What are cookies?
A cookie is a piece of text which can be placed on your device (for example, your personal computer or mobile phone) by us or a third party and can be subsequently read as you visit a website to identify you and provide functionality. A cookie may be a session cookie that remains on your device for a limited period of time and then disappears (for example, while you are logged on to a particular web site), or it may be a persistent cookie that remains on your device over a longer period of time. Cookies may be served directly by the website you are visiting (“first party cookies”) or may have been set by third parties outside the domain of the website you are visiting (“third party cookies”).
Web beacons, pixels or other similar technologies can do the same or similar things. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all technologies that collect and use information this way.
Which cookies do we use?
Cookies are used to provide the functionality of our Online Services, analyze trends, administer our Online Services, track users’ movements around the Online Services, to gather information about our user base, and to assist in our marketing efforts. For example, cookies may tell us whether you have visited the Online Services before. If you reject cookies, you may have limited features or functionality on our Online Services. The Online Services may include and/or use the following types of cookies:
Strictly Necessary Cookies – These cookies are necessary for the Online Services to function and cannot be switched off in our cookie preferences. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your cookie preferences. You may be able to set your browser to block these cookies, but some functionality of the Online Services will not then work. Usually 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 Online Services. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
Functional Cookies – These cookies enable the Online Services to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then our Online Services may not function properly.
Targeting Cookies – These cookies are used to help us understand users of the Online Services and to assist in our marketing efforts. For example, we may use this type of cookie to keep track of whether a user has been served an advertisement on a third-party website or to enable third-party websites to serve our ads to users that have previously used the Online Services. These cookies will often be set by third party advertising partners. We do not decide which cookies are set by third-party websites or how your data is used by such third parties and therefore you should refer to the privacy and/or cookie policies of such third parties for further information about their use of such cookies. If you do not allow these cookies then you may see less targeted advertisements. A list and description of the cookies that the Online Services use can be found here.
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 this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out with respect to certain third parties by clicking here if located in the US (or if located in Canada click here or the European Union click here).
How can you exercise your cookies choices for the Online Services?
You may choose whether or not to accept cookies (other than strictly necessary cookies) for the Online Services and can do so by visiting the cookie settings preference center at the bottom of this page. However, cookies are an important part of how our Online Services work. If you do not agree to use or reject cookies, it could affect the availability and functionality of the Online Services.
You may also be able to opt out of using cookies through your browser. Most browsers accept cookies by default. You may be able to change the settings to have your browser refuse certain cookies or notify you before accepting cookies. To do so, please follow the instructions provided by your browser, which are usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” menus.
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.
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