EFFECTIVE DATE: Sep 25, 2019
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of alphanumeric characters that your computer or mobile device saves when you visit certain websites. When you return to the websites that save cookies on your device—or visit other websites that use the same cookies—the websites recognize such cookies and your browsing device.
Generally, we use first-party cookies (which are placed by us) and third-party cookies (which are placed by third parties) for the following purposes:
To make our Services function properly;
To provide a secure browsing experience during your use of our Services;
To collect information about your use of our Services to help us improve and optimize our Services; and
To remember your preferences for your convenience.
3. What types of cookies do we use?
We use the types of cookies described below on our Services:
a) Strictly Necessary cookies: Some of the cookies we use are necessary to provide our Services to you. For example, they help you navigate from page to page, remember your preferences, provide you with the features you request, and support and enable security features.
b) Functional cookies: Functional cookies provide you with the functions on our Services that you request.
c) Analytics, Performance and Research cookies: These cookies help us understand how well our Services are doing. They collect information about your use and interaction with our Services so that we can continue to improve and expand our Services.
4. How to manage cookies
We use both first-party and third-party cookies that allow us to automatically collect information through our Services. Third-party cookies are operated by third parties that can recognize your device both when it visits our Services and when it visits other websites or mobile apps. We encourage you to check the websites of any third-party cookie providers for more information about how they use the information they collect.
Below we describe how you can manage first-party and cookies on our Services:
a. First-Party Cookies
You can enable, disable or delete cookies via your browser settings. To do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser, usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” settings of your browser or mobile device. Please be aware that if you set disable cookies on your browser, you may not be able to access secure areas of the Services and parts of the Services may also not work properly (e.g., preferences, referral links).
Many browser manufacturers provide helpful information about cookie management, including, but not limited to:
If you use a different browser than those listed above, please refer to your specific browser’s documentation or check out http://www.allaboutcookies.org/browsers/index.html to learn more about different browsers. You can also find out more information about how to change your browser cookie settings at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Similarly, many mobile devices allow you to manage cookies or similar technologies, such as mobile identifiers. To do this, follow the instructions provided by your mobile device, usually located in “Settings” of your mobile device. Many mobile device manufacturers provide helpful information about how to do this:
b. Third-Party Cookies
We do not control interest-based advertising cookies on our Services. If you would like more information about such cookies or to opt out of having your cookie information used by companies that are part of the Network Advertising Initiative, please visit www.networkadvertising.org/choices.