Cookies are small amounts of data that are stored on your browser, device, or the page you are viewing when you visit a website. Some cookies are deleted once you close your browser or application (session cookies), while other cookies are retained even after you exit so that you can be recognized when you return (persistent cookies). Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but Personal Information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
We use both session and persistent cookies on the Site. The cookies we use are generally divided into the following categories:
Mandatory cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of the Site, such as cookies that enable you to log into secure areas.
Functional cookies: These are cookies that remember choices that you make when you visit the Site such as language options. They help to make your visit more personal and assist your navigation of the Site.
Analytics/Marketing cookies: These are cookies that automatically collect information about your use of the Site, such as the pages you visit, and the links you followed. These help us recognize previous visitors to the Site, and understand how many people are using the Site and how they navigate through it. As mentioned above, we use analytics services to analyze user behavior, so these third parties will place these types of cookies on the Site.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your settings to prevent that, such as by having your device warn you each time a cookie is being sent or choosing to turn off all cookies. On the Site, you will be able to disable all cookies other than mandatory cookies. This can be done through your web browser settings, and because each browser is different, you should look at your browser’s “Help” menu to learn how to modify your cookie settings. There are also online resources that may help you learn more how to opt out of targeted behavioral advertising from many major third party network advertisers.
If you disable cookies from your browser you may not be able to access certain sections of the Site that use essential cookies, and this may make your experiences on the Site less efficient.
Currently, certain browsers, including Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer, offer a “do not track” (DNT) option. This option, using a technology known as a DNT header, sends a signal to websites visited by the user about the user’s DNT preference, if any, set on the browser. However, we do not currently commit to responding to browsers’ DNT signals. We cannot make this commitment because no common industry standard for DNT has been adopted by industry groups, technology companies, or regulators.
If you permit a connection between the Site and your social network page(s) or another third party site, we (and the other site operator) may be able to identify you, and associate the information we (and they) receive with information we (and they) already have about you. In addition, depending on how you use those features and your settings with the social network or other third party site, the information you share may be available to others, including your friends and/or the public. For more information about how your information may be shared through those social networks and other third party sites once it is provided to them, review the privacy policies of those social networks and other third party sites.