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Cookies

We may automatically collect certain types of usage information when you visit our website or use our website, using automated mechanisms such as cookies, clear gifs, log files, device identifiers and location data, but we use the minimum necessary to ensure the normal operation of our website.  You can find out more about how we use these mechanisms below.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They may enable us to:

(a)  remember information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the site;

(b)  provide custom, personalized content and information, including advertising;

(c)  provide and monitor the effectiveness of our Website;

(d)  monitor aggregate metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, usage, and demographic patterns on our Website;

(e)  diagnose or fix technology problems; and

(f)   otherwise to plan for and enhance our service.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Originating Application Expiration Time Purpose
_ga Google Analytics 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid Google Analytics 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
lang Twitter Session This cookie is set as part of Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for social media.
personalization_id Twitter 2 years This cookie is set as part of Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for social media.
tfw_exp Twitter 14 days This cookie is set as part of Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for social media.
metrics_token syndication.twitter.com 2 years Used to provide Twitter syndication
_gat Google Analytics 1 minute Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.
GPS YouTube Session This cookie is set by YouTube and allows YouTube to gather information about a visitor’s browser. We allow YouTube to set this cookie so that YouTube videos can be displayed on this site.
PREF YouTube 2 years This cookie is set by YouTube and allows YouTube to gather information about a visitor’s browser. We allow YouTube to set this cookie so that YouTube videos can be displayed on this site.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE YouTube 8 months This cookie is set by YouTube and allows YouTube to gather information about a visitor’s browser. We allow YouTube to set this cookie so that YouTube videos can be displayed on this site.
YSC YouTube Session This cookie is set by YouTube and allows YouTube to gather information about a visitor’s browser. We allow YouTube to set this cookie so that YouTube videos can be displayed on this site.
IDE Doubleclick.net Session This is an advertising cookie that Google serves across the web; the main advertising cookie on non-Google sites is named ‘id’ or ‘IDE‘ and is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net

 

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Although we do our best to honor the privacy preferences of our Users, we are not able to respond to Do Not Track signals from your browser at this time, as we believe that there is no consistent industry standard for how to respond to Do Not Track browser settings. More information about Do Not Track is available at www.allaboutdnt.org.

Clear gifs

Clear gifs (also known as web beacons) are used in combination with cookies to help us understand how visitors interact with our website. A clear gif is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a website.

We may use clear gifs to:

  • anonymously track the online usage patterns of our website users
  • in HTML-based emails sent to our users, track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of our website.

Log files

We may collect log file information about your browser or mobile device each time you access the Website. Log file information may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, information about your mobile device, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Website, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.

Device identifiers

When you access our Service by or through a mobile device, we may receive or collect and store via Google analytics a unique identification number associated with your device, as well as information about your mobile carrier, device type, model and manufacturer, mobile device operating system brand and model, and, depending on your mobile device settings, your geographical location data (city and country only), and similar information regarding the location of your mobile device.

 

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