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Aqua-Spark Cookie Statement

Last updated: May 25, 2018

This Cookie Statement explains how Aqua-Spark (“Aqua-Spark”, “we“, “us“, and “ours“) use cookies and similar technologies to recognise you when you visit our website at www.aqua-spark.nl (“Website“). It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them. Aqua-Spark currently only serves cookies that are necessary for performance of our Website. We do not track you, nor do we use cookies for advertising. However, cookies can also be served by third parties from our Website. We provide the information below so that you can better understand what cookies are and how cookies are used on our Website.

What are cookies and why are they used?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website by the server of that website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Cookies can, for example, recognize your specific browser or remember information specific to your browser when you return to the same website. Cookies have an owner that tells you who the cookie belongs to (the owners is the domain specified in the cookie).

All cookies set by the website owner (in this case, Aqua-Spark) are called “first-party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third-party cookies”. Third-party cookies enable third-party features or functionality to be provided on or through the Website (e.g. like interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

What is the difference between first- and third-party cookies?

First-party cookies are the cookies set by our Website. We use first-party cookies for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Third-party cookies are cookies that are served by websites other than Aqua-Spark through embedded content, like the TED video, on our Website or through links on our Website to a website that is operated by a third-party (for example, links to our portfolio companies, which are managed by the portfolio company and not by Aqua-Spark). You can tell a cookie is a third-party cookie if the owner (domain) specified in the cookie is not our Website. Types of cookies are described in more detail below.

What types of cookies are there?

The specific types of first- and third-party cookies that may be served through our Website and the purposes they perform are described in the table below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific links you click on as third-party cookies are not served by Aqua-Spark—more information can be found on the third-party’s website about the cookies they may serve):

Types of cookie

How to refuse

Essential Website cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Website and to use some of its features.

Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Website to you, you cannot refuse them.

You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings, however, as described below under the heading “How can I control cookies?”.

Performance and functionality cookies: These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our Website but are non-essential to its use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality (like videos) may become unavailable.

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control cookies?”

Please note that our Website currently does not serve such cookies, but a third-party website may.

Analytics and customisation cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Websites are being used or how effective are marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our Websites for you.

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control cookies?”

Please note that our Website currently does not serve such cookies, but a third-party website may.

Social networking cookies: These cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our Websites through third party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes too.

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control cookies?”

Please note that our Website currently does not serve such cookies, but a third-party website may.

What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?

We do not currently use tracking technologies.

Do you serve targeted advertising?

No.

How can I control cookies?

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information.

How often will you update this Cookie Statement?

We may update this Cookie Statement from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Statement regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Cookie Statement indicates when it was last updated.