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As of May 30, 2018, HAM Country has updated The Request Form, Privacy Statement, and Cookie Policy in response to the European Union General Data Protection (GDPR) laws.

HAM Country Cookie Policy


When you use the HAM Country websites (“Site”) or mobile shopping cartlication (“shopping cart”) certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns may be collected by HAM Country using cookies, web counters, and other tracking technologies. HAM Country uses these technologies to provide you with a secure, personalized, and more relevant experience on the Site and shopping cart as well as to continually improve our Site.

Below we list the cookies and web counters we use, and why we use them as well as explain how you can manage and delete cookies.

What are cookies and web counters?

    Cookies are small, encrypted text files that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely (but anonymously) identify your browser or device. These cookies aid users when navigating websites and boost usability. For example, at HAM Country, we use cookies to personalize each user’s experience, such as providing FaceBook share buttons or providing a PayPal shopping cart.

    Web counters (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) are small electronic files contained on pages of websites that permit companies to count users who have visited certain webpages on a website or mobile shopping carts and are used for other related statistics and analytics (e.g., recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).

Please see (below) for more detailed information on browser cookies.

What type of information does HAM Country collect through cookies?

The new GDPR laws often require recording the choices a visitor makes.

Therefore, the type of information that HAM Country collects through cookies and tracking technologies may include information about your computer, device, and browser. Through these technologies, HAM Country may also collect information from your devices when you access the Site or shopping cart, including Device ID or unique identifier, device type and unique device token.

Why does HAM Country use cookies?

We use cookies to enable secure browsing, verify subscriber’s credentials, enhance the experience while browsing our Site and using our shopping cart, and to improve the functionality of our Site and shopping cart. We use cookies to remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Site. We use cookies, web counters and other tracking technologies to provide custom, personalized content and information that are aligned with your interests and preferences, and to monitor total number of visitors and pages viewed. We also use cookie tracking technologies in order to track your status with regard to cookie use.

What types of cookies does HAM Country use?

 First and third-party cookies

    First-party cookies are cookies that are served directly by HAM Country to your computer. They are used only by HAM Country to recognize your computer or mobile device when it revisits the Site or shopping cart.          

    Third-party cookies are served by a third-party service provider on behalf of HAM Country, and can be used by the third-party service provider to recognize your computer or mobile device when you visit other websites. Third-party cookies are most commonly used by HAM Country for social media sharing of web pages.

Please see the links below for each site’s cookie policy:

                Facebook                 https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/
                Family Tree DNA:     https://www.familytreedna.com/legal/cookie-policy
                Twitter                       https://twitter.com/en/privacy

Type of cookies used by HAM Country

HAM Country uses different cookies for a variety of reasons as explained in detail below.

    Essential. HAM Country uses essential cookies in order to operate the Site and shopping cart, including enabling you to use the HAM Country product features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas. We also use essential cookies to enable and support our security features.

    Functionality. HAM Country uses functionality cookies and web counters to remember the history of the tools you have used on the Site and shopping cart, and topics you have recently visited. Functionality cookies allow HAM Country to tailor the Site and shopping cart to provide enhanced features and content for you and to remember how you have customized the Site or shopping cart in other ways. The information collected by functionality cookies and web counters may be anonymous.

    Performance/Analytics. Performance cookies, web counters and other tracking technologies collect information about how you have used the Site or shopping cart, and may be used to allow HAM Country to know that you have logged in (only to secure areas) so that HAM Country can provide you with refreshed content. In addition, these cookies and web counters are used for analytics purposes, including by HAM Country to track aggregate Site and shopping cart usage and experiment with new features and changes to enhance your experience on the Site and shopping cart.

Third-Party Cookies Used by HAM Country

Below are some of the third-party service providers that currently place analytics and social networking cookies within the Site or shopping cart. The table is subject to change at any time and does not necessarily include all third-party service providers used by HAM Country at any given time.


Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our YouTube videos. For more information about Google’s privacy practices, see


Social Networking


We use Facebook’s social plugin to enable our users to sign in to the Site or shopping cart using your Facebook account. For more information about Facebook’s social plugin, please see:


How long will cookies stay on my device?

Cookies can remain on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time.
In terms of duration, there are two types of cookies: persistent and session based.

    Persistent Cookies: Persistent cookies stay on the user’s browsing device until the user clears them or until they reach their expiration. Persistent cookies are those that retain information on the user's specific preferences so that we can provide a “personalized” user experience.

    Session Cookies: Session cookies expire and are deleted once the user’s browsing session is complete. These cookies allow users to navigate to pages within FamilyTreeDNA.com without signing in to each page.

Do Not Track

California law requires HAM Country to advise you of its position on Do Not Track signals. At this time, HAM Country does not respond to DNT signals because there is not an industry or legal standard for responding to these signals.

How to control and delete cookies?

It is your choice as to whether or not to accept cookies. Most browsers allow you to configure the browser settings so that cookies from websites cannot be placed on your computer or mobile device. You have the right to choose whether or not to accept cookies and we have explained how you can exercise this right below. However, please note that if you choose to not accept cookies, then you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Site or shopping cart. In addition, you may not be able to opt out of receiving essential cookies.

You can block cookies by using the opt-out links provided in the table above, or by changing your browser settings so that cookies from the Site or shopping cart cannot be placed on your computer or mobile device. For more information about blocking or deleting cookies in your browser settings, please visit the following links:

    Google Chrome:    https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

    Mozilla Firefox:     https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

    Safari:     https://support.shopping cartle.com/kb/ph21411?locale=en_US

    Internet Explorer:     https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies

    Opera:     https://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/privacy/

For any other browsers, please consult the documentation of the browser manufacturer.

For a quick guide on 'How To' control or disable your cookies on Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, IOS, and Android devices, see "Cookies & You"


In addition, if you want to opt out of advertising and targeting cookies, then you can learn more about how to do so by going to the Your Online Choices page, the Network Advertising Initiative page, or the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Choice page.

Further information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or device and how to manage and delete them, is available at www.allaboutcookies.org or www.youronlinechoices.eu.

For further information about targeted advertising and cookies or to opt out of having this information used by companies that are a part of the Network Advertising Initiative, please visit www.networkadvertising.org/choices.

Please visit the Federal Trade Commission or the European Commission for more detailed information on managing browser cookies.



Contact us

If you have any questions about this Cookie Policy, please contact our Data Protection Officer at
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Or you may write to:

HAM Country
Attn: Privacy
417 Forest Avenue
Franklin, OH   45005

If you are located in the European Economic Area, the entity responsible for the collection and processing of personal data in connection with the Site and shopping cart is HAM Country (U.S.) (contact information provided above).

This Web Page was last updated 05/30/2018

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