A “Web Cookie” is a string of information that a website stores on a user’s computer or other electronic device and that the user’s browser provides to the Website each time the user submits a query to the site. The Company uses Web Cookies to track the pages that users visit during each Website session, both to help the Company improve users’ experiences and to help the Company understand how the Website is being used.
As with other non-personally identifying information gathered from users of the Website, the Company analyzes and discloses in aggregated form information gathered using Web Cookies to help the Company, its partners, and others better understand how the Website is being used. The Company does not attempt to link information gathered using Web Cookies to Personally-Identifying Information.
COMPANY USERS WHO DO NOT WISH TO HAVE WEB COOKIES PLACED ON THEIR COMPUTERS, CELLULAR PHONES, OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICS SHOULD SET THEIR BROWSERS TO REFUSE WEB COOKIES BEFORE ACCESSING THE WEBSITE, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CERTAIN FEATURES OF THE WEBSITE MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY WITHOUT THE AID OF WEB COOKIES. WEBSITE USERS WHO REFUSE WEB COOKIES ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RESULTING LOSS OF FUNCTIONALITY.
A “Web Beacon” is an object that is embedded in a web page that is usually invisible to the user and allows website operators to check whether a user has viewed a particular web page. The Company may use Web Beacons on the Website to count users who have visited particular pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web Beacons do not access users’ personally identifying information; they are a technique the Company may use to compile aggregated statistics about Website usage. Web Beacons collect only a limited set of information, including a cookie number, the time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides.
You may not decline Web Beacons; however, they can be rendered ineffective by declining all cookies or modifying your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis. Third parties are not allowed to use Web Beacons on the Website.