When you visit or access our websites or applications operated by us, or when you interact or engage with our content (“Services”), we use (and authorize third parties to use) web beacons, cookies, pixel tags, scripts, tags and other technologies (“Tracking Technologies”).
We may use or allow third parties to use Tracking Technologies, to collect information about how you or others access or engage with our Services, emails, and ads displayed on or off our Services, and to operate, develop, improve, and customize our Services, and marketing, including ads displayed on or off our Services. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but your browser may have settings that enable you to decline or delete cookies on your device. Please note that if you decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in, customize, or use some of the interactive features of our Services, as some of our Services require cookies to operate.
What these Tracking Technologies Are. "Cookies" are small text files (composed only of letters and numbers) that a web server places on your computer or mobile device when you visit a webpage. When used, the cookie can help make our Services more user-friendly, for example by remembering your language preferences and settings. We may use two kinds of cookies, “session cookies” (automatically deleted when you close your browser) and “persistent cookies” (placed on your hard drive and remain until they expire or are deleted). “Web beacons” (also known as “clear GIFs”, “Web bugs” or “pixel tags”) are small pieces of code or pixels embedded in a web page or email to track engagement with and responses to emails, web pages or ads, or to access or communicate with cookies. “Tracking URLs” are special URLs that can be used to track engagement with and responses to emails or web pages.
Using our website will result in us placing cookies on your computer in the 4 categories set out below:
• Strictly necessary: These Tracking Technologies are essential to enable you to login, navigate around and use the features of our Services, accessing secure areas of our website or to provide a service requested by you (such as your username). Without these cookies, services like enabling appropriate content based your type of device cannot be provided.
• Functionality: These Tracking Technologies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language, or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, personalized features. For example, these Tracking Technologies are used for authentication (to remember when you are logged-in) and support other features of our Services.
• Marketing or Advertising: We sometimes partner with third parties to deliver more relevant advertisements and to compile web statistics. These third parties may use Tracking Technologies to monitor your visits to our site and other websites. They monitor your online behavior and identify website usage, helping advertisers show you advertising and content that is more relevant to you.
• Performance: These Tracking Technologies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor: all information these cookies collect is aggregated and is therefore anonymous.
Third-Party Analytics, Service, and Ad Providers. We may use third-party analytics and services providers who help us to better understand how our Services are accessed and used, including for web analytics, audience measurement, personalization and segmentation, and relationship management purposes. In turn, this information helps us to develop and improve our Services and website quality through analysts of visitor behavior. Our third-party analytics and service providers may include but are not limited to Google Analytics. These providers may use Tracking Technologies to collect information about how you access or engage with our Services, website, emails, and ads on or off our Services.
Opting-Out. Third-party providers may offer you a way to opt-out of receiving Tracking Technologies from them by visiting their own websites or the websites of industry groups such as the Network Advertising Initiative and the Digital Advertising Alliance. For example, you may opt-out of receiving ad-related cookies from Google through its Ad Settings. If you opt-out of receiving Tracking Technologies from one of these providers, it may place a cookie on your device to remember your preference. You can also use your browser settings to withdraw your consent to our use of Tracking Technologies at any time and delete cookies that have already been set. The website www.allaboutcookies.org contains comprehensive information about the process of opting out on different browsers. Please note that if you install a new browser, or start using a new device, you may need to repeat the opt-out process.