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Cookie Policy

We use technologies on the site www.nationalgeographic.com (the Site) to collect information that helps us improve your online experience. In this Cookie Policy, we refer to these technologies, which include cookies, pixels, web beacons and gifs, collectively as cookies. This policy explains the different types of cookies used on the Site and how you can control them. We may change this Cookie Policy at any time. Please take a look at the last effective date at the top of this page to see when this Cookie Policy was last revised. Any changes in this Cookie Policy will become effective when we make the revised Cookie Policy available on or through the Site. Any personal information that we collect through the use of cookies is obtained through transparent notice to you and through your consent. Where applicable, we provide you with the opportunity to opt out. We hope that this Cookie Policy helps you understand, and feel more confident about, our use of cookies. Please also see our Privacy Policy to understand the other ways in which we use information we collect about you. If you have any further queries, please contact us at NGPPrivacy@natgeo.com.

1. What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work in a better, more efficient way. They can do this because websites can read and write these files, enabling them to recognise you and remember important information that will make your use of a website more convenient (e.g. by remembering your user preferences).

2. What cookies do we use?

Below we list the different types of cookies we may use on the Site.

A) According to functionality:

Performance Cookies. Performance cookies, which are sometimes called analytics cookies, collect information about your use of this Site and enable us to improve the way it works. For example, performance cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on the Site, allow us to see the overall patterns of usage on the Site, help us record any difficulties you have with the Site and show us whether our advertising is effective or not.

Performance cookies on this Site may include:

Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager:

Opting out of Google Analytics can be found on the Google Analytics site.

Google Firebase: Mobile device cookie for collection of data about App Users, including via identifiers for mobile devices (including Android Advertising ID and Advertising Identifier for iOS)
Opt out directly through applicable device settings

utag_main:
Within this cookie are several built-in values that keep track of the visitor sessionAdvertising ID and Advertising Identifier for iOS)
Opting out of Tealium can be found: https://tealium.com/privacy/Optout

_ceg.s, _ceg.u:
Used to track visitor sessions
Opting out of Crazy Egg can be found: https://www.crazyegg.com/cookies

_chartbeat2, _cb_Is:
Cookie is used to register if a user has visited the domain before and to calculate visitor frequency.
Opting out of The_ chartbeat2 can be found: https://chartbeat.com/privacy

Adobe Analytics:
Cookies to differentiate requests from different browsers and to store helpful information that an application can use later.
Opting out of Adobe Analytics can be found: https://marketing.adobe.com/resources/help/en_US/whitepapers/cookies/cookies_analytics.html

Segment Analytics:
Isolates and analyzes subsets of data for component trends in your business
Opting out of Segment Analytics can be found: https://segment.com/docs/legal/privacy

Functionality Cookies. . In some circumstances, we may use functionality cookies. Functionality cookies allow us to remember the choices you make on our Site and to provide enhanced and more personalized features, such as customising 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. All of these features help us to improve your visit to the Site.

Functional cookies on this Site may include:

__atuvc:
A social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms
Opting out of __atuvc: can be found: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out

__lc.visitor_id.nnnnnnn: Allows websites to talk to visitors on their site. The cookie will allow the application to recognise a returning visitor to the website.
Opting out of __lc.visitor_id.nnnnnnn can be founf at: https://www.livechatinc.com/privacy-policy

__atuvc: A social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms
Opting out of __atuvc: can be found: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out

__lc.window_state: This cookie checks stores the open/closed state of the livechat window
Opting out of lc_window_state can be found: https://chartbeat.com/privacy

_unam: ShareThis social sharing widget placed in a site to enable
Opting out of __unam: can be found: https://www.sharethis.com/privacy

Targeting or Advertising Cookies. We and our service providers may use targeting or advertising cookies to deliver ads that we believe are more relevant to you and your interests. For example, we may use targeting or advertising cookies to limit the number of times you see the same ad on our Site and to help measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns. These cookies remember what you have looked at on the Site and we may share this information with other organizations, such as advertisers. For more information about third-party advertising networks and similar entities that use these technologies, see www.aboutads.info/consumers, and to opt-out of such ad networks’ and services’ advertising practices, go to www.aboutads.info/choices.

Opting out of third party targeting or advertising cookies does not necessarily mean that you will not see our advertising on third party websites, only that this advertising will not be targeted to you through the use of third party cookies.

Targeting and advertising cookies on this Site may include:

BCSessionID:
Used to identify profiles with online behavior. Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads.
Opting out of BlueConic can be found: https://www.blueconic.com/privacy-policy

_delighted_fst:
Record your visit to our website and help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.
Opting out of _delighted_fst can be found: http://crjcraft.co.uk/cookies/

IDE:
One of the main advertising cookies on non-Google sites is named ‘IDE‘ and is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net.
Opting out of IDE https://policies.google.com/technologies/managing

_drt_:
Serves relevant ads to potential customers and gathers information about how or if you are interacting with these ads.
Opting out of _drt_ can be found: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy

ib_adns.com:
enables and optimizes programmatic online advertising
Opting out of b_adns.com can be found: https://www.appnexus.com/en/company/privacy-policy

3. How do third parties use cookies on the site?

In some circumstances, we may work with third parties to provide services on our Site. Third-party advertisers and other organizations may use their own cookies to collect information about your activities on our Site and/or the advertisements you have clicked on. This information may be used by them to serve advertisements 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. We do not control these cookies and to disable or reject third-party cookies, please refer to the relevant third party's website. You can also learn more about controlling cookies in section 4 below.

Third-party cookies on this Site may include:

_kuid_:
Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads.
Opting out of _kuid_ can be found: https://www.salesforce.com/products/marketing-cloud/sfmc/salesforce-dmp-privacy

s_vnum:
Tracks number of visits by a unique visitor
Opting out of s_vnum can be found: https://www.adobe.com/privacy/opt-out.html

_qca:
website rankings and audience segmentation
Opting out of _qca can be found: https://www.quantcast.com/opt-out

_uid: AdServer basic function.
Opting out of _uid can be found: .fwmrm.net, Opt-out: http://freewheel.tv/optout-html

UIDR: Collects digital consumption behavior data.
Opting out of UIDR can be found: https://www.scorecardresearch.com/privacy.aspx

4. How do I control cookies?

You may refuse to accept cookies from this Site at any time by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse cookies. Further information about the procedure to follow in order to disable cookies can be found on your Internet browser provider's website via your help screen. You may wish to refer to http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html for information on commonly used browsers. Please be aware that if cookies are disabled, not all features of the Site may operate as intended.