Last Updated: May 7, 2018
The Sites employ browser-based, HTTP and/or HTTPS cookies, which are small text files placed on your computer's hard drive or mobile device's onboard storage and subsequently read by the domain owner that placed them as you visit a website, as well as web beacons (also known as pixel tags), which are electronic images embedded into a webpage, and HTML5 storage which allows data to be stored locally within the browser, in lieu of cookies. Cookies are used for a number of purposes, such as authentication, providing security, maintaining your preferences, advertising, website improvement and analytics. We may also engage third party vendors to use these technologies on our behalf.
We and/or our third party vendors utilize session cookies, which expire typically at the end of your visit to our Sites, and persistent cookies, which are cookies that remain within your computer or mobile device over a period of time. In addition to our creating and placing a cookie on your computer or mobile device, we have arrangements with third party vendors which may also create and place cookies on your computer or mobile device as you visit the Sites. These third parties collect and store information to provide services to us, will change from time to time, and may include Google, Adobe, Salesforce, DoubleClick, Quantcast, Pingdom, Nasdaq, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, AppNexus, Strikingly, The Trade Desk, Yahoo Ad Exchange, Marin Software, iGoDigital and MaxMind.
The first time you visit the Sites, we assign you a unique ID, which is stored in the cookie file on your computer or mobile device. This ID is used to identify you as you navigate the Sites, and when you return to the Sites after having visited elsewhere through the Internet. We collect and retain information regarding your visits to and navigation through the Sites, such as the webpages visited and the dates, times and duration of your visits.
Collection and Use of Information from Cookies
Sites Improvement and Analytics
Security and Fraud Detection
We and/or the third party vendors we engage may use the information generated from cookies in a way for that information to be linked with information to authenticate you for security and fraud detection purposes.
Marketing and Advertising
Sharing Information from Cookies
We may share information collected from cookies and other technologies with third parties that provide services on our behalf. We may share such information with social media outlets to which you subscribe. We may also share such information with third parties that provide marketing and advertising for us and with our retailers.
Insight About Cookies
Simon also participates in a program administered by Evidon Inc. (“Evidon”, formerly known as Ghostery, Inc.) that enables users to see if cookies are placed on the Sites by Simon or third party vendors, and a means to opt-out of data collection through those cookies as permitted by the vendor. You may access Evidon’s program for the Sites here for Simon Malls and Simon Mills locations and here for Simon Premium Outlets locations and Shop Premium Outlets. Simon offers this as a benefit to users and believes the information and program provided by Evidon is accurate, but Simon does not assume any responsibility or liability for Evidon’s program. You may learn more about Evidon here.