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:
In addition, cookies allow us to do the following:
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:
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.
Changes to the Cookies Notice