Hammy Media Ltd is the publisher and operator (referred to as the “Company”, “we”, “our” or “us”) of the xHamster website, www.xhamster.com, (referred to as the “Website”). The Website uses technology to collect information about its use by users, to distinguish between users, to help us provide you with the best possible experience and to allow us to improve the Website and the service we offer. This means that when you visit our Website, cookies or similar technologies will be placed on your computer, mobile device, tablet or other device.
• the choices you can make about whether we can put some types of cookies on your computer, mobile device, tablet or other device.
1. Cookies – What are they?
A “cookie” is a small text file that is stored on your computer, mobile device, tablet or other device when you visit a website or use an application. Cookies are then sent back to the Website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie, and allow the website to recognize the user’s device.
Some cookies are deleted when you close down your browser. These are known as session cookies. When you restart your browser and return to the Website, the Website will not recognize you and you will have to log back in (if login is required) or select your unique preferences/settings again. Other cookies remain on your device until they expire or you delete them from your cache. Expiration dates are set within the cookies themselves, and some may expire after a few minutes while others may expire after many years. These are known as persistent cookies and enable us to remember things about you as a returning visitor.
Our Website uses both session and persistent cookies.
Cookies allow us to recognize users (where appropriate), tailor the content of our Website to fit the needs of our Website’s visitors and helps us improve the user experience. Without certain types of cookies enabled, we cannot guarantee that the Website and your experience of it are as we intended to be.
This includes where available, your IP address and pseydonymous identifiers, operating system and browser type and depending on the cookie, also includes the reporting of statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns.
If you visit our Website, we will deploy cookies to provide an online service more suited to the device you connect, as well as to prevent and detect fraud and keep your connection secure. When you visit our Website from any device (mobile, tablet, PC), we collect information about your use of the Website, such as information about the device or browser you use to access the site (including device type, operating system, screen resolution, etc.), the way you interact with this site, and the IP address your device connects from. You may not be able to initiate or complete some activities with our online services unless the cookies or similar technologies are installed.
• provide products and services that you request and to provide a secure online environment;
• manage our marketing relationships;
• give you a better online experience and track website performance; and
• help us make our Website more relevant to you.
4. Cookie Categories
This section explains each cookie category in more detail and how you can control their use.
The length of time a cookie stays on your device depends on its type. We use two types of cookies on our Website:
• Session cookies
These are temporary cookies which only exist, during the time you use the Website (or more strictly, until you close the relevant browser). Session cookies help our Website remember what you chose on the previous page, avoiding the need to re-enter information and improve your experience whilst using the Website.
• Persistent cookies
These are cookies which stay on your device after you have closed your browser and remain in your browser’s subfolders until they expire or you delete them. Persistent cookies help us identify you as a unique visitor.
We also categorize our cookies to help our customers understand the specific reason for each cookie.
• Essential cookies
These are cookies that are essential for us to provide a service you have requested and to provide a secure online environment. Without these cookies we may unable to provide some services that you might request. Other “essential” cookies keep our Website secure. Essential cookies are used to:
• enable a user to log into our Website and recognize such user when navigating the Website ( “authentication cookies”);
• maintain online security and protect against malicious activity and/or violation of our User Agreement (“security cookies”)
• check if a user is allowed to access to a particular service or content.
• Performance cookies (tracking Website performance)
These cookies collect aggregated information and they are not used to identify you. We use this type of cookie to understand and analyze how visitors use and explore our Website and look for ways to improve it. We use these cookies to track our sites and plugins performance across the globe. Similarly, we may also use these analytics cookies to test new advertisements, pages, or features to gauge users’ reactions. The analytics cookie we use may be our own (i.e. first-party cookies) or third party cookies and include Google Analytics.
• Functionality cookies (giving you a better online experience)
These cookies remember your preferences and tailor the Website to provide enhanced features. Without these cookies, we cannot remember your choices or personalize your online experience. We use this type of cookies to:
• make login faster by recognizing you if you are logged into the Website; and
• remember relevant information as you browse from page to page to save you re-entering the same information repeatedly (e.g. language, volume, HD mode).
You may find the functionality cookies that we use on our Website and how you can manage them in Appendix B.
• Targeting cookies
These cookies are usually third-party cookies from marketing partners used to deliver advertisements relevant to you and your interests. both on the Website and on other websites These cookies can track your browsing history across the Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. If you wish to prevent this type of cookie, you may do so, via your device’s browser security settings.
We recommend that you check the privacy and cookie policies of those websites for information about the cookies they may use and the collection of personal data. We cannot accept any responsibility for any content contained in these third-party websites.
6. Keep in mind
• Cookies with more than one use
Some of our cookies collect data for more than one use. We will only use these cookies for their essential purposes unless you have given your consent to any other uses they have.
• Cookies that are already on your device
Turning off one or more types of cookies will not delete any that have been downloaded in the past. We may still use data we collected up to that point, but will stop collecting new data.
• Managing cookies choices in your browser
You can turn off or delete cookies in your browser. If you do this, it may affect sites that use similar cookies to us.
7. How to control and delete cookies
Cookies help you get the most out of our Website. However, you can set up your browser to delete or refuse some or all of them, or to be notified when you are sent a cookie and therefore, choose whether or not to accept it. You may also delete or refuse, some or all of the cookies, on our Website at any time.
On your first visit to the Website you will have seen a pop-up to inform you that cookies are being used when you proceed with using the Website. Although this pop-up will not usually appear on subsequent visits you may withdraw your cookie consent at any time by changing your browser or device settings.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. Alternatively, you can search the internet for other independent information on cookies.
8. Does the Website use any other personal data about me?