Last Modified: November 11, 2018
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files stored on the hard drive by your web browser when you use websites.
The cookie is installed after a request is issued by a web server to a browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and is completely “passive” (does not contain software, viruses or spyware and cannot access information stored on the user’s hard drive). The cookies enable a website to recognize a browser. A cookie consists of two components: the name and the content or the value of the cookie. The cookie itself does not in most cases identify you.
Cookies and How They Benefit You
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.
What cookies do we use?
We use session cookies and persistent cookies. Depending on the purposes for which they are used cookies can be:
Essential – We use these cookies to efficiently and quickly load the pages and offer features by distributing the workload across several computers, to authenticate you and to ensure your secure connection and prevent fraudulent use of your account or detect other malicious activity on the website.
Functionality – We use these cookies in order to enhance your user experience and to remember your preferences such as your language preference and cookies which are necessary for the playback of media content or which can autofill a form for you.
Analytical/Performance – We use these cookies to count the number of users on our website, to recognize you when you visit the website again and to help us improve your experience on our website depending on how it is used. These cookies also help us understand how our services are doing and improve them by developing new features.
Targeting/Advertising – We use these cookies to record your behavior online and to provide you with offers and services you might be interested in.
Visitor Statistics – We use these cookies to compile visitor statistics, such as how many people have visited our website; what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows, which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies); how long they spend on the site; what page they look at, etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These programs also tell us how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before, helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.
- Google Analytics
- Google Tag Manager
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of our websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.