As you use our website (the “Website”), and/or any capability, software or service that may be made available through the Website (the “Services”), we collect certain information by automated or electronic means, using technologies such as cookies, pixel tags and web beacons, browser analysis tools, and web server logs (“Website Usage Information”).
The Website Usage Information is stored in web server logs and also in web cookies kept on your computers or mobile devices, which are then transmitted back to us by your computers or mobile devices. These web servers are operated by, and the cookies are managed by, us, our business partners and/or our service providers. For example, when you access the Website and/or the Services, we and/or our service providers may place cookies on your computers or mobile devices. Cookies allow us to provide you with a good experience when you use our Website and/or Services and to recognize you when you return so you will not be required to register again to use the Website and/or Services. Cookies will also track your use of the Website and/or the Services and can help us to detect certain kinds of fraud.
What are cookies?
A “cookie” is a small amount of information that a web server sends to your browser that stores information about your registration and your use of the Website and/or the Services. Some cookies contain numbers that allow us to connect the Website and/or the Services with other information we store about you in your profile or as related to your interactions with the Website and/or the Services. Some cookies are temporary, whereas others may be configured to last longer.
Pixel tags and web beacons are tiny graphic images placed on Website pages or in our e-mails that allow us to determine whether you have performed specific actions. When you access these pages or open e-mail messages, the pixel tags and web beacons generate a notice of that action to us or our applicable service providers. These tools allow us to measure response rates to our communications and improve the Website and/or the Services.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are essential for the operation and security of our Website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how you use our Website. For example, they allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our Website and remember the choices you make. This enables us to personalize our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
What is the difference between session and persistent cookies?
“Session” cookies are temporary cookies used for various reasons, such as to manage page views. Your browser usually erases session cookies once you exit your browser.
“Persistent” cookies are more permanent cookies that are stored on your computers or mobile devices even beyond when you exit your browser. We use persistent cookies for a number of purposes, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided and storing such information.
What is the difference between first and third party cookies?
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting or by another website prior to or during your visit. These are known as first and third party cookies.
First party cookies belong to the website domain that appears in the browser address bar and we may set these cookies when you visit our Website in order to recognize you when you return.
Third-party cookies belong to website domains different from the one shown in the address bar. Some websites can feature content from third-party domains (such as banner ads). Other websites may also set cookies on your device during a visit to our Website. These sites will be an approved vendor of ours, such as Google analytics, Facebook or Twitter.
Google Analytics. Our Website uses Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our Website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our Website and Services. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. For more information on Google Analytics, please click here or for more details of how Google uses data when you use our Website and Services, please click here.
ShareThis. Our Website uses ShareThis to enable sharing features and collect anonymized data analytics enabling us to better understand how our visitors use and interact with our Website. ShareThis only personally identifies a user if he or she voluntarily registers for an account with ShareThis. We may allow third parties to provide advertising services and collect and use pseudonymized information when you visit our Website in order to provide advertisements likely to be of interest to you. Some of these third parties may also use non-cookie technologies that your web browser may not permit you to block. For more details on ShareThis, please click here and to learn more about interest based advertising, please click here.
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