Last Updated: 2/20/2021
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are added to the browser of your computer or mobile device when you visit a website that store certain information about website usage. The term “cookie” is used in this Notice in the broad sense to include all similar techniques and technologies, including web beacons, log files, and tracking pixels.
Types of information collected and reasons for collection
Cookies help us to better understand your use of our Sites and, as a result, allow us, among other things, to offer visitors to our Sites a more personalized and consistent experience. Here are examples of the types of information that we collect through cookies:
- The number of users visiting our Sites, the frequency with which the Sites are viewed, the pages viewed, and the clicks made on the Sites
- The name of the website visited prior to visiting our Sites
- Whether you are visiting our Sites for the first time or not
- Your viewing preferences (e.g. layout, sizing preferences, language, etc.)
- If applicable, your user name, your password, the type of browser used and your IP address, so that we can identify you during your next visits
In addition, cookies allow us to do the following:
- Facilitate your next visit to our Sites and store your preferences and settings
- Customize the advertising and content that appear on the Sites
- Compile information on visitors to our Sites and analyze them to improve our Sites
- Assist with security and administrative functions
Type of cookies we use
We use first-party and third-party cookies. First party cookies are created by us, and are used, for the most part, to allow you to browse our Sites and use their features. They also assist us in some analytics activities. We also allow some third-party companies to place cookies on your device to assist in analytics and in providing you with relevant content and advertisements as you browse the web, and these cookies are referred to as “third-party cookies.”
The types of first- and third-party cookies we use on the Sites are:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Sites and cannot be turned off. These cookies allow you to use some features of our Sites, such as access to secure areas that require registration and setting your privacy preferences.
- Functional cookies: These cookies allow you to browse our Sites or benefit from some of their enhanced features, such as memorizing language preferences or providing chat functionality. If these cookies are disabled, it could impact your experience to use functionality on some Sites.
- Analytics cookies: These cookies allow us or our third-party analytics providers to collect information and statistics on the use of the Sites by you and other visitors. Thanks to this information, we are able to improve the features offered on our Sites.
- Advertising cookies: These cookies, provided by our third-party advertising partners, collect information about your browsing habits, so that we and these advertising providers can display relevant content and ads on our Site and other sites you visit.
Duration of storage of cookies on your device
The duration of storage of cookies on your device may vary, depending on the category to which they belong: temporary or permanent. Temporary cookies typically last only during a particular browsing session. In contrast, permanent cookies allow us to understand use of our Sites over time to provide customization, and they survive after your browser is closed, for periods typically anywhere between 24 hours and 3 years.
If you are located in the European Union, European Economic Area, or the United Kingdom, you will be asked to provide your consent to our placement of cookies when you first visit our Sites before we use any cookies other than strictly necessary cookies.
All users can exercise their preferences to receive cookies by managing them from your web browser. As the means by which to activate or deactivate cookies varies from one web browser to another, you should visit your web browser’s help menu for more information on cookie preferences (e.g., Internet Explorer; Google Chrome; Mozilla Firefox; or Apple Safari). You can also configure your browser at any time to be notified of the receipt of a cookie, so that you can decide whether you want to accept it or not. Cookies do not under any circumstances read the data from your hard drive and you can delete them from your computer at any time. At the moment, it is technically impossible for you to synchronize your settings between your browsers and your devices (e.g., your computer or your smartphone). You must set them on each browser/device that you currently use and each time you use a new browser or device.
We use Google Analytics, a popular analytics tool, to assist us in analyzing use of our Sites. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for these purposes, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
If you are interested in more information about tailored online advertising and how you can generally control cookies from being put on your computer to deliver tailored advertising, you may visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s Consumer Opt-Out link, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Opt-Out link, or Your Online Choices to opt-out of receiving tailored advertising from companies that participate in those programs.
Consequences of deactivation of cookies
If you choose to deactivate cookies, you may continue to use certain parts of our Sites. However, some useful features may not work anymore, depending on which cookies you deactivate. Please note that if you have disabled one or more cookies, we may continue to use the information that was collected by such cookies before they were deactivated. However, we will cease to collect any information via the opted-out cookie once a cookie has been deactivated.
Changes to the Cookies Notice