The policy was last updated on February 9, 2023.
Though we generally refer to both actual cookies and all cookie-related technologies as just cookies, there are some technical differences between the technologies. What follows is a brief discussion of the specific technologies that we use on our websites:
Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored by your browser on your device. When you visit or otherwise interact with a website, the website can request that your browser a) create a new cookie or load an existing one, b) read or write data out of or into that cookie, and c) associate the cookie with a domain name. When the cookie's domain name is the same as that of the website that sets it, that is called a first-party cookie. When the cookie's domain name is different from that of the website that sets it, that is called a third-party cookie.
Note that cookies may be set either just for the current visit or browser session (session cookies), or for a longer period of time (persistent cookies). Despite the name, persistent cookies may have an expiration date (set by the site that created them), after which your browser will delete them.
Pixels are very small images that are used by third-party tracking sites to determine when a browser has visited a particular webpage, or when a visitor has activated a script by opting into a particular cookie or related technology. When the browser tries to render the image, the third-party site that hosts the image can determine that the visitor has interacted with the originating site in some way.
Some third parties that don't technically set cookies or use pixels can use tags to communicate with their servers to collect browsing data (personal or otherwise), so because they can communicate with a third party, we consider these to be cookies for our purposes.
We do not rely on selling or showing advertisements on our websites as a source of income for our business. Therefore, none of the cookies we use are designed to track you across the web, or to build a general-purpose advertising profile so that we can show you relevant third-party ads. The cookies we set are generally used for the following purposes:
For authentication purposes; for example, so that you can securely log into your account on our webistes.
For keeping track of your preferences; for example, whether you have opted out of certain types of cookies or direct marketing.
For measuring the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns; for example, when we run an ad on a third-party site for our products and services, and you click on that ad, you are taken to our website, and we use these cookies to record that the ad was effective. Note that these campaign-related cookies do not reveal your personal data to us; the ad effectiveness data is aggregated by our third-party advertising partners, and they do not share your personal data with us.
For tracking which pages you visit on our websites; for example, to help us determine which of our products and services you may be interested in, if you have opted into marketing communications.
For analytics and research; for example, to build anonymized, aggregated profiles of visitors to our websites, such as from which rough geographic locations they visit, how many times a particular page is visited, etc. Note that none of the analytics cookies we use collect any personal data.
The cookie table below lists each specific cookie or similar technology that we currently use on our websites, including its purpose.
Cookies and consent
Some of the cookies we use on our site are necessary for the site to function (e.g., authentication cookies). We do not provide a way to opt out of these cookies, though you can generally use a content blocker in your browser to do so, if you wish. (Please note that if you do so, the site may not function.)
However, for most of the other cookies we use, you are opted out by default. The first time you visit our site (and anytime thereafter when you clear your browser cookies), you will be prompted by a cookie banner whether you would like to opt into these optional cookies. This ensures that these cookies are not set, and will not collect any data about your use of our site — personal or otherwise — unless you have given your explicit consent for them to do so.
Cookies and third parties
Also note that, when we do share the data we collect with a third-party data processor, we will call attention to that sharing in the cookie table below, including a link to the specific data processor we use, and how we process that data, in our data processor registry.
We do not currently use any cookies on our websites.