Cookies and Other Automatic Tracking Technologies
“Cookies” are small web files that a site or its provider transfers to your device’s hard drive through your web browser that enables the site’s or provider’s system to recognize your browser and remember certain information. The length of time a cookie will stay on your browsing device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your browsing device until they expire or are deleted. A “web beacon” is a type of technology that lets us know if you visited a certain page or whether you opened an email. A “pixel tag” is a type of technology placed within a website or e-mail for the purpose of tracking activity, which is often used in combination with cookies. Other “anonymous identifiers” include random strings of characters used for the same purposes as cookies, such as with mobile devices where cookie technology may not be available. These technologies help us know that you are logged on to or using our Services, provide you with features based on your preferences, help us understand when and how you are interacting with our Services, and compile other information regarding your use of our Services.
Description of the Technologies Utilized on our Services: We may use various technologies to collect and store information when you our Services, including sending cookies, embedded scripts, web beacons, pixel tags, or other anonymous identifiers to your device, or otherwise tracking your activities on our Services over time. We also may use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (a practice known as behavioral tracking). If you sign up for our text messaging program, cookies may be used to personalize your experience (e.g. send you personalized text messages such as shopping cart reminders).
- With respect to Cookies, we use first-party and third-party cookies to: make our Services function properly; improve our Services; make access to our Services easier; recognize you when you return to our Services; track your interaction with our Services; enhance your experience with our Services; remember information you have already provided; collect information about your activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services in order to deliver content and advertising tailored to your interests; and to provide a secure browsing experience during your use of our Services. The categories of cookies used or that may be used on our Services include:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies, are needed for the Platform to operate as you reasonably expect.
- Functional or Preference Cookies, which are used to remember your name or choices.
- The performance or Analytic Cookies, collect passive information about your use of the Platform.
- Advertising or Targeting Cookies, which are used to make advertising messages more relevant and personalized to you based on your inferred interests.
- We may use Third-Party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Services. For example, we may use Google Analytics as one of our analytics service providers that tracks and reports Platform (including website) traffic. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page.
The information collected through these technologies, standing alone, cannot be used to determine your identity. Such information may, however, be combined in a way that makes it become personally identifiable information (i.e., information that can identify you). For example, we may tie this information to personal information about you that we collect from other sources or that you provide to us. If this happens, we will treat the combined information as personally identifiable information.
Choices as to Cookies and Other Automatic Tracking Technologies: It may be possible to disable some (but not all) Cookies or automatic data collection technologies through your device or browser settings but doing so may affect the functionality of all or a portion of our Services. The method for disabling Cookies or other automatic collection technologies may vary by device and browser but can usually be found in preferences or security settings. For example, iOS and Android devices each have settings that are designed to limit forms of ad tracking.
Do Not Track Requests: Some Internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals. Since uniform standards for “DNT" signals have not been adopted, our Services do not currently process or respond to “DNT” signals.
You can control how your web browser deals with cookies by changing your browser settings. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.