When you visit our website, a cookie may be saved on your computer (if your computer accepts cookies), and if you return to our website the cookie may be read. A “cookie,” is a small text file placed on the user’s hard drive to track usage of websites a user visits and collects basic information. There are two types of cookies, session cookies or persistent cookies.
Session Cookies: A cookie used to make it easier for you to navigate our website and the cookie expires when you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies: Also makes it easier for you to navigate our website but remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time.
Take note: Some of these third-party advertising companies may be advertising networks that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative, which offers a single location to opt out of ad targeting from member companies and provides information about this behavioral advertising practice. To learn more go here www.networkadvertising.org.
If you would like to avoid cookies, your web browser may have an option that enables you to disable or not accept cookies. It should be noted however; that should you disable or not accept cookies portions of our website may not properly function.
OPTING-OUT OF ADVERTISING COOKIES
Our Cookies – First Party Cookies
You can use whatever browser you are using to enable, disable or delete cookies. To do so, use the instructions provided by your browser (usually found under the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” settings). Please know that if you set your browser to disable cookies, you may not be able to access secure areas of Our website and other parts of Our website may also not work properly.
You can find out more information about how to change your browser cookie settings at third-party information sites like www.allaboutcookies.org or by reading your browsers technical information.
Cookies are unique to each computer and device so you must opt out separately on all computers and or devices you use. If you delete all of your cookies (specifically, the “Opt-Out” cookie), you will have to go through the opt-out process again to reactivate your opted-out status.
The advertising networks we use may also be members of the National Advertising Initiative or the Digital Advertising Alliance. To learn how to opt out of advertising targeting from their respective members visit www.networkadvertising.org, www.aboutads.info/choices and http://youradchoices.ca/choices. You may also manage certain advertising cookies by visiting the EU-based Your Online Choices at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.
The opt-outs described above are device- or browser-specific and may not work on all devices. If you choose to opt-out through any of our Ad Partners’ sites, you still may see advertisements but the advertisements will not be based on your interests.
You can also opt-out of future information collection from Our Site by ceasing use of Our Site or uninstalling any relevant mobile application.
Web beacons are also called clear gifs, pixel tags or web bugs and are used in combination with cookies to help people running websites to understand the behavior of their users. A web beacon is typically a tiny transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a site or in an email. The beacon is one of the ingredients of the page, just like other images and text except it is so small and clear that it is effectively invisible. Web beacons have a unique identifier, similar in the function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of web users or to access cookies. Unlike cookies which are stored on the user’s computer hard drive, web beacons are embedded invisibly on the web pages (or in email) and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
When a user’s browser requests information from a website in this way certain simple information can also be gathered, such as: the IP address of your computer; time the material was viewed; the type of browser that retrieved the image; and the existence of cookies previously set by that server. This is information that is available to any web server you visit. Web beacons do not give any “extra” information away. They are simply a convenient way of gathering the simplest of statistics and managing cookies.
Web beacons are typically used by a third-party to monitor the activity of a site. Turning off the browser’s cookies will prevent web beacons from tracking your specific activity. The web beacon may still record an anonymous visit from your IP address, but unique information will not be recorded.
For example a company owning a network of sites may use web beacons in order to count and recognize users traveling around its network. Rather than gathering statistics and managing cookies on all their servers separately, they can use web beacons to keep them all together. Being able to recognize you enables the site owner to personalize your visit and make it more user friendly.
Web beacons may be used to deliver or communicate with cookies, to count users who have visited certain pages and to understand usage patterns. We also may receive an anonymous identification number if you come to our site because you clicked on one of our online advertisement displayed on a third-party website. Third parties may use anonymous information about your visits to our site and other websites in order to improve its products and services and provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
Last modified August 14, 2016