Updated 7th December 2021
1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website stores on your device when you visit the website, typically containing information about the website itself, a unique identifier that allows the website to recognize your web browser when you return, additional data that serves the purpose of the cookie, and the lifespan of the cookie itself.
Cookies are used to enable certain features (such as logging in), to track website usage (such as website analytics), to store your user settings (such as time zone or notification preferences), and to personalize your content (such as preferred advertising, language).
Cookies set by the website you are visiting are normally referred to as “first-party cookies”, and typically only track your activity on that particular site. Cookies set by other websites and companies are called “third-party cookies” and can be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.
2. Types of cookies and how we use them
Essential cookies are necessary for operating a website, enabling core features like user logins, account management, shopping carts and payment processing. We use essential cookies to enable certain functions on our Sites.
Performance cookies are used in the tracking of how you use a website during your visit. Typically, this information is deidentified and aggregated with information tracked across all site users, to help companies understand visitor usage patterns, identify and diagnose problems or errors their users may encounter, and make better strategic decisions in improving their audience’s overall website experience. These cookies may be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services. We use performance cookies on our Sites.
3. Third-party cookies on our site
We may employ third-party companies and individuals on our Sites—for example, analytics providers and content partners. We grant these third parties access to selected information to perform specific tasks on our behalf. They may also set third-party cookies in order to deliver the services they are providing. Third-party cookies can be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.
4. How you can control or opt out of cookies
If you browse websites from multiple devices, you may need to update your settings on each individual device.
Although some cookies can be blocked with little impact on your experience of a website, blocking all cookies may mean you are unable to access certain features and content across the sites you visit.
Depending on your location, you may also opt out of third-party cookies relating to behavioral advertising by visiting the following websites:
- European Interactive Digital Adverting Alliance (EDAA): www.youronlinechoices.eu and http://www.edaa.eu/
- Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA): http://www.aboutads.info/choices/
- Network Advertising Initiative (NAI): http://optout.networkadvertising.org
5. Do Not Track
There are different ways to prevent tracking of online activities. Some web browsers may allow you to enable a do-not-track feature that alerts the websites you visit that you do not want your online activities to be tracked. Our Sites may not recognize or react in response to do-not-track signals. At present, no generally accepted standards exist on how companies must respond to do-not-track signals. In the event a final standard is established, we will assess and provide an appropriate response to these signals.