Our Cookie Policy was last updated and posted on November 14, 2022.

This Cookie Policy is designed to give you more information about the Cookies that we use on simbud.com and our registered sub-domains (“Website”). Our use of the information gathered through Cookies is governed by our Privacy Policy.  We encourage you to refer to it for more details on how we use your information.

As mentioned in our Terms of Service, simbud.com is owned and operated by 9293-3092 Quebec Inc. (hereafter referred to as “PlanHub”).

By using or accessing our Website, you are consenting to PlanHub’s use of Cookies as outlined below.

When you use any of our services on our Website, our mobile sites or mobile applications, we may collect information using Cookies. We use this information in order to improve our products and provide you with a more personalized service.

1 – What are cookies?

Cookies are small files of numbers and letters that are stored in a user’s browser when they visit a website, for record-keeping purposes. When a user returns to the website, their browser sends these files back to the website, allowing personalized content to be shown on the user’s screen.

Session Cookies” are temporary Cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the Website.

Persistent Cookies” remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie). These cookies are not cleared when the browser is closed. This type of cookie is used to recall user preferences so that every time a site is visited, the user’s preferred settings are automatically provided.

2 – How do we use cookies?

Like most websites, we use Cookies for a variety of purposes in order to improve your online experience, for analytics and for marketing.

When we use Session Cookies to track the total number of visitors of our Website, this is done on an anonymous aggregate basis (as cookies do not in themselves carry any personal data). 

We may also employ cookies to remember your computer when it is used to return to the Website to help customize your Simbud experience. We may associate personal information with a cookie file in those instances. 

More specifically, we use Cookies on the Website for the following purposes:

Analytical PurposesWe use cookies to analyze user activity in order to improve the Website. For example, we can use cookies to look at aggregate patterns like the average number of searches that users perform. We can use such analysis to gain insights into how to improve the functionality and user experience of the Website.
Your Preferences & User ExperienceWe use cookies to gather certain information about users, such as browser type, server, language preference, and province setting, in order to store user preferences on our Website and to make your user experience more consistent and convenient. For example, we may store the recent searches you have performed in a cookie so that we can allow you to easily repeat those searches when you return to our Website.
MarketingWe use cookies from third-party partners such as Google and Doubleclick for marketing purposes. These cookies allow us to display Simbud promotional material to you on other sites you visit across the Internet. We may also share information about your behavior on the Website with third parties (including operators of third-party websites and/or social networking sites) in order to show you targeted advertisements and other content that has been customized for you.
Referral TrackingWe use cookies to associate user activity with the third-party website that referred the user to our Website, or to associate user activity that Simbud referred to a third-party website. These third-party partner websites receive credit for the activity of users they refer to our Website, or give Simbud credit for the activity of users referred to such third-party websites. We do not share any personal information or information about individual user activities with these partner entities. We also use cookies to associate user activity with the email campaign that referred the user to our Website.
Security PurposesWe may use cookies to limit certain types of cyber attacks.
Testing, Usability, and Performance Improvement PurposesWe use cookies to ensure users receive a consistent user experience while we conduct A/B testing on certain aspects of our Website in order to improve our services and product offerings. We also use cookies to improve the performance and reliability of our Website.
Fraud/Spam preventionWe use cookies during fraud reviews and investigations. Some of our cookie/device tracking happens via third-party vendors, other times we use our own indexes to identify activity related to specific cookies.

3 – How do I manage my cookie preferences?

Should you decide to prevent cookies from being stored in your browser, please note that you may not be able to use some of the key features on our Website. However, you will still be able to make basic searches.

If you would like to monitor or prevent cookies from being set in your browser, you can modify your browser settings to receive notifications whenever cookies are being used or to completely block the storage of cookies. You may also delete cookies that are already stored in your browser. Where you will find these settings will depend on the browser you use. Generally, using your browser’s “Help” section will help you locate these settings.

4 – Consent to the use of cookies:

If cookies are necessary for the use of the Website (functionality), those session cookies do not require your prior consent. Those session cookies will expire after you have left the homepage. Persistent cookies and third-party cookies may require your prior consent to track the choices you made on the Website and your preferences. 

5 – More information about cookies

5.1 – First-party cookies

A first-party cookie is a type of cookie that is set by the site the user is visiting and can only be read by that site.

5.2 – Third-party cookies

Third-party cookies are set by an organisation that does not own the site that the user is visiting. These are normally cookies set by specialist marketing or analytics organisations.