Effective Date: September 9, 2020
We can change this policy at any time. The “Effective Date” legend at the top of this page indicates when this policy was last revised. Any changes will become effective when we make the revised policy available on the Site.
1. What are cookies and similar technologies?
- Help us learn which areas of the Site are useful and which areas need improvement;
- Allow us to remember you and your preferences when you return to the Site and otherwise improve your experience;
- Help us to serve online advertising to you that is relevant to your interests; and
- Measure the effectiveness of our online advertising and marketing communications.
We also use technologies similar to cookies, such as Flash Local Shared Objects (also known as Flash cookies) and pixel tags (also known as web beacons and clear GIFs), for similar purposes.
2. What types of cookies do we use?
Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are required for the Site to function. They are used to ensure the safety, security, and integrity of the Site, as well as to enable users to move around the Site and use its features. Without these cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to, and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain features of it. These cookies are often session-specific, which means they expire after your visit to the Site has ended. These cookies cannot be disabled. For example, the X-Mapping cookie is a load balancing application for high traffic web services and sites and is used to route data and page requests to the correct server where a site is hosted on multiple servers.
Analytics Cookies. These cookies collect information about your use of the Site and enable us to improve the way it works. For example, analytics cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on the Site, help us record any difficulties you have with the Site, and show us whether our advertising is effective. This allows us to see overall patterns of Site use, rather than the use of a single person. We use the information to analyze Site traffic, but we do not examine this information for individually identifying information. These cookies may be set by us or by third parties, and they typically stay on your computer until you delete them (see below). For example, Google Analytics cookies distinguishes unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier and captures aggregated calculations of visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
Advertising Cookies. These cookies are set by us and by third parties and collect information about your activities on the Site and other websites to provide you with advertising (both on the Site and on other websites and online services) that is targeted based on your inferred interests. They can also be used to limit the number of times you see a particular ad. These cookies typically stay on your computer until you delete them (see below). For example, the Doubleclick cookie through Google allows companies to participate in real time bidding on their advertising exchange.
Social Media Cookies. These cookies are set by social media services and track you across the Site and other websites, in order to build a profile of your interests. This affects the content and messages you see on other websites. For example, the Slideshare cookie provides services for embedding slide presentations into websites. Information collected via cookies on this domain can also be used for targeted advertising purposes.
3. How can you manage your cookie preferences?
You can manage your cookie preferences at any time via our Cookie Preference Center.
Additionally, you can stop certain types of cookies from being downloaded on your computer by selecting the appropriate settings on your web browser. Most web browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new browser cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new browser cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking “help” on your browser’s menu or by visiting http://www.allaboutcookies.org. If you choose to delete or disable cookies and similar technologies, your experience on the Site may be diminished, and some features may not work as intended.
We use Flash Local Shared Objects (“Flash LSOs”) and other technologies to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of the Site. If you do not want Flash LSOs stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash LSO storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also go to the Global Storage Settings Panel and follow the instructions. Please note that setting the Flash player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash LSOs may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications.
If you have any questions, please contact us here.