Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy explains how HGST, Inc. and its affiliates and divisions (collectively “HGST”, "we", "us", and "ours") use cookies and similar technologies to recognise you when you visit our websites, including hgst.com ("Websites"). It explains what cookies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.

Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, HGST) are called "first party cookies". Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called "third party cookies". Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

Why does HGST use cookies?

We use cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as "essential" or "strictly necessary" cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Websites. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.

The specific types of cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described in the table below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Website you visit):

Types of cookie Who serves these cookies How to refuse

Essential website cookies: These cookies are necessary to provide you with services available through our Websites and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas.

Avnet
(www.avnet.com)

Amazon Web Services
(http://aws.amazon.com/)

HGST

N/A

Performance and functionality cookies: These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our Websites but are non-essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality (like videos) may become unavailable.

HGST

YouTube
(www.youtube.com)

Ustream
(www.ustream.com)

Vimeo
(www.vimeo.com)

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading "How can I control cookies?" To learn how to control advertising that may be delivered to you through your use of YouTube, please also see https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/113771?hl=en-GB.

Analytics and customisation cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Websites are being used or how effective are marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our Websites for you.

HGST

Google, Inc.
(analytics.google.com)

Marketo
(www.marketo.com)

Partner Avenue
(www.partneravenue.com)

To refuse these cookies, follow the instructions below under the heading "How can I control cookies?" Alternatively, to opt-out of Google Analytics, please click on the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Advertising cookies: These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.

AppNexus
(www.adnxs.com)

Casale Media
(www.casalemedia.com)

Criteo
(www.criteo.com)

Context Web (now Pulse Point)
(www.contextweb.com)

Domdex
(www.domdex.com)

DoubleClick
(www.doubleclick.com)

PriceSpider
(www.pricespider.com)

Rubicon Project
(www.rubiconproject.com)

To refuse these cookies, follow the instructions below under the heading "How can I control cookies?"

Alternatively, please click on the relevant opt-out link below:

Note: While exercising an opt-out should serve to stop these third parties from serving targeted advertisements to you, please note that HGST cannot guarantee that they will cease collecting data using cookies they have served to your device.

Social networking cookies: These cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our Websites through third party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes too.

AddThis
(www.addthis.com)

ShareThis
(www.sharethis.com)

Twitter
(www.twitter.com)

To refuse these cookies, follow the instructions below under the heading "How can I control cookies?"

Alternatively, please click on the relevant opt-out link below:

Note: While exercising an opt-out should serve to stop these third parties from serving targeted advertisements to you, please note that HGST cannot guarantee that they will cease collecting data using cookies they have served to your device.

What about web beacons?

Cookies are not the only way to recognise or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called "tracking pixels" or "clear gifs"). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our Websites or opened an e-mail that we have sent them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our Websites to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our Websites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In most instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function, and so declining cookies prevents them from functioning.

Do you use Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects?

Our Websitse may also use so-called "Flash Cookies" (also known as Local Shared Objects or "LSOs") to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of our services, fraud prevention and for other site operations.

If you do not want Flash Cookies stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash Cookies storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control Flash Cookies by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions (which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash Cookies (referred to "information" on the Macromedia site), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being placed on your computer without your being asked, and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash Cookies that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time).

Please note that setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash Cookies may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with our services or online content.

Do you serve targeted advertising?

Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Websites. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using a web beacon (a single-pixel image file) that collects information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other personally identifying details unless you choose to provide these to us.

How can I control cookies?

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can exercise your cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt-out links provided in the cookie table above.

You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted.

Most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. If you would like to find out more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com.

How often will you update this Cookie Policy?

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Policy regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Cookie Policy indicates when it was last updated. If we make material updates to this Cookie Policy, we will inform you of this by giving notice on our Website.

Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions about our use of cookies or other technologies, please contact us at privacy@hgst.com.

Last updated: 10/15/2015