Cookies and sharing content with other websites

This website was last updated on 09 May 2014.



1. Cookies


What are cookies

A cookie is a small file which is placed on your computer or device. The user can manage the use of cookies by changing browser settings. This way cookies can be in general or in each specific case accepted or rejected. (see below: How cookies can be managed).

Why we collect your data

We use cookies to improve services through, for example:
  • recognising that as a member you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page or application requested
  • measuring how many people are using specific services, so their use can be improved and to ensure enough server capacity for speedy upload at all times
  • working with third party advertisers to serve ads on our online services. Some of these ads contain cookies that are used to track user behavior.


Which cookies are set on WeatherOnline online services?

a. WeatherOnline Cookies

1. Cookies to ensure faster upload times:

We set a cookie to mark that the user's device used to access our website/applications can display compressed data. Such cookies can help to shorten upload. The content of this specific cookie is 'GZIP=1' and it expires after 2 weeks.

2. Cookies to ensure Member access to our website/application:

In case of access via Member login WeatherOnline sets a cookie in order to recognize that you may already have given a username and password so that there is no need to do it for every web page requested. This cookie expires after 2 weeks. It does contain random letters and numbers representing an encoded time stamp and a number for internal user identification.

To manage sign-on to the WeatherOnline member service we use an additional cookie. This cookie contains random letters and numbers und expires each time the user exits the browser.

3. Temporary cookies to improve performance for users:

Weatheronline places cookies to allow selection and comparison of weather data in as few steps as possible.

These cookies assist i.e. in recognizing the reference date for weather data display or whether a loop or zooming of maps is requested. In cases where the user does move on to select a different region or zooms into weather maps he/she does not have to reselect the reference date. The cookie is called WOSAT and expires after 10 minutes..


b. Cookies by Google Analytics

WeatherOnline uses Google Analytics, a web analytic service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.”

c. Behavioural Advertising Cookies/Third Party Cookies

Online Behavioral Advertising means the collection of data from a particular computer or device regarding web viewing behaviors over time and across multiple web domains for the purpose of using such data to predict web user preferences or interests to deliver online advertising to that particular computer or device based on the preferences or interests inferred from such web viewing behavior.

WeatherOnline works with third party advertisers to serve ads on our site. We work with BurstMedia, DoubleClick for Publisher, Think Digital, CasaleMedia, GoogleAdsense, Criteo and ValueClick.

Some of these ads contain cookies that are used to track user behavior. WeatherOnline does not have control or access to the information contained in these cookies. This privacy policy does not cover the use of cookies set by Real Media or any other third party advertisers.

For more information about how third party advertisers use the information collected by these cookies and how to opt-out, please review third party advertisers privacy policy (see links below) or our section below 'How cookies can be managed?'



Thinkdigital, Mediaplex (ValueClick), Criteo, BurstMedia and GoogleAdsense are signatory Members of the IAB OBA Framework, a self regulatory instrument that lays down a structure for codifying industry good practices and establishes certain Principles to increase transparency and choice for web users in relation to their online behavior and the data collected by such behavior from Companies that provide advertising services. More information on IAB Europe OBA Framework: Policy

How cookies can be managed:

You are not obliged to accept cookies and may modify your browser so that it will not accept cookies. The browser you use to surf the web not only allows you to see the cookies that you were set but also allows you to control their use.

You can control them by allowing them, deleting them individually or deleting all of them. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies altogether. If this option is selected, you should be aware that many websites will not function properly or at all. It may be possible to set your browser to not accept cookies and ask for your consent before each cookie is set on your device. This gives you control over what is set on your device, however has the drawback of slowing down your browsing experience.

There are different levels of control too. You are able to prevent just third party cookies being deployed, effectively opting out of behavioural advertising, and some even allow you to block specific companies you do not wish to deploy a cookie, instead of selecting all companies.

In order to manage your cookies, please select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions:
Mobile devices:
Alternatively, you may wish to visit AboutCookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to manage cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device as well as more general information about cookies.

A website written and funded by the internet advertising industry (youronlinechoices) provides an easy way to opt out of behavioural advertising from each (or all) of the networks represented by the IAB: Your ad choices and gives more information about online behavioural advertising.

2. Use of the Google+1 button


WeatherOnline uses on several of our internet pages the Google + 1 button of the social network Google+, that is run by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States ("Google"). Whenever you access one of our webpages that shows such a button a connection to a Google server will be established and the Google+1 button will be displayed via message to your browser. At the same time the Google server receives information which of our webpages you have accessed. In case you access those pages while being logged -in as a member of Google+ Google will also correlate this information to your personal Google+ user account. When using the Google+1 button (i.e. by clicking on it or writing a comment) your browser will directly transmit such information to Google and it will also be correlated to you account and stored. If you are a Google+ member, but do not want Google to collect your data through our webpages and relates it to your user data stored with Google, you have to log-out of your Google account prior to accessing our webpages. You will find further information on collection and use of data via Google and your rights and options to protect your privacy by visiting the Google privacy protection section at (http://www.google.com/intl/+/policy/+1button.html).

3. Use of the Facebook-Plugins (Like-it-Button)


WeatherOnline uses on several of our internet pages Plugins run by the social network facebook.com Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA betrieben wird ("Facebook"). Whenever you access one of our webpages that shows such a plugin a connection to a Facebook server will be established and the Facebook plugin will be displayed via message to your browser. At the same time the Facebook server receives information which of our webpages you have accessed. In case you access those pages while being logged -in as a member of Facebook Facebook will also correlate this information to your personal Facebook user account. When using the Facebook plugin (i.e. by clicking on it or writing a comment) your browser will directly transmit such information to Facebook and it will also be correlated to you account and stored. If you are a Facebook member, but do not want Facebook to collect your data through our webpages and relates it to your user data stored with Facebook, you have to log-out of your Facebook account prior to accessing our webpages. You will find further information on collection and use of data via Facebook and your rights and options to protect your privacy by visiting the Facebook privacy protection section at (http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/).