Effective Date: September 1, 2022
Last Updated: September 1, 2022
What is a cookie
A cookie is a small text file that we store on your browser or your device (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.) if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your device’s memory or computer’s hard drive. There are three main types of cookies:
- Session cookies: specific to a particular visit and limited to sending session identifiers (random numbers generated by the server) so you don’t have to re-enter information when you navigate to a new page or check out. Session cookies are not permanently stored on your device and are deleted when the browser is closed;
- Persistent cookies: record information about your preferences and are stored in your browser cache or mobile device; and
- First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies, in basic terms, are cookies set by a website visited by the user (the website displayed in the URL window), i.e., cookies set by the Website. Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user: i.e., cookies which are set by websites other than the Website. If a user visits our Website and a separate company sets a cookie through it, this would be a third-party cookie.
Purpose of cookies
Some cookies are strictly necessary for the use of our Website. Others make it possible to optimize the use of the Website and personalize the contents displayed. Cookies make it possible to (1) measure and analyze the frequency and use of our Website sections and services so that we can improve the functionality of the Website, and (2) measure safety and performance.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Website. For example, strictly necessary cookies track your session so you do not need to re-login to our Website.
- Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Website when they are using them. This helps us to improve the way our Website work, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our Website. These cookies enable us to personalize our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Marketing cookies. These cookies record your visits to our Website, the pages you have visited, and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Website more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Other Information Storing Technologies
- IP Addresses. Internet Protocol (IP) address is a specific identifier with which the electronic devices can identify and communicate with each other online. We may see our visitors’ IP addresses and use this information to comprehend where our visitors come from to improve our service.
- Web Beacons. Our Website may contain web beacons. Such instruments enable third parties to have immediate specific information, such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page with the beacon, the URL of the page where it appears, the time in which the page with the beacon was viewed and the type of browser used to view the page.
- Embedded Scripts. An embedded script is a programming code that is designed to collect information about the links you click on and your interactions with our Website. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third-party service provider and is active only while you are connected to our Website and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
- Other Means. Your browser or device may utilize local shared objects or local storage, such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other web application software methods. These instruments may operate through all the browsers, and in certain cases, they may not be managed by your browser or may require it to be managed through your installed applications directly. We do not use these technologies for storing information to target advertising to you on or off our Website.
How Long Will Cookies Stay on My Device?
Some of the cookies we use are deleted after termination of the browser session, i.e., after your browser window is closed (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your end device and enable us to recognize your browser on your next visit (persistent cookies).
In addition, you may withdraw your consent. However, your withdrawal will not retroactively affect the lawfulness of the processing of data before you withdrew your consent.
How Do I Change My Cookie Settings?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. You can configure your browser so that you are informed when cookies are set, or you can decide on an individual basis whether to accept cookies or reject the acceptance of cookies in general. Every browser differs in the management of cookie settings. They are available for the different browsers at the following links:
You can find more information about cookies (including how to disable them) at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. Not accepting cookies can result in the limited functionality of our Website. You can also search in your cookie folders to find our cookies and the Google Analytics cookie if you wish to delete them.
Who Controls and Accesses Cookies?
Not all cookies are set by us. Some cookies may be set through third-party services appearing on our pages. Third-party cookies are not in our control but are under the control of a third party.
Any other processing of your data will take place only if you have allowed Google to link your web and app browser history to your Google account and to use information from your Google account to personalize ads that you see on the web. In this case, if you are logged in to your Google account during your visit to our Website, Google will use your data together with Google Analytics data to create and define target group lists for cross-device remarketing. For this purpose, Google will temporarily link your personal information with Google Analytics data to create target groups.
If you do not want Google Analytics to be used in your browser, Google Analytics provides an opt-out tool which can be found here.
Additional Information for our Visitors from the European Economic Area (“EEA”)
If you are a visitor from the EEA, you will be shown a banner requesting that you accept the placement of cookies before cookies are placed on your computer or device. By accepting the placement of cookies, you are enabling us to provide the best possible experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, decline the placement of cookies unless those cookies are strictly necessary.
The data subject may lodge a complaint with the relevant data protection authority in the data subject’s jurisdiction.