This Cookies & Similar Technologies Policy describes the different types of cookies and similar technologies that are used on the site where this policy appears (“Site”). We may change this Policy at any time. If you have any questions, please contact us by email.
What Are Cookies and Similar Technologies?
Cookies are a standard feature of websites that allow us to store small amounts of data on your computer about your visit to the Site. We use “cookies” - that is, small text files placed on a visitor’s computer hard drive - and other technologies to help us determine information such as the type of content to which a visitor to the Site links, and the length of time each visitor spends at any particular area of the Site. Our cookies are only read by our servers and are unable to execute any code or virus. We and our service providers use the information for security purposes, to facilitate navigation, display information more effectively, and to personalize your experience while using the Site, as well as for tracking purposes. We also gather statistical information about the usage of the Site to continually improve the design and functionality, understand how the Site is used and to assist us with resolving questions regarding the Site. Cookies and similar technologies enhance your experience on the Site. If you disable cookies and similar technologies, your experience on the Site may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.
What Cookies and Similar Technologies Do We Use?
Cookies may be:
First party cookies served directly by us to your device.
Third party cookies served by a third party on our behalf. We use third party cookies to help us analyze our websites and their use, and to enable tailored advertising. Essential Cookies. Essential cookies enable you to navigate the Site and to use its services and features. Without these strictly necessary cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain services or features. Preference Cookies. Preference cookies collect information about your choices and preferences and allow us to remember language or other local settings and customize the Site accordingly. These cookies allow us to provide a more personalized experience.
Social Media Cookies
Social media cookies collect information about social media usage. We use social media cookies to help us integrate social media sharing tools into our Site and to measure the effectiveness of these sharing tools.
Analytics cookies collect information about your use of the Site and enable us to improve the way it works. For example, analytics cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on the Site, help us record any difficulties you have with the Site, and show us whether our advertising is effective or not. This allows us to see the overall patterns of usage on the Site, rather than the usage of a single person. We use the information in aggregate form to analyze Site traffic and perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our visitors by measuring
demographics and interests regarding specific areas of the Site, but we do not examine this information for individually identifying information.
Advertising cookies are set to display targeted promotions or advertisements based upon your interests on the Site or to manage our advertising. These cookies collect information about your activities on this Site and other sites to provide you with targeted advertising.
Pixel tags (also known as web beacons and clear GIFs) are used to, among other things, track the actions of users of the Site, measure the success of our marketing campaigns, and compile statistics about usage of the Site and response rates.
We use Flash Local Shared Objects (“Flash LSOs”) and other technologies to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of the Site. If you do not want Flash LSOs stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash LSO storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also go to the Global Storage Settings Panel and follow the instructions (which explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash LSOs (referred to as “information”), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being placed on your computer without your consent, and how to block Flash LSOs that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time). Please note that setting the Flash player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash LSOs may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with the Site.
Browser or Device Information
Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Mac), screen resolution, operating system name and version, device manufacturer and model, language, Internet browser type and version, and the name and version of the Site you are using. We use this information to ensure that the Site functions properly.
We collect the physical location of your device by, for example, using satellite, cell phone tower, or WiFi signals. We use your device’s physical location to provide you with personalized location-based services and content. We also share your device’s physical location, combined with information about what advertisements you viewed and other information we collect, with our marketing partners to enable them to provide you with more personalized content and to study the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. In some instances, you can allow or deny such uses and sharing of your device’s location, but if you do, we and our marketing partners may not be able to provide you with the applicable personalized services and content.
To offer you content that we believe may interest you based on your activity on the Site, and for fraud prevention and authentication purposes, we may also use other technologies that are similar to cookies. For example, we may gather device attributes and combine information collected by most browsers or automatically through your device to create a unique ID that identifies your browser or device to us with reasonable certainty. In this context we may collect, use, and combine certain information about your device, including, but not limited to: Last visit, first visit and number of visits; IP address (external and internal), geolocation (latitude/longitude based on IP address); device user-agent (browser type, version), device operating system, keywords used if coming from search engine, pages visited.
How Do You Manage Cookies and Similar Technologies?
You can refuse or accept cookies from the Site at any time by activating the settings on your browser. Information about the procedure to follow to enable or disable cookies can be found on your Internet browser provider’s website via your help screen. (Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.) Please refer to http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html for information on commonly used browsers. You may also follow the instructions provided by the UK Information Commission Office at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/. Please be aware that if cookies are disabled, not all features of the Site may operate as intended and you may experience some inconvenience in your use of the Site. For example, we may not be able to recognize your computer and you may need to log in every time you visit the applicable Site. You also may not receive marketing materials or other offers from us that are relevant to your interests and needs.
If you want to clear all cookies left behind by the websites you have visited, there are third party tools available to do so. For more details contact your local help desk.