I. WHAT IS A COOKIE?
“Cookies” are small pieces of data (often text files) that are placed on your computer or device by the websites you visit. As a standard feature of major browser applications, cookies are widely used to make websites work or operate more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of those websites about users’ browsing experiences. When users return to those same websites again, their browser sends the previously-stored cookies back to the website, which allows it to recognize the user and remember important information to make his or her use of the website more personalized or convenient (e.g., by remembering the user’s saved preferences).
Although cookies serve many valuable functions, some users may prefer not allow them or to limit their use by the websites they visit. Many browsers give you the ability to manage cookies to suit you by changing your browser settings. For example, some browsers will allow you to set up rules to manage cookies on a site-by-site basis, which gives you the ability to disallow cookies from websites that you do not trust. More information about cookies and details of how to manage or disable them can be found on http://www.allaboutcookies.org and/or http://www.aboutcookies.org.
PLEASE NOTE: if you choose to disable cookies on the Site, your experience may be diminished and some of the Site’s features and/or functionality may not work as intended.
II. WHAT COOKIES DOES THE SITE USE?
Essential Cookies — “Essential Cookies” are critical to supporting the Site’s intended functionality. They allow our visitors to do things like move around the Site, use its core services, and access its key features. Without these Essential Cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to, and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain related content, services, and/or features you request.
Process Cookies and Security Cookies are two examples of Essential Cookies that may be used on the Site. Process Cookies make the Site work by supporting and/or delivering services that our visitors expect, such as being able to navigate between the Site’s pages or accessing secured portions. Security Cookies provide necessary checks and controls to protect the Site and its visitors. Among other things, they help us to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of access credentials, and maintain the confidentiality of user data.
Preference Cookies — We use these to help remember certain information about your choices, preferences, and browsing behavior to enhance your experience on the Site. Preference Cookies allow us to better personalize your Site visit(s), including by remembering your preferred region, language, or display settings. Many of the Site’s features should still work without Preference Cookies; however, your experience may be less functional and you may need to re-enter your preferences each time you visit.
Preference Cookies on the Site may store information like your selected language and geographic region to help us show you appropriate options and display content accordingly when you return to the Site. For example, by remembering your region and language, the Site may be able to provide you with local articles or schedules for upcoming events in your area, and do so in your local language. We may also use Preference Cookies to capture your preferred audio and visual settings (e.g., text size, font, resolution, etc.), reference websites, the sequence of pages within the Site that you visit, and other similar details about your browsing behavior and/or choices about how the Site behaves or looks. This helps us to, among other things, monitor and improve the Site, personalize your browsing experience, and facilitate return visits.
Analytics & Performance Cookies — These cookies collect information about your use of and interactions with the Site, and enable us to monitor and improve the way it works. For example, they help us understand which of the Site’s pages are the most frequently visited, identify when visitors may encounter difficulties, and determine whether our advertising is effective or not, as well as how to improve the Site’s content for our advertising partners. In other words, they allow us to see overall patterns of usage on the Site, analyze general Site traffic, and show the ways users interact with the Site.
Please note that we may also engage partners from time-to-time to help us better understand how users interact with the Site, including by placing Analytics & Performance Cookies on our behalf. For example, the Site may use the Google Analytics tool to collect information like the number of Site visitors, the pages on the Site they view, and where visitors have come to the Site from. Likewise, we may use Adobe Analytics to collect information that, among other things, helps monitor usage patterns on the Site and measure the effectiveness marketing campaigns.
Flash Cookies — “Flash Cookies”, also known as Local Shared Objects or “LSOs”, are used to store your preferences or display content based upon what you view on our Site to personalize your visit. Flash Cookies are different from standard browser cookies because of the amount and type of data, and how data are stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash Cookies. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash Cookies, please consult the instructions provided by Adobe here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html.