1. Cookies and similar technologies
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device, or more technically, to the browser that you use on that device, when you visit a site. The entity that places cookies on your browser can then read the information on that cookie that it set. Cookies are typically classified as either 'session cookies', which do not stay on your device after you close your browser or 'persistent cookies', which will usually remain on your device until you delete them or they expire.
3. Different cookies are used to perform different functions, which we explain below:
4. Our use of web beacons (also known as pixels)
4.1 We may use and permit select third parties to use web beacons/pixels (usually in combination with cookies) to compile information about your website usage and your interaction with email or other communications, to measure performance and to provide content and ads that are more relevant to you. A web beacon (also called a web bug or clear GIFs) is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that can be embedded in online content, videos, and emails, and can allow a server to read certain types of information from your device, know when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message, determine the date and time when you viewed the beacon, and the IP address of your device. For instance, we may include web beacons in our promotional email messages or newsletters to determine whether our messages have been opened or acted upon and whether our mailing tools are working correctly.
4.2 You can control and manage cookies in various ways. Please keep in mind that removing or blocking cookies can negatively impact your user experience and parts of our website may no longer be fully accessible.
4.3 Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can choose whether or not to accept cookies through your browser controls, often found in your browser’s ‘Tools’ or ‘Preferences’ menu. For more information on how to modify your browser settings or how to block, manage or filter cookies can be found in your browser’s help file or through such sites as www.allaboutcookies.org.
4.4 The following links explain how to access cookie settings in various browsers:
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Google Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari (OS X)
Cookie settings in Safari (iOS)
4.5 To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
5. Do Not Track
Please note that because there is no consistent industry understanding of how to respond to ‘Do Not Track' signals, we do not alter our data collection and usage practices when we detect such a signal from your browser.