What are cookies?
Mmm… cookies. Unfortunately, though, I am not talking about those delicious snack-sized sweet treats.
Cookies may be either ‘persistent’ cookies or ‘session’ cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
For example, we use traffic cookies like Google Analytics, to help us identify which pages are helpful, and which need some more work. This helps us understand how well page visitors enjoy the content on each page and allow us to see where improvements can be made. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. However, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
The following tables list the cookies we use our website and explains why.
Cookies we use
Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Google Analytics (GA)
|Cookie Name||Data Stored||Purpose||Expires|
|_ga, _gat, _gid||A random combination of numbers and letters that represent your browser that identifies the time and date on which you interacted with our site, the pages you visited, and the referring pages that led you to our site.||Google Analytics is the most popular web analytic service provided by Google LLC. |
The information about how, and when you interacted with our site may be stored on Google served based in the United States, along with a partial IP address.
This information is combined with the thousands of other website visitors and offers a quantitative approach to analyzing website data. This information never identifies you individually or reveals any personal data about single web visitors.
|The longest-lasting Google analytic cookies last a maximum of 2 years. Others last 1 day, or 30 minutes after you exit our website.|
How Do I Change My Cookie Settings?
Your ability to share cookies can be easily controlled through your web browser settings. Regardless of which browser you use, most web browsers allow some control over the information, and cookies, you share. To find out more about how to manage and delete cookies, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.