Cookies, web beacons, and similar technology
Last modified: December 1, 2015
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We use physical, technical, and organizational security measures, in relation to the amount and sensitivity of personal data, to prevent unauthorized processing, including but not limited to unauthorized access, acquisition, and use of, loss, deletion, or damage to personal data collected through our cookies and similar technologies. A unique identifier ensures that only we and/or the service providers we have authorized have access to cookie information.
Service providers are companies that help us with various aspects of our business, such as website operations, services, applications, advertising, and tools. We use some of the service providers we have approved to provide you with relevant advertisements in our services and on the Internet in general. These service providers may also place cookies on your device through our services (third-party cookies). They may also collect information to identify your device, such as the IP address, or other unique device identifiers.
What are cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies?
Like most sites, we use technologies that are essentially small data files placed on your computer, tablet, mobile phone, or other devices (hereinafter referred to as "device") that enable us to collect certain information when you visit or interact with our websites, services, applications, messaging services, and tools.
Cookies – Small text files (usually consisting of letters and numbers) that are stored in the memory of your browser or device when you visit a website, or read a message. Cookies allow a website to recognize a particular device or browser. There are several types of cookies:
- Session cookies remain as long as your browser is active, and allow us to link your actions during the current browser session.
- Persistent cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions, allowing us to remember your preferences or actions across multiple sites.
- First-party cookies are set by the site you are visiting.
- Third-party cookies are used by a third-party website, separate from the website you visit. Cookies can be disabled or removed by tools that are available in most browsers on the market. Each browser you use must be set up separately, and different browsers have different features and options.
Web beacons – Small graphic images (also called "pixel tags", or "clear GIFs") that may be on our websites and in our services, applications, messaging services, and tools. Web beacons are normally used in conjunction with cookies to identify our users and user behavior.
Similar technologies – Technologies that store information in your browser or device using locally shared objects or local storage, such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other web application software. These technologies work in all your browsers, and in some cases may not be managed by your browser alone, but may need to be managed directly through your applications or device. We do not use such technologies to store information, or to direct advertising to you on or outside our web pages.
We use the terms "cookies" or "similar technologies" in our policies to refer to any technologies that we may use to store information in your browser or device, or to collect information, or identify you as described above.
Some of the features, services, applications, and tools we offer are available only through the use of these technologies. You always have the option to block, remove, or disable these technologies if your browser, applications, or device so allow. If you do not accept cookies or similar technologies, you may not be able to use certain features, services, applications, or tools on the website.You may also need to enter your password repeatedly during your visit. For more information on how you can block, delete, or disable these technologies, please review your browser or device settings.
Generally, these technologies are used by our websites, services, applications, and tools to store relevant information in your browser or device, and later use that information to identify you in our servers or internal systems. Where possible, we protect our cookies and similar technologies to ensure that only we and/or the service providers we have approved can interpret them by assigning them a unique identifier that is only valid for us. We do not store any personal information in any of our cookies, or other similar technologies.
Any personal information that we collect and store through use of these technologies is first obtained through notice and consent; we obtain your consent by providing you with transparent notice of use of the technologies, and providing you with the opportunity to make a choice to disable these technologies as described above.
Our use of such technologies falls into the following categories:
- Targeted advertising. We may use first-party or third-party cookies and web beacons to display content, including advertisements relevant to you on our or third-party websites. This includes using technologies to understand the benefits to you of the advertisements and content that have been delivered to you, such as whether you have clicked on an advertisement or not.
Use of current technology by our authorized service providers
We may cooperate with other companies or service providers who we allow to place third-party cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to store information on our websites, or in our services, applications, and tools. These service providers help us provide you with a better, faster, and more secure experience.
Advertising networks and exchanges operated by authorized third parties
For more information about third-party advertising-related cookies and how to opt out, please refer to the following websites: