What is a Cookie?
A Cookie (also called Web cookie, HTTP cookie, Internet cookie or Browser cookie) is a small data file placed on your device (e.g., a computer or mobile phone) by the web server when you access and/or use the website(s), mobile application(s), or other online or mobile service(s), herein referred to as the "Site".
Cookies are used as unique identifiers and each cookie is unique to your web browser. The server of the website you are viewing sends the cookie, containing anonymous information, to your computer or mobile phone. Only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and applications and do not harm your device. Most web browsers accept cookies by default. You can consult your web browser to modify your cookie settings and to remove or reject cookies. Be advised that if you remove or choose not to accept cookies from this site, you may miss out on key features of the site and it may limit the ease of your use of the site.
What is a Web Beacon?
A Web Beacon (also known as Web bug, pixel tag or clear GIF) is a tiny graphic with a unique identifier that is often used in combination with Cookies. Web Beacons allow the site to measure the actions of visitors and users using this site, for things like identifying whether a page was visited and identifying whether an email was opened, helping track and measure the performance of the site, to monitor how many visitors view and use the site, to monitor the effectiveness of content, to perform searches and analytics, and to assist with security and administrative functions.
Web Beacons are typically embedded invisibly on web pages (or in an e-mail). Unlike Cookies, you cannot decline Web Beacons.
Cookies and similar technologies like Web Beacons are used to help you have a better user experience by personalizing your experience (e.g. layout, sizing, language, etc.), to make it easier to log into the site (login details and your IP address so that it can identify you during your next visits), weather you are visiting the site for the first time or not, the type of browser used, to track your browsing behavior, links clicked, classes purchased, classes given or taken, your device type, and to collect various data, including analytics about how you use and interact with the site. This is used to provide you with more relevant product offerings, a better experience on the site, and to collect, analyze and improve the performance of the site.
These technologies automatically collect data when you use and interact with the site, including metadata, log files, cookie/device IDs, page load time, server response time, and approximate location information to measure site performance and improve the system, including optimizing DNS resolution, network routing and server configurations.
Cookies and other similar technologies allow for the analysis of customer trends by compiling information on individual site visits and analyzing them in aggregated form.
Types of cookies used
The site uses session, persistent and essential cookies.
Third Party Cookies
Third-party and affiliated companies may place cookies on your device/web browser, access them and associate web beacons with them. These enable third-party features or functionalities to be provided on or through the site. The parties that set these cookies can recognize your device both when it visits this site and when it visits certain other websites. These cookies are defined by third parties who support this site, and they allow you to access useful services and features, such as instant messaging support, google maps, credit card processing, payment processing, background check processing and more.
Third partieslike Google Analytics and third-party advertisers use server log files and automated data collection tools like cookies, tags, scripts, customized links, device or browser fingerprints, and web beacons when you access and use the site. These tools automatically track and collect certain system data and usage data when you use the site.
Online Behavioral Advertising Cookies are defined by our advertising partners and collect data about your browsing habits, as well as your preferences for products and services. This information allows us and the ad networks that we work with to display relevant ads on the most relevant pages of partner sites and this site. For example, third parties or affiliates may manage our advertising programs on third-party sites. Third parties also serve cookies through this site for advertising, analytics, and other purposes.
These cookies can be used to analyze how a website is used, to count the number of visitors, and to learn how the website can be improved. Website usage statistics and other reports are not linked to individuals.
You can deactivate Google Analytics using a browser add-on (for certain browser types on desktop) if you do not wish the site analysis to take place. This add-on stores âopt-outâ information on your device that serves to match up your deactivation of Google Analytics. Please note that this kind of âopt outâ only leads to the deactivation of Google Analytics for the device and browser from which the opt out was activated. In addition, you may need to reactivate it if you delete cookies from your device.
Marketing cookies can be used to enable online advertising, which may be personalized to show ads that are the most relevant and interesting to you.
You may see a pop-up welcome message with a special event when you visit the site. We will store a cookie, so your device knows you have seen it and knows not to show it again. We might display a message on all pages to tell you about important information or a promotion. We will save a cookie that will tell us how many times you have seen it, or if you dismissed it.
Social Media plugins
Information may be directly transferred from your device to the social network operator when you use this site. This site has no control on the data gathered by the plugin. If you are logged into the social network, your use of this site can be connected to your social network account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by logging in using your social media profile or clicking âLikeâ, âFollowâ or âShareâ, the information may automatically show in your social network profile. Even if you are not logged into your social media account, it may be possible for the plugins to transmit your IP address to the social network operators. Please consider this when using this site.
This site will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your privacy rights, and hence will not:
Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. This site aimsto take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your personal data.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
Please note that you may be asked to verify your identity before responding to requests.