What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners to make them function or work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
The cookies set by the site owner are called "first-party cookies". Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called "third-party cookies". Third-party cookies allow third-party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (for example, advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and when it visits certain other websites.
We use first and third party cookies for various reasons. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons for the operation of our websites and we call them 'essential' or 'strictly necessary' cookies. Other cookies also allow us to track and target the interests of our users to improve the experience on our online properties. Third parties deliver cookies through our websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our websites and the purposes they perform are described below (note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific online properties you visit).
How can I control cookies?
You have the right to decide whether to accept or decline cookies. Essential cookies cannot be refused as they are strictly necessary to provide you with services.
Additionally, most ad networks offer a way to opt out of targeted advertising.
The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our websites and the purposes they perform are described in the table below (note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific online properties you visit):
Essential website cookies:
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our websites and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas.
Analytics and personalized cookies: these cookies collect information which is used in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our websites for you.
Advertising cookies: these cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions such as preventing the same ad from repeatedly reappearing, ensuring that ads are displayed correctly to advertisers, and, in some cases, targeting advertisements based on your interests.
What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We may use other similar technologies from time to time, such as web beacons (sometimes called "tracking pixels" or "clear gifs"). These are small graphic files that contain a unique identifier that allow us to recognize when someone has visited our websites or opened an email that includes them. This allows us, for example, to track user traffic patterns from one page within a website to another, deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand if the website has come to you from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance and measure the success of email marketing campaigns. In many cases, these technologies rely on cookies to function properly, so refusing cookies will compromise their functionality.
Do you use Flash cookies or local shared objects?
The websites may also use so-called "Flash Cookies" (also known as Local Shared Objects or "LSOs") to, among other things, collect and store information about the use of our services, fraud prevention and other operations of the site.
If you do not want Flash cookies to be stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block the storage of Flash cookies using the tools contained in the website storage settings panel. You can also control Flash cookies by accessing the global storage settings panel and following instructions (which may include instructions explaining, for example, how to delete existing Flash cookies (referred to as "about" on the Macromedia site), how to prevent LSOs Flash cookies are placed on your computer without being prompted and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash cookies which are not provided by the operator of the page you are on at the time).
Please note that setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit the acceptance of Flash cookies may reduce or prevent the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with our services or online content.
Do you serve targeted advertising?
Third parties may place cookies on your computer or mobile device to deliver advertising through our websites. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites to deliver relevant advertisements about products and services in which you may be interested. They may also employ technology used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be achieved by using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other details that directly identify you unless you choose to provide them.
Where can I get more information?