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Cookie Policy

1. Introduction

The www.smurfitkappa.com website (the "Website") is operated by Smurfit Kappa Group ("Smurfit Kappa", "we", "us" and "our"). We are committed to protecting and respecting your right to privacy. This Cookies Policy ("Policy") (together with our Privacy Statement, and any other documents referred to), sets out the basis on which we use cookies on the Website. Please read the following carefully and if you have any questions about this Policy or do not agree with it, please contact us at web@smurfitkappa.com before using our Website.

We may change this Policy from time to time to reflect any changes in technology or legislation affecting the way we use cookies and how you, as a user can manage them. You should check this page from time to time to ensure you are happy with any changes.

2. What Are Cookies and How We Use Them?


A cookie is a small text file, often encrypted, that is places in your web browser on your PC, telephone, tablet or other device when you visit a website. During the course of your visit to that website, and on subsequent visit(s), the cookie send information from your browser about your visit(s). They do not damage your device.
Our Website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our Website. This helps us to provide you with a better experience when you visit our Website and assists us in making improvements. It enables the Website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so that you don't have to keep re-entering or changing these details when you come back to the Website or browse from one page to another.

 3. The Types of Cookies We Use

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are necessary for the operation of our Website. They include, for example, cookies that register the type and version of your browser and enable you to login to view registration-only content. If you disable these cookies then the Website will not function properly .

  • Analytical/performance cookies: These allow us to recognise and count the visitors to our Website and to see how visitors use our Website. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily. If you do not consent to the use of these cookies, please disable them following the instructions in this Cookie Policy so that cookies from this Website cannot be placed on your device. This information is gathered anonymously - it does not enable us to identify who you are. We use these cookies to determine the kind of content and services our visitors value most, which in turn helps us improve our Website and its conten

  • Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

  • Re-Targeting Cookies: These cookies remember information regarding your use of our site so that we can serve promotional and other targeted information to you on other sites.

  • Social Media Cookies: These cookies provide access to social networks and may collect personal information in relation to your use of these networks. We have no control over how the social networks may collect and use your personal information and their use is determined by that social network.

  • Google Analytics Cookies: This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses its own persistent cookie, which expires two years after it is placed on your computer. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. For more information about Google Analytics cookies please see https://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html?hl=en-GB

 

The following table outlines the individual cookies we use on our Website and the purposes for which we use them:

Cookie​ ​Description ​Expiry
 __utma​ ​Used by Google Analytics to track of the number of times a visitor has been to the Website, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Information from this cookie is used to calculate things like new sessions/visits ​[2 years] 
 __utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.​ ​[30 mins]
__utmc​ ​Stohis cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. ​[At the end of the session]
__utmt​ ​Used to throttle the request rate. ​[10 mins]
__utmz​ ​Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reaches the Website. [6 months]
​NLSessionCwwwsmurfitkappa ​This is a session cookie which is created by the UAG (Unified Access Gateway) servers of SKG. The UAG server is the first entry point to the website and these cookies are there to keep track of your sessions and which server you have connected to. This cookie is deleted when you leave the site. The expiration is “at the end of the session”.

​​[At the end of the session]

​WhlWFLB ​This is a session cookie which is created by the UAG (Unified Access Gateway) servers of SKG. The UAG server is the first entry point to the website and these cookies are there to keep track of your sessions and which server you have connected to. This cookie is deleted when you leave the site. The expiration is “at the end of the session”.  ​​[At the end of the session]
​_gat_UA-45118898-1 ​Used to throttle the request rate.  ​[1 minute]
​_gid ​Used to distinguish visitors to the Website. ​[24 hours]
​ASP.NET_SessionId ​Used to determine user preference on the Website. ​[Until user cache is cleared]
 

 

4. Third Party Cookies


Some cookies that have been set out on our Website are not directly related to Smurfit Kappa. You will note that third parties (particularly advertising companies, social networks and service providers such as retargeting or even behavioural analysis services) can also place cookies on our Website. We have no control over these cookies. These cookies have the purpose of analysing performance or allowing customised targeting of advertising displayed on your web browser.

The following table outlines the third party cookies we use on our Website and the purposes for which we use them:

​Cookie ​Third party Description​ Expiry​​
​__hstc​ ​​Hubspot T​his tracking cookie is used to track visitors. It contains: the domain, utk (see below), initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session) ​[2 years] 
hubspotutk​ ​Hubspot ​Hubspot This is a tracking cookie used to keep track of a visitor's identity. This cookie is passed to HubSpot on form submission and used when deduplicating contacts. ​[10 years] 
​__hssc ​Hubspot ​This tracking cookie is used to determine if we should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc cookie. It contains: the domain, viewCount (increments each pageView in a session), session start timestamp. ​[30 minutes] 
​__hssrc ​Hubspot ​This is a tracking cookie which is set whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie. We set it simply to the value "1", and use it to determine if the user has restarted their browser. If this cookie does not exist when we manage cookies, we assume it is a new session. ​​[At the end of the session]
​__hs_opt_out ​Hubspot ​Hubspot This cookie is used by the opt-in privacy policy to remember not to ask the user to accept cookies again. This cookie is set when users are given the choice to opt out of cookies.   ​​[2 years]
​ __hs_do_not_track ​Hubspot ​ubspot This cookie is set when users are given the choice to opt out of cookies and they choose to do so. It disables tracking and personalization. ​​[2 years]
​__hs_testcookie ​Hubspot ​This cookie is used to test whether the visitor has support for cookies enabled.   ​​[At the end of the session]
​hsPagesViewedThisSession 45118898- ​Hubspot ​Hubspot This cookie is used to keep track of page views in a session. ​[At the end of the session]
​hsfirstvisit ​Hubspot ​This cookie is used to keep track of a user's first visit. ​[10 years] 
ASP.NET_SessionId​ ​ASP.net ​ASP.Net session cookies are required for the dotnet code which is used to build the website.   ​[At the end of the session]
ARRAffinity​ ​Azure  ​Affinity Cookies are used to aid people who need to stay with a certain instance of web app or web site in Azure. ​[At the end of the session]
 

 

5. Web Beacons


Web beacons (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs) are typically transparent graphic images placed on our Website. Web beacons are used in combination with cookies to measure the actions of visitors on websites. We may use web beacons to obtain information such as the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, and the type of browser used to view the page.

We may also use web beacons in marketing emails sent by our system. If you receive the HTML formatted version of such emails and your email is configured to download images, a record of whether or not you open the email (and, if you open the email, how frequently you open it) will be saved with your subscriber history. Your engagement with the content of the communication (such as which links you click on) will also be recorded.

We may use this information in aggregated form to give us an indication of the popularity of content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting. We may also use the information to publish more content relevant to users in future issues and to unsubscribe recipients who haven't opened our emails for a period of time.

6. Managing Cookies Usage


You may refuse to accept or you may disable cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of the Website or unable to avail of our services. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to the Website. Additionally, disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser, you will need to do this yourself from within your browser.

You can find out how to do this by following the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility) or you can click on the links below to access instructions from some of the most popular browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Safari Mobile
  • Opera

For more information on how to manage cookies, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm. However, please be aware that, if you refuse or disable cookies, some of the Website’s functionality may be lost. In addition, disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser, you will need to do this yourself from within your browser.

7. Changes to this Policy

Any changes to our use of cookies for this Website will be posted here and if necessary, signposted from our web pages highlighting any changes.

8. Contact Us

If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact us at web@smurfitkappa.com.