What are cookies and similar technologies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website places on your browser. Cookies are used by most websites for security, to learn about and improve upon how users navigate a website, or to enable various features. For example, cookies can allow the website to save your password, determine whether it is your first visit to the website and how long you stayed on each page, determine if you were brought to the website from another website, and other similar information.
Similar technologies, such as web beacons or pixel tags typically function through the use of small files, such as a GIF or PNG, which are opened on a page, ad, or in an email. The request for these files from a server reveals certain information, such as your browser type, IP address, and other information. Tracking pixels (sometimes referred to as web beacons) are electronic tags with a unique identifier embedded in websites, online ads and/or email, and that are designed to provide usage information such as ad impressions or clicks, measure popularity of the Digital Sites and associated advertising, and to access user cookies. We may also use these automated technologies to collect, analyze, and correlate with other tracking technologies certain information related to the devices you use to access the Digital Sites, such as IP addresses, browser type and version, browser language, OS version, unique device identifiers, and other information about your computer(s) and/or mobile device(s), to the extent made available by your device, OS, or your chosen configuration or choices. In certain cases, these technologies may be used to identify your device or browser through a common process known as “device fingerprinting.”
Other tracking technologies also include locally shared objects (also known as ‘Flash cookies,’) HTML cookies, or other tracking software that stores data on your device on behalf of third parties. These files may be installed through your browser or other software on your computer that is used by your browser. These files may be installed by us or a third party. To control the storage of data through such software, users may be required to change their preferences in the software itself, through a browser, or through the use of specialized add-ons or plug ins.
What is the difference between session and persistent cookies?
All cookies have a time limit for which they will be stored. Cookies are typically classified as “session cookies” or “persistent cookies” depending on how long they will be stored. Session cookies remain on your browser while you are logged on to a particular website and typically ‘expire’ or are deleted from your device when or shortly after you leave the website, close the browser, or when you delete them. Persistent cookies remain on your device for longer periods of time, sometimes indefinitely, or until you delete them.
How can these technologies affect my privacy?
What cookies/technologies do you use and how do you use/share them?
Please note, the specific cookies and technologies we use are subject to change without notice. We may use third-party analytics providers who use tools, such as Google Analytics, to enhance our website analytics. See your browser’s settings menu for a list of the cookies currently in use on our Sites. You may contact us using the information below if you have questions about any specific cookie or other technology.
We generally use the following types of cookies and similar technologies on our Sites:
Essential and functional cookies/technologies
Our Sites typically use certain cookies, web beacons and tracking technologies that enable various operations on the webpage. For example, our browser-based Sites request the installation of essential cookies to maintain an active session, or keep you logged in to your account. Our browser-based Sites may similarly request the installation of a cookie for various functions, for example, if you would like your browser to remember your username or password, or stay logged in after a session has ended. Our use of essential technologies may occur regardless whether you have provided your consent. Our functional technologies may be used without your consent, or you may consent implicitly through your use of a particular feature or browser configuration. Please note, if your browser does not accept cookies, these features may not work properly or your experience may suffer.
These cookies, web beacons and tracking technologies are generally used in order to improve the performance of our Sites, and to learn how users arrive at and interact with the features of our Sites or other Sites. These cookies or technologies may be provided or controlled by us or our trusted third-party service providers. For example, we currently work with certain analytics providers (such as Google) who the analysis of the usage of our Sites. This information may be analyzed in the aggregate by our third party partners, or linked by us to other information we hold about you.
Advertising and targeting-related cookies/technologies
How can I delete cookies or withdraw my consent?
You can control cookies, web beacons and tracking technologies or withdraw your consent to information collection in several ways. First, many browsers allow you to change the settings such that the browser will either allow or block the installation of cookies. You may delete all cookies stored by your browser using your browser’s privacy menu.
If you wish to take steps to opt-out of tracking by certain online advertisers, you can visit the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page at http://www.aboutads.info/choices or the Network Advertising Initiative at www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp or if you are located in the EU, at http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/. For more information about how to control cookies or other choices online, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.
Please note, most modern browsers include a “do not track” feature that may help protect your privacy, however our Sites do not currently respond to do-not-track requests (although third party policies may vary).
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