What are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are transferred to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are only stored on your computer when your browser settings permit the acceptance of cookies. Once stored on your computer, cookies allow the entity that put them on your device to recognize you across different websites, devices and/or browsing sessions. Cookies may store information like your preferences but cannot read data from your hard drive or access cookie files created by other websites.
Cookies serve many useful purposes like
- Remembering your username and password for a website so you don’t have to enter those credentials each time you log in to that site;
- Helping us understand website traffic and what content is most popular because they show us which website pages are being visited and how much time people are spending on those pages. By studying this information, we can improve our content and website experience for our users;
- Helping us and third parties understand which advertisements you have seen so that you don’t see the same ad repeatedly; and
- Helping us and third parties provide you with relevant content and advertising by collecting information about your use of our Services and other websites and applications.
The information that we collect with cookies allows us to statistically analyze usage of our Websites and to improve and customize our content and other offerings. However, we only disclose information collected with cookies to third parties on an aggregated basis without the use of any information that personally identifies you.
We use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for a set period of time or until you delete it.
We use the following types of cookies on our Websites.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookies are cookies that are essential to basic functions of our Websites and Applications. These cookies enable you to log in to secure areas of the Websites, use a shopping cart and help make services available through our Websites and Applications work. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver our Services, users cannot refuse them, but you may configure your browser to block or delete these cookies. For more information on how to block or delete cookies, please see the “Choices Regarding Your Information” section below.
Preferences Cookies are cookies that ensure information displayed on your next visit to our Websites match up to choices you made and your preferences regarding our Services. For example, these cookies store your username, language and/or region and enable user interface customization. These cookies are not essential for using our Services, but certain functionality may become unavailable or may not function properly without these cookies. For more information on how to block or delete cookies, please see the “Choices Regarding Your Information” section below.
Analytics and Performance Cookies
Analytics and Performance Cookies are cookies that are designed to allow us to recognize that you have visited our Websites before and track your movement as you consume content across our Websites. These cookies help us to analyze the performance and design of our Services and detect errors.
You can prevent your web usage data from being collected by Google Analytics by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On for your web browser of choice. For more information on how to block or delete cookies, please see the “Choices Regarding Your Information” section below.
Advertising Cookies are cookies that are used to make the advertising displayed on our Websites more meaningful to you. These cookies prevent ads from appearing repeatedly and ensure that ads are properly displayed. Certain third-party cookies may track users over different websites and will provide ads relevant to your interests. For example, we may use Google remarketing tags to allow retail partners to advertise products you may have browsed on our Websites. Our Websites may also display content from a third-party website or service, which may result in cookies from third parties being stored on your hard drive or browser. We do not control the storage of these cookies and you should refer to the privacy policies of the relevant third party for more information.
Beacons, Pixels and Other Technologies
We use other technologies, like web beacons, to recognize and track visitors to our Websites. A web beacon (also known as a “tracking pixel”) is a clear graphic image (typically a one-pixel tag) that is delivered through a web browser or HTML email, usually in conjunction with a cookie.
Web beacons can be embedded in online content, videos and emails, and allow us to collect information about your device, like your IP address, and how and when you viewed specific content. Beacons allow us to track how users move from one page to another within our Websites, to track access to our communications, to understand whether users have come to our Websites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to measure how ads have been viewed and to improve site performance.
If you are a member of one or more of the following social media networks and do not want them to connect the data concerning your use of our Services with your member data already stored by them, please log out of the social media network before using our Services. A list of each network’s privacy policies follows below.
We also use mobile analytics software to allow us to better understand the functionality of our Applications on your phone. This software may record information such as how often you use an Application, the events that occur within an Application, aggregated usage, performance data and where the Application was downloaded. We do not link the information we store within the analytics software to any Personal Data you submit within the Applications.