Like many websites today, we may employ a standard technology called, “cookies” to collect information about how you use our site in order to provide you with a better experience by measuring which areas of our website of greatest interest or to remember you when you return to visit us.
What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time.
Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
They are mainly used to:
- Indentify users
- Remember users’ custom creferences
- Help users complete tasks without having to re-enter information when browsing from one page to another or re-visiting the site at a later date.
Cookies can also be used for online target advertising and to show advertisements relevant to something the user searched for in the past.
How Are They Used?
The web server supplying the webpage can store a cookie on the user’s computer or mobile device. An external web server that manages files included or referenced in the webpage is also able to store cookies. Each time the user requests a new page, the web server can receive the value of the cookies it previously set and return the page with content relating to these values.
What Are The Different Types Of Cookies?
A cookie can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs. By lifespan, cookies are either:
– a session cookie, which is erased when the user closes the browser; this type of cookie is used, for instance, as a test to see whether or not browser settings allow cookies to be set on your machine; or
– a persistent cookie, which remains on the user’s computer/device for a defined period of time. These types of cookies enable the platform to remember a visitor and to serve users with appropriate content while speeding up the load rate of the web page.
As for the domain to which it belongs, cookies are either:
– first-party cookies, which are set by the web server of the visited page and share the same domain; or
Your cookie settings are managed in your web browser, which should automatically be set to enable cookies. It is important, therefore, that you understand how your cookie settings are set up in your web browser.
You can enable, disable or delete cookies by following your browser instructions, which you can usually find in the Tools, Help or Edit menu of a computer. If you chose to disable your cookie settings, some of the basic shopping functionality of our website may not operate correctly.
The website www.aboutcookies.org also contains general information on cookies on a wide variety of browsers.
Cookies In Emails
Making Choices About Email Cookies
If you do not want to accept cookies from our emails, simply close the email before downloading any images or clicking on any links. You can also set your browser to restrict or reject cookies. These settings will apply to all cookies on websites and emails.
In some instances, depending on your email or browser settings, cookies in an email may be automatically accepted (for example, if you have added an email address to your address book or safe senders list). Please check your email browser or device instructions for more information on this.
Social Media Sharing
Our website may contain links to third-party social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you take the opportunity to share our website content via these social media sites, those sites may also place cookies on your computer. If you have chosen to share our content via your social media sites, we have no control over this or the technologies used by the third-party sites, and accept no liability or responsibility for them.