Cookies are files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to identify users returning to a website.
Cookies may be either “persistent cookies” or “session cookies.” A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and remain valid until its set expiration date (unless deleted by the user before the expiration date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies on this website
We use both session cookies and persistent cookies on this website.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. The cookies used on the website include those that are strictly necessary for access and navigation, those that track usage (performance cookies), those that remember your choices (functionality cookies), and those that provide you with targeted content or advertising.
We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:
- To recognize your computer when you visit the website
- To track you as you navigate the website and to enable the use of any e-commerce facilities
- To improve the website’s usability
- To analyze the use of the website in its administration
- To personalize the website for you, including targeting advertisements that may be of particular interest to you
When you use the website, you may also be sent third-party cookies.
Our advertisers and service providers may send you cookies. They may use the information they obtain from your use of their cookies:
- To track your browsers across multiple websites
- To build a profile of your web surfing
- To target advertisements that may be of particular interest to you
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies” to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools,” “Internet Options” and “Privacy,” and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. In Firefox, you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools” and “Options,” and unchecking “Accept cookies from sites” in the Privacy box. In Google Chrome, you can adjust your cookie permissions by going to “Settings,” then clicking “Privacy and security,” then clicking “Cookies and other site data,” then selecting “Block all cookies.”
Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact on the usability of most websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on this website (log on, access content, use search functions).
You may also delete cookies already stored on your computer. In Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files. In Firefox, you can delete cookies by first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools,” “Options” and “Settings” in the Private Data box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the Tools menu. In Google Chrome, you can adjust your cookie permissions In Google Chrome, you can adjust your cookie permissions by going to “Settings,” then clicking “Privacy and security,” then clicking “Cookies and other site data,” then selecting “Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome.” Doing this, however, may have a negative impact on the usability of the website.
If you have any questions or comments about this policy, or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us.