Cookie Policy

How Box Uses Cookies

Whenever you use any Box digital products and services (including but not limited to mobile sites, mobile applications or applications on any devices) (collectively called Box’s "Digital Products"), information may be collected through the use of cookies and similar technologies. We explain what we mean by our Digital Products in our Terms of Use - you should read this Terms of Use before using the our Digital Products. This Cookies Statement informs you about any cookies that our Digital Products use, and how to change your cookie settings.

By using Box’s Digital Products you agree to our use of cookies as described in this Cookie Policy. What Are Cookies?

Whenever you use our Digital Products, small text files called Cookies are are downloaded to your computer, mobile or connected device. Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) or application then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like personalised details or user preferences.

Cookies are very useful and do lots of different jobs which help to make your experience on websites as smooth as possible. For example, they let you move between web pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your experience They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

They are referred to as session or persistent cookies, depending on how long they are used:

Which Cookies Does Box Use and Why?

When you use our Digital Products, the following 5 categories of cookies may be set on your device:

  1. ‘Strictly necessary' cookies

These cookies are essential in helping you to move around our websites and use their features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Some examples of these essential cookies include:

  1. Functional cookies

These cookies allow websites and applications to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised which means we can't identify you personally.

They do not gather any information about you that could be used for selling advertising or remembering where you've been on the internet, but do help with serving advertising.

We use these types of cookies to improve your experience on our Digital Products and Services. Some examples of how we do this include:

  1. Analytics cookies

In order to keep our Digital Products relevant, easy to use and up-to-date, we use web analytics services to help us understand how people use them. For example, we can see which parts of the Digital Products and Services are most popular, identify which programmes have been watched online, identify when errors occur, and test different versions of a page or feature to see which one works best.

These web analytics services may be designed and operated by other companies on our behalf. They do this using small invisible images known as "web beacons" or "tracking pixels" that may be included in the Digital Products. These are used to count the number of times something has been seen. These web beacons are anonymous and do not contain or collect any information that identifies you.

The web analytics services may also use cookies and similar technologies to make the information collected by the web beacons more useful. When you are viewing a website, a cookie is transferred to your browser by the web server and is stored on your computer. It can only be read by the server that gave it to you. Similar technologies may operate in other Digital Products.

Cookies allow web analytics services to recognise your browser or device and, for example, identify whether you have visited our Digital Products before, what you have previously viewed or clicked on, and how you found us. The information is anonymous and only used for statistical purposes. It allows us to track information, such as how many individual users we have and how often they visit our websites. It also helps us to analyse patterns of user activity and to develop a better user experience.

Web analytics data and cookies cannot be used to identify you as they never contain personal information such as your name or email address. However, if you have registered and signed in to our Digital Products, we may combine information from your registration with the data we get from the web analytics service and its cookies (or similar technologies) to analyse how you and other people use our Digital Products in detail and, where you have opted in to receive such communications, to send you email and other communications that might be of interest to you. The combined information may include information that is collected by the web analytics services while you are not signed in, and information that was collected using cookies and similar technologies before you registered or signed in. Where the combined information can be used to identify you, we use it only in accordance with our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

  1. Targeting cookies

We also use cookies to assist in targeted advertising in the following ways:

Although these cookies can track your visits around the web they don't know who you are. Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com/ (opens in a new window)

  1. Other third party cookies

Please note that on some pages of our websites you may notice that cookies have been set that are not related to Box or our authorised service providers. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Facebook, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. These anonymous cookies may be set by that third party to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you. Box does not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

Commenting on Box’s Digital Products

Some of our websites allow you to leave comments about our Digital Products. One of the tools we use to enable comments on our websites is provided by a third party. In providing this service, they may set cookies on your web browser to track your use of their commenting tool on Box’s Digital Products. To do this, they use third-party analytics tools to help measure traffic and usage trends for their commenting tool on an anonymised and aggregate basis. If you do not want your anonymised activity within this commenting tool being recorded by these analytics providers, you can opt out of their cookies by clicking on the following links. Please note that this will take you to the relevant third party’s website and generate a ‘no thanks’ cookie, which will stop any further cookies being set by those third parties.

Google Analytics

http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (opens in a new window)

How To Control and Manage Cookies

Please remember that Box does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you although we may combine information from your registration with the data we get from the web analytics services we use and their cookies (or similar technologies) to analyse how you and other people use our Digital Products in detail. These cookies are set to improve your experience on our websites and to enable you to benefit from specific features and to set preferences.

However, there are various ways that you can control and manage your cookies which are discussed in a bit more detail below. Please remember that any settings you change will not just affect Box cookies. These changes will apply to all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites).

Most modern browsers will allow you to:

You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies. Ironically, this includes where you have opted out from cookies, as this requires an opt-out cookie to be set. Also, if you block cookies completely many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our Digital Products for these reasons.

The links below take you to the ‘Help' sections for each of the major browsers so that you can find out more about how to manage your cookies.

Internet Explorer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/ (opens in a new window)

Firefox

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies (opens in a new window)

Google Chrome

http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647 (opens in a new window)

Opera

http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/ (opens in a new window)

Safari

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11913 (opens in a new window)

Safari iOs

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677 (opens in a new window)

Android

http://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2392971?hl=en-GB (opens in a new window) Blackberry

http://docs.blackberry.com/en/smartphone_users/deliverables/32004/Turn_off_cookies_in_the_browser_60_1072866_11.jsp (opens in a new window)

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Windows Phone

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(opens in a new window)http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/web/changing-privacy-and-other-browser-settings.aspx (opens in a new window)

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off separately. This is discussed in more detail below.

Managing advertising cookies

Please note that if you want to opt out from receiving targeted advertising, this does not mean that you will receive less advertising when you use our Digital Products. This just means that the advertising you see will not be as relevant or customised to you.

However, if you still want to opt out of these third party advertising cookies, you can do this by visiting the Interactive Advertising Bureau's website www.youronlinechoices.com/uk (opens in a new window) which lists all ad serving cookies that are currently set on your device and tells you how to opt-out from each of them. Please note that this website lists many more networks than those used at Box. We have also set out links below to the specific partner we work with who set cookies, and therefore on your computer, which has instructions on how to opt out of its cookies.

Tremor Video

Tremor’s privacy policy details and opt out: http://uk.tremorvideo.com/about-us/privacy/

AOL

http://privacy.aol.com/

Managing analytics cookies

It is possible to opt out of having your anonymised browsing activity within websites recorded by analytics cookies. Box uses the following analytics providers and you can opt out of their cookies by clicking on the following links. Please note that this will take you to the relevant third party's website and generate a ‘no thanks' cookie, which will stop any further cookies being set by those third parties.

Don't forget that by not allowing analytics cookies, this stops us from being able to learn what people like or don't like about our Digital Products so that we can make them better.

Google Analytics

http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

HotJar

https://www.hotjar.com/opt-out

Flurry

http://www.flurry.com/privacy-policy.html

Apple Connect

http://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/en-ww/