What are cookies?
A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer or mobile device so that the website can recognize you when you revisit and remember certain information about you. This can include which pages you have visited, choices you have made from menus, any specific information you have entered into forms and the time and date of your visit.
Our Sites use these types of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies: these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of a website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided.
- Performance cookies: these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
- Functionality cookies: these cookies allow a website to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Advertising cookies: the Google AdWords remarketing functionality or that of other similar services allows us to display banners ads on third-party websites to our Site visitors. We may use such remarketing tags which set information within a cookie.
Other Technologies we may use:
Web Beacons: Pages of our Sites and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit us, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related Site statistics.
Social Ad Platforms: We may also use Google Analytics, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn’s functionality of re-marketing through their tracking cookies and pixel-based retargeting services. This means that if you provided your consent to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn (the “Social Ad Platforms”) to be provided with personalized commercial offers, you may be served with ads (including advertisements of third parties) based on your access to our Sites, outside of the Sites and across the internet. In such event, the Social Ad Platforms, will place cookies on your web browser and use such cookies to serve you ads based on past visits to our Sites.
How long will a cookie stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
Refusing cookies on our Sites
As our cookies allow you to access some of the essential features of our Sites, we recommend that you leave cookies enabled, otherwise, if cookies are disabled, it may mean that you experience reduced functionality or will be prevented from using our Sites altogether.
How to control and delete cookies:
We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. You may need to adjust the settings on your computer and/or device to restrict the collection of information by our Sites, but this may prevent you from accessing all of the features of the Site.
- Location Information: You can choose whether or not to allow the Website to collect and use real-time information about your device’s location through the device’s privacy settings. If you block the use of location information, some parts or all of the Sites may be inaccessible or not function properly.
- Social Ad Platforms: If you wish to opt-out of retargeting and tracking functionality of the Social Ad Platforms, you may do so through each platform directly. PLEASE NOTE that tracking and targeting by Social Ad Platforms is provided pursuant to your engagement with the Social Ad Platforms and the actual nature and scope of personal information collection and processing performed by such Social Ad Platforms may not be fully known to us. If you would like to learn more or make further inquiries with respect to such nature or scope, please refer to each Social Ad Platforms directly.
Web browser Do Not Track (DNT) Signals: Because there currently is not an industry or legal standard for recognizing or honoring DNT signals, we do not respond to them at this time. We await the result of work by the privacy community and industry to determine when such a response is appropriate and what form it should take.
You can find out more information about cookies and cookie settings can be found on the All About Cookies website.