What are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a site and allow the site to recognize your device. Cookies can remember user preferences and recommend content. Cookies themselves do not identify the individual user, but rather the device used. However, some cookies may contain personal information such as user identification numbers.
Occasionally a “persistent cookie” may be stored on your computer’s hard drive. A persistent cookie allows the website to recognize you when you visit again and tailors the information presented to you based on your needs and interests.
What Cookies do we use?
What Kind of Cookies do we Use?
Below we list the different types of cookies that we and third parties use on our websites: Strictly Necessary Cookies, Performance Cookies, Functional Cookies, Targeting Cookies, and Social Media Cookies.
In particular, the Strictly Necessary cookies that we use are:
- Cookies which are solely used for carrying out the transmission of the communication over the internet; and
- Cookies which are strictly necessary in order for us to provide you the service that you explicitly requested (i.e. if these cookies are disabled, we won’t be able to provide you with the service that you have expressly requested).
The use of Strictly Necessary Cookies for the purposes described above is based on our legitimate interests to ensure the proper technical functioning, access and use of our websites, and provide you with the service(s) that you explicitly requested.
Performance Cookies: These cookies are configured to be anonymized to provide us with statistical information about performance of our websites (e.g. to count visits, traffic sources). (Enabled by default)
Functional Cookies: These cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. This category may include third-party cookies.
Targeting Cookies: Targeting cookies are set to display targeted advertisements based upon your interests on our websites or to manage our advertising. These cookies collect information about your activities on our websites to provide you targeted advertising.
Social Media Cookies: Social media cookies collect information about social media usage, to build your profile.
Do We Use Any Non-Cookie Tracking Technologies?
We may also use web beacons (including conversion pixels) or other technologies for similar purposes as above and we may include these on our sites, in marketing e-mail messages or our newsletter, affiliated websites, to determine whether messages have been opened and links clicked on. Web beacons do not place information on your device, but they may work in conjunction with cookies to monitor website activity. The information provided below about cookies also applies to web beacons and similar technologies. Conversion pixels are small codes located on a particular web page which are triggered when someone visits a page resulting in an increase in the conversion count.
What are Third-Party Cookies?
Can I Refuse or Opt-Out of Cookies?
Most browsers automatically accept cookies. The software and hardware you use to access our websites allow you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. However, refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some of the features of our websites.
If you reject the use of all cookies, first-party and third-party cookies will be deactivated. We are not able to delete any third-party cookie. Therefore, you have to delete third-party cookies on your own. This can be done within the settings of your browser.
Deactivate and/or Delete Cookies Via Your Browser
Alternatively, and/or in addition, you can change your cookie settings within your internet browser. Your internet browser allows you to change your cookie settings.