What is a cookie?
We use the word “cookies” to include a piece of text, pixels, clear GIFs, log files, web beacons or other tracing or tracking files or similar technology that are placed on your device. Some cookies are stored temporarily (session cookies) and others are placed on your computer’s hard drive or mobile device (persistent cookies).
By gathering and remembering information about your website and application preferences through cookies we can provide a better experience. Cookies don’t give us access to users’ computers or devices, and the information we collect through cookies doesn’t include personal information.
Types of cookies used
When you visit our Services, we use “session cookies” to allow us to uniquely identify your browser while you are logged in, provide a more relevant experience and to process your online transactions. These are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser.
We also use “persistent cookies” that only we can read and use, to identify you as a user of our Services and make it easier for you to log into our Services. These files remain on your hard drive until you erase them or they expire.
Some of the cookies we use are critical to the functionality of our Services. They are used to keep a user logged into the Services and remember relevant information when the user returns to Services.
We also use certain cookies to track users’ activities on our Services, understand their preferences and improve their experience of our Services.
Third party cookies
We allow carefully selected third parties to place cookies via our website. These cookies may be placed within the advertisement and elsewhere on our site. We do not have access to or control over these cookies.
They are used for statistical analysis by allowing the advertiser to count how many people have seen their advertisement or have seen it more than once. They might also allow the advertiser to tailor advertising to you when you visit other websites.
How do I choose whether to receive cookies or not?
Your web browser settings should allow you to delete and/or disable cookies. You may change your browser settings to notify you each time a website wants to place a cookie on your device. This lets you choose whether to accept or decline cookies from that website. Each browser will have its own way of giving you this option (for example, depending on whether you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome or other browser), so please consult your browser’s “help” menu for further details.
If you choose to disable cookies, you may find the Services do not work in the same way. You may find that disabling or rejecting cookies may prevent you from using certain parts of the Services.
Other local storage
We, along with certain third parties, may use other kinds of local storage technologies, such as Local Shared Objects (also referred to as “Flash cookies”) and HTML5 local storage, in connection with our Services. These technologies are similar to the cookies discussed above in that they are stored on your device and can be used to store certain information about your activities and preferences. However, these technologies may make use of different parts of your device from standard cookies, and so you might not be able to control them using standard browser tools and settings. For information about disabling or deleting information contained in Flash cookies, please click here.
Our website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.
A web beacon is an electronic image that can be used to recognise a cookie on your device when you view a web page or email. Unlike cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive or device, web beacons are embedded invisibly on web pages and applications.
We may combine the information gathered by web beacons to our users’ personal information, and use them in our HTML-based emails to learn which emails have been opened by recipients
We may use web beacons on our Services, in our communications, in our advertisements on other websites, or in our advertisements in others’ marketing. Similarly, third parties whose content or ads appear on our Services may also place web beacons in their ads or communications to measure how effective they are.
Web beacons help us measure the effectiveness of our Services and our advertising. For example, web beacons may count the number of visitors to our website from a particular advertisement, or visitors who make a purchase from our website after viewing a particular communication. They may tell us when a web page is viewed and provide a description of the page where the web beacon is placed. Web beacons may measure the effectiveness of our communications, by counting the number of individuals who open or act upon a message. The web beacon will capture information about when a message is opened and how many times a message is forwarded.
Unlike cookies, you cannot decline web beacons. However, setting your browser to decline cookies will prevent web beacons from tracking your activity.
Third Party Sites
Further information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu