What are cookies and why do we use them?
Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information, which are downloaded and may be stored on your device, such as your computer, tablet, and mobile device. The information provided below about cookies also applies to these other tracking technologies as described below in the next section.
Which cookies do we use?
- Browser Cookies:
We use two types of browser cookies: (1) session cookies and (2) persistent cookies. Session cookies normally expire when you close your browser, while persistent cookies remain on your device after you close your browser, and can be used again the next time you access our Online Interfaces. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies by visiting the Help portion of your browser’s toolbar.
- Other Tracking Technologies:
We also use other tracking technologies such as web beacons, pixels, mobile identifiers, and tracking URLs, which work similarly to cookies. They place small data files on your devices to monitor your activity to enable us to collect information about your use, for example, to count users who have visited our Online Interfaces, opened an email, and for other related statistics.
- Third Party Cookies and Social Plugins:
How can you control cookies?
We will only issue Browser Cookies of individuals in the European Union and use other Tracking Technologies when you have affirmatively consented to us doing so by accepting the cookie banner.
- Browser Cookies:
You can control and manage cookies in various ways. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting in your browser. Please bear in mind that removing or blocking cookies can impact on your user experience and parts of our Online Interfaces may no longer be fully accessible.
- Other Tracking Technologies
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 activity. The web beacon will record an anonymous visit, but cookies will not be recorded.
- Analytics cookies:
You can opt-out of having your anonymized browsing activity within Online Interfaces recorded by analytics cookies. Manage your cookie settings at any time by visiting Cookie Settings in the footer of EU-facing websites.
How we respond to Do Not Track Signals
We also may use automated data collection technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking). Some web browsers permit you to broadcast a signal to websites and online services indicating a preference that they “do not track” your online activities. At this time, we do not honor such signals and we do not modify what information we collect or how we use that information based upon whether such signal is broadcast or received.