What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”). Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.
Types of Cookies
The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.
|Category of cookies||Why we use these cookies|
|Strictly Necessary||These cookies are essential for websites on our services to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.|
|Functionality||These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.|
|Security||We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.|
|Analytics and Performance||Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.|
|Third Party / Embedded Content||Our sites make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include: Automattic (for features such as WooCommerce, Gravatar, Akismet and Jetpack), Google (for analytics and advertising), social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from YouTube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.|
Cookies from Third Parties
We operate in partnership with third party vendors. Third Parties cookies enable us and our partners to offer services and to personalize them based on user’s information. Below is a list of our partners, along with information on the cookies that each partner sets. Your choices to control cookies are described below.
Consent for Cookies
You may see a “cookie banner” on our websites, particularly if you are in the European Union. If so, then we do not allow our partners to set cookies before you accept, except for those exempt from the consent requirement and therefore not subject to preventive blocking (strictly necessary technical cookies and statistical anonymized cookies). When you consent, we and our partners may set third party cookies in order to, for example, provide more engaging advertising to users, remember the most recent searches or interactions, or improve campaign performance reports.