Cookie policy

October 2018

These guidelines on the use of web technologies (“cookie policy”) explain how BCD Travel “we”, “us”, and “ours”) uses cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you visit our website www.bcdtravel.com. It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small data file sent by our website onto your computer, tablet, Smartphone or similar device each time you use the device to visit our website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Cookies mean that the next time you visit the website our system recognizes your device, which helps us to provide you with a better experience when you browse our website and allows us to improve our site. Cookies can store user settings and other information.

Cookie management on your device

You can decide yourself if you wish to allow storage of cookies on your device. If you wish to prevent the use of cookies now or in the future, you can adjust the settings on your browser at any time. Please bear in mind that not allowing cookies may mean that some functions or services on this website may not be available or may not run properly. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser to browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information. Please find the information on how to manage cookies for most used web-based search engines:

Who exactly stores cookies on your device?

Any cookies sent by BCD Travel, as the site operator, and stored on your device are designated “first-party cookies”. Some cookies may be placed by other parties; these are then designated “third-party cookies”. First-party cookies are those cookies which are associated with the host name. Third-party cookies are cookies from other domains. Third-party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and when it visits certain other websites. If for example you visit our website www.example1.com and we also display contents from www.example2.com, the cookies from example1.com are first-party cookies and cookies uploaded by example2.com are third-party cookies.
We use third-party cookies to report usage statistics of the website.

How long are cookies stored?

Cookies are stored either on your hard disk (permanent cookie) or in your computer RAM (session cookie).

Session cookies: Session cookies are generated by our website when you start your visit and contain a randomly generated individual ID number allocated to your computer. These cookies become invalid and are deleted as soon as you close your browser.

Permanent cookies: Wherever possible, we use permanent cookies whose validity does not automatically extinguish when you close the browser. These cookies are stored in your device and remain in place for as long as they are valid or are deleted. Each time you visit our website it then identifies any cookies stored on your device.

For more information on the storage per cookie placed, please read the information specified below under the heading “Cookies and categories”.

Cookies on this website

The BCD Travel site uses cookies for various purposes relating to functionalities and web analysis.

Cookies with the analysis performed by another party:

  • Analytics: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses text files, “cookies”, which are stored on your device and which enable analysis of the web pages you have used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our site is generally transferred to a Google server located in the USA where the data is stored.

On this website Google Analytics has been extended with the function code “gat_anonymizeIp();” to guarantee anonymised collection of IP addresses (a process known as IP masking). Therefore, your IP address will be transferred to the USA location and if you are located within the European Economic Area your IP address will be previously abbreviated.

Working in accordance with a contract with the operator of this website, Google will only use that information to evaluate your use of the website, to generate a report about site activities and other services associated with internet usage; this report will be delivered to the website operator.

You can prevent collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. This sets an opt-out cookie which will prevent future collection of your data when visiting this site; in other words, it will deactivate Google Analytics.

For more general information about Google Analytics and data protection please visit https://support.google.com/analytics/topic/2919631.

Cookies and categories

BCD TRAVEL uses a number of different cookies which can be allocated to the following category: “statistics”.

Statistic cookies: Statistic cookies are used to gain a better understanding of user behavior and to improve user experience when using BCD TRAVEL content. Blocking and deleting such cookies will mean your data can no longer be used to improve your website experience.

Name Validity Purpose Company
__utma 1 year Used to distinguish users and sessions Google Analytics
__utmb 30 minutes Used to determine new sessions/visits Google Analytics
__utmc Session Used to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit Google Analytics
__utmz 6 months Used to store the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site Google Analytics
_ga 1 year Used to distinguish users Google Analytics
_gat 30 minutes Used to distinguish users Google Analytics
_gid 1 day Used to throttle request rate Google Analytics

Updates and changes to the Cookie Policy

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use, or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Policy regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Cookie Statement indicates when it was last updated.

Where can you get further information?

If you have questions about cookies and their use by BCD Travel please contact us, using privacy@bcdtravel.com. Please provide us with your contact information, the name of the relevant BCD Travel website or Services and a detailed description of your request.