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What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file that stores Internet settings. Nearly all websites use cookie technology.
This technology is downloaded by your internet browser the first time you visit a website. The next time you access this website from the same device, the cookie and the information stored in it is either sent back to the site that generated it (first-party cookie) or to a different website to which it belongs (third-party cookie). This enables the website to recognise whether you have already accessed the site through this browser and, in many cases, it may then vary the content displayed.
Some cookies can be extremely useful, because they improve the user experience when you return to a site you have already visited several times. As long as you use the same terminal and the same browser, cookies will remember your preferences for the site, for example, and make the offers displayed more relevant to your personal interests and needs. Depending on their function and purpose, cookies can be divided into four categories *: essential cookies; performance cookies; functional cookies; and cookies for marketing purposes.
Your cookie settings on this website.
|Cookie name||Purpose||Expiry date||Category*|
|Cookie Adobe Marketing Cloud Visitor ID||This cookie stores a visitor ID for use within the Adobe Marketing Cloud.||Two years.||First-party cookie for web analysis and marketing purposes.|
|s_vi||This cookie stores an anonymous individual visitor ID (with date and time stamp).||Two years.||Third-party cookie for web analysis and marketing purposes.|
|s_vnum||Generates a visit number for each user.||30 days.||Third-party cookie for web analysis and marketing purposes.|
|s_visit||Functions as a session cookie for Adobe.||30 minutes.||Third-party cookie for web analysis and marketing purposes.|
|s_lv||This cookie counts the time elapsed between two visits to the website by a single visitor.||Three years.||Third-party cookie for web analysis and marketing purposes.|
|s_lv_s||This cookie stores the time of a user’s last visit to a website.||30 minutes.||Third-party cookie for web analysis and marketing purposes.|
|s_cc||This cookie stores whether cookies are allowed by the browser or not.||This cookie is only valid for the session and expires when the browser is closed.||First-party cookie.|
|iact||This cookie helps with offering optimisation for image management for marketing campaigns.||100 days.||Third-party cookie for web analysis and marketing purposes.|
Essential cookies are needed so that you can navigate a website and use its features. Without these cookies, functionalities cannot be guaranteed - for example, actions taken during a visit (e.g. text entry or vehicle configuration) may not be preserved when navigating between different pages of the site.
Performance cookies collect information about the way a website is used – about which pages a visitor accesses the most and whether error messages are displayed by a particular page. These cookies do not store any information that allows identification of the user. The information collected is aggregated and anonymous. These cookies are solely used to improve the performance of a website and the user experience.
Cookies for marketing purposes
Cookies for marketing purposes are used to generate more targeted advertisements that are relevant for the user and tailored to their interests. They are also used to limit the frequency of occurrence of an ad and measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They register whether people visit a website or not. This information may be shared with third parties, such as advertisers. Cookies for better targeting of advertising are often linked with page functions by third parties.
Managing and deleting cookies.
You can also block and delete cookies by altering your browser settings. Most browsers allow you to manage your cookies by either accepting or rejecting all cookies or accepting only certain types of cookies. The procedure for managing and deleting cookies can be found in the browser’s integrated help function.
Performance cookies: user tracking.
Our website uses Adobe technology to collect information about how users interact with the site and its content. BMW AG uses this information to ensure that the site offers added value for visitors – for example, through content tailored to your individual needs.
The use of Adobe involves collecting data through Adobe Analytics and Adobe Dynamic Tag Management that is then processed and stored anonymously at Adobe computer centres in Europe. If you wish to opt out of data acquisition by Adobe entirely, you may do so by completing the opt-out process on the Adobe website: http://www.adobe.com/en/privacy/opt-out.html.
If you prefer to opt out of the web analytics service intelliAd (intelliAd Media GmbH, Sendlinger Str. 7, 80331 Munich), please click here. Please note that this will take you to the provider’s website.
If you delete all your cookies, you will need to perform the opt-out process again. The same applies if you visit this site from another computer. If your security settings are too high and the cookie is blocked, we will be unable to fulfil your opt-out request. In this case, you will be notified accordingly and should repeat the opt-out process with lower security settings.
Use of Facebook social plugins on www.bmwgroup.com.
One of the features of the BMW AG Website on the domain www.bmwgroup.com is that it uses what are called social plugins ("plugins") from the social network facebook.com, which are operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). These plugins are indicated by a Facebook logo. When you access the BMW AG Website on the domain www.bmwgroup.com, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transferred by Facebook directly to your browser, which then integrates it into the website.
Integration of the plugin causes Facebook to receive the information that you have accessed on the corresponding page of the BMW AG Website. If you are logged in with Facebook, it will be able to assign your visit to your Facebook account. Please note that an exchange of this information already takes place when you visit our website on the domain www.bmwgroup.com, regardless of whether you interact with the plugin or not. If you interact with the plugins, such as by pressing the "Like" button, the corresponding information is sent directly to Facebook by your browser and saved there. You can find information on the purpose and extent of data acquisition as well as how the data is processed further and used by Facebook, together with your rights and optional settings to protect your private sphere, in the Facebook data protection notes: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php
If you do not want Facebook to gather data about you via our website on the domain www.bmwgroup.com, you must log out of Facebook before visiting the BMW AG Website.