Last updated: February 8, 2017
What are cookies, local shared objects and pixel tags?
A cookie is a small data file that is placed on your web browser, or your computer or device, when you access and/or use a web site, which stores text that can later be read back by our Web server or third parties. Cookies are used to recognize your browser, and may enable us to recognize you as the same user who was at our Website in the past, and relate your use of our Website to other information about you, such as your Website usage information or personal information collected through other means. Cookies may be “session” cookies (i.e., last only for one browser session) or “persistent” cookies (i.e., continue in your browser until they expire or are affirmatively deleted).
Local Shared Objects (e.g., Flash Cookies)
A local shared object is similar to a cookie, except it is stored on your computer or mobile device, instead of your browser, using a media player or other software installed on your computer or device. A local shared object can store more than just text. Like cookies, it is also used to recognize you as the same user who was at our Website in the past, and relate your use of our Website to other information about you, such as your Website usage information or personal information collected through other means.
Web Beacons and other Tags
Web beacons (also known as “clear GIFs” or “pixel tags”) are typically tiny, one-pixel images that are embedded on a page of a Web site or in electronic communications, such as an email message. These technologies help to verify when a certain page (or area) of a Web site is viewed, when a message is opened and when links or other content are clicked or viewed.
What do we use these technologies for?
Generally, we use these technologies for the following reasons:
1. Essential (strictly necessary)
We use these technologies to monitor and analyze how you use our Website and emails. For example, we may place cookies that allow us (i) to measure the time of your requests to our servers and our responses, (ii) to test new features, (iii) to record statistics about site usage, (iv) to track your activities on our Website and emails, and (v) to track the places from which you come to our Website.
3. Social Media
Our Website contains integrations with social media platforms (including, for example, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest), which enable those platforms to place cookies, tags and local shared objects on your browser, computer or device. You may be able to adjust the settings in your accounts on third-party social media platforms to control some of the targeted content you may see on those sites.
4. Tracking Lead Conversions
We use these technologies to track when you have made a purchase after following a link to our Website from another online location, so that we can compensate the other party for sending us your business.
We use these technologies for us and other companies to deliver advertisements to you both on our Website and elsewhere online. By using these technologies we hope to better tailor these advertisements to your interests based on your online activities. Sometimes this is called online behavioral or interest-based advertising. As of the date hereof, we (or our service providers) use technologies from Criteo, AdRoll, Dstillery, Rocketfuel, and Gigya for such purposes.
How can I manage these technologies?
You can manage cookies through your web browser's settings. Through those settings you may be able to (i) receive notifications when you are receiving new cookies, (ii) disable cookies or (iii) delete cookies. Please refer to your web browser's help section for information on how to do this. Note, however, that refusing cookies may, in some cases, inhibit or preclude your use of our Website or its features. To learn more about cookies, including how to manage or delete them using your browser settings, click here.
Local Shared Objects:
The methods for managing local shared objects are different than the methods for managing cookies. Depending on how local shared objects are enabled on your computer or device, you may be able to manage them using software settings. For information on managing Flash cookies, for example, click here.
Collective opt-out pages:
Some (but not all) of the third-party services that we use for behavioral or interest-based advertising participate in industry bodies that allow you to opt out of their use of your collected information for these purposes. If you are a resident of the US, click here or here to manage your opt-outs for those third party service providers who participate in such opt-out frameworks. If you are a resident of the EU, click here or if you are a resident of Canada, click here, in order to manage your opt-outs for those third party service providers who participate in such opt-out frameworks.
Web site Analytics opt-out:
- To opt out of your usage of our Website being included in our Google analytics reports, you may follow these instructions
- To opt-out of aggregation and analysis of data about your visits to our Website using Adobe, you may follow these instructions http://www.adobe.com/privacy/opt-out.html.
- Dstillery ad targeting and ad delivery technology: http://dstillery.com/privacy/
- MyThings: http://www.mythings.com/respecting-your-privacy/
Does anybody else use these technologies on your Services?
Most of the cookies and other technologies described above on our Website are set by us (aka first party cookies) or are used in connection with our Website and set by third-party service providers at our direction ("Third Party Cookies"). We may use Third Party Cookies with respect to each of the uses set forth above. Cookies, local shared objects and other mechanisms placed by our Website may transmit collected information to these third parties for the purposes set forth above, and those parties may report information back to us.