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This website was last updated on 21 Nov 2015.

What are cookies
Why we collect your data
Which cookies are set on WeatherOnline online services?
1. First-party cookies: WeatherOnline Cookies
2. Cookies set by using Google Analytics and DoubleClick
3. Third Party Cookies/Behavioural Advertising Cookies
How cookies can be managed

What are cookies

A cookie is a small file which is placed on your computer or device after you have visited a website. You can manage cookies by changing your browser settings. This way cookies can be accepted or rejected. (see below How cookies can be managed).

Why we collect your data

We use cookies to
  • recognise that, as a member, you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do this every time you visit our website
  • measure how many people are using our services, so we can improve the quality of our service and to ensure enough server capacity for speedy loading at all times
  • work with third party advertisers to serve ads on our online services. Some of these ads may contain cookies that are used to track user behavior.

1. First-party cookies: WeatherOnline Cookies

a. Cookies to ensure faster loading 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 loading. The content of this specific cookie is 'GZIP=1' and it expires after 2 weeks.
Examples Typical content Expires
GZIP 1 2 weeks
b. Cookies to ensure Member access to our website/application
In case of access via our member login, WeatherOnline sets a cookie in order to recognise 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 when your subscription ends. It does contain random letters and numbers representing an encoded time stamp and a number for internal user identification.
Examples Typical content Expires
WOMEMBER encrypted end of subscription end of subscription
WOAGRAR encrypted end of subscription with random letters and numbers end of subscription
To manage sign-in to the WeatherOnline member service we use additional cookies.
Examples Typical content Expires
PHPSESSID stores user's session id when user exits browser
amember_nr used in conjunction with the cookie PHPSESSID to check login status 2 hrs
amember_rp encrypted password of logged in user 2 months
amember_ru your username 2 months
c. Cookies to improve performance for users
Weatheronline sets cookies to allow selection and comparison of weather data in as few steps if possible. These cookies assist e.g. in recognising 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:
Examples Typical content Expires
WOSAT ZEIT=201511170730&BIG=0&...REGION=&CONT=ukuk&LAND= 10 minutes
AGRARCITYTEST Agricultural membership: encrypted user's preferred forecast locations when user exits browser
AGRARCITY Agricultural membership: encrypted user's preferred forecast locations 17.01.2038
d. Cookie to signify a user's acceptance of the cookie policy:
Examples Typical content Expires
EULawCookie 1 1 year
e. Cookie set by the WeatherOnline shop:
This cookie contains the following information: The date and time the cookie was created (in YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS format), The ID of the selected language, The ID of the selected currency. The ID of the last visited category of product listings, Whether the cart block is "expanded" or "collapsed", The IDs of recently viewed products as a comma-separated list. The ID of the current wishlist displayed in the wishlist block, Whether the "Terms of service" checkbox has been ticked (1 if it has and 0 if it hasn't) The guest ID of the visitor when not logged in, The connection ID of the visitor's current session, The customer ID of the visitor when logged in, The last name of the customer. The first name of the customer, Whether the customer is logged in, The MD5 hash of the _COOKIE_KEY_ in config/ and the password the customer used to log in. The email address that the customer used to log in, The ID of the current cart displayed in the cart block, The Blowfish checksum used to determine whether the cookie has been modified by a third party. The customer will be logged out and the cookie deleted if the checksum doesn't match.
Examples Typical content Expires PrestShop_: encrypted user data 20 days cookie-ue: 1 1 year

2. Cookies set by using Google Analytics and DoubleClick

WeatherOnline uses Google Analytics and Google DoubleClick For Publishers. By using Google Analytics and code on our websites and Apps, we set several cookies (see tables below) which are writen and controled by Google.

Please note, that Google Analytics and also provide third-party cookies (see below).
a. Google Analytics
WeatherOnline uses Google Analytics to produce anonymised statistics on how our sites are used.
Examples Typical content Expires
_ga, _gat, _gat_allsites, _gat_expert, _gat_agrar, _gat_sail, _gat_weather, _gat_radar identifier used to distinguish users 2 years
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.. Google Analytics uses cookies. 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.
Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by anonymizeIp to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking). Thus Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA.

How you can opt-out from Google Analytics:

1. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser (see below How cookies can be managed).

2. Furthermore you can prevent Google's collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at and at
b. Google DoubleClick For Publishers
Examples Typical content Expires
_gads Random letters an numbers (set by Google DoubleClick For Publishers) 2 years
For more information see How Google uses data and how you can control the information sent to Google.

3. Behavioural Advertising Cookies/Third Party Cookies

a. Advertising
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 DoubleClick for Publisher , Increase Online, GoogleAdsense and Criteo.

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.

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 bemanaged?'

b. Sharing content with other website (Google+, Facebook,..)
WeatherOnline only links to Social Media (e.g. Facebook, Google+ or Twitter), but does not actively embed social plugins such as Facebook's "Like" button. Only when the link is clicked, data transmission to a social network can take place.
c. Embedded media and other external sources of cookies

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 were set but also allows you to control their use.

You can control the cookies by allowing them, deleting them individually or deleting all of them. You can also set your browser to not to accept cookies altogether. If this option is selected, you should be aware that many websites will not function properly or not at all. It may be possible to set your browser not to 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.

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 refer to your browser Help tools. Alternatively, you may wish to visit 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 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.