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Third-party media companies
IATA does not post third-party ads on its website. IATA may use third-party media companies to place ads for IATA products or services on other companies’ websites. If you view a Web page where IATA ads appear, the online media company may place a cookie or Web beacon on your computer. This allows the online media company to recognise the computer when it is used to return to that site, or to measure advertising response. This data is anonymous and is not linked to personal data on the user’s computer or any IATA databases. Some IATA newsletters delivered on IATA’s behalf by online media companies use the same technologies. In both cases, this data is also used by the online media company to measure advertising and content interest and relevance. IATA does not have access to the data collected by the online media company. To prevent online media companies from placing cookies on your computer, you will need to visit each media company’s website and use their cookie removal process or set your browser cookie filter accordingly.
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