Cookies Policy

The Groupon website, www.groupon.co.uk (the "Website"), and other websites containing Groupon in the name (including but not limited to getaways.groupon.co.uk, goods.groupon.co.uk, etc.), are operated by MyCityDeal Limited (t/a Groupon UK) ("Groupon UK", "we," "us," "our"). This cookies policy ("Cookies Policy") is intended to be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy and our consumer Terms and Conditions. Please see our Privacy Policy for further information regarding what we do (and don't do) with your personally identifiable information and our view of the importance of protecting your privacy.

We have set forth the following Cookies Policy to explain the types of cookies and other technologies used on our Website and our platform, as well as what those cookies are used for. Please note that we are unable to offer our Website or our Services without serving some of our own cookies and/or similar technologies on your device. You therefore consent to our use of Groupon cookies when you use our Website and Services. You may, however, be able to avoid certain cookies by configuring your browser settings or opting-out directly with a relevant third party, which we set out in more detail below.

Where this Cookies Policy uses a word beginning with a capital letter, that term will be defined in the Terms and Conditions, the Privacy Policy or elsewhere in this Cookies Policy. This Cookies Policy is organised as follows:

1. What are Cookies?
2. First Party and Third Party Cookies
3. Session and Persistent Cookies
4. Other Technologies
5. Cookies on the Groupon Website
6. Cookie Transparency

1. What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files located in your browser directory. When a website is accessed, a cookie that is placed on a device will send information to the browser. Cookies are extremely common and used on a number of websites. This is because cookies allow the website publisher to do useful things; for example, a cookie would permit a website operator to find out whether a computer (and probably its user) has visited the site previously. In general, the purpose of cookies is to improve the performance of the website and the user's experience in using that website, though cookies may also serve advertisements (which we explain below). For a more thorough explanation of what cookies are and how they operate, please read the All About Cookies website.

2. First Party and Third Party Cookies
We may place Groupon cookies on your device through our Website. Cookies placed by us are called first party cookies. First party cookies are cookies that are specific to the Website that created them (in this case, www.groupon.co.uk or another Groupon domain or sub-domain). Their use enables us to operate an efficient service and to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to the Website.

We also allow third parties to place cookies on your device. Third party cookies allow the Website to serve you cookies that seek to make advertisements more relevant to you by tailoring the advertisement to your user preferences (such as by the type of deals you have purchased from the Website). The difference between a first party cookie and a third party cookie relates to the control of the party who serves the cookie. While we allow third parties access to the Website to place these cookies on users' devices, we do not retain control over the information supplied by the cookies, nor do we retain access to that data. This information is controlled wholly by that third-party in accordance with their respective privacy policy.

3. Session and Persistent Cookies
Our Website may place session and persistent cookies on your device. Whereas a first party and third party cookie relate to the party controlling the initial placement of the cookie on your device, the difference between a session and a persistent cookie relates to the length of time a cookie will last. Session cookies are cookies that typically last until you close your internet browser. When you end your browser session, the cookie expires. A common example of a session cookie is a cookie Groupon places on your device when purchasing a voucher on our Website. When you see a Groupon you would like to purchase, you click "Buy Now!" and are directed to a new webpage. Without a session cookie remembering the voucher you intend to purchase, our Website would not capable of "remembering" the voucher you selected when you moved to the check-out page.

Persistent cookies, as the name implies, are continuous and will last after you close your browser. This allows for quicker and often more convenient access to our Website. For example, a persistent cookie which our Website reads from your device is the city you are subscribed to. This ensures that once the cookie has been placed, when you access the Website in the future you are automatically directed to your relevant city page.

4. Other Technologies
There are other technologies that perform a similar function to cookies. These include web beacons and clear gifs. These technologies are often used in conjunction with cookies to help a Website operator understand its users better. We primarily use these technologies in our Newsletters. We use these technologies when we send you our Newsletter so that we can track when you open an email and what you click within that email. When you open an email and/or click on an email sent from Groupon, there will be a brief redirect of this information via a statistics server which we operate. This data is then used to measure the effectiveness of our email campaigns and to allow us to better target our marketing to you and the services we provide.

5. Cookies and Other Technologies on the Groupon Website
Our Website may serve you cookies and similar technologies in a number of ways and for a variety of purposes. In general, these include:

• To enable and streamline the basic functioning of the Website and Services across multiple webpages and browser sessions;
• To simplify your use of our Website and Services;
• To monitor, analyse and improve the performance and effectiveness of our Website and our Services; and
• To serve you advertisements that are customised and relevant to you.

It is our aim to be transparent and clear regarding our use of cookies and other technologies. We've therefore set forth in this section the cookies relevant to your use of our Website and Services. Where relevant, we have also set forth a small table which provides the name of the cookie that may be placed on your device, as well as the duration that cookie will remain on your device (unless deleted or removed by you prior to the end of the duration of the cookie).

5.1. Local Site/Session and User Tracking Cookies
Local site/session cookies are cookies placed by Groupon servers (and occasionally third parties) to track Website use across a particular session. They are mainly stored in your browser and expire at the end of your browser session (though can last for longer as we've set out in the table below). User tracking cookies are first party cookies that track the ID and user settings of the user upon entering and using the Website. We view these cookies as helpful to the functioning of our Website and may place them on your device to improve the usability of the Website and our services to you.

Cookie NameCookie PurposeDuration
path This is a first party cookie that tells the browser the cookie should only be sent to the server on a given path. Session
overlayDisplayed This is a first party cookie that remembers whether a user has previously viewed and clicked through the overlay display which prompts a user to enter their email address when entering the Website. Session
ppid This is a first party cookie that tracks a merchant's internal ID when using merchant-facing aspects of the Groupon website. Session
user_id This is a first party cookie that, if a user is logged in to their Groupon account, indicates the user's internal user id when using Groupon's mobile platform. Session
access_token This is a first party cookies that contains a user's security information related to logging in to the Groupon Website from the mobile platform. Session
full_name This is a first party that cookies that, if a user chooses to provide it, indicates the user's full name. Session
facebook_login This is a first party cookie that indicates whether the user used Facebook to login to their Groupon account when using Groupon's mobile platform. Session
has_js This is a first party cookie that indicates whether Javascript is supported. Session
Citysearch This is a first party cookie that indicates a user's selected city. Session
SESSION_OMD This is a first party cookie used to identify the user. Session
email This is a first party cookie that indicates whether a user has subscribed to a Groupon newsletter on the mobile platform. Session
PHPSESSID This is a third party cookie that is used to track users across a session when using redeemit.co.uk. Session – 60 minutes
Connect.sid This is a first party cookie that indicates the session ID of a user. 24 hours
SESS658d888192dd7c1a19bf92ccd3fe5354 This is a first party cookie that is set in order to indicate the user. 23 days
city This is a first party cookie that stores the last city a user visited on the Groupon Website 30 days
channel This is a first party cookie that stores the last channel a user visited. Channels indicate whether a user was on a local deals page (e.g. London), the Goods page or the Getaways page. 30 days
CID This is a first party cookie that is used to track and measure the effectiveness of a particular campaign. 30 days
CRME This is a first party cookie that tracks whether a user has clicked the "remember me" option so that a user will be automatically logged in on a future visit. 30 days
gb_nl_subscribed This is a first party cookie that indicates whether a user is subscribed to a Groupon newsletter. One year
comment_author_ e1354f587c2962f91ea5a8f030079e29 This is a first party cookie that indicates whether a user has commented on the Groupon UK blog. One year
comment_author_email_ e1354f587c2962f91ea5a8f030079e29 This is a first party cookie that recalls a user's Groupon email address if that user has commented on the Groupon UK blog. One year
visited This is a first party cookie that indicates whether a user has visited the Groupon UK website before. Ten years
intercept This is a first party cookie that tracks whether you have clicked "I don't want the mobile app". Ten years
Fc This is a first party cookie that redirects users from some domains that Groupon owns. 25 years

5.2. Website Performance
We may place, or we may permit a third party to place, cookies on your device in order to ensure the Website functions properly. This also helps us to monitor and analyse the performance of our Website. We may also use web beacons, clear gifs or similar technologies to measure Website usage and track the effectiveness of our campaigns.

We may use load-balancing cookies, which are cookies used by operators of large websites to help balance traffic across multiple servers. We may place one load balancing session cookie, called "BigipServerstatic" to allow users to optimise speed of delivery of the Website.

The Visual Website Optimizer is a service we use for testing our Website in order to improve user experience on the Website and to maintain data about our users. Several cookies are placed in order to recognise your unique browser (_vis_opt_s, _vis_opt_test_cookie and _vis_opt_exp_511_exclude) all of which are session cookies. You can find more information here about these cookies and you can opt-out here.

We allow New Relic to place cookies on your device in order to assist us in monitoring Website performance. New Relic may set a web beacon called "JSESSIONID" to assist Groupon in analysing Website performance. For more information about New Relic, please review their privacy policy.

Wordpress Total Cache is a plugin used to increase site performance. Wordpress may place a session cookie named "w3tc_referrer" as well as a Flash LSO named "settings.sol". These may be placed on your device in order to bring you a better experience in using our Website.

5.3. Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google that places cookies on your device. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (including your IP address, which is where you are found on the internet) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. For more information about Google Analytics, please see their details about Cookies and Analytics, as well as their privacy policy for Google Analytics Google Analytics.

Moreover, you can opt-out of having these cookies placed on your device here.

Cookie NameDuration
_utmc Session
_utmv 0 minutes
_utmb 30 minutes
_utma Two years
_utmz Six months

5.4. Customer Service
We offer an FAQ section to assist users with questions they may have related to our Website and our Services, or other general issues users may be facing. This area of our Website is powered by Zendesk, a third party. As part of providing you this help, Zendesk may place three session cookies on your device in order to better assist you. Please visit Zendesk's privacy policy for additional information on these cookies and their approach to privacy.

5.5. Third Party Advertisers
Third party advertisers serve you cookies that assist in making advertisements more interesting to you. They use cookies to keep track of, for example, the type of deals you have purchased from the Website, and then tailor advertisements to your user preferences. A number of third parties advertise on our Website or use information from cookies placed by our Website. While we allow third parties access to the Website to place these cookies on users' devices, we do not retain control over the information supplied by the cookies, nor do we retain access to that data.

The following are the third party advertisement cookies that may be placed on your device when using our Website.

5.5.1. Social Media
YouTube: we may host YouTube content on our Website as we find it can enhance the user experience. If you view a page on our Website where we have embedded a YouTube video, YouTube may place a number of cookies on your device. Please visit YouTube's Privacy Policy for further information on the types of cookies served and the information collected.

YouTube Cookie NameDuration
PREF Eight – Ten months
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Eight months
Settings.sol (Flash LSO) Persistent

Vimeo: Vimeo is a video-sharing platform and we may embed Vimeo videos on our Website. When we do so, Vimeo may serve cookies on your device. To learn more about Vimeo's privacy policy, please click here.

Vimeo Cookie NameDuration
__utmc Session
__utmb 30 minutes
__utmz Six months
__utma Two years

Facebook: We find our users enjoy sharing Groupon experiences via Facebook. If you are logged in to your Facebook account while using Groupon, Facebook may place cookies on your device in accordance with its privacy policy.

Facebook Cookie NameDuration
reg_ext_ref Session
reg_fb_gate Session
reg_fb_ref Session
lsd Session
c_user Session
xs Session
x Session
m_pixel_ratio Session
fbsr_128218413912317 One hour
locale Seven days
m_user 90 days
lu Two years

LinkedIn: LinkedIn provides a range of plugins that allow LinkedIn users to share and follow on the LinkedIn platform. If you are logged in to your LinkedIn account when you access our Website we may use this information to promote our Website. To learn more about the cookies on the LinkedIn platform, please visit their privacy policy , and in particular the section titled "Your Information Choices".

LinkedIn Cookie NameDuration
X-LI-IDC Session
JSESSIONID Session
lang Session
NSC_MC_QH_MFP 30 minutes
leo_auth_token 30 minutes
PersistenceCookie 10 hours
visit Two years

Twitter: Twitter provides a number of plugins that allow content that is sourced from Twitter to be included and embedded within a website. Use of a Twitter plugin, and in addition use of our Website while logged in to your Twitter account, may result in Twitter serving cookies to your device. Please read Twitter's privacy policy for additional information.

Twitter Cookie NameDuration
_twitter_sess Session
original_referer Session
k Seven days
pid One year
guest_id Two years

Lockerz: Lockerz is a Social Network that allows users to collect and share content, deals and discounts. A list of the cookies Lockerz may place on your device is below. For information regarding Lockerz' use of cookies please see their cookies policy . For more general information please read their privacy policy.

Lockerz Cookie NameDuration
__utmc Session
uvc 24 hours
__utmb 30 minutes
__utmz Six months
__utma Two years

5.5.2. General Advertisers

DoubleClick: DoubleClick may place two cookies on your device – "test_cookie" which lasts for 15 minutes and a cookie called "id" which lasts for two years. These cookies are intended to help provide audience-targeting services for publishing and advertisers. You can learn more here, and opt-out of having these cookies placed on your device here.

Levexis: Levexis may place up to three cookies on your device (TMS, a session cookie, and LGP and TMP which each last for 23 years). These cookies are placed by Levexis to serve relevant advertisements and for other visitor tagging solutions. If you would like to opt-out from having these cookies placed on your device, please do so directly on their website.

Mediaplex Inc.: Mediaplex Inc. provides products and services that track advertisements, visitors and marketing messages and their advertisements on the Website may place two cookies on your device (a session cookie called "ysm_bbk18BN2CAMSNJ52IFEN13LTMK3SFK" and a cookie called "svid" which lasts for three years). Mediaplex Inc. offers the option to opt-out from having cookies served on your device by visiting its privacy policy, Section VI(A).

RightMedia: RightMedia may place two cookies on your device, one called "uid" which lasts for 30 days and another called "bh" which lasts for two years. The purpose of these cookies is provide advertising and targeting solutions for advertisers. You can opt-out from having cookies served on your device by viewing their privacy policy, under the heading "Transparency, Choice and Opt-Out".

Commission Junction: Commission Junction may place one cookie, "S", that lasts for two years on your device. This cookie is placed in order to support more targeted and relevant advertising to you. Please review their privacy policy to learn more about their use of cookies .

Yahoo! Advertising Solution: Yahoo! may set two cookies on your device when you visit our Website, a cookie called "BX" and a cookie called "B". Each cookie lasts for 25 years. These cookies aim to deliver advertisements to Website users that are relevant to user interests based on websurfing activity. Yahoo! may also use other technologies, such as web beacons. To learn more about how Yahoo! uses cookies and other technologies please view their privacy policy. You can opt-out of Yahoo! placing cookies or other technologies on your device on their privacy policy page, under the heading "Choice about Cookies".

ValueClick Media: ValueClick Media provides advertising, targeting and affiliate marketing solutions. They may serve a cookie called "pluto", which lasts for three years. Please review their privacy policy for additional information.

Zanox Affiliate Window (Digital Window Limited): Zanox Affiliate Window may serve a cookie called "aw2891" which lasts for 30 days. The purpose of this cookie is to help Zanox Affiliate Window provide an affiliate marketing service that permits third parties to earn a commission by referring traffic to other websites. Please view their privacy policy for further information on their use of cookies.

Casale Media: Casale Media provides targeted advertising solutions for advertisers and publishers. The cookies Casale Media may serve to your device are set out in a table below. Cookies placed on your device inform Casale Media whether an advertisement has been on you before, and if so when; it also facilitates any potential retargeting at a user. For additional information as to how Casale Media may serve you cookies, please view their privacy policy.

Casale Media Cookie NameDuration
CMSC Session
CMIMP 24 hours
CMST 24 hours
CMDD 24 hours
CMS 30 days
CMD1 30 days
CMPS 90 days
CMPP 90 days
CMID One year

Audience IQ: Audience IQ may place a "uid" cookie on your device, which lasts for six months. The purpose of this cookie is to help provide audience targeting services for marketers. Cookies placed on your device by Audience IQ will assist them in placing individuals into aggregate categories or segments of likely interests so as to display advertising more appropriate to the individual. To learn more please review their privacy policy and go here to opt-out of having cookies placed on your device.

Quantcast Analytics: Quantcast Analytics may serve a "__qca" and an "mc" cookie on your device, each of which lasts for five years. The purpose of these cookies is to assist Quantcast Analytics in providing tools for audience management and analysis, including demographics, business and lifestyle interests, as well as audience targeting solutions for buyers and sellers of digital advertising. To learn more about the type of cookies Quantcast Analytics may place on your device, please review their privacy policy.

AddThis.com: AddThis.com is a content sharing plugin which website operators can install on webpages to make it easier for users to share content. The service also gathers information that enables content publishers and advertisers to deliver relevant targeted advertising. The cookies they may serve on your device are outlined below. For information regarding how AddThis.com may serve you cookies, please read their privacy policy. You can also opt-out of having AddThis.com maintain certain information about your website use.

AddThis.com Cookie NameDuration
_mpush 24 hours
di 30 days
loc 90 days
dt Two years
uvc Two years
pcs Two years
uid Two years
__atuvc Two years
_xgcid Three years

invitemedia: invitemedia may serve a "uid" and a "partner UID" cookie on your device. This allows invitemedia to serve you advertising. To learn more about how invitemedia may serve your device cookies, please read their privacy policy. Should you wish, you can opt-out of having cookies served on your device by invitemedia by going to their privacy policy and reading the section titled "Opt-out from our cookies".

AppNexus: AppNexus provides an advertising platform that is designed to enable targeted solutions for advertisers and publishers. AppNexus may place a ".sess" and a "uuid2" cooke on your device for, among other reasons, interest-based advertising, data reporting and to track user responses. For additional information please read their privacy policy; to opt-out of having cookies placed on your device please go here.

Reson8: Reson8 may serve an "RCID" cookie on your device. This helps Reson8 provide targeted advertising solutions for publishers and advertisers. For further information about their use of cookies, please read their privacy policy.

Google: Google Maps provides an interactive mapping solution that allows content publishers to embed customisable interactive maps within their webpages. Our Website may use Google Maps in order to provide detailed information regarding the location of a particular merchant, as well as to prevent malware. We use Google Maps because we believe it adds to your experience when using our Website. As a result of this, Google may serve you a cookie called "NID" (lasting for six months) and a cookie called "PREF" (lasting for two years). To view the combined Google privacy policy, including what cookies Google Maps may place on your device, please go here.

Tribal Fusion: Tribal Fusion offers products and services that seek to enable advertisers to reach their target audiences and monetize their websites through the sale of advertising. Tribal Fusion may place a cookie called "ANON_ID", that lasts for 90 days, on your device. If you would like to learn more about Tribal Fusion and cookies, please view their privacy policy.

OMGUK: OMGUK may serve your device a session cookie called "ASPSESSIONIDAQCCDQBB" and a cookie lasting for 60 days called "97979%2DMID ". As an advertising and technology provider that acts on behalf of marketers to provide affiliate marketing, OMGUK may serve you cookies to assist in providing you with targeted and custom advertisements. To learn more, please see the OMGUK privacy policy privacy policy
and cookies policy.

Jotform: Jotform may serve you a "__cfduid" cookie, lasting for seven years. As an online forms builder which provides data collection services for website operators, Jotform may place cookies on your device when you interact with our blog. This is in order to remember your login session or the latest form you have modified. Please see their privacy policy for additional information.

Jobvite: Jobvite is what we use on our Website in order to advertise for open roles within Groupon, as well as to track open applications within Groupon. To learn what cookies Jobvite may place on your device, please see the below list and review their privacy policy.

Jobvite Cookie NameDuration
ASP.NET_SessionId Session
__utmc Session
__utmb 30 minutes
ASP.NET_SessionId_4 Eight hours
http-cookie-8hr_1 Eight hours
Guestidc 30 days
__utmz Six months
__utma Two years
__utmv Two years

6. Cookie Transparency
We want our use of cookies and other technologies to be as transparent as possible. As discussed above, we are unable to offer our Website or our Services without the Groupon first party cookies and other Groupon technologies we have described above.

If you do not want to have cookies placed on your device by third parties, many of them offer ways to opt-out. Please note, however, that opting-out via third parties is outside of our control. Where possible, we have provided you with a link above that will explain to you how to opt-out of that third party serving you cookies.

Additionally, certain browsers will allow you to select how you would like the browser to respond to requests by third parties to serve your device a cookie. To limit the placing of cookies via your browser, please visit the following websites to learn directly how to prevent cookies from being placed on your device (depending on the browser you use): Firefox; Internet Explorer; Google Chrome; Bing; and Safari.

We reserve the right to amend this Cookies Policy, in whole or part, in our sole discretion. Any changes to our Cookies Policy will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised policy on the Website. This Policy was last updated on 9 October 2012 and is accurate as of that date. If following an amendment to this Cookies Policy you continue to use the Website or Services, you will be deemed to have consented to any and all such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Cookies Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, you must terminate your use of the Website and any Services offered by us.

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