What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners to make their website work or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies are set by the website owners ()in this case “first-party cookies”, cookies set by parties other than the owner of the website are called “Third-party cookies”. A third-party cookie enables third-party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (like advertising, interactive content, and analytics). The parties that 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.
We use first and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons for our website to operate and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience of our online properties. Third parties serve cookies through our websites for advertising, analytics, and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
The specific types of first and third-party cookies served through our websites and the purpose they perform are described below(please note that specific cookies serve to vary depending on the specific online property you visit online).
How can I control cookies?
You have the right to accept or reject the cookies. You can exercise your cookie right by setting your preferences with the cookie consent manager. The cookie consent manager allows you to accept or reject certain categories of cookies. Essential cookies can not be rejected as they are important to provide you with the necessary services.
Essential website cookies:
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our websites and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas.
Performance and functionality cookies:
These cookies are used to enhance the performance of our websites but are non-essential to their use. however, without these cookies, certain functionality may be unavailable.
Analytics and customization cookies:
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website.
These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements based on your interest.
These are cookies that have not yet been categorized. We are in the process of classifying these cookies with the help of their provider.
What about other tracking technologies like, web beacons:
A cookie is not only the sole way to track or recognize visitors to a website. We may use other similar technologies to recognize from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels”, or “Clear gifts”). These are tiny graphic files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our website or opened an email including them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the patterns of users from one page within a website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to recognize whether you have come to the website from an online advertisement displayed on a third party, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of email marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will decline their functionality.
Do you use flash cookies or local shared objects:
Websites may also use so-called cookies called “flash cookies”(also known as local shared objects or LSOs) to among other things collect and store information about your use of our services, fraud prevention, and other site operations.
If you do not want flash cookies stored on your computer, you can adjust the setting of your flash player to block flash cookie storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control flash cookies by “Global Storage Settings Panel” and follow the instructions(which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing flash cookies (“Referred to the information to the Macromedia site”), how to prevent flash LSO’s from being placed on your computer without being asked and(for flash 8 and later), how to block flash cookies that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time.
Please note that setting the Flash Player to limit or restrict the acceptance of flash cookies may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with our online services or content.
Do you serve targeted advertising?
Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our websites. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites too to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you are interested in you. The information collected through this process does enable us or them to identify your name, and contact details that directly identify you unless you choose to provide these.
Where can I get further information?