What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored through the browser on your computer or mobile device (for example, Google Chrome or Safari). They allow websites to store information on your device. Cookies are generally classified as either “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted when you close your browser or “persistent cookies”, which will usually remain on your device until you delete them or they expire, and are used for various purposes as detailed below.
We use different types of Cookies on our Sites:
Performance Cookies: This type of Cookie helps us to secure and better manage the performance of our Sites and businesses.
Analytics Cookies: Every time you visit our Sites, the analytics tools and services we use generate Cookies which can tell us whether or not you have visited our Sites in the past, and provide additional information regarding how visitors and users use our Sites (such as how many visitors we have on a certain page, how often they visit, or where users tend to click on our webpages).
Operational Cookies: When you register, sign into, and use our Sites and services, we generate Cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not, maintain your login session, manage your credentials and permissions, and keep essential information for stable business operation.
Our servers use these Cookies to work out which account on our Sites you are signed into and if you are allowed access to a particular area or feature on said account.
While you are signed into our Sites, we combine information from your Operational Cookies with Analytics Cookies, which we could use to learn, for example, which pages you have visited.
Marketing & Advertising Cookies: These Cookies allow us to know whether or not you’ve seen an ad or a type of ad online, how you interacted with such an ad, and how long it has been since you’ve seen it.
We also set Cookies on certain other sites that we advertise on. If you receive one of those Cookies, we may use it to identify you as having visited that site and viewed our ad there, if you later visit our Sites. We can then target our advertisements based on this information.
Third-Party Integration Cookies: On some pages of our Services, other organizations may also set their own Cookies. They do this to enable and improve the performance and interoperability of their applications, features, or tools that are integrated with our Services, to track their performance, or to customize their services for you.
How can you turn Cookies off (or remove them)?
All modern web browsers allow you to change your Cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links to ‘cookies’ help pages may be helpful, or you can use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
If you are primarily concerned about third-party Cookies generated by advertisers, and you live in the USA, Canada, or Europe, you can also opt out from the collection of your data by our advertising partners who participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance. Opt out by visiting:
- http://www.aboutads.info/choices (for U.S. users)
- https://youradchoices.ca/en/tools (for Canadian users)
- https://www.youronlinechoices.eu/ (for European users)
In addition, on your mobile device (e.g., iPhone, iPad, or Android), you can change your device settings to control whether you see online interest-based ads.
To find out more about Cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following websites useful: