Cookie Policy

 

LAST UPDATED: 04-12-2012


This Cookie Policy describes the different types of cookies that may be used in connection with the website owned and controlled by us from which you are accessing this Cookie Policy (the “Site”), and how you can manage them.

We may make changes to this Cookie Policy (and to any such additional rules and guidelines) from time to time; we may notify you of such changes by any reasonable means, including by posting the revised version of this Cookie Policy on the Site. You can determine when we last changed this Cookie Policy by referring to the “LAST UPDATED” legend above.

If you have any further queries, please contact us, or write to the following address: W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH, Corporate & Legal, Hermann-Oberth-Str. 22-24, 85640 Putzbrunn, Germany.

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 preference settings).

2. What cookies do we use?

Cookies allow us to collect information such as browser type, time spent on the Site, pages visited, language preferences, navigation path and products browsed. Below we list the different types of cookies that are used on the Site. Note that to the extent information collected through cookies constitutes personal data the provisions in the Privacy Policy apply and complement this Cookie Policy.

3. Service Cookies.

Service cookies are essential to the Site and enable you to move around it and to use its services and features. We use the information for security purposes, to facilitate navigation, remember you when you come back to the Site, and display information more effectively. Without these absolutely necessary cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain services or features you request. These cookies include:

  • Cookies used to store the user’s session ID which are integral for basic eCommerce functionality and keeping track of a user & shopping cart between page views.
  • Cookies used to record geolocation data of the customer to serve default content based on that user’s country.

4. Tracking and Analytics Cookies.

We also gather statistical information about the usage of the Site in order to continually improve the design and functionality, understand how customers use the Site and to assist us with resolving questions regarding the Site. For example, analytics cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on the Site, help us record any difficulties you have with the Site, and show us whether our advertising is effective or not. This allows us to see the overall patterns of usage on the Site, rather than the usage of a single person. These cookies include:

  • Cookies used to enable us to track and improve the website based on behavioural analysis.
  • Cookies used to collect metrics on the first page view on the session.

5. Data Profiling Cookies.

Data Profiling Cookies are used to analyse your use of this Site (e.g., purchasing history) and to personalize your experience while visiting the Site (including to recommend products and offers to you based on your use of the Site). Those cookies further allow us to select which of our advertisements or offers are most likely to appeal to you and display them while you are on the Site. We may also use cookies in online advertising to track consumer responses to our advertisements and we may use cookies or other files to track your use of other websites. 

6. Where are my cookies stored?

The cookies collected on this Site are stored by a third party service provider that we have retained to provide web operating and data hosting services for this Site. This service provider is based in the US. We have taken steps to ensure that this service provider protects the confidentiality and security of personal data, and to ensure that personal data is processed only for the provision of the services and in compliance with applicable law.

7. How do I manage cookies?

If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to decline the use of cookies. To learn more about cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. If you choose to decline cookies, then some or all of the features, functionality and promotions available through the Site may not be available to you.