What Are Cookies?
We use “cookies” to store, and sometimes to track, information about how you use our websites. A cookie is a small data file that is sent to your browser when you visit a website. It is stored, accessed and maintained on your computer’s hard drive or on a tablet or mobile device. A cookie contains a unique number that allows our websites or another website to recognize your device each time you visit and remember information about you.
We use both temporary and persistent cookies. A temporary cookie (also referred to as a session cookie) tracks visitor activity during a session or visit and expires when you close your browser. We use them to provide continuity as you visit website pages. Persistent cookies are not deleted from your device after you close your browser, and they’re used for analytical purposes, like knowing you already visited us and how many times before.
We may also use HTML5 local storage, a browser feature which, like cookies, allows for storing certain information on your computer in order to help provide a better user experience. Many Internet browsers allow you to disable HTML5 local storage or delete information contained in HTML5 local storage using browser controls.
We and our service providers also use web beacons (sometimes referred to as clear GIFs or pixels), often in conjunction with cookies. Web beacons are small pieces of code that are embedded on web pages and applications in order to provide us with information about how our sites and applications are used.
The information we collect through cookies and other technologies may include the following:
- Standard server log information (e.g., your Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser and device type, operating system, name of your Internet service provider, date and time of your visit), and the address of the website from which you visit our website.
- Information about your interactions with our content and ads.
- Device information, including the device type you use to access our digital services, your device’s operating system, and unique device identifier information, which is a unique alphanumeric character string associated with an individual user’s smartphone or similar handheld device.
On their own, cookies, web beacons and other technologies do not contain or reveal information such as your name or email address.
Types of Cookies
We use the following types of cookies:
- Strictly Necessary/Essential Cookies: These cookies are essential for our digital services to function correctly.
- Functional and User Enhancement Cookies: These cookies allow us to remember you, your preferences and settings to help enhance the user experience.
- Performance and Analytics Cookies: We use these cookies to monitor the performance and use of our digital services, test website features, help us make our marketing efforts more effective, and monitor compliance with our User Agreement.
- Marketing Cookies: We use these cookies to promote products and services that are relevant to your interests.
- Social Network Sharing Cookies: These cookies enable content sharing with social networking and similar sites (e.g. Facebook or Twitter).
More Information about Third-Party Cookies
Certain third parties that provide us with services (e.g. Google) employ their own cookies and similar technologies to collect information about your online activities when you visit our website and other websites.
How to Control Cookies
The Help function on most web browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting cookies or to disable cookies entirely. If you use more than one browser, you will have to adjust your cookie settings on each browser.
You can learn more about managing cookies on popular browsers by clicking on the links below.
You can also manage cookies through the browser Settings function on your mobile device.