookie  Purpose of cookie 
Google Analytics First party Web analytics (anonymous usage statistics)
 
Comet (Kentico EMS)
 
 
First party Anonymized usage profiles for lead generation purposes and marketing campaign management.
Marketing automation service. Tracks activity from email and site usage and across our online channels.
Comet (Default Cookies) First party Anonymized Cookies needed to run the session on the server and deliver the website, provide login functionality and cookies for security reasons.
Youtube Third Party Provide Youtube videos and possible tracking by Youtube
Double Click Third Party Cookies are used for ReTargeting, Optimization and Reporting within Google AdWords/DoubleClick
Google Third Party Anonymized Cookies used for Tracking, Optimizing Advertising and for Ad Account security reasons
Hubspot Third Party Anonymized Tracking cookies logging the visitors IP, timestamp of creation, current time and domain and number of visits. Furthermore Hubspot sets functional cookies such as session cookies amongst others.
In addition to that Hubspot sets the HS-Analytics cookie. This is a non- tracking cookie.
 


1.3 Remarketing (cookies shared with third parties)

COMET’s websites use remarketing to advertise online using text or image ads. Remarketing is a feature that allows us to reach people who have previously visited our site, and show them relevant ads when they visit other sites. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to our website. For this purpose third party advertising provider cookies are set when you visit our website. Users may opt out of Google's use of cookies by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page and opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Cookies from the following advertising providers may be set when visiting COMET websites.
 
Provider of cookie
Google
Comet (Kentico CMS)
Youtube
 

2.  Privacy

2.1 About Privacy

COMET considers privacy an important matter, so we build and operate our web services with the protection of privacy taken into account. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal information we gather when you use one of COMET's websites and some of the steps we take to safeguard it.

These principles apply to personally identifying information we ask for and that you provide. By this we mean information that individually identifies you, such as your name, physical address, e-mail address or other contact details.
 

2.2 Data Collection

Using our web sites and most other services do not require any personally identifying infor-mation. COMET may collect limited non-personally identifying information your browser makes avail-able whenever you visit a website. This log information includes your Internet Protocol ad-dress, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your query and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. We use this information to better understand users behavior and to further improve our offerings.

When we require personally identifying information, we will inform you about the types of information we collect and how we use it. We hope this will help you make an informed deci-sion about sharing your personal information with us. It is then up to you to decide if you want to provide the information or not.
 

2.3 Information sharing

We do not rent or sell your personally identifying information to other companies or individuals, unless we have your consent. We may share such information in any of the following limited circumstances:
 
  • We have your expressed consent.
  • We provide such information to trusted businesses or persons for the sole purpose of processing your request on our behalf. When this is done, it is subject to agreements that oblige those parties to process such information only on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • We conclude that we are required by law or have a good faith belief that access, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of COMET, its users or the public.

We may store and process personal information collected on our site in any country in which COMET or our hosting providers maintain facilities. By using our services, you consent to the transfer of your information among these facilities, including those located outside your country.

We may share aggregated information with others. Examples of this include user trends or the number of users who accessed a particular part of COMET's web presence. This aggregated information does not include any personally identifying information.

We offer certain services where you can post information on the site which will then be avail-able to other visitors of the site. Examples are discussion forums and comments on blogs. When you post, basic information identifying you as the poster will be made available to other visitors together with your posted information. This information includes your name or alias, and where relevant, may include other information such as your country or the name of the company or organization you work for. We may also display statistical, reputational and other similar information, for example the number of forum posts you have posted or how useful other visitors have rated your posts. For details, please see the help pages for each service.
 

2.4 Information security

We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unau-thorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data.

We restrict access to your personally identifying information to COMET employees who need to know that information in order to fulfill your request or supply our services.
 

2.5 Updating your information

We provide mechanisms for updating and correcting your personally identifying information for many of our services. For more information, please see the help pages for each service.
 

3.  Miscellaneous

3.1 Links

The external sites linked to from the COMET web sites are developed by people over whom COMET exercises no control. These other sites may place their own cookies on your com-puter, collect data or solicit personal information.
 

3.2 Changes to this policy

Please note this Privacy Policy will change from time to time. We expect most such change to be minor, but there may be changes that are more significant. Please check it regularly for any changes or updates. This policy has been last updated on 5/23/2018. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us any time.