1. WHAT IS A COOKIE?
A "cookie" is a text file with a small amount of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your system or device. It can enable you to use certain functionality of the website, and to provide you with a tailored visitor experience. Cookies are sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie and your device. Cookies can remember your preferences, track your usage and allow for a personalized user experience.
2.1 Strictly Necessary Cookies
Some of the cookies we use are necessary to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as registering to access secure areas of the website. This category of cookies cannot be disabled.
2.2 Anonymized Information
Some cookies collect anonymous visitor web data used to better personalize the content, banners and promotions that you and other visitors will see. We may use the information to research and understand how our visitors’ habits in the aggregate are similar or different so that we can enhance your experience on our website.
System information we gather includes time, type of web browser being used, the operating system/platform, and CPU speed. This information is sent automatically by your web browser when you are connected to the website and is used for broad demographic statistics, and may be used to provide information appropriate for your computer system. You will not be personally identified from this information.
Our website uses a variety of data analytics cookies. Information collected by these cookies will be transmitted to and stored by our service providers on their servers in accordance with their privacy practices.
We or our service providers also use analytic services to help us understand how effective our content is and what interests our visitors. In addition, we use web beacons, tracking pixels and similar services to understand more about the visitors to our website, to count visitor numbers, and performance cookies to track how many individual visitors access the website and how often. (A web beacon is an image or code that sends analytics details back to our tracking services.) This information is used for statistical purposes and we do not use such information to personally identify any visitor. However, if you register and sign into an area of the website, we may include your information in our analytic services and provide cookies to analyze how you use the website.
Our websites use referrer data. A "referrer" is information passed along by your web browser that references the web URL of the previous web page from which you clicked on a link to our website. It is automatically collected by our web server. We use this information to understand the websites referring traffic to our web pages and to present appropriate content to our potential customers. We tabulate referrer information on an aggregated basis to identify general trends and traffic patterns.
2.4 Advertising and Marketing
We use various cookies for advertising and remarketing, and to display content-specific advertisements to visitors that have previously visited our website, or go to other websites.
We and our third-party service providers use first-party cookies and third-party cookies together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on visitors’ past visits to our website. These services use a unique identifier to track form conversions on our website after a visitor clicks on an ad. These identifiers are also used in retargeting campaigns. Retargeting campaigns track the pages you visit on our website. When you leave our website and go to a website within the retargeting network (example: Google Display Network), you will receive ads similar to the content you visited on our website.
When creating advertising or marketing lists, we cannot and do not collect any sensitive personal information, including but not limited to information related to racial or ethnic origin, religious, political or philosophical beliefs, genetic data, biometric data for the purposes of unique identification, trade union membership, or information about your health/sex life.
2.5 Collecting Additional Personal Information
We may also use tracking technologies to determine whether you have read, clicked on, or forwarded certain email communications we send to you so that we can make our communications more helpful and interesting. If you do not wish us to confirm whether you have opened, clicked on or forwarded our communications, you will need to unsubscribe, as it is not possible for us to send these emails without tracking enabled. Registered subscribers can update their communication preferences at any time by contacting us, or you can unsubscribe following the instructions in the individual email communications you receive from us.
Cookies can store information from forms that you fill out on our website so that next time you visit, you do not have to re-enter this information. For example, this would allow you to enter your zip code (or local equivalent) so that next time you visit, you can automatically see local content from your area.
2.5 Social Media
3. HOW TO OPT OUT OF COOKIE USAGE
You can opt-out of having your anonymized browsing activity within websites recorded by analytics cookies. Please bear in mind that removing or blocking cookies can impact your visitor experience and parts of this website may no longer be fully accessible.
Most browsers will allow you to see what cookies you have and delete them on an individual basis or block cookies from particular or all websites. Be aware that any preference you have set will be lost if you delete all cookies, including your preference to opt-out from cookies as this itself requires an opt-out cookie to have been set. You cannot remove or block web beacons, as they form part of the content of the web pages rather than placing information on your computer. However, because they work in conjunction with cookies, turning off cookies will prevent web beacons from tracking your visitor activity. The web beacon will record an anonymous visit, but cookies will not be recorded. For more information on how to modify your browser settings to block or filter cookies, see this tutorial.
We use the following service providers and you can learn more about their privacy policies and how to opt-out of their cookies by clicking on following links:
Google Analytics: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html;
http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (requires you to install a browser add-on)
Microsoft Bing: https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement
New Relic: https://docs.newrelic.com/docs/browser/new-relic-browser/page-load-timing-resources/new-relic-cookies-used-browser