What are Cookies?
Cookies are text files that contain small amounts of information downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the issuing website or another website that recognizes the Cookie on each subsequent visit. Cookies are helpful because they allow a web page to recognize a user’s device.
Cookies perform a variety of tasks, such as allowing you to navigate efficiently between pages, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. Cookies and tracking technologies may also be used to help ensure that our web content, emails and advertising better suit you and your interests.
Cookies can either be served directly by us or served on our behalf, for example by advertisers and data analytics companies.
Cookies can endure for different periods of time, including those that last only as long as your browser is open (referred to as “session cookies” or “temporary cookies”). These are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other Cookies are “permanent cookies”, meaning that they survive after your browser is closed. For example, they recognize your device when you open your browser and browse the internet again.
Which Cookies do we use and why do we use them?
The Cookies that we may use to provide our services can be divided into the following categories:
- Essential Cookies: These Cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You may be able to set your browser to block or alert you about these Cookies, but without these Cookies certain services will not be available. These Cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
- Performance Cookies: These Cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. These Cookies do not collect information that personally identifies a visitor. All information collected by these Cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these Cookies we will not know when you have visited our site and will not be able to monitor its performance.
- Functional Cookies: These Cookies allow our websites to save choices you make (such as your username, language or country you live in) and provide enhanced, more personalized features. These Cookies can also be used to save changes you make to the text size, font, or other parts of the web page that you can customize. They can also be used to provide services that you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information collected by these Cookies can be anonymized and cannot track your browsing behavior on other websites. If you do not allow these Cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.
- Advertising Cookies: These Cookies are used to provide advertisements that better suit you and your interests or to enable you to interact with our social media presence and share our content with your friends and networks. They are also used to limit the number of circuits of an advertisement and to measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. These Cookies may track your browser across other sites and may be used by us and other companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant content and advertisements on other sites. They are usually placed with the permission of the website operator of advertising networks and may be set through our site by our advertising partners and social media services. The fact that you have visited a certain web page is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. If you do not allow these Cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising and you may not be able to use or see social media sharing tools.
- Web Beacons. Web beacons may be included on pages of our websites and our emails. They contain small electronic files (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) in order to, for example, count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics such as recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity.
Analytics / log files
As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information may include information about your computer and internet connection, including your Internet protocol (IP) address, operating system, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data.
We do not collect personal information automatically, but we may tie this information to personal information about you that we collect from other sources or you provide to us. We may combine the information we collect automatically with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties in order to improve our websites and deliver a better and more personalized service, or to improve marketing, analytics, or site functionality including by enabling us to:
- Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
- Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests.
- Speed up your searches.
- Recognize you when you return to our Website.
We use mobile analytics software to allow us to better understand the performance of our websites. This software may record information such as how often you use our websites, the events that occur within our websites, aggregated usage, and performance data.
We partner with third parties to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third-party partners may use technologies such as Cookies to gather information about your activities on our websites and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. You may be able to use an industry tool to limit use of your information for the purposes of serving interest-based ads by participating third parties by clicking here (or if located in the European Union click here). Please note this tool does not opt you out of being served ads (you will continue to receive generic ads) or from the use of your information for serving interest-based ads by third parties that do not participate in the industry tool. The effectiveness of the industry tool might also be limited if your browser is configured to block third party cookies.
How can you exercise your Cookies choices?
You have the right to choose which Cookies to accept or reject or to be alerted when Cookies are being sent. However, they are an important part of how our Online Services work, so you should be aware that if you choose to disable, refuse or remove Cookies, please note that some parts of the Online Services may then be inaccessible or not function properly.
Website (Browser) Opt-Out
Mobile App Opt-Out
To limit interest-based advertising on your mobile device, you can review and adjust the settings provided by your device manufacturer, such as “Limit Ad Tracking” for iOS or “Opt-out of interest-based ads” for Android.
We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly who may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. Some third parties provide the ability to refuse their Cookies directly by clicking on an opt-out link. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) on the NAI’s website.
Please note that authorized third parties may be able to collect information about your use of the Online Services even if you have set your browser to reject third party cookies. To effectively prevent third party collection via Cookies, you will need to configure your browser to reject all Cookies.
For further information about Cookies, including how to see what Cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.