When you visit our website, use our mobile applications, or engage with our online ads or email communications, we may collect certain information by automated means, using technologies such as cookies, pixel tags, browser analysis tools, server logs and web beacons.
In many cases, the information we collect using cookies and other tools is only used in a non-identifiable way, without any reference to personal information. For example, we use the information we collect about all website users to optimise our websites and to understand website traffic patterns.
In some cases, we also associate the information we collect with your personal information using cookies and other technology. This Privacy Notice describes how we use that information when we associate it with your personal information.
When you visit our websites, we place cookies on your computer. Cookies are small text files that websites send to your computer or other internet-connected devices to uniquely identify your browser or to store information or settings in your browser. Cookies allow us to recognise you when you return. They also help us provide a customised experience and can enable us to detect certain kinds of fraud.
In many cases, you can manage cookie preferences and opt out of having cookies and other data collection technologies used by adjusting the settings on your browser. All browsers are different, so visit the “help” section of your browser to learn about cookie preferences and other privacy settings that may be available. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies or to clear local storage, this could affect the features, availability, and functionality of our websites.
We may use flash cookies (also known as local stored objects) and similar technologies to personalise and enhance your online experience. A flash cookie is a small data file placed on a computer using Adobe Flash technology. Adobe Flash Player is an application that allows the rapid development of dynamic content, such as video clips and animation.
We use flash cookies to personalise and enhance your online experience and to deliver content for Flash players. We may also use flash cookies for security purposes, to gather certain website metrics and to help remember settings and preferences. Flash cookies are managed through a different interface than the one provided by your web browser. To manage flash cookies, please visit Adobe’s website at http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html.
If you disable flash cookies or other similar technologies, please be aware that you may not have access to certain content and product features.
Pixel tags and web beacons
Pixel tags and web beacons are tiny graphic images and small blocks of code placed on website pages, ads, or in our emails that allow us to determine whether you have performed a specific action. When you access these pages, or when you open an email, the pixel tags and web beacons let us know you have accessed the web page or opened the email. These tools allow us to measure the response to our communications and to improve our web pages and promotions.
Server logs and other technologies
We collect many different types of information from server logs and other technologies. For example, we collect information about the device you use to access our website, your operating system type, browser type, domain, and other system settings, as well as the language your system uses and the country and time zone where your device is located. Our server logs also record the IP address of the device you use to connect to the internet. An IP address is a unique identifier that devices require to identify and communicate with each other on the internet. We may also collect information about the website you were visiting before you came to Visa and the website you visit after you leave our site. These tools help us to improve user experience and deliver our services.
We may use device-related information to authenticate users. For example, we may use your IP address, browser information, or other data provided by your browser or device to identify the device being used to access the Visa service. We may also use these device-related techniques to associate you with different devices that you may use to access our content, including for purposes of fraud-protection and to better target advertising.