Schneider Electric takes privacy and the protection of your personal data seriously. This includes providing transparency about the techniques and technology we use to enhance and personalize your browsing experience. Among these are the placement of cookies on your devices when you visit our websites and the processing activities performed.
This notice explains Schneider Electric ’s approach to cookies and similar technologies. When you visit our websites, use our mobile apps, engage with our online ads or emails, we collect information, using technologies such as cookies, pixel tags (also called web beacons), browser analysis tools, and server logs. Each of these technologies is explained below.
2. What are cookies and similar technologies?
A cookie is a small piece of information in the form of an alphanumeric text file. Cookies are generated by a web page server, basically the computer that operates a web site, and placed on an internet user’s hard drive or device.
Information contained with a cookie is generated by the server and can be used by that server whenever a user visits the site which hosts the online services.
Schneider Electric uses similar technologies such as:
- Pixel Tags and Web Beacons
Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are tiny graphic images and small blocks of code placed on website pages, ads, or in emails that allow us to determine whether you have performed a specific action. When you access the pages or you open an email, the tag lets us know you have accessed the web page or opened the email. These tools allow us to measure response to our communications and improve our web pages and promotions.
- Server Logs
Server logs record activities on our websites. Other types of logs collect similar information from our applications. These logs record information about the device you use to access our website, your operating system type, browser type, domain, and other system settings, as well as the language your system uses and the country and time zone where your device is located. Our logs also record the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. An IP address is a unique identifier that devices require to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. We may also collect information about the website you were visiting before you came to and the website you visit after you leave our site.
- Other similar technologies
We may employ other tools or techniques which can be used to analyze website visits by identifying specific device characteristics. Some examples include HTML5 local storage, local shared objects, fingerprinting techniques, tracking pixels, and plugins.
For ease of reference, cookies and similar technologies are all referred in this notice as “cookies”.
3. Cookie Lifespan
Cookies have specific lifespans. A cookie’s lifespan refers to how long they exist on a particular device.
- Session cookies, remain on a user’s device only for the duration of the current browsing session. Session cookies allow websites to recognize and facilitate user actions such as remembering the contents of a user’s shopping cart as they browse a site.
- Persistent cookies, remain on a user’s device even after a browsing session has ended. Persistent cookies allow websites to remember a users’ preferences and options across multiple browsing sessions (for example, cookies used to target advertising).
4. Who collects and uses cookie information?
Cookies that are placed and accessed by Schneider Electric are known as “first-party cookies”. When they are placed and accessed by our third-party vendors, they are known as “third-party cookies”.
Therefore, we invite you to carefully read our website Cookie Banner and all associated cookie and privacy policies to help you make informed choices on which cookies you may want to accept or reject before continuing your browsing on our websites. Selections of specific cookie categories and third-party vendors can be made using options available through the Change Your Cookie Settings in our cookie banner.
Specific Notice relating to Google Analytics:
Please be aware that Schneider Electric uses Google Analytics to analyze how users interact with our sites and applications. Schneider Electric employs multiple measures and controls, both technical and legal, to protect your privacy and personal information. Examples of these include usage of EU-based proxy servers, anonymization, and data encryption. You can prevent the use of Google Analytics by installing Google Analytics Add on in your browser. For more information on Google Analytics and privacy click here or consult Statistical cookies under Your Cookie Preferences.
5. What are cookies used for?
Cookies may be used in numerous ways. Among these include allowing us to obtain information about website visits. This information can be used to help us provide users with certain features and to make sites more user-friendly. Cookies may also be used to better understand existing and prospective customers and to enhance relationship information, including associating a user with different devices and browsers that they may use for online targeting and advertising purposes. For detailed information about the categories of cookies used and their purposes, please review Your Cookie Preferences in the Cookies Banner where you will find a list of cookies sorted by category along with a description of their purpose.
6. How can you control cookies?
Our website will place any necessary cookies on your device automatically. You can manage non-necessary cookies placed by and for Schneider Electric using the Change Your Cookie Settings on our Cookie Banner.
Schneider Electric does not sell your personal data; however, if you are located in the United States, as defined by certain regional laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), usage of third-party cookies for marketing purposes may constitute the sharing or “sale” of information. Many modern browsers support a Global Privacy Control (GPC) setting which is recognized by our U.S.-facing websites. When enabled in settings or browser extensions, GPC transmits an opt-out preference to these websites, informing them that you do not wish to have your personal information “sold.” For more details about GPC, including how to activate it on your specific browser, visit https://globalprivacycontrol.org/.
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
If you want to opt-out, download and install the add-on for your web browser. The Google Analytics opt-out add-on is designed to be compatible with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. To function, the opt-out add-on must be able to load and execute properly on your browser. Learn more about Google’s opt-out feature and how to properly install the browser add-on here.
7. Cookie Categories
8. How long are cookies retained for on my device?
The data retention period applied to each cookie is indicated in the description of cookies available when you click the menu in Your Cookie Preferences.
9. How long are my preferences retained for?
We will remember your preferences for the placement of cookies for up to 6 months. This means that you may be prompted by the Cookies Banner and asked for your preferences again after each 6 month period.
10. Who can receive data collected from cookies?
11. Can data collected through cookies be transferred outside the EU?
12. What are your rights?
This notice was updated on September 1, 2023
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