Cookies Policy

Effective date: January 3, 2019

1. Introduction

1.1. 99designs ("we", "our" or "us") uses cookies on 99designs.com, our "Website". The information set out in this policy is provided in addition to our privacy policy, and should be read alongside our privacy policy.

1.2. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, as well as to provide web services and functionalities for users. We use cookies to provide us with anonymous information on the use of our Website and to know what you find interesting on the Website, for security and to detect fraudulent activity, and to gather demographic information about our user group as a whole.

1.3 Most web browsers are set to accept cookies, however, you do not need to have cookies turned on to visit most of the Website. However, having cookies switched on should allow for a smoother and more tailored browsing experience, and is required for certain parts of the Website's functionality. In the majority of cases, a cookie does not provide us with any personal information.

2. Types of Cookies

2.1. Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies. The Website uses both persistent and session cookies.

2.2. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which allows us to collect and analyze (on an anonymous basis) traffic and use of the Website, monitor the system and improve operating performance, for example, store your preferences to enhance your subsequent visits. It will not be automatically deleted when the browser is closed but is stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date).

2.3. A session cookie is essential to ensure the correct functioning of the Website and is used to manage registration/login and access to reserved features. It is stored temporarily during a browsing session will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. The Website use both persistent and session cookies.

3. Other Tracking Technologies

3.1. Clear GIFs, pixel tags and other technologies. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on your computer’s hard drive, clear GIFs are embedded invisibly on web pages. We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our Website and services to, among other things, track the activities of Website's visitors and users, help us manage content, and compile statistics about the Website's usage. We and our third party service providers also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to our customers, to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.

3.2. Third Party analytics. We have engaged third parties including Google Analytics to analyse the activities of visitors to the Website through the use of cookies and other tracking technologies which enable them to monitor traffic to, and use of the Website. This enables us to evaluate usage of the Website. These third party cookies are governed by each third party's privacy or cookies policy.

4. Our Use of Cookies

4.1. We do not automatically capture or store personal information from browsers to the Website, other than to log your IP address (which in certain circumstances will be your personal data) and session information such as the duration of the visit to our site referring/exit pages, clickstream data and the nature of the browser used. This information is used in the compilation of statistics which we use for analysis in order to improve the Website and understand in general terms who uses our Website. We may also link this automatically-collected data to other personal information that we hold for the purposes of security and to detect fraudulent activity.

4.2. First party cookies are required to allow you to access and participate in certain areas of the Website. Once you have closed your browser, this type of cookie is deactivated, unless “remember me” it checked on login. Like all cookies, you are able to remove or block particular cookies at any time (see below).

4.3. Third party cookies are used by analytics services such as Google Analytics and by our partner sites to provide their services.

5. Your Cookie Choices

5.1. The majority of browsers will allow you to alter the settings used for cookies and to disable and enable them as you require.

5.2. You can reject all cookies (except strictly necessary cookies) in case you prefer not to receive them, and you can have your computer warn you whenever cookies are being used. You can delete the cookies that are already on your computer and you can set your browser to prevent them from being placed. Disabling cookies may, however, prevent some web services (including on the Website) from working correctly. Please be aware that when you have set your computer to reject cookies, it can limit the functionality of the Website and it is possible then that you will not have access to some of the features on the Website.

All first party cookies are required in order to access the logged in sections of the website and use our services, however 3rd party cookies are not required for the site to function.

5.3. To disable cookies, or to receive a warning whenever cookies are being used, you have to adjust your browser settings. You can adjust your browser settings to delete certain cookies. Visit the "help" section of your browser for how to manage your cookie settings, or follow the links below:

For further general information on cookies and more detailed advice on how to disable and enable them please go to http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

5.4. Opting-out of Third Party Ad Networks. You have the ability to opt out of many third-party ad networks. For example, you may go to the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Consumer Choice Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by DAA companies. You may also go to the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) Consumer Opt-Out Page for information about opting out of interest-based advertising and their choices regarding having information used by NAI members. Opting out from one or more companies listed on the DAA Consumer Choice Page or the NAI Consumer Opt-Out Page will opt you out from those companies’ delivery of interest-based content or ads to you, but it does not mean you will no longer receive any advertising through our Website or on other websites. You may continue to receive advertisements, for example, based on the particular website that you are viewing (i.e., contextually based ads). Also, if your browsers are configured to reject cookies when you opt out on the DAA or NAI websites, your opt out may not be effective. Additional information is available on the DAA’s website at www.aboutads.info or the NAI’s website at www.networkadvertising.org.

5.5. Opting out of third party analytics. You can prevent the use of Google Analytics Cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser software, however, you may not be able to fully use all of the functions of the Website if you do so. For more information about and to prevent Google’s collection of data generated by your use of this website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing a Browser Plugin available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

5.6. Some Internet browsers may be configured to send “Do Not Track” signals to the online services that you visit. We currently do not respond to do not track or similar signals. To find out more about “Do Not Track,” please visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.

6. Update

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time. When we make changes, we’ll update the “Effective Date” at the top of the Cookie Policy and post it on our Website. We encourage you to check back periodically to review this Cookie Policy for any changes since your last visit.