What are Cookies?
Cookies and similar tracking technologies, like beacons, scripts, web beacons, and tags are small bits of
text, usually stored on a user's computer hard drive or within a browser. They enable a website to
remember information about the user's visit to the website. On mobile websites and mobile applications,
application and within emails or other communications we send to you (further, we refer to these
together as our “Sites”).
To the extent the cookies we use for these purposes lead to the processing of your personal information,
details about how we use that personal information and your rights over that personal information are
What Types of Cookies are used on our Sites and what do we use them for?
Restaurant Guru uses “first party cookies,” i.e., those that are used only by us or by third parties who
act only on our instructions or on our behalf. These types of cookies are used for our own analysis of
our own sites, or to provide functionality such as remembering your language preference.
Other cookies on our Sites are used both by us for the purposes described in this policy and by third
parties for purposes where those third parties may wish to combine information from our Sites with
information from other sites to improve their services. For example, these types of cookies may be used
for interest-based advertising purposes.
The cookies used on our Sites, by either us or by third parties, can be “session” cookies, or
“persistent” cookies. “Session” cookies are deleted automatically when you close your browser, and are
used for things like ensuring you are kept logged in as you navigate around our Sites. “Persistent”
cookies remain stored on your device or browser even after you close it. These cookies are used, for
example, to recognize you when you come back to our Sites.
We divide the cookies we use into three categories:
Required. We use this type of Cookies:
Required cookies are necessary for our Sites to operate. On some platforms, you can delete all
cookies, but this may affect the basic functionality of the Sites.
- To provide a secure log-in to our Sites.
- To keep you logged in so that you do not have to log in repeatedly to access different pages
of the Sites.
- To allow us to remember how far you are through a booking, to ensure that the booking
process can be completed.
Functional. We use this type of Cookies:
Where required by law, functional cookies will be used only on the Sites where you have given
your consent to their use. You can change your cookie preferences at any time using the “Cookie
Preferences” tool available on our Sites.
- To recognize if you have visited previously, and remember your preferences from past visits,
such as your location, language preference, and adding to favorites. In that way, we
personalize your experience of our Sites, by suggesting restaurants or showing you offers on
our homepage or in emails that are most relevant to you based on your previous visits to our
- To improve our Sites and our offerings by helping us to understand how users use the Sites
and to analyze trends which appear in that data. We also collect broad information about how
our users use the Sites, for example, to understand which aspects of our Sites and our
services are particularly popular, so that we can make improvements going forward.
Advertising. We use this type of Cookies:
Where required by law, advertising cookies will be used only on the Sites where you have given
your consent to their use. You can change your cookies preferences at any time using the “Cookie
Preferences” tool available on our Sites.
- To recognize you if you have used our services on another device. We combine information
received from multiple devices to determine if you are using a new device, so that we can
continue to provide you with a personalized experience on our Sites.
- To collect information for use in advertising on our own Sites and on third party sites which
you may visit. Such information is based on your preferences and your usage of our Sites. We
have included more information about our use of advertising cookies below.
Our Advertising Cookies
We work with third-parties that place cookies on our Sites to provide their services, including:
Ad Targeting. We work with third-party advertising companies to serve ads while you are
visiting our Sites and to permit these companies to place and access their own cookies on your
computer in the course of serving advertisements on our Sites. These cookies do not include your
name, address, e-mail address or telephone number. These companies may use information obtained
through their cookie about your visits to our Sites in combination with information about your
preferences and interests from other online sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and
services of interest to you. We also allow certain third parties (as described in our Privacy
Policy) to collect web log data from you (which may include IP address, where permitted, and
information about your browser or operating system), when you visit our Sites, or to place or
recognize a unique cookie on your browser to enable you to receive customized ads or content. The
cookies may reflect de-identified usage data or other data linked to data you voluntarily have
submitted to us, for example, your email address, that we may share with third parties solely in
hashed, non-human-readable form.
- Advertising Analytics/Measurement.
We make use of analytics cookies as part of our online advertising campaigns to learn how users
interact with our Sites after they have been shown an online advertisement, which may include
advertisements on third-party websites. In particular, our Sites use Google Analytics 360 Suite,
including Google Analytics Advertising, which are web analytics and analytics advertising services
provided by Google, Inc., which use third party cookies. Where required, our Sites have activated
the IP address anonymization functionality so that the IP address of the user is shortened by
Google. Our Sites also use the following Google Analytics Advertising features: Informer.com, Google
Remarketing, Google Segments, DoubleClick by Google, and AdWords. These features use third party
cookies to collect information about our website traffic by tracking users across websites and
across time and generating reports for us to better understand our website users and to create
audiences for our advertisements based on such understanding.
- Remarketing Pixel Tags. In addition, we may share website usage information about visitors to
our Sites with third-party advertising companies for the purpose of managing and targeting
advertisements and for market research analysis on our Sites and other sites. For these purposes, we
and our third-party advertising companies may place pixel tags (also called clear gifs) on some of
the pages you visit on our Sites. We will then use the information that is collected using these
pixel tags to serve you relevant advertisements when you are visiting other sites on the Internet.
These advertisements may be based on your interests, for example, on the basis of specific searches
you conducted on Restaurant Guru during earlier browsing sessions.
- Other Cookies: our partners, who provide certain features on our Sites or display advertising
based on your browsing activity, also use Local Storage such as HTML5, to collect and store content
information and preferences. Please note that different web browsers offer their own management
tools for removing HTML5 local storage.
Mobile Devices, Anonymous Device Identifiers and Hashed IDs
. We and/or third parties that we have engaged may collect and store a unique identifier matched to
mobile device, in order to deliver customized ads or content while you use applications or surf the
internet, or to identify you in a unique manner across other devices or browsers. In order to
these ads or content, we or a third party may collect de-identified usage data or other data about
which you have either voluntarily submitted to us, for example, your email address, or has been
passively collected from you, such as your device identifier or IP address, where permitted.
we share your email address, we share it solely in hashed, non-human-readable form.
Your Cookie choices
Browsers. If you are located in the European Economic Area, when you first visit our websites,
you will see our Cookie Preferences options, which allow you to choose whether you would like to accept
only Required cookies, or whether to accept Functional or Advertising cookies as well. You can update
your choices at any time by clicking “Cookie Preferences” in the website footer.
More generally, you may be able to change the settings to have your browser refuse certain cookies or
notify you before accepting cookies. To do so, please follow the instructions provided by your browser
which are usually located within the "Help", "Tools" or "Edit" facility. Some third parties also provide
the ability to refuse their cookies directly by clicking on an opt-out link, and we have tried to
indicate where this is possible above.
You can also find more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on
your device and how to manage and delete them, at www.allaboutcookies.org
Mobile Devices. If you no longer wish to receive interest-based advertising on your mobile
applications, please refer to your device’s operating system settings and follow instructions below.
- iOS users: To use the "Limit Ad-Tracking" option, follow the instructions provided by Apple here:
Apple Support Center
- Android Users: To use the "opt-out of interest-based advertising" option, follow the instructions
provided by Google here: Google Play Help
- Users of other mobile operating systems: Options may be available in your mobile device’s settings
- You may also consider downloading the DAA AppChoices Mobile App to manage online behavioral
If you no longer wish to receive interest-based advertising on your mobile device browser, you can
follow the steps in relation to Browsers outlined above.
Do-Not-Track Signals. We currently do not employ technology that recognizes “do-not-track”
signals from your browser.
Please keep in mind that, without cookies, you may not have access to certain features on our Sites,
including access to your profile/account and certain personalized content. Removing all cookies from
your computer could also affect your subsequent visits to certain websites, including our Sites, by
requiring that, for example, you enter your login name when you return to that website. Please note that
even if you exercise any of the choices described above, you will still see ads, but they will not be
based upon the information collected through these tracking technologies and therefore not necessarily
relevant to your interests.
use, and disclose information in connection with our Sites, including personal information obtained from
cookies, and for information about how to contact us if you have any questions.