What Are Cookies and Pixel Tags?
“Cookies” are small strings of text or computer code stored locally on your device that allow us and our service providers to identify your browser and/or device as you browse the Internet. Cookies can be placed, read, and/or written to by our Services, or other websites or services that recognize a particular cookie, which allows the website to “remember” or “recognize” a particular browser or device and, in some cases, store information about that browser or device.
Certain types of cookies or cookie-like functionality may be placed or activated through browser add-ons, including, but not limited to, Adobe Flash. While these cookies are stored differently, their functionality and purpose is generally similar to other cookies.
Cookies are often used in conjunction with “pixel tags” (also known as “web beacons” or “clear gifs”). Pixel tags are small images that we, our analytics providers, and other third parties can use to interact with cookies and other tracking technologies. For example, we use pixel tags to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing campaigns by determining whether you open and interact with the content in our promotional emails.
How Long Are Cookies Stored On My System?
Session Cookies. “Session cookies” are stored for the duration of a browser session; when you close the browser, the cookie is deleted.
Persistent Cookies. “Persistent cookies” are stored for a preset amount of time (often between 90 days and two years, depending on the application) and are typically not deleted when a browser session is closed.
What Cookies Do We Use, and Why?
Necessary Cookies. Some cookies are necessary to allow you to browse the Services and access certain pages. Necessary cookies are required for the Services (or certain functionality on the Services) to work properly, and we do not use these cookies to collect personal information about you.
Disabling or removing these cookies may prevent the Services, or certain functionality on the Services, from working correctly or at all.
Performance Cookies. We use performance cookies to collect information about how our users use and interact with the Services, such as what pages are visited most often, how the Services are used and function, or how users navigate the Services. We use this information to improve the Services and their content. These cookies only collect aggregate information about the use of the Services, and thus do not collect information that can be used to identify you personally. Examples include:
– To opt out of Google Analytics tracking for certain browsers, consult:
Disabling or removing these cookies generally does not interfere with the functionality or performance of the Services.
Functionality Cookies. We use functionality cookies to remember information that you have provided or choices you have made on the Services, such as saving your logged-in status, site preferences, or the contents of your shopping cart. This allows us to provide a more personalized and convenient browsing experience.
– Persistent for two weeks; contains a unique identifier for your device; stores information about the contents of your shopping cart.
Disabling or removing these cookies may make browsing the Services less convenient or may prevent certain functionality (such as the shopping cart or store) from working correctly.
For example, we provide social media buttons on the Services that allow users to visit and share web pages through third-party social media platforms. We do not control how those platforms collect information about you, nor whether or how they may track you or may place and/or activate their own cookies and tracking technologies on your device.
How Do I Control or Make Choices About Cookies and Tracking Technologies?
Managing Cookies. Most browsers automatically accept cookies by default, but you can adjust your device and/or browser settings to delete and/or block some or all cookies, or provide notifications when you receive a new cookie. Consult the “Help,” “Tools,” or “Preferences” menus on your browser, or the documentation for your device, for more information about how to do this. Please note, however, that blocking or deleting certain cookies may negatively affect your user experience.
Additionally, you can generally disable or delete cookies placed and used by browser add-ons, such as Adobe Flash cookies, by changing the add-on settings or visiting the website of its provider. Information and controls that allow you to manage Adobe Flash cookies may be found on this page:
Analytics. If you wish to opt out of Google Analytics, you can download and install an opt-out browser add-on for certain browsers at the link listed above.