Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website using your browser. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Cookies set by the website owner are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality on websites (e.g., advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your browser both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website or mobile application. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like collecting the advertising identifier on your mobile device, using local storage on your mobile device, or using tracking pixels (sometimes called “web beacons” or “clear gifs”). To explain these technologies:
Tracking pixels are tiny graphics files that are associated with a unique identifier that enables us to recognize when someone has visited our Websites. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users within our Websites and to understand whether you have come to our Websites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website. In many instances, tracking pixels will also enable cookies to be served in order to allow more detailed tracking of website visitors’ behavior, including potentially for advertising purposes. However, declining cookies by following the instructions below will prevent this more detailed tracking.
E-mail tracking occurs when we place tracking pixels within e-mails that we send to you in order to measure the success of our e-mail marketing campaigns. These tracking pixels enable us to determine whether our e-mails have been opened by their recipients. Most e-mail programs will offer you the ability to prevent images from loading within e-mails, and if you choose to do this, it will prevent our e-mail tracking pixels from being delivered to your device.
Application local storage refers to when an application other than a web browser uses a small amount of your device’s storage to set and retrieve cookies in a similar manner and for the same purposes as your web browser does as described above under “What are cookies?”
We use first-party and third-party cookies, local storage, and session storage for several reasons.
Some information stored in cookies, local storage, and session storage is required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate or to provide our Services, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary”.
To this end we store unique identifiers, like session tokens for authentication purposes in application local storage, cookies and session storage that are essential to our Services. We also store information about how you’ve used our Services (such as which pages you’ve visited or elements you’ve interacted with), information about the device settings you’ve enabled and certain location data in application local storage that are essential to our Services.
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies.