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What they are?
What are cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies?
We use technologies that are essentially small data files placed on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone (referred to collectively as a “device”) that allow us to record certain pieces of information whenever you visit or interact with our sites, services, applications, messaging, and tools.
The specific names and types of the cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies we use may change from time to time. In order to help you better understand this Policy and our use of such technologies we have provided the following limited terminology and definitions:
They are small text files (typically made of up of letters and numbers) placed in the memory of your browser or device when you visit a website or view a message. Cookies allow a website to recognize a particular device or browser. There are several types of cookies:
- Session cookies: expire at the end of your browser session and allow us to link your actions during that particular browser session.
- Persistent cookies: are stored on your device in between browser sessions, allowing us to remember your preferences or actions across multiple sites.
- First-party cookies: are set by site you are visiting.
- Third-party cookies: are set by a third party site separate from the site you are visiting.
Cookies can be disabled or removed by tools that are available as part of most commercial browsers. The preferences for each browser you use will need to be set separately and different browsers offer different functionality and options.
Small graphic images (also known as “pixel tags” or “clear GIFs”) that may be included on our sites, services, applications, messaging, and tools. Web beacons are used for
- to measure the performance of our sites,
- to monitor how many visitors view our sites and how they navigate them,
- to count how many emails that were sent were actually opened,
- to monitor the effectiveness of our advertising,
- or to count how many particular items, articles, or links were actually viewed.
Similar technologies for storing information
Technologies that store information in your browser or device utilizing local shared objects or local storage, such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other web application software methods. These technologies can operate across all your browsers. In some instances, the use of local storage may not be fully managed by browsers but requires management through special tools. We may use such similar technologies for storing information to help ensure that your account security is not compromised or to spot irregularities in behavior to prevent your account from being accessed in an unauthorized manner, or to assess the performance of our sites, services, applications or tools. We do not use such technologies for storing information to target advertising to you on or off our sites.
We may use the terms “cookies” or “similar technologies” interchangeably in our policies to refer to all technologies that we may use to store data in your browser or device or that collect information or help us identify you in the manner described above.
We offer certain site features, services, applications, and tools that are available only through the use of these technologies. You are always free to block, delete, or disable these technologies if your browser or device so permits. However, if you decline cookies or other similar technologies, you may not be able to use certain site features, services, applications, or tools.
For more information on how you can block, delete, or disable these technologies, please review the help section of your browser, add-on, application, or device.
Generally, these technologies allow our sites, services, applications, and tools to store relevant information in your browser or device and later read that information. We do not store your personal information within these technologies, but rather use them to identify you to our servers or internal systems. Where applicable, we protect our cookies and other similar technologies so that only we and/or our authorized service providers can interpret them by assigning them a unique identifier that is designed for interpretation only by us. We do not store any of your personal information on any of our cookies or within any of our other similar technologies.
We obtain your consent to our use of these technologies to collect and store information by providing you with transparent notice of their use and providing you with the opportunity to make a choice to disable these technologies as set forth above.
Our uses of such technologies fall into the following general categories:
If you would like to opt-out of all other types of technologies we employ on our sites, services, applciations, or tools, you may do so by blocking, deleting, or disabling them as your browser or device permits.
Third party providers
Use of these technologies by third-party service providers
We may work with third-party companies, commonly known as service providers, who may place third-party cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies for storing information on our sites or in our services, applications, and tools with our permission. These service providers help us operate our sites, applications, services, and tools, and provide you with a better, faster, and safer experience.
These service providers may use these technologies to help us deliver our own content, and compile anonymous website metrics and analytics. We do not permit any of these service providers to collect any of your personal information on our sites or in our services, applications, or tools for their own purposes.
With the exception of the use of such technologies by our service providers, we do not permit any third-party content on sites to include or utilize any cookies, web beacons, local storage, or similar technologies for tracking purposes or to collect your personal information.
If you believe a listing or other third-party content might be collecting personal information or using tracking technologies, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of cookies we are using
1 June 2015