What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners to make their websites function, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Session cookies are temporary cookie files that are erased from your device when you close your browser. Persistent cookies stay in one of your browser’s folders after you close the browser.
Cookies set by the domain you are on are called “first party cookies.” Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies.” Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g., advertising, interactive content, and analytics). The parties who set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
How can I control cookies?
You have the option to decide whether to accept or reject certain cookies. You can exercise your cookie options setting your preferences in the Privacy Preference Center. The Privacy Preference Center allows you to select which categories of cookies you wish to accept or reject. Essential cookies cannot be rejected as they are strictly necessary for the website to function.
You can review what each of these cookies does by viewing the privacy preference center.
We use Google Analytics
Our website uses Google Analytics, a service provided by Google, Inc., to analyze usage of our website. Using cookies, Google Analytics collects your IP address, which is considered an identifier (and personal information in some jurisdictions, including California), and other information related to your use of our website. You can prevent Google Analytics cookies from being stored by setting your browser software accordingly. Google allows users to opt out of tracking by Google Analytics and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting services. You can adjust your setting here, or download the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on.
What about other tracking technologies?
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Website or opened an e-mail including part of our Website. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within the Website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to the Website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, meaning that declining cookies will impair their functionality.
Where can I get further information?