- What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information, which are downloaded to your hard disk or to your web browser’s memory when you visit our Site. Cookies are useful for arranging the content and layout of our Site and allow us to recognize those computers or other devices that have visited our Site before. Cookies allow our Site to remember your preference settings and help us to enhance your experience and the usability of our Site.
Our Site may also contain electronic images known as web beacons – sometimes known as single-pixel gifs – that allow us to count the number of visitors on specific web pages.
- Categories of cookies and similar technologies that we use
We have four categories of cookies or similar technologies that may be used on our Site. We categorize them as follows: Strictly Necessary cookies, Performance cookies, Functionality & Profile cookies and Advertising cookies.
Below, we explain each one of the categories to help you understand what they are.
- Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential for basic functionalities of the Site. They enable you to move around our Site and use the features, particularly in connection with information searches and order placement. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
Some examples of strictly necessary cookies are:
- A shopping basket cookie, which is used to remember the products you wish to purchase when you add products to your shopping basket or proceed to checkout;
- A login cookie, which allows you to login and manages your login to the Site. This cookie helps to identify you after logging in and before you logout (single session);
- A session cookie, which is required to carry out the data transmission and provide the Site to you; and
- A security cookie that detects repeat failed login attempts or similar abuses of the Sites.
Strictly necessary cookies are generally stored only as long as required for their purpose.
These cookies collect information about how you use our Site such as the pages you go to most often and if you get any error messages from certain pages. These cookies collect information that are used for improving how the Site works. Without these cookies, we cannot learn how our Site is performing and make relevant improvements that could enrich your browsing experience.
An example of a performance cookie is Google Analytics:
Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”), to collect information about the use of our Site such as how often you visit our Site, the pages you go to and actions you take on the Site. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personal information.
You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this Site by disabling their cookies on your browser through downloading and installing the following Browser-Plug- in: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
Functionality & profile cookies
These cookies allow our Sites to store information that you provide, such as preferences, and they help us to store technical information useful for your interactions with our Sites. For instance, they remember your user ID and elements of your user profile. They also ensure that your experience using the Site is relevant to you. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. These cookies are not used to track your browsing activity on other websites.
Without these cookies, our Site cannot remember your choices or personalize your browsing experience.
Advertising cookies and similar technologies
We may use these cookies or similar technologies to deliver advertisements that are more relevant to you. They may be used to limit the times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. These cookies may track your visits to other websites. Without these cookies or other technologies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests.
An example of an advertising cookie or similar technology we use is called Flashtalking.
Flashtalking is a tool that enables us to deliver ads suited to our user’s interests. The tool is provided by Flashtalking Inc., 1101 W Fulton Market, Suite 200, Chicago, Illinois 60607, USA.
Flashtalking collects information on websites the user visits and the user’s interaction with ads. In order to be able to identify the user’s computer, Flashtalking stores a cookie on your computer. Furthermore, it stores user IPs on the Flashtalking servers. The cookies used by Flashtalking expire after two years.
Flashtalking may combine your user information with other information gathered from other sources such as publicly accessible sources.
Users have the ability to opt-out of our Flashtalking cookies via these links:
- Setting your cookie preference
You may modify your browser settings to decline cookies. You may withdraw your consent at any time by modifying the settings of your browser to reject or disable cookies, or by opting out of specific cookies through the opt-out options shared below. If you choose to decline cookies altogether, you may not be able to fully experience the features of the Site that you visit.
All of the major browsers offer tips and guidance for managing the cookies available on your browser including:
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Microsoft Edge
Cookie settings in Mozilla Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari for iOS