1. What is a cookie?
Cookies are text-only strings of information that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device (each a “Device”) when you visit a website. Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises those cookies. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies are very helpful and can be used for many different purposes. These include allowing you to navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and making the interaction between you and the website quicker and easier. Sometimes cookies are used to help ensure that the adverts you see online are relevant to you and your interests.
a. Setting and storing cookies
Cookies may be set either by the website you are visiting (“first party cookies”) or by third party websites who run content on the website you are visiting (“third party cookies”).
They may be stored either for the duration of your visit to the website or for repeat visits. We will use the following terms to describe the storing of cookies:
Session cookie: A cookie that allows us to link your actions during a browser session. A browser session starts when you open the browser window and finishes when you close it. Session cookies are created temporarily and are deleted once the browser window is closed.
Persistent cookie: A cookie that remains on your Device for the period of time specified in the cookie and activated each time you visit the website that created that particular cookie.
b. Different types of cookies
There are four main types of cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around and use the features of a website, or to provide a service requested by you. For example, remembering items you have placed in an online shopping basket. We do not need to obtain your consent in order to use these cookies.
Functionality cookies: These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and to provide enhanced or more personalized features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by using a cookie to store information about the region in which you are currently located, to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise, and to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.
Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about how you use a website, for instance which pages you go to most often, and if you get error messages from the site. These cookies are mostly used to improve how the website works.
Targeting cookies or advertising cookies: These cookies are used to deliver adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation. For more information about online behavioural advertising cookies and online privacy, please see the guide produced by the internet advertising industry available at www.youronlinechoices.com. This site provides you with information and tools you can use to block or limit these targeting and advertising cookies.
2. Cookies used on the site
We currently use the following types of cookies on our website:
a. Strictly necessary cookies:
These first party cookies are used to remember previous actions when navigating back to a previous page during the same session. These are session cookies.
b. Performance cookies:
Google Analytics (_ga): This cookie is a first-party Google Analytics cookie set by our website that allows us to have visibility over how users arrive at and interact with our website. This cookie stores a randomly generated number which is used by Google Analytics to calculate user, session, and campaign data.
c. Functionality cookies:
YouTube cookies (_PREF; _VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE; _YSC): These third-party cookies are used when you watch videos on our website, since the videos are hosted by YouTube. These are persistent cookies with up to a 2-year lifespan, except for the _YSC cookie which is a session cookie.
d. Targeting/advertising cookies:
Facebook (_datr): This third-party cookie is used by the Facebook “Like” functionality found on our Site. This is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of 2 years. You can read more about Facebook’s cookie policies by visiting https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies/.
Linkedin (_bcookie; _lidc): These third-party cookies are to help you share website pages on LinkedIn while you are logged in to the LinkedIn service. The “_bcookie” cookie is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of 2 years. The “_lidc” cookie is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of 1 day.
Twitter (_pid; _guest_id): These third-party cookies are to help you share website pages on Twitter while you are logged in to the Twitter service. The “_pid” cookie is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of 18 months. The “_guest_id” cookie is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of 2 years.
DoubleClick (_test; _id): We permit DoubleClick, a service operated by Google (http://www.google.com/doubleclick/), to place two third-party cookies on your Device via our websites. The first, called “test cookie”, is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of fifteen minutes. The “_test” cookie checks to see if your browser accepts targeting/advertising cookies. If it does, then DoubleClick will place a second cookie called “id” on your Device. The “_id” cookie is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of two years. DoubleClick also places these cookies on your Device when you see our advertisements on other websites. We use DoubleClick’s cookies to measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns, limit the number of times you see an advertisement, remember that you have visited a website, and provide advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. To find out more please visit http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/.
3. How to manage your cookie settings
There are various ways in which you can manage and control your cookie settings.
You should bear in mind that, by deleting or blocking cookies, some or all of the websites you visit (or features of them) may not work properly or as effectively, including our site.
a. Turning off cookies via your web browser
Most modern web browsers will provide you with some general information about cookies, enable you to see what cookies you’ve got, allow you to delete them all or on an individual basis, and enable you block or allow cookies for all websites or individually selected websites. You can also normally turn off third party advertising cookies separately.
The following links provide more information on turning off cookies using the major web browsers:
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies
b. Opting out of certain cookies used on our site
You can opt out of our first party Google Analytics cookie by visiting the following link and downloading the available tool: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Keep in mind that this tool is not site-specific and may affect your browsing experience on other websites that rely on Google Analytics.
You can opt out of the third party DoubleClick cookie by visiting the following link: http://www.google.com/settings/ads/plugin. Keep in mind that this tool is not site-specific and may affect your browsing experience on other websites that rely on the DoubleClick cookie.
c. Learning more about third party cookie policies
You can learn more about third party cookie policies by visiting the following links:
4. Updates to this policy
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Last updated: April 30, 2014