Cookie Policy

Hot Wire Classifieds (HWC) uses cookies, web beacons, and third-parties to provide you with services that support buying and selling activities within our online marketplace. To protect your privacy, use of these tools is limited. For more information on our privacy practices, see our Privacy Policy.

About cookies

‘Cookies’ are small files placed on the hard drive of your computer. HWC uses cookies to provide services to you and help ensure account security. Most cookies are ‘session cookies’, meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive once you end your session (log out or close your browser).
HWC uses cookies on certain pages of the website to:

  • Enable you to enter your password less frequently during a session
  • Provide information that is targeted to your interests
  • Promote and enforce trust and safety
  • Offer certain features that are only available through the use of cookies
  • Measure promotional effectiveness
  • Analyze our site traffic

Cookies we use for trust and safety (Flash cookies)   Flash cookies (cookies which are written with flash technology) help ensure that your account security is not compromised and to spot irregularities in behaviour to prevent your account from being fraudulently taken over.

Your choices about cookies

We offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie. You’re always free to decline cookies if your browser permits. However, if you decline cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on the website, and you may be required to re-enter your password more frequently during a session.

Web beacons

A web beacon is an electronic image, called a single-pixel (1 x 1) or clear GIF placed in the web page code. Web beacons serve many of the same purposes as cookies. In addition, web beacons are used to track the traffic patterns of users from one page to another in order to maximize web traffic flow.

Use of cookies and web beacons by third parties

We may work with other companies who place cookies or web beacons on our websites. These companies help operate our websites and provide you with additional products and services. They are subject to confidentiality agreements with HWC and other legal restrictions. HWC does not permit any of these companies to collect personal information using cookies or web beacons on our websites.
DoubleClick, Google Analytics, MediaPlex, Visual Sciences, Criteo and Webtrends are our service providers who use cookies to help us deliver our own content and compile anonymous site metrics and analytics. These companies use the information they collect only to provide us with these services under contract. This information may be used to tailor the advertising you see on HWC sites or elsewhere on the web, but they are not permitted to collect any personal information about you.

We don’t permit third-party content on HWC (such as item listings) to include cookies or web beacons. If you believe a listing might be collecting personal information or using cookies, please report it here.