Cookie Policy

Kimura Limited trading as Apex Privacy is an Ireland based company specialized in data protection services for organizations (“ApexPrivacy”). This Cookie Policy applies to the use of Apex Privacy website www.apexprivacy.com and to the our use of personal data/information gathered.

We use cookies and other similar technologies to collect data on how our website is used. Through this analysis, we are able to improve and optimize our website user experience. For example, we get information on which service pages you go to, what blog texts you might be interested in and how you navigate between the pages. 

In order to develop our website, it is important to know what kind of website content is most efficient and functional, this way we know what stays, what goes, and what needs to be tweaked. The data we collect also helps us personalize services and marketing to you. We can, for example, define our customer personas and share content with you that you really respond to or might prove more useful. 

What are Cookies and how are they used?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or third-party to recognise you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.

Cookies can be “session” or “persistent” cookies.

Session Cookies are temporary cookies that are not stored on your computer or mobile device. They are created temporarily in your browser’s subfolder while you are visiting a website and they are not stored on your computer or mobile device. A session cookie is also used to remember your language preference when viewing the site. These session cookies are erased when you close your browser, or after 20 minutes of inactivity. Therefore once you leave the site, the session cookie is deleted.

Persistent cookies are those placed on your computer or mobile device for a predetermined length of time when you visit this site and they remain in your browser’s subfolder and are activated again once you visit the website that created that particular cookie. A persistent cookie remains in the browser’s subfolder for the duration period set within the cookie’s file.

Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly but cannot be used by themselves to identify you.

We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service but we use different types of cookies to run the Service:

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies – allow core website functionality such as user login and account management. The website cannot be used properly without strictly necessary cookies.
  • Performance Cookies are used to see how visitors use the website, eg. analytics cookies. Those cookies cannot be used to directly identify a certain visitor.
  • Targeting Cookies – are used to identify visitors between different websites, eg. content partners, banner networks. Those cookies may be used by companies to build a profile of visitor interests or show relevant ads on other websites.
  • Functionality Cookies are used to remember visitor information on the website, eg. language, timezone, enhanced content.
  • Unclassified Cookies are cookies that do not belong to any other category or are in the process of categorization.

 

Third-party cookies

In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-party cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service. In such a case, an embedded advertising material which is served from a third-party site could store a cookie for that third-party site, containing information fed to it from the containing site – such information might include the name of the site, particular products being viewed, pages visited, etc.

Please find below information in relation to all cookies being used on our Site: 

Strictly Necessary Cookies (5):

Cookie

Domain

Type

Description

Duration

_hjFirstSeen

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

The cookie is set so Hotjar can track the beginning of the user’s journey for a total session count. It does not contain any identifiable information.

30 minutes

_hjIncludedInPageviewSample

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site’s pageview limit.

2 minutes

_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

The cookie is set so Hotjar can track the beginning of the user’s journey for a total session count. It does not contain any identifiable information.

30 minutes

sp_t

.spotify.com

Third-party

Required to ensure the functionality of the integrated Spotify plugin. This does not result in any cross-site functionality.

1 year

sp_landing

.spotify.com

Third-party

Required to ensure the functionality of the integrated Spotify plugin. This does not result in any cross-site functionality.

1 day

Performance Cookies (3):

Cookie

Domain

Type

Description

Duration

_hjid

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.

1 year

_ga

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the site’s analytics reports.

2 years

_gid

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It stores and updates a unique value for each page visited and is used to count and track pageviews.

1 day

Targeting Cookies (2):

Cookie

Domain

Type

Description

Duration

_gat_gtag_UA_205417000_1

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

This cookie is part of Google Analytics and is used to limit requests (throttle request rate).

1 minute

NID

.google.com

Third-party

This cookie is set by DoubleClick (which is owned by Google) to help build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites.

6 months 3 days

Unclassified Cookies (1):

Cookie

Domain

Type

Description

Duration

_ga_7ZK097X3SR

.apexprivacy.com

First-party

This cookie is installed by Google Analytics.

2 years

More Information

You can always disable cookies altogether in the browser settings or you can delete cookies from the browser and disable all targeted advertising and communication based on your previous visits to our website.

What are your options regarding cookies if you’d like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please check our instructions on how to disable cookies on your chosen browser as per below:

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, such as you will not be able to store your preferences and our Service might not display properly.

 

Key tips for safe and responsible cookie-based Web browsing

Due to their flexibility and the fact that our service uses cookies by default, cookies are almost unavoidable. Here are some tips you can use to ensure worry-free cookie-based browsing:

  • Customise your browser’s cookie settings to reflect your comfort level with cookie security or use our guide to delete cookies.
  • If you are very comfortable with cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you may want to set long expiration time frames for storing your personal access information and browsing history.
  • If you share access on your computer, you may want to set your browser to clear private browsing data every time you close your browser. While not as secure as rejecting cookies outright, this option lets you access cookie-based websites while deleting any sensitive information after your browsing session.
  • Make sure your browser is updated and if you haven’t already, set your browser to update automatically. This eliminates security vulnerabilities caused by outdated browsers. Many cookie-based exploits are based on exploiting older browsers’ security shortcomings.

 

Where can you find more information about cookies

You can learn more about cookies and the following third-party websites: