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TheSkyLive.com Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy is of paramount importance for us and providing transparency about the data we collect and how we use it is one of our top priorities.

Data we collect about you and how we store it

By choice, we won't offer a personal profile registration mechanism on theskylive.com and for this reason we: 1) won't ask you to provide any personal information to us and; 2) we won't memorize any information about you in our storage systems.

When you connect to theskylive.com, our webservers collect information about the internet IP address your connection is coming from. This IP address is temporarily stored in our webserver logs for a maximum of 48 hours, before being automatically deleted. We need to keep track of this information for a short amount of time to be able to troubleshoot errors we might detect on our system, and no other use is made of that data.

As described below, we use Google Analytics to understand, in aggregate, how users utilize our site, in order to determine what is working, what is not, and how to improve its functionalities. We do not store any personal information in Google Analytics, in particular your IP address is anonymized and not stored directly in the Google Analytics platform.

Cookie Policy

A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website you visit. Cookies help a website remember information about your visit, like, for instance, your preferred settings.

Under applicable law, the use of cookies does not always require your express consent. In particular, "technical cookies", i.e. those used for the sole purpose of transmitting a communication over an electronic communication network, or to the extent strictly necessary to provide a service explicitly requested by the user, do not usually require such consent. In other words, these cookies are indispensable for the operation of the site or necessary to perform activities requested by the user.

For "profiling cookies", vice versa, i.e. those aimed at creating profiles relating to the user and utilised in order to send advertising messages in line with the preferences expressed by the same in the context of surfing the net, prior consent of the user is usually required, although it depends on the applicable legislation.

On TheSkyLive.com we use three types of cookies:

  • Functionality Cookies. These are first party (i.e. directly set and managed by our applications) technical cookies that help us memorize your preferences, like for example the location you have chosen to show relevant information like the time of raise, transit and set for celestial objects. These cookies are essential to provide the key capabilities of theskylive and without these cookies our site won't be able to work properly.
  • Performance Cookies. These are another set of first party cookies used by Google Analytics to get aggregated information about the usage of our site. These cookies help us understand how our site is performing and get insights about how to improve our services. For instance they helps us understand which sections of our site users visit more frequently, or which seem to be less interesting and need improvement. They also helps us understand the perceived load time of our pages, making it easier to perform optimizations and deliver a better service. You can learn more about Google Analytics cookies here, at the section "Analytics".
  • We use Google Analytics IP anonymization feature to avoid tracking yout actual IP address in this process.

You can authorize, block or delete (in whole or in part) cookies through the specific functions of your browser. For more information on how to set your preferences for the use of cookies through your browser, please refer to the relevant instructions:

You can also manage your choices about third-party cookies by using online platforms such as AdChoice.

CAUTION: Disabling technical and/or functionality cookies may cause this site not to work properly and you may be forced to change or manually enter certain information or preferences each time you visit the site.

Additional details about Cookies used on TheSkyLive.com

Here are additional details about the technical cookies that are used by this site and their usage:

Cookie name Data Controller Purpose
displayCookieConsent TheSkyLive Remember the user preference about the acceptance of our Cookie Policy. If this cookie is not present a banner asking for cookie consent is shown to users and no advertising cookie is released. If this cookie is present it means that the user has previously accepted our policy and there is no need to show a consent dialog.
localdata_v1 TheSkyLive Remember the last selected location by the user, so that we are able to provide time information in the appropriate timezone at each visit.
planetariumsettings TheSkyLive Used to remember the latest visualization settings the user selected in the Online Planetarium avoiding the need to reconfigure them at every new visit.
lastselecteddate TheSkyLive Used to remember the latest date and time that was selected in order to compute celestial objects positions.
lastselectedobject TheSkyLive Used to remember the latest object that was selected in order to compute celestial objects positions.
__utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv Google These are first party cookies installed by Google Analytics that are used to analyze traffic data ou our site. Detailed information information about these cookies can be found here: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage