Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their sites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device. They do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that the advertisements you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
Cookies do not typically identify you as an individual, just the device you are using.
There are several different kinds of cookies. Cookies set by us are called “first party cookies“. Cookies set by parties other than us are called “third party cookies“. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the Site (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the Site in question and also when it visits certain other Sites.
Session cookies allow our systems to uniquely identify you during a session or while you are logged in to the Site. They exist only during an online session and disappear from your device when you close your browser or turn off your device. We use session cookies to process your online transactions and requests and verify your identity, after you have logged in, as you move through the Site and/or the Service Offerings. Persistent cookies track aggregate and statistical information about user activity, and display advertising on sites provided by other entities. These cookies remain on your device after you have closed your browser or turned off your device.
We use first party and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for our Sites and Service Offerings to operate, while other cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Sites. Third parties serve cookies through our Sites for advertising, analytics and other purposes.
Preferences for cookies (other than necessary cookies, which may not be adjusted as the Site or Service Offerings cannot function without them) may be adjusted at any time through Cookie Preferences (found on the banner at the bottom of the page), or by changing your browser settings to block or delete cookies. For more information on adjusting browser settings, please see “How can I control cookies?”
The types of first- and third-party cookies served through our Sites and Service Offerings, and the purposes they perform, are described below:
The specific first and third party cookies served through our Sites and Offering Services are listed in the table below:
First parties serving Necessary cookies:
Third parties serving Necessary cookies:
First parties serving Performance cookies:
Third parties serving Performance cookies:
First parties serving Functionality cookies:
Third parties serving Functionality cookies:
First parties serving Targeting cookies:
Third parties serving Targeting cookies:
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies through controls provided within your browser. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our Sites, but some functionalities may be degraded or inoperable, and access to some areas of our Sites may be restricted. As browser controls for controlling cookies vary from browser-to-browser, we recommend visiting your browser’s help menu for more information.
For your convenience, we have also provided links to more information about how to control cookies for some of the most commonly used browsers:
In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. If you would like to find out more information, please visit this site or http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You may opt out by clicking here or here (or if located in the European Union, by clicking here). Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic advertisements.
Essential website cookies: Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Websites to you, you cannot refuse them. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings however, as described above.
We may also use electronic images known as web beacons on our Sites – sometimes called “clear GIFs”, “single-pixel GIFs”, or “web bugs”. Web beacons are used to deliver cookies on our Sites and through our Service Offerings, count clicks/users/visitors, and deliver co-branded content or services. We may include web beacons in our promotional e-mail messages or newsletters to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.
ASC may also contain web beacons from third parties to help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other website operations. These web beacons may allow the third parties to set or read cookies on your device.