Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, which are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and stay logged in. Cookies can be set by the site you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”) or by third parties, such as those who provide content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”).
We use first-party and third-party cookies for various reasons. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons in order to operate our website or web services, and we consider them as ‘essential’ or ‘strictly necessary’ cookies. Other cookies allow us to provide a better user experience, such as remembering the active tab across page loads. Finally, third-party cookies offer tracking technologies that we use to analyze trends and improve the website as a whole. This is described in more detail below.
The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our websites and the purposes they perform are described in more detail below: