What is a cookie (the inedible kind)?
Cookies are small electronic files which may include unique identifiers that are sent between web servers to web browsers and are also placed onto your device to enable certain website features and functionality.
What are cookies used for?
We use session and persistent cookies in order for our site to function, to measure performance, and for advertising marketing purposes. The cookies used on our site include those which are strictly necessary for access and navigation, and others that track usage and performance of the website. For instance, cookies may be used for the following specified reasons:
- Functionality of the website
- Recognize your computer when you visit the website
- Administer and improve the website’s usability
- Analyze the use of the website
- Build a profile of your interests for relevant targeted marketing advertisements
- Share content on social media
What about third-party cookies?
“Third-party cookies” are cookies set by other companies whose functionality is embedded into our site (such as google.com). “First-party cookies” are cookies set by us (or on our behalf) on our site. When you use our site, you may also be sent third-party cookies by our service providers. Our service providers may send you cookies in order to track your browser across multiple websites, and to build a profile of your web surfing.
Can cookies be blocked or deleted?
When you first come to our site, you may receive a notification that trackers are present. By clicking or tapping “accept,” you consent to the use of these trackers as described here.
In addition to the options above, you can refuse or accept trackers from our site (or any other website) in your browser’s settings. If you refuse trackers, you might not be able to sign in or use other tracker-dependent features of our site.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but this is typically something you can adjust. Information for each browser can be found in the links below:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Edge
- Safari for iOS (iPhone and iPad)
- Chrome for Android
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides. Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products.
Our site may also use Flash Cookies (also known as local stored objects) and similar technologies to personalize and enhance your online experience. The Adobe Flash Player is an application that allows rapid development of dynamic content, such as video clips and animation. We may use Flash Cookies for security purposes and to help remember settings and preferences similar to browser cookies, but these are managed through a different interface than the one provided by your web browser. If you prefer not to be tracked by Flash Cookies, then you may CLICK HERE to access the Settings Manager on Adobe’s website. You may also be able to manage Flash Cookies from your browser if the specific browser allows for that function. We do not use Flash Cookies or similar technologies for behavioral or interest-based advertising purposes.
Website Optimization/Analytics Services
For Google Analytics: you may opt-out of Google Analytics per certain browsers, or CLICK HERE to download the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. For more information regarding Google Analytics, CLICK HERE.
For Interest-based advertising: if you would like to opt-out of interest-based advertising, please CLICK HERE. However, please be aware that you will be opted out of all interest-based advertising from business members that are a part of the Network Advertising Initiative for the specific browser and the specific device you are using, and you may still see ads that may not be as relevant to you. Please also note that you may opt-out of interest-based advertising on mobile applications by accessing your mobile device settings and turning off the mobile device ad tracking function, or by resetting the advertising identifier option.
Social Media Networks and Other Advertising
You may also manage your preferences through links provided below for specific advertising programs.
If you prefer not to be tracked by “Click-through URLs,” please do not click text or graphic links in emails you receive from us.
Your cookie preferences will be stored until you clear your browsing cache, but you can change your preferences at any time. Please remember that disabling some types of cookies may affect your experience and the functionality of our site and other online services that we offer.
Updated: January 12, 2023