What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website, and cookies save your information such as your user ID and your other preferences. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device.
What are the different types of cookies?
There are different types of cookies, and they are usually divided into the following categories. Please note, however, that we will not use all of these types of cookies on every site you visit, and that some cookies fit into multiple categories:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are required for the operation of the Services. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of the Services. Without these cookies, certain Services you have requested cannot be provided. These cookies enable Services you have specifically requested.
- Performance/analytical cookies. These cookies allow us to collect information about how users use the Services. For example, these cookies recognize and count the number of users and analyze how these users move around the Services when they are using them. Using these cookies helps us to improve the way the Services work. All information that these cookies collect is aggregated and anonymous. These cookies collect anonymized information on the Services you have accessed.
- Functionality cookies. These cookies are used to recognize you when you return to the Services and to allow the Services to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in). Using these cookies enables us to personalize our content for you and remember your preferences. For instance, one of our websites may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide Services you have asked for such as watching a video, commenting on a blog, or sharing content with a social media platform. The information these cookies collect are typically anonymized and cannot track your browsing activity on other websites These cookies remember choices you make to improve your user experience.
- “Targeting” or advertising cookies. These cookies are used to deliver advertisements relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see such advertisements and messages, as well as to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. These cookies are usually placed by advertising networks with the permission of the relevant site owner. They remember that you have visited a site, and this information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. These cookies collect information about your browsing habits to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.
Can you limit or disable cookies?
The cookies we use are designed to help you get the most from the Services, but if you do not wish to receive cookies, most browsers allow you to change your cookie settings or to fully disable cookies. In addition, your mobile operating system may let you opt out from having certain device identifiers used for interest-based advertising.
Instructions on how to change your cookie settings or to disable cookies will typically be found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. In addition, you should refer to the instructions provided by your mobile device’s manufacturer for information on how to change your cookie settings. This information is typically available under the “settings” function of your mobile device.
To understand the browser-based settings, the following links may be helpful; otherwise, you should use the “Help” option in your browser for more details.
(a) Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
(b) Cookie settings in Firefox
(d) Cookie settings in Safari on Apple devices
Deleting or blocking cookies using the above mechanisms may not be effective for all types of tracking technologies, such as Local Storage Objects (LSOs) like Flash objects or HTML5.
We are unable to respond to Do Not Track signals set by your browser at this time.