We also may collect aggregate and non-personal information through “Cookies” or “Web Beacons”, as explained below.
Cookies are pieces of information that any website may transfer to your browser that are then stored in your computer system. Cookies are returned to the website that deposited them when a visitor returns to that site. Cookies tell us, for example, whether a user is a first time visitor or has visited the websites before and what areas of the websites are of greatest interest to the user. The deposit of cookies by the websites may enhance your online experience by allowing us to save your preferences for your next visit. Our cookies may also measure the general activity on the websites, which allows us to determine which areas and features are most popular. This information allows us to make improvements to our websites.
2. WEB BEACONS
Web Beacons, also known as “clear gifs”, “one-pixel gifs”, “web bugs”, “Internet tags” or “pixel tags”, are small graphic images on a website or in an e-mail that allow us and third parties to monitor the activity on the websites or to make cookies more effective. Web Beacons allow us, or third parties working on our behalf, to gauge and enhance the effectiveness of our marketing by transmitting information about whether you follow links in our e-mails or websites, and by gathering information about the websites you visit before and after visiting our websites. We use log files to store the data that is collected through Web Beacons.
3. WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?
We use the following types of cookies on our websites:
- Strictly necessary cookies: They are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies: They allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies: They are used to recognize you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies: They record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
4. HOW TO DISABLE OR REMOVE COOKIES
Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies. You can, however, reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on your user experience and may prevent you from using part of our website.