Last revised on 8 January 2021
This policy explains what various tracking methods are, and why they are used. It also explains your right to control their use.
What trackers do we use?
A cookie is a small string of text that a website (or online service) stores on a user’s browser. It saves data on your browser about your visit to our site or other sites. It often includes a unique identifier (e.g., cookie #123).
“First-party cookies” are cookies set by us (or on our behalf) on our site. “Third-party cookies” are cookies set by other companies whose functionality is embedded into our site (e.g., google.com). We do only use "First-party cookies".
“Session cookies” are temporary cookies stored on your device while you visit our site. They expire when you close your browser. “Persistent cookies” are stored on your browser for a period of time after you leave our site. Persistent cookies expire on a set expiration date, or when they are deleted manually.
You can choose whether to accept cookies by editing your browser settings. However, if cookies are refused, your experience on our site may be worse, and some features may not work as intended.
What trackers may we use?
Essential trackers are required for our site to operate. They allow you to navigate our site and use its services and features (e.g., cookies that help you stay logged in). Without essential trackers, our site will not run smoothly; in fact, our site (or certain services or features) might not even be available to you simply because of technical limitations.
Preference trackers allow us to store information about your choices, settings and preferences. They also help us recognize you when you return to our site, remember your language settings (among others) and customize our site accordingly. They are not essential to the functioning of our site.
Analytics trackers collect or use information about your site use, which helps us improve our site. Among the uses of analytics trackers are to show us which pages are most frequently visited, help us record difficulties you have with our site, track subscription purchases and behaviors using the site.
These trackers add up our readers’ visits to show us larger patterns in our audience. We look at these larger patterns to analyze site traffic.
These trackers help determine which ads to show you for Mithraeum.eu properties — both on our site and on other sites. To do this, these trackers use information about your behavior on various sites to target our ads.
These trackers allow to limit the number of times you see our ad across your devices. They help us personalize the ads we show you. They also enable us to measure the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns (e.g., measure if you subscribe after seeing our ads). We do not use marketing trackers.
Advertising trackers help determine which ads from third parties are selected for you. Some of these trackers collect or use information about your behavior on various sites to aid this targeting. These trackers sometimes limit the number of times you see an ad, make an ad more relevant to you or measure the effectiveness of an ad campaign.
In the European Economic Area (E.E.A.), advertising is not personalized or targeted by third parties through personal data given to them. Instead, the ads shown are either not personalized, or personalized using only information that sites have about you and that is not shared with third parties. We do not use advertising trackers.
How do manage trackers
When you first come to our site, you may receive a notification that trackers are present. By clicking or tapping “accept,” you agree to the use of these trackers as described here.
To opt in or out of Mithraeum.eu trackers, please follow the instructions for your browser settings. If you refuse trackers, you might not be able to sign in or use other tracker-dependent features of our site.
For more information about other browsers, please refer to this All about cookies guide.
What information do we gather about you?
The information we gather about you depends on the context. By and large, it’s information about you that can personally identify you — either on its own or when combined with other information.
The following describes the information we collect and how we obtain it.
A) Information you voluntarily give us
When you sign up for a Mithraeum.eu account, we collect your contact information and account credentials. Once you’re registered, we assign you a unique ID number. This ID number helps us recognize you when you’re signed in.
If you register for an event or conference, we might ask for additional information (e.g., your company name, your job title or your dietary restrictions).
To process payments or donations, we collect and use your payment information.
This can include your name, your address, your telephone number, your email address, your credit or debit card information and any other relevant information.
For user-generated content:
We offer you the ability to post content that other users can read (e.g., comments or articles). Anyone can read, collect and use any personal information that accompanies your posts.
We do not have to publish any of your content. If the law requires us to take down, remove or edit your personal information, we will comply to the required extent.
For contests, sweepstakes and special offers:
When you sign up for these, you give us your name, email and any other required information.
For surveys, research, panels and experience programs:
We gather information through questionnaires, surveys and feedback programs. We also conduct similar research for advertisers. We ask you for your consent to use this information when you participate in these programs and events.
During contact with us:
We collect information from you when you place an order over the phone or contact customer service through one of our toll-free numbers.
Personal contacts data:
We never scan your device for your contacts or upload that data.
B) Information collected automatically:
With tracking technologies in your browser and mobile apps:
These technologies include cookies, web beacons, tags and scripts, software development kits (or SDKs) and beyond.
We track and store data about how you visit and use Mithraeum.eu. The items we log include:
Your IP address
Your operating system
Your browser language
The URLs of any pages you visit
Other usage information.
We combine this data with other information we collect about you.
If your browser doesn’t accept our cookies, you can’t access certain parts of our website. Because the “Do Not Track” browser-based standard signal has yet to gain widespread acceptance, we don’t currently respond to those signals.
What do we do with the information we collect about you?
A) We provide services.
We use your information to help you use and navigate Mithraeum.eu services, such as:
Making a Service available to you
Arranging access to your account
Providing customer service
Responding to your inquiries, requests, suggestions or complaints
Completing your payments and transactions
Sending service-related messages (e.g., a change in our terms and conditions)
Saving your content, comments or articles
B) We may personalize your experience.
We may track your interests and reading habits (e.g., the articles you read) to personalize your reading experience using technology like algorithmic recommendations and machine learning. This is how we highlight articles you might be interested in and de-emphasize articles you’ve already read.
C) We allow you to share user-generated content.
Any information you disclose in your content becomes public — along with your chosen screen name and uploaded photo.
With whom do we share the information we gather?
We do not share any information you gave us directly or inderectly with anyone.
What about sensitive personal information?
We don’t gather any sensitive information about you. This includes:
Your social security number
Your racial or ethnic origin
Your political opinions
Your religion or other beliefs
Your health, biometric or genetic characteristics
Any trade union membership
Any criminal background
How long do you retain data?
We store your personal information for as long as needed, or permitted, based on the reason why we obtained it (consistent with applicable law). This means we might retain your personal information even after you close your account with us.
When deciding how long to keep your information, we consider:
How long we have had a relationship with you or provided a Service to you
Whether we are subject to any legal obligations (e.g., any laws that require us to keep transaction records for a certain period of time before we can delete them)
Whether we have taken any legal positions (e.g., in connection with any statutes of limitation).
Rather than delete your data, we might de-identify it by removing identifying details.
How do you protect my information?
We protect your personal information with a series of organizational, technological and physical safeguards — but we cannot guarantee its absolute security. We recommend that you use complex and unique passwords for your Mithraeum.eu accounts. Do not share your password with anyone.
If you have reason to believe your interaction with us is no longer secure, notify us immediately.
What is our legal basis?
We only collect, use or share information about you when we have a valid reason. This is called “lawful basis.” Specifically, this is one of the following:
The consent you provide to us at the point of collection of your information
The performance of the contract we have with you
The compliance of a legal obligation to which we are subject or
The legitimate interests of Mithraeum.eu. “Legitimate interest” is a technical term under international laws, including the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. It means that there are good reasons for the processing of your personal information, and that we take measures to minimize the impact on your privacy rights and interests. “Legitimate interest” also refers to our use of your data in ways you would reasonably expect and that have a minimal privacy impact.
We have a legitimate interest in gathering and processing personal information, for example: (1) to ensure that our networks and information are secure; (2) to administer and generally conduct Mithraeum.eu sharing information tasks; (3) to prevent fraud; and (4) to conduct marketing activities.
What about links to third-party services?
If we make a significant or material change in the way we collect, use or share your personal information, we will notify you at least 30 days prior to the changes taking effect. We will do this via email or prominent notice within Mithraeu.eu. If you object to any change, you can stop using the Mithraeum.eu.