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zeotap GmbH (“Zeotap,” “us,” “we,” or “our”) is a company that offers the next-generation Customer Data Platform. It empowers brands to unify, enhance and activate customer data in a cookieless future, all while putting consumer privacy and compliance front-and-centre. Our services either solely use Zeotap’s proprietary technology or use its proprietary technology in combination with customer data (“User Data”) received from third parties (“Data Partners”), including but not limited to, customer data unification, identity extension, data onboarding, data matching, data insights, custom audience building, analytics/modelling, audience targeting in web and mobile advertising, and transfer of data into activation systems (including marketing ecosystem partners) (“Services”). Please note that, as mentioned above, our Services are comprised of two types: (i) software products (“Software Products”), as part of which we are using solely Zeotap’s proprietary technology to process and arrange the customer data shared by our Clients (as defined below), and (ii) data products (“Data Products”), as part of which we use User Data either alone or in combination with the customer data shared by our Clients (as defined below). You can learn more about our Products and Services on our website.
Our Data Partners are mobile network operators, mobile application providers, media, technology platform providers, owners of media properties (“Publishers”), brands, agencies and others that have access to certain User Data that they wish to monetize by using our Services.
Our clients (“Clients”) are businesses, including brands and agencies (“Advertisers”), Publishers, and other companies that send digital targeted advertising to consumers. By using our Services, our Clients can address a particular audience and tailor advertisements to the likely interests and preferences of such audience.
We work to ensure that our Services respect users’ privacy rights. To accomplish this goal, we adhere to privacy-by-design and privacy-by-default principles throughout the process of designing, building, and delivering our Services.
By law, we are required to provide you with information regarding:
- how and on what legal basis we use and disclose your personal data;
- how we take care of your privacy rights specific to your personal data;
The terms of this Policy apply to all User Data to the extent it contains your personal data as defined in the applicable laws and regulations.
This Policy also does not apply to information collected by our Data Partners, Clients or other third parties who may provide personal data to us, as their personal data handling practices are covered by their own privacy policies.
This Policy may change from time to time, so please check back periodically to ensure that you are aware of any changes in our processing of your personal data.
Data categories we receive and use
As part of the Data Products, we receive the following categories of User Data from our Data Partners:
- mobile advertising device IDs such as Apple’s Identifier For Advertisers (IDFA) and Google Android Advertising ID (“Ad IDs”);
- cookie IDs;
- hashed email addresses and hashed telephone numbers;
- demographic information like age, gender, city/region, income, language and mobile contract data such as prepaid/postpaid (“Demographic Data”);
- mobile app usage data about apps installed/accessed on a user’s device and app events and browsing data such as browsing URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) (“App Usage and Browsing Data”);
- purchase data, such as interest in and intent to purchase certain products or services;
- geolocation data.
We do not receive any ‘special categories of personal data’ (i.e., information about your race, ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation, sex life, political opinions, health, trade union membership, or genetic/biometric data) or, knowingly, any personal data about children under the age of 16.
Our Data Partners may collect data directly from users (both online and offline) or receive data from third parties.
We request that our Data Partners provide users with all required information about the use of their personal data and allow users to exercise their rights according to applicable laws and regulations.
When we obtain different User Data pertaining to the same device from multiple Data Partners, we aggregate such User Data and store it against the same Ad ID (advertising identifier, associated with a device) or Cookie ID (a string of characters that websites and servers associate with the browser on which the cookie is stored). Zeotap also maintains a separate ID inventory, which connects the User Data into a common ID (“zeoID”) and is an internal pseudonymous identifier.
We enhance User Data to create de-identified data segments and aggregate such segments into segment lists or Ad ID / Cookie ID lists based on our Clients’ preferences. We then share such lists with our Clients to enable them to effectively target the relevant users.
We do not process information that directly identifies a particular individual such as an unencrypted name, address or government-issued ID number. However, whether or not User Data we receive are considered personal or personally identifiable data depends on, among other factors, the definition that applies in a user’s physical location. For example, in some locations, a user’s IP address may be deemed to be personal data, while in others it is not.
We do not interact directly with users or their devices, unless a user sends us a deletion request, as described below under “YOUR RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO YOUR PERSONAL DATA (INCLUDING OPT-OUT OPTIONS)”
Please note that as part of our Software Products we may receive various additional categories of User Data from our Clients (including directly identifiable data).
Below we describe the User Data categories in more detail.
A. Online identifiers
Ad IDs are user-resettable, unique, anonymized identifiers for advertising. Ad IDs identify a specific device and are implemented both on IDFA and Google Android Advertising ID.
We obtain Ad IDs associated with de-identified User Data from our Data Partners. Ad IDs are then used by our Clients to identify advertising requests and to deliver relevant advertisements. We may also use Ad IDs to establish a relationship between different User Data attributes pertaining to the same user. For example, if we obtain User Data that indicates a certain user is between 25 and 30 years old, and later learn from another Data Partner that the user of the same device is interested in a healthy lifestyle, we combine this information against the same Ad IDs or cookie ID.
An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie or simply a cookie) is a small piece of data sent from a website and is stored in the user’s web browser while the user is browsing.
B. Browsing data
Log file information
In the course of the mapping activity described in the above paragraph, we receive such information as referral URLs, user agent string, and IP addresses.
When you come to the website where Zeotap cookies are set, the log file we automatically receive includes the referral URL, which is the address of the website that you came from. We do not use and discard referral URLs within a reasonable time in compliance with our data retention period.
We use IP addresses to derive information such as country and carrier. Afterwards, we discard IP addresses within a reasonable time in compliance with our data retention period.
We use user agent string information contained in the log file to determine your device operating system and device model. Afterwards, we discard user agent string within a reasonable time in compliance with our data retention period.
C. Offline identifiers
Hashed email addresses and hashed phone numbers
Some Data Partners or Clients may provide their offline data, such as hashed email addresses and hashed phone numbers. We require that such data are hashed using secure hashing algorithms prior to sharing with Zeotap.
We use hashed emails or hashed phone numbers to establish a relationship between offline and online user profiles pertaining to a certain user and enrich the profiles pertaining to those online users. For example, our Client would like to run an advertising campaign on mobile devices targeting users whose hashed email addresses and/or hashed phone numbers the Client already has. However, without respective Ad IDs, the Client cannot target the desired audience. By comparing hashed email addresses and hashed phone numbers provided by the Client with the User Data we have from our Data Partners, we can match hashed email addresses or hashed phone numbers to Ad IDs corresponding to the same user. As a result, we have a list of Ad IDs corresponding to the list of users the Client would like to target. Additionally, we can also enrich those lists with additional profile data, such as the ones described below.
Hashed emails would also serve as a basis for the creation of ID+, our tokenized individual pseudonymous identifier and specific to a user. You can learn more about ID+ here.
D. Profile data
We may obtain demographic User Data from our Data Partners, such as:
- user demographics (e.g., age or age range and gender);
- general geographic area of the user address and zip code;
- predicted or actual income tier;
- other demographic information that was received or collected by our Data Partners.
Zeotap uses this information to create demographic segments about users, for example, users who are “males, 30 to 34, living in Brooklyn.” We connect segments with Ad IDs so that our Clients can reach their target audiences on mobile devices.
App usage data
We may obtain App Usage and Browsing Data from our Data Partners, such as:
- apps installed/accessed on a user’s device;
- app events such as purchases or sign-ins;
- browsing data such as URLs.
URLs are web addresses, a specific character string that constitutes a reference to a resource. Most web browsers display the URL of a web page above the page in an address bar.
We transform App Usage and Browsing Data into aggregated segments based on interests or purchase intent (such as Sports Enthusiast, Health & Fitness Buffs) which are of interest to our Clients.
We may obtain purchase data from our Data Partners, such as:
- items you have bought in stores;
- items you have bought online;
- items you have put in a shopping basket online.
E. Geolocation data
We may receive data from Data Partners about the physical location of a specific device, including latitude-longitude coordinates obtained through GPS tools, Wi-Fi or cell tower triangulation techniques.
The location data we receive from Data Partners may be generalized, non-precise location data, or we may render the location data non-precise, in order to provide generalized location data to our Clients. Our Clients may use inferences from this information to send localized ads or targeted ads. We do not process precise location EU and UK data.
Legal basis for processing personal data
Our Services enable our Clients to among other things tailor advertising you see on your internet browser or mobile device to your interests and preferences. As a result, the number of ads that are not relevant or of interest to you will be reduced. To achieve this goal, we need to process your personal data and such processing operations are covered by your consent, which especially enables our Clients to use customized audience segments to improve and enhance their marketing activities and marketing reach.
Under Data Products, our Data Partners who provide User Data to us collect users’ consent to process their personal data and share it with us according to their respective privacy policies. The consent collected by our Data Partners complies with the applicable laws requirements and enables Zeotap and its Clients processing activities. Any processing of your personal data by Zeotap is subject to your rights of choice and control as explained below.
Under Software Products, our Clients are acting as data controllers and are responsible for ensuring that an appropriate legal basis is in place.
Please note that under Data Products, in case we combine our Client data with User Data, our Clients and us act as joint data controllers. With respect to the joint process, we and our Clients jointly determine the purposes and means of processing of User Data. In an agreement on joint controllership pursuant to Article 26 GDPR, we and our Clients have determined how the respective tasks and responsibilities in the processing of personal data are structured and who fulfils which data protection obligations. In particular, it was determined how an appropriate level of security and your rights as a data subject can be ensured, how the information duties under the applicable laws can be fulfilled jointly and how potential data protection incidents can be monitored. This also includes ensuring that reporting and notification obligations are fulfilled.
With whom we share user data
We share User Data with the following categories of third parties for the following purposes:
- Advertisers and Agencies – we share Online Identifiers, Browsing Data, Offline Identifiers, Profile Data and Geolocation for the purposes of targeting, analytics, measurement;
- Publishers and other companies that send targeted advertising to mobile consumers – we share Online Identifiers, Profile Data and Geolocation for the purposes of targeting, analytics, measurement, audience insights;
- Third party data platforms such as Demand Side Platforms (DSPs), Data Management Platforms (DMPs), advertising marketplaces, ad networks etc. (“Data Platform”) – we share Online Identifiers and Profile Data, for the purposes of data activation, targeting, analytics, measurement;
- Ad measurement companies– we share Online Identifiers, Browsing Data, Offline Identifiers, Profile Data and Geolocation for the purposes of analytics, measurement;
- Our hosting provider Google Cloud EMEA Limited (“Hosting Providers”) – we share Online Identifiers, Browsing Data, Offline Identifiers, Profile Data and Geolocation for the purposes of storage;
- Our affiliates – we share Online Identifiers, Browsing Data, Offline Identifiers, Profile Data and Geolocation for the purposes of providing technical support and helping Zeotap operationally perform the Services.
The Advertisers we work with operate in the following businesses: Arts & Entertainment, Automotive, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Hobbies & Interests, Home & Garden, News, Finance & Insurance, Science, Pets, Sports, Style & Fashion, Technology & Computing, Tourism & Travel, Real Estate, Shopping, Health & Personal care, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Energy, Transportation. Agencies we work with include: Dentsu UK Limited and Dentsu affiliate entities.
Publishers we work with include: MediaMond S.p.A., Triboo Media S.r.l., NetAddiction S.r.l., Edizioni Piemme S.p.A., Teads Italia S.r.l., Viralize S.r.l., AdKaora S.r.l., WebAds S.r.l., Instal S.r.l., Smartclip Italia S.r.l., MovingUp S.r.l., ZETA Gestion de Medios, WebAds Interactive SL, VLN Servicios Publicitarios Integrales S.L. (Sunmedia), Blue Media Comunicacion, S.L., RichAudience International SL, Smartclip Hispania SL, Teads S.A.
Data Platforms we work with include: A.C. Nielsen Company Limited, adsquare GmbH, Xandr Inc., Inmobi Ltd., Maiden Marketing PTE Ltd. (d.b.a. POKKT), Widespace AB, Google Ireland Ltd., The Trade Desk Inc., Adform A/S, Adobe Systems Inc., TAPTAP Networks S.L., Teads Italia S.r.l., Teads S.A. (global), Smartclip Italia S.r.l., LiveRamp Inc., TabMo SAS (Hawk), Pocket Math Pte Ltd, Bidstalk Technologies Pte Ltd, Mediasmart Mobile S.L., AppLift GmbH, salesforce.com EMEA Limited, Yahoo AdTech LLC, Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, Narrative I/O Inc., Adex GmbH, Smart Adserver, Lotame Solutions, Inc., Ventes Avenue Pvt Ltd, Neustar Inc., MediaMath, Inc., A.MOB SAS, Oracle, Amazon Europe Core SARL, Twitter International Company, Snap Group Limited, Taboola.com Ltd, Weborama SA, FreeWheel Media Inc, PubMatic Inc, Index Exchange Inc, Platform161 BV, Dynamic Yield GmbH, Permutive Limited, TikTok Technology Limited (Ireland), Braze Inc, Microsoft Corporation, Magnite, Inc., Eyeota Pte Ltd, Neodata Group s.r.l.
We will also disclose your User Data in response to valid legal processes, for example, in response to a court order, a subpoena or other legal request for information, and/or to comply with applicable legal and regulatory reporting requirements. We also may disclose your information where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing our products and/or services and with applicable laws, or as otherwise required or permitted by law or consistent with legal requirements. We are required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
In addition, we may transfer your information to an entity or individual that acquires, buys, or merges with us, or our affiliates. In these cases, we will require the acquiring company to carry on the material terms of this Policy, including the requests for account deletion.
When we transfer user data internationally
When we share User Data with the recipients described above, such sharing may constitute a transfer to a third country outside of the European Economic Area, for which the European Commission has not determined an adequate level of protection for your personal data. By law, we are required to ensure that the level of protection guaranteed for your personal data by the European and UK laws is not undermined by such transfer. We enter the EU Standard Contractual Clauses with respective User Data recipients, which you can access upon request. Please note that User Data is stored in the following locations: Germany, Belgium and England.
How we protect personal data
We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational safeguards to protect any personal data we receive from theft, loss, and unauthorized access. We follow generally accepted standards to protect personal User Data throughout the entire use cycle starting from the initial transfer until deletion. In addition, we limit internal access to your personal data to our employees, agents, contractors, and other third parties who have a legitimate business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions, and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable supervisory authority of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
Your rights with respect to your personal data (including opt-out options)
Your personal data belongs to you. You have the following rights with respect to your personal data:
- right to request confirmation as to whether or not we process any of your data, and, where that is the case, right of access to your data;
- right to request rectification of inaccurate personal data;
- right to request the erasure of your personal data;
- right to restrict processing of your personal data if certain conditions are met, e.g., if you believe the personal data we hold about you is not accurate;
- right to object to us processing your personal data;
- withdraw your consent with effect for the future;
- right to data portability, which only applies, however, if you provided us with your personal data directly.
How to exercise your rights
Additionally, you can contact us directly. The data we store is encrypted and stored against either (i) an Ad ID or (ii) a Cookie ID. This means that we need your Ad ID and/or Cookie ID in order to find all your data that are present in our system.
Alternatively, we can check whether the data attribute that you sent us in your request (e.g. a telephone number or e-mail address) is stored in our system in a hashed format, however, if the hashed telephone number or hashed e-mail address is not stored in our system, and you did not provide us with your Ad ID and/or Cookie ID, we will not be able to find other related data that might still be stored in our system.
Therefore, in order to be able to process and respond to your request properly and fully, we provide you with the following different channels to exercise your rights:
- You can ask for access and/or deletion of your data stored against a Cookie ID, through our website portal
- You can ask for access and/or deletion of your data stored against an Ad ID, through our proprietary mobile App (“Data Protection Rights App”) that can be downloaded via Google Play and/or the Apple Store
- You can also submit your requests by completing this form
Apart from all the above rights, you can also lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe we or our Data Partners infringed upon your rights.
Moreover, you can always use the following mechanism to opt-out from targeted advertising:
- you may select “Limit Ad Tracking” on iOS or “Opt-out of interest-based ads” on Google Android. In this case, we will keep your User Data until you request us to delete it, but we will not use it for targeted advertising purposes, and activity on your mobile device will be effectively invisible to us. You may reset the Ad ID by selecting the option “Reset Advertising Identifier” on Apple iOS or “Reset Advertising ID” on Google Android. This will delete your current Ad ID from your device and replace it with a new Ad ID. As a result, we will not receive any Bid Requests containing the old Ad ID anymore. After a certain amount of time, we will delete the old Ad IDs and related User Data. However, we may receive access to your new Ad ID and match it with other User Data we might receive from our Data Partners over time.
- you can clear or block our cookies in the settings of your mobile browser. In this case, we will keep your data, but we will not be able to use it to target your device when you are browsing mobile websites. However, regardless of the deletion of cookies, your device can still be targeted when you are using apps on the basis of your Ad ID.
- you may also visit the webpage http://youradchoices.com/appchoices and/or download the mobile AppChoices app. For more information about targeted advertising and opt-out options, you may visit for example the webpage of Network Advertising Initiative’s at http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices and/or Your Online Choices at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk.
Please also note that using the above options does not mean you will block mobile advertising, but it means that the ads you receive will not be personalized for you.
Your browser may offer you a “Do Not Track” option, which allows you to signal to operators of websites and web applications and services (including behavioural advertising services) that you do not wish such operators to track certain online activities, over time and across different websites. We do not honour “Do Not Track” signals.
Information on data retention
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for.
We retain data until the occurrence of the following events:
- request from a Data Partner to delete certain User Data; or
- the user submits his Ad ID to us for deletion of associated data; or
- expiration of the Zeotap defined retention period with a deletion of unused profiles after 3 months.
Please note that our cookies have the following storage durations:
- zc: Cookie dropped against .zeotap.com domain. Purpose: User identification. Expiry: 365 days
- zsc: Cookie dropped against .zeotap.com domain. Purpose: Frequency capping for cookie syncing. Expiry: 1-day
- zi: Cookie dropped against site domain as first-party cookie. Purpose: User Identification. Expiry: 365 days
- idp: Cookie dropped against site domain as first-party cookie. Purpose: User Identification. Expiry: 365 days
- zuc: Cookie dropped against .zeotap.com domain to store the consent value. Purpose: User Identification. Expiry: 365 days
If you have any questions or suggestions about this Policy and our privacy practices, please contact us here or through the below channels:
By email: [email protected]
By post to Zeotap: zeotap GmbH, Privacy Team, Stresemannstraße 123, 10963 Berlin, Germany
By post to our UK representative: zeotap UK Limited, 16 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AH, United Kingdom
By post to our external DPO: ePrivacy GmbH, Prof. Dr. Christoph Bauer, Große Bleichen 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
This Policy was last modified in February 2023.