Cookies policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a text file, a code, or a software element that saves information relating the browsing history and pattern of your terminal on the Internet. It is under the control of your internet browser, and sometimes carries a unique and random number. You can read it, destroy it, or modify it.

Why does Michelin uses cookies?

Michelin is always seeking new ways to better it’s or its Internet website(s) and to offer you, the internet user, a better service and experience. Thus, Michelin uses different types of cookies as indicated hereafter that can warrant the preliminary consent of the internet user (commercial type cookies) before the cookie is installed on its terminal.

How does Michelin inform you of the cookies that it uses?

When you access for the first time the https://fondation.michelin.com/fr/  web site, the legal notice of the site will refer you to a page that will give you all information on the cookies that are installed and used by this site.
In any case, you have the control of these cookies. Therefore, you have the possibility to refuse or destroy them.

How to refuse and/or uninstall these cookies?

You can uninstall these cookies in two ways.

On the one hand, you can consult the cookies already installed on your terminal through the use of your browser, and delete them one by one or all at once.

  • Apple Safari Browser: “Confidentiality” section in the « Preferences » menu, provided section for “Cookies and other data of Internet websites”.
  • Google Chrome Browser: “Confidentiality” section in the « Parameters» menu, « Content Parameters» subsection, provided section for « Cookies and website data».
  • Internet Explorer Browser: “Tools” menu, then “Internet Options” section, then “General” then “Browser history”, then “Parameters”, then open the “Parameters of temporary internet files and history” window, and finally, “Display files”.
  • Mozilla Firefox Browser: “Tools” menu, “Options” section, “Privacy” subsection, “Delete specific cookies” functionality.

On the other hand, you can manually delete the cookies by undertaking the following steps

  • Go on your computer folder, select C:\ in the Windows folder,
  • Open the “Temporary Internet Files” folder and select all files (CTRL+A).
  • Choose the “delete” option.

Furthermore, you can program your Internet browser to block or receive a warning for all installations of cookies on your terminal. The steps to follow differ for each type of browser, but you can find instructions in the “Help” section of the latter. The programming of your browser can be carried out independently on each of the terminals that you use in order to access Michelin web sites.
The uninstalling or the blocking of cookies used on the Michelin websites could affect, or even prevent you from using these websites.

What types of Cookies are used by Michelin?

Cookies can be temporary, and only last for the duration of your browsing session on the website, or can be permanent, i.e. a longer lifespan according to the span that is attributed and the parameters of your internet browser. Numerous types of different cookies exist, of which we can set in four groups defined hereafter.

Strictly Necessary Cookies Functional cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are cookies that are indispensable due to the fact that the functionality of the website is contingent on their existence. Their deactivation will cause important difficulties for using the site, or even the impossibility to use the services that it proposes. The strictly necessary cookies do not conserve information once you leave the site. They permit, for example, to identify the terminals to dispatch the communication, to assign numbers to the data “packets” in order to dispatch them in the requested order, and to detect transmission errors or data loss.


Analytics and audience measurement cookies

The audience measurement cookies help to recognize visitors of the website across their different visits. These cookies only stock an internet user’s ID (specific to each cookie) and is in no case used to collect nominative information belonging to the visitors. These cookies save the pages visited by the user, the duration of each visit, and the error messages encountered; all of which can help to enables a performance increase of the Michelin internet websites.

The analytics cookies can be installed and managed by partners; however, Michelin limits their use to the ends of the analytical statistics demanded.

Tracking Cookies and Cookies generated by plugins of social networks

The tracking cookies enable third parties to provide services that are mainly in advertising, and to better their efficiency. These cookies can retain the pages and websites that you visit, and can collect some personal data, mainly the IP address of the terminal used by the internet user. The collected information can also be shared with third parties.

It is the case, for example, of cookies that allow advertisers to propose tailored commercials adapted to your centers of interest that is determined according to your browsing history on Michelin Internet websites, or that limit its repetition. These cookies require the authorization of the internet user visiting the website. In this case, a banner will appear on the front page of the website in order to ask for your consent to install such cookies.

Michelin also uses what we call social plugins, which take the form of sharing tools, relating information through social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, or YouTube.

During your visit on our internet web site, these social plugins can be deactivated by default, meaning that they won’t transmit any information to the relevant social networks without an intervention on your behalf. Before you can use these plugins, you have to activate them through a click. These plugins stay activated only until you have deactivated them once again or that you have deleted the relevant cookies. You will find more ample information on how to deactivate these plugins or delete the cookies in this above sections of this policy. After activation, the system establishes a direct liaison with the social network chosen to share the relevant content. The content shared through the plugin is then directly transferred from the social network to your internet browser, which integrates it to the visited internet website.

Once you have activated the plugin, the relevant social network can collect data, independently of that fact that you actually use or not this plugin. If you are connected to a social network, it is in measure to link you visit to the present website and your user account of the network. The visit to other Michelin websites will not be linked to this present visit and your user account of the social network as long as you have a not activated the corresponding plugin on these sites. If you are a member of a social network and do not wish that this network established a link between the collected data during your visit and the information saved during your registration, it is mandatory that you disconnect your user session from the network before activating the plugins.

Please note that we have no influence or decision to be made on the volume and nature of the data collected by the social network through these plugins. To understand the volume and nature of the data processed, and the finality of the processing, as well as the means of processing, and the use of the data by the social network, as well as the rights and options to of control at your disposition in order to protect your privacy, please read the mentions and legal information relating to the protection of personal data published by the relevant social networks.

Our websites tend to use the plugins of the following social networks

  • Twitter, which is operated by Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 U.S.A. For more information about Twitter’s personal data protection policy, please visit  https://twitter.com/privacy
  • Youtube, generated by Google Inc., located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. For more information concerning the protection of personal data, please consult : https://www.google.fr/intl/fr/policies/privacy/



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