Last modified on: March 5th, 2020
What is a cookie?
An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie, or simply cookie) is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on a person’s computer or device by their web browser.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies are a mechanism for websites to remember information about a person or to record the person’s browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past). They can also be used to remember what the person previously entered into form fields such as names and addresses.
Cookies perform essential functions in the modern web. Authentication cookies are the most common method used by web servers to know whether a person is logged in or not, and which account they are logged in with. Without such a mechanism, the site would not know whether to send a page containing sensitive information or require the user to authenticate themselves by logging in.
Tracking cookies, and especially third-party tracking cookies, are commonly used as ways to create long-term records of a person’s browsing histories, show targeted advertisements to them across the Internet, and track behaviour, such as whether an email has been received and opened.
- Advertisements. We partner with third party publishers, advertising networks, and service providers to manage our ads on other sites. Our third-party partners may set cookies on your device or browser to gather information about your activities on the Services and other sites you visit, in order to provide you with our ads. For example, if you visit our Website and also use a social media platform, you may see our ad in your social media newsfeed or timeline.
Opting-out of cookies.
You can opt out of the cookies we use directly through our Website preferences or in your Account settings.
You may adjust your browser settings to block cookies and other tracking technologies. Please note though, we do not provide your browser to you so we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of those settings. If you have questions about your browser settings and how they impact the effectiveness of cookies and other similar tracking technologies, please contact the browser provider for help and support. Unfortunately, we cannot help with those kinds of technical questions.
If you block cookies on our Website or in connection with our Services, you may be unable to access certain areas of our Website and certain functions of our Services will not work in the usual way.
Third-party advertisements and cookies.