This information explains cookies, pixels, web beacons, and flash cookies.
1) What are Cookies?
Cookie files are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile browser device. They are used to make websites work, or to make them work more efficiently. In addition to recognizing you and remembering important information, they can also make your use of a website more convenient (e.g., remembering your user preferences or remembering your login information).
2) What Cookies do we use?
Generally, cookies perform up to seven different functions:
a) Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies help us identify subscribers and ensure they can access the subscription-only pages. Users who disable these cookies will not be able to access all of the content they are entitled to if they subscribe.
b) Performance Cookies
In addition to cookies, we use other technologies to examine how visitors use our sites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high-quality experience by customizing our offerings and quickly identifying and fixing problems.
A performance cookie can help us determine why some pages are receiving error messages, which pages are most popular, and which linking methods are the most effective. Depending on how you use the website, we may also use these cookies to highlight articles or services that we think you will be interested in.
c) Functionality Cookies
By using functionality cookies, we can remember your preferences and save you the trouble of retyping your username each time you access the website, and recall your customization preferences, such as which sections of the website you want to see.
The Remember Me user tool saves your access password on the device and remembers you every time you visit the site using the Functionality cookie model.
d) Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies
e) Analytics Cookies
Our service providers and we may utilise analytics cookies – which are often referred to as ‘performance cookies’ – to collate data about your interactions with the Site, assisting us in enhancing it. These types of cookies collect insight such as most visited pages. This information allows us to gauge our user base, observe the total trends of usage on the Site, identify any technical difficulties you have experienced with the Site and determine if our advertising is effective or not.
f) Advertising Cookies
Our service providers and we may use advertising cookies to deliver ads that are specific to you and your interests. These cookies let us tailor the adverts and content shown on our Site, restrict how many times an advertisement is displayed and help assess the success of promotional campaigns. We may also combine this data with details from third parties; these organizations may include advertisers, and we might share this information with them.
g) Social Networking Cookies
For additional purposes, such as behavioral advertising, analytics, and market research, our products may have social plug-in capabilities that include tracking cookies.
In certain situations, we may partner with external entities in order to provide our Site’s services. For instance, analytic services are administered by third-party companies that create cookie analytics for us. We may not be able to access these cookies, though we can take the statistical information gleaned from them and implement it in our content personalization and other indicated objectives. These organisations might also be obligated to share this data with other parties, as demanded by legal regulations or for purposes related to their processing.
In addition to third-party advertisers, other organizations may use their own cookies to collect information about your activities on our Site and/or the ads you click on. Based on the content you have viewed on our Site and third-party sites, they may combine this information with other information they have acquired from third parties to serve advertisements on our Site and third-party sites that they believe will be most relevant to you.
Additionally, third-party advertisers may use this information to track aggregate usage statistics and measure the effectiveness of their advertisements.
The use of third-party cookies is governed by the privacy policies of the third parties employing the cookies. For more information about third-party cookies and to disable or reject them, please visit the relevant third-party’s website.
4) How can you Control Cookies?
You can choose to opt out of cookies from the Site at any time by activating the settings on your browser. To disable Flash cookies, you can use Adobe’s Flash management tools at http://www.adobe.com/security/flashplayer.
For further information regarding this process, please consult your Internet browser provider’s website using the help guide. Visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies to access instructions on popular browsers.
Some features of the Site may not function as intended if you disable or block any or all cookies, or you may not have access to certain features or personalizations.