Last Updated May 25, 2018
What are cookies?
Generally speaking, cookies and other tracking technologies (as discussed below) are used to facilitate and enhance the user experience on the website. For example, cookies can help websites remember choices you make when visiting the website, such as your preferred language, your search preferences, or other settings, as well as text that you enter when on the website, such as your username, password, or contact information. Cookies can also recognize which device you use to access a website (for example, your laptop vs. your mobile phone), as well as the Internet Protocol (IP) address assigned to that device, and then remember that information for the next time you visit the website. Some cookies can detect if you’re a first-time visitor to a website and will then tell the website to adjust the content that is displayed accordingly.
Cookies generally fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Cookies that are operationally necessary;
- Cookies that relate to the functionality of a website;
- Cookies that relate to the performance of a website; and
- Cookies that relate to advertising.
Additionally, each type of cookie can either be a “session” cookie or a “persistent” cookie. The Site may use both session and persistent cookies. For more on how long a cookie lasts, see How long do cookies last?, below.
Cookies can also be either “first-party” cookies or “third-party” cookies. A first-party cookie allows your web browser to talk to the actual website that you are visiting, whereas a third-party cookie allows your web browser to talk to a third-party website, such as the source of an ad that appears on the website you are visiting or a third-party analytics provider.
The Site uses operationally necessary cookies, functional cookies, performance-related cookies, and advertising cookies. The types of cookies used by the Site are described below in more detail.
The Site uses both first-party and third-party cookies. We do not have access to and do not control any third-party cookies.
What information is collected and how is that information used?
- Operationally Necessary Cookies (also called Essential Cookies). These are cookies that are required for the Site to operate and function as intended. For example, these cookies are required to identify irregular website behavior, prevent fraudulent activity, or improve security. These cookies also allow website users to make use of certain website functions, such as shopping carts and saved search. These cookies may also allow a website to “remember” text that you’ve entered previously into any of the website’s forms. Without these cookies, websites will not function properly.
- Functional Cookies. These cookies allow us to offer you enhanced functionality when accessing or using the Site. This may include to remembering choices you make, for example, remembering your username, preferences, or settings, remembering if you reacted to something on or through the Site so that you are not asked to do it again, remembering if you have used any feature of the Site before, restricting the number of times you are shown a particular advertisement, remembering your location, and enabling social media components. As described above, you may disable functional cookies, but if you do so then various functions of the Site may be unavailable to you or may not work the way you want them to.
- Performance Cookies (also called Analytical Cookies). These cookies assess the performance of the Site, including as part of our analytic practices, to help us understand how visitors use and interact with the Site, for example, which Site pages users visit the most (or the least) and if you get any error messages. These cookies also enable us to personalize content and remember your preferences (e.g., your choice of language, country, or region). These cookies help us improve the way the Site works and provide a better and personalized user experience. We also use the information collected by these cookies to develop and improve other products and services. Some of our performance-related cookies may be managed for us by third parties.
How long do cookies last?
A cookie can either be what’s called a “session” cookie or a “persistent” cookie. Session cookies exist only for so long as you are visiting the applicable website. Session cookies are typically deleted or removed when you exit or quit your web browser application. Persistent cookies exist for a set period of time, for example, six months or one year. Each time you visit a website that has implemented a persistent cookie, that cookie will remain active until its predetermined expiration date. You can also manually delete persistent cookies as discussed below.
What are my choices? How can I control, disable, or opt out of cookies?
Most web browsers allow users to manage cookies in the browser’s settings. For example, a web browser may allow you to reject cookies from certain websites, reject certain types of cookies (e.g., advertising cookies) regardless of the website, reject or disable all cookies from all websites, and/or delete cookies stored previously. Some web browsers also give you the option of being notified every time a cookie is sent to your web browser by a website.
Please note that disabling or otherwise limiting cookies may impact your use and enjoyment of the Site and other websites. For example, the Site may not be able to be personalized for you, the Site may no longer capture or remember your preferences or other choices you’ve made on the Site in the past, the Site may not remember your contact information or other information you’ve entered using the Site, and the Site may not recognize the device(s) you use to access the Site.
Due to the Site’s automatic collection of data using cookies, we do not honor “do not track” requests. We are required by the California Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to state whether or not the Site honors do-not-track requests. For more information on Do Not Track, please visit https://www.ftc.gov/public-statements/2011/10/do-not-track-privacy-internet-age.
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