Last updated: 12/22/22
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computing device when you access a website or application through a browser. These files are then used to help identify your computing device for a specific purpose, such as to enable a shopping cart feature, remember your preferences, or provide you with tailored advertisements. Cookies may contain the details of your browsing history on a website among its many uses.
- Cookies may be “first-party cookies,” which are which cookies are placed by us placed on our Sites, or “third-party cookies,” which are cookies belonging to others that are placed on our Sites. We may use both first- and third- party cookies.
- Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” Cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your computing device for a period of time, even when you go offline, while Session Cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser. We may use both persistent and session cookies.
We place cookies on your devices (including your mobile devices) in accordance with the preferences you set in our cookie consent manager.
You can change these settings at any time by clicking on the cookie widget at the bottom of the screen.
What types of cookies do Sites use?
The cookies used our Sites have been categorized into one of the following categories. Not all cookie categories may be used on all Sites.
- Necessary Cookies: Necessary cookies are sometimes called essential cookies. A website cannot function properly without necessary or essential cookies. These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. We use these cookies to provide you with those Services. While you can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
- Performance Cookies :Performance cookies, sometimes called analytics cookies, help website owners understand how visitors interact with their websites by collecting and reporting information, typically without directly identifying a user. For example, these cookies allow website owners to count visits and traffic sources to measure and improve the performance of a website. They help website owners understand which pages are the most and least popular, see how visitors move around the site, and identify certain performance data, such as whether users are receiving error messages. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. The information collected by these cookies also help website owners improve how the website works. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and we will not be able to monitor its performance. Third party vendors who provide these services may have access to the data collected via these cookies and may use it to improve their overall services and offerings. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site and will not be able to monitor its performance.
- Functionality cookies: Functionality cookies allow a website to remember choices users make (such as a user’s username, language or the region). The purpose of these cookies is to provide a website’s users with a more personal experience and to avoid requiring users to re-enter their preferences each time they use a website. Functionality cookies do not track your browsing activity on other websites, nor do they gather any information about you that could be used for advertising or remembering where you have been on the Internet outside our site. These cookies enable the website 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 some or all of these services may not function properly.
- Targeting cookies: Targeting cookies (including web beacons and other tracking and storage technologies), sometimes called advertising cookies, are used to track visitors, including at times across websites. They may track the content you have viewed, the links you have followed, information about your browser, device and IP address. They collect information about your visit to a website (including across devices and visits to third party sites). The purpose of targeting cookies is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for a user. targeting cookies can be used to (1) deliver advertisements more relevant to you and your interests; (2) limit the number of times you see an advertisement; (3) help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign; (4) retarget to our Sites and assets and (5) understand people’s behavior after they view an advertisement. Targeting cookies are usually placed on behalf of advertising networks with the site operator’s permission. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant advertisements on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but they are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
- Social Media Cookies: Social Media Cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.
Yes, we may use information collected from our cookies to identify user behavior and to serve content and offers based on your profile, and for the other purposes described below, to the extent legally permissible in certain jurisdictions.
In other cases, we can associate cookie information (including information from cookies placed via our advertisements on third party sites) with an identifiable individual. For example:
- If we send you a targeted email which includes web beacons, cookies or similar technologies we will know whether you open, read, or delete the message.
- When you click a link in a marketing e-mail you receive from us, we may use a cookie to log what pages you view and what content you download from our Sites, even if you are not registered at or signed into our Site.
Do you use any cookies from third party companies?
Yes. Some cookies and other similar technologies that we use are from third party companies, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Linkedin.
What if I don’t want cookies or similar tracking technologies?
As noted above, you can adjust your cookie setting through our cookie consent manager. If you want to remove existing cookies from your device, you can do this using your browser options.
You also may have the following additional options available to you:
- You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies; however, if you turn cookies off, you may not have access to certain features that make your use of our Sites and Services more efficient, and some of our Sites and Services may not function properly.
- If you are using a mobile device, the mobile device operating setting may allow you to opt out of targeted advertising based on information about the mobile applications you use. You can also stop the collection of location information from your mobile device by changing the preferences on your mobile device.
- You can also use these opt-out options to limit use of your information for interest-based advertising by participating companies: Digital advertising Alliance, Network Advertising Initiative.
These actions may impact your user experience or may cause you to receive non-targeted advertising that is not relevant to your interests. If you would like more information about cookies, including how to manage them, please see All About Cookies.
What are Examples of Other Technologies that are Similar to Cookies?
We may use other technologies that perform similar tasks to cookies. These technologies may include analysis tools, web beacons, web links, and local shared objects, which we describe below.
- Web beacons. Web Beacons may also be called image tags, gifs or web bugs, including conversion pixels, are small pieces of code used to collect advertising data. They may count page views or help us understand, for example, whether e-mails we send out have been opened, whether certain links have been clicked, the time and date of a page you viewed and the length of time you viewed the page, the IP address of the device that retrieved the image, and the type of browser that retrieved the image. Web beacons do not place information on your device, but they may work in conjunction with cookies to monitor website activity, such as when a webpage is clicked.
- Web Links. Emails we send to you may contain links that take you to a web page after redirecting you through our servers (or our suppliers’ servers). When we redirect your traffic, we may obtain information that helps us determine whether a particular marketing initiative is effective. The information we may collect may include information connected to you. If you do not want us to collect information about the links that you click, you can choose a text-based version of the message (if available). You may also choose not to click the links we send, searching online for the relevant information instead.
- Local Shared Objects (e.g., Flash cookies) and Local Storage (e.g., HTML5). These technologies may be used to store content information and preferences. You may manage Flash cookies by clicking here. Your browser may offer settings to turn off HTML5.
If you have any questions now or during your visit, please contact us at [email protected].