What is meant by “cookies”?
Cookies are small files that are sent to your browser and, depending on your choices, are stored on your device (computer, tablet, cell phone) when you visit a website. Cookies allow us to identify your device during future visits to the website, in particular to improve the website and provide you with personalized services.
The cookies we use allow us to recognize your device, so you don’t have to enter the same information multiple times during the same task. They also recognize when you enter your username and password, so you don’t have to do that for every web page you visit.
They also measure how many people use our websites so that we can make them easier to use and provide enough performance to speed up the site.
Some cookies contain personal information, for example, if you click the “Remember me” button when you log in, the cookie remembers your username.
Most cookies will not collect information that personally identifies you. They will collect more general information, such as how users access and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
What cookies do we use?
Typically, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
Strictly Necessary Cookies . These are cookies that are essential to the operation of our website. These include, for example, cookies that allow you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart, or use electronic billing services.
Analytical/performance cookies . These are cookies that allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors to this website and to see how visitors move around the website as they use it. This helps us improve the experience of our website, for example, by ensuring that users easily find what they are looking for.
Functionality cookies . These cookies are used to recognize your device when you return to our website. This allows us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name, and remember your preferences (such as your choice of language or region).
Tracking cookies . These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you visited, and the links you clicked. We will use this information to make our website and the ads displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
For example, advertisers may use the profile they create on sites you have previously visited to show you more relevant ads during your visit to our website.
We do not control third-party cookies.
These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance or tracking cookies.
Third-party cookies may not be used to personally identify you; they may only be used for statistical analysis purposes, such as to suggest ads that are more relevant to your interests.
If you are in the European Union and would like to learn more about how advertisers use these types of cookies or choose not to receive them, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu. If you’re in the United States and would like to learn more, visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.
If you wish to disable third-party cookies, you may do so by visiting the applicable third-party website and opting out.
Please note that if you disable third-party advertising cookies, you will continue to receive ads when you use the website, but those ads will not be tailored to you.
How to control and delete cookies
However, if you wish to restrict or block cookies set by our website or any other website, you can do so in your browser settings. The “help” function of your browser should tell you how to activate a setting in your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.
You can also visit www.aboutcookies.org which has extensive information on how to limit or block cookies in various browsers. You will also find information on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU USE YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS TO BLOCK ALL COOKIES (INCLUDING ESSENTIAL COOKIES), YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS ALL OR PARTS OF OUR SITE.