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Last updated on December 23, 2020. This Cookies Policy is effective Decemnber 23, 2020.


This policy explains how cookies and similar technologies are used on our website and apps (together, ‘Indigen’ or our ‘Services’). By accessing or using the Indigen website or the B-Hive, you consent to the use of these technologies as described in this policy. Please do not use the Indigen website or the B-Hive if you are not comfortable with the ways in which we and the third parties described below use cookies and related technologies.


Services: The B-Hive online network and the B-Matched matching program. We use ‘Indigen’, ‘we’, ‘us’, and ‘our’ to refer to our Services.

Content: The text, photos, video, responses and other content you submit to Indigen.

Business Profile: A type of account within the B-Hive, that helps members learn about the businesses in their communities.

Local Guide: Anyone who has lived in the Basel region for over one year, is interested in helping Newcomers settle and has joined our B-Matched Program.

Newcomer: Anyone who is planning to move to the Basel region, or has moved here within the past year and have joined our B-Matched Program.

B-Hive: An online network that has informative videos and articles to help new expats settle in Basel. It is also a network of social groups where anyone living in Basel can explore their interests, ask questions and meet new people.

B-Matched Program: A pairing we facilitate between a Newcomer and a Local Guide that typically lasts at least 3 months.



1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file containing a unique identifier that is placed in the web browser of your computer or mobile device when you visit a site. Cookies and similar technologies (‘cookies’ include: pixels, tags, web beacons and software development kits or ‘SDKs’) which enable site operators to recognize your device and collect information from it when you interact with a site. They use this information to understand how the site is being used, to remember user preferences and improve users’ browsing experience. Cookies are also used to make the advertising you see online more relevant to your interests.

2. Who places cookies on my device? 

Cookies set by the site you visit are called ‘first party cookies’. Cookies set by other parties are called ‘third party cookies’. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality within the site, such as site analytics, advertising and social media features. The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer or device both when it visits the site in question and also when it visits certain other sites and/or apps. We do not control how these third parties use your information, which is subject to their own privacy policies. See below for details of the use of third party cookies and similar technologies on Indigen.

3. What cookies does Indigen use, and why?

Indigen uses both session cookies and persistent cookies:

  • We use a session cookie to identify you during a particular visit to Indigen. Session cookies expire after a short time, or when you close your web browser or app after using Indigen.

  • We use a persistent cookie to identify you over a long period of time. (For example, if you asked us to keep you signed in, we would use a persistent cookie for that purpose.) Persistent cookies remain on your device for a set period of time specified in the cookie.

We use both first and third party cookies to operate, understand and improve Indigen, specifically:

  • To authenticate you and secure our Services: We use cookies to monitor login, session and status data. This allows us to know, for example, whether you are logged in.

  • To remember your settings and preferences: We use cookies to recognize your browser and remember your preferences. For example, we use cookies to remember your language preferences.

  • To carry out analytics and research: We use cookies to understand your use of Indigen and how we can improve our offerings. For example, we use cookies to track whether you open emails we send you.

  • To personalize your experience: We use cookies to personalize your use of Indigen, including to serve you personalized advertising that may better suit your needs.

  • To detect fraud, trust and safety, and investigations:  We use cookies to keep the Services safe, including to detect and prevent fraud and conduct investigations.


4. What Third-Party Cookies are Used on Indigen?

A number of third party cookies are set on Indigen, some of which depend on how you use our Services. These cookies, the third parties that set them, the purposes of such cookies and the means by which you can opt out, are listed in the table further below. In general, the following types of third party cookies may be set when you use Indigen:  

  • Facebook: If you register or sign in using Facebook, a Facebook cookie is set to help track your log-in.

  • Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics, including Google Analytics cookies, to collect anonymous traffic data to help us analyze how members and visitors access and use Indigen, and for other Analytics services relating to website activity and internet usage. Learn about how Google uses data from Google Analytics and how to opt out from Google Analytics by following the links in the table below.

  • Third-Party cookies from Content shared by members: Indigen members may share content on Indigen that originates from a third-party website or service, and that third-party website or service may set its own cookies when you interact with that content. For example, if a member posts a video from YouTube on Indigen, YouTube may set a cookie when you click to watch the video.

  • Mighty Networks: by using the B-Hive you have already agreed to the terms and conditions of Mighty Networks, the service provider for the B-Hive. Please refer to their documentation here to review these.

Table of Third Party Cookies

5. Your choices.

  • Browsers. You may refuse or restrict the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, limiting or refusing cookies may affect your ability to use Indigen. Please note that our systems are not configured to accept browsers’ ‘Do Not Track’ signals, because no industry standard for handling them has been adopted. For more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device and how to manage and delete them, visit Some advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. For more information, please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance at or the Network Advertising Initiative at (for US members) or the European Digital Advertising Alliance at (for EU members).

  • Mobile Apps. Your mobile device may include a feature that allows you to opt out of some types of targeted advertising, such as the “limit ad tracking” option in your iOS or Android device’s privacy settings. Visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s mobile choices page for more information. The Digital Advertising Alliance also provides a mobile app called AppChoices that lets you opt out of interest based advertising from participating advertisers.

  • Third parties. Please refer to the opt outs listed in the table above to specifically opt out from certain third party cookies. Since we do not control any of these opt-out links, we are not responsible for the availability or accuracy of these mechanisms.  

  • Opting Out. Using these opt out services will not prevent you from seeing all ads but may make the ads you do see less relevant to you.

6. Changes to This Policy.

Our business changes constantly and our cookie policy will also change, so please review it frequently. We will notify you of any changes by posting the updated policy here with its effective date. If the change is material, we will take reasonable steps to notify you in advance.

7. Questions.

For more information about how we collect, use and share your information, see our Privacy Policy (linked above). If you have any questions about our use of cookies, please contact us at You can also reach us at the address listed in our Privacy Policy.


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