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What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data that are sent from a website and stored via a website user’s web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data that is stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity. Cookies do a lot of different jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. Cookies also help to ensure that advertisements you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

Cookies do not harm your computer in any way, and are usually automatically deleted after a certain period of time, such as six months. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.

Does Cook use cookies on its websites?

Yes. Like virtually all websites, our websites use certain types of cookies. The use of cookies allows us to collect non-personal information through a variety of technologies. This information helps us identify visitors who return to our site and tells us such things as how many users visited our site, the pages that they accessed, and whether they had any technical problems in loading pages or navigating through our site. By collecting this information, we learn what parts of our sites are the most interesting or valuable to our users, and we can monitor overall interest in our websites. Collecting this information also lets us spot technical problems with our site so that we can correct them right away. Correcting technical problems, in turn, helps us upgrade our websites and improve our offerings for our visitors.

Am I required to accept cookies to use this website?

No. You can disable the use of cookies by websites, including ours, by turning off the cookie function on your browser. However, some portions of our site as well as of most other sites will not work properly if you choose to do so. For example, if you attempt to purchase something through our site or enter a password to access a restricted area, you will not be able to do so unless the site can authenticate you through cookies.

What are the types of cookies that websites use?

There are four general categories of cookies that are used on websites:

Strictly necessary (or essential) cookies. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as services you have asked for. Without these cookies, those services would not be available to you. These services include, for example, browsing as a registered user, accessing secure areas of the site, or making a purchase through the site. They also include cookies that we must use to honor opt-out preferences, to the extent that those preferences are linked to a specific user’s IP address. Like all public websites, our site uses strictly necessary cookies.

Performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, such as the number of visitors that browse the site or a particular section of the site, the pages visitors visit most often, and whether visitors get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a specific visitor. Rather, the information that these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. The information that we gather through performance cookies is only used to improve how the website works, and to help us evaluate site usage. Like virtually all websites, we use performance cookies on our sites.

Performance cookies are similar to tools that perform website analytics, such as Google Analytics. That service generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and the sources of that traffic. In other words, it tells website owners how many visitors came to their site, and whether those visitors came to the site after clicking on a link in a search engine or via another referral source. In this way, the website is able to evaluate traffic to its site as well as ways to increase use of the site. Like many websites, we use analytics on our sites.

Functionality cookies. These cookies allow the website to remember choices that you make (such as your user name, your language, or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. Providing these features allows you to have a better experience while using the site. The information that these cookies collect may be anonymized and the cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. Like virtually all websites, we use functionality cookies on our sites.

Targeting or advertising cookies. These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. The cookies are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organizations, such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality that is provided by the other organization. Cook does not use advertising cookies on its websites and does not allow third parties to use those types of cookies on its sites.

What happens if I permit cookies on my browser?

Unless you disable such technologies, by using our website and online services, you agree that we can place these types of cookies and related technologies on your device.

What are web beacons?

Certain pages on our site may contain web beacons (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags, or clear GIFs). We use web beacons to help display content to visitors and to generate statistics about web traffic and trends. Web beacons cannot identify you as an individual.

How do I opt-out of (withdraw consent for) the use of cookies or similar web technologies?

You may opt out of our use of cookies and similar web technologies in two ways.

First, you can set your web browser to prevent the use of cookies. If you do so, you can still browse our sites, but you may not be able to use many of the features or make purchases.

If you choose to withdraw consent for non-essential cookies, you will need to disable the cookie function in your web browser. Disabling cookies ensures that the cookies will no longer perform the functions that were explained above.

Because cookies do not identify a particular site visitor, opt-outs can only be processed in relation to a user’s IP address. For that reason, you will have to establish your cookie preferences for each device. You may obtain more information at www.allaboutcookies.org.

Does Cook permit third parties to install cookies or similar web technologies on its websites?

As a general rule, we do not permit any third parties (such as advertisers) to install cookies on our websites or engage in behavioral advertising. However, on some of our websites, such as our social networking pages, it is possible that individuals have uploaded third party content, such as videos from YouTube or elsewhere, or embedded content and sharing tools from other third party sites. Since we do not control the dissemination of cookies by any sites that are not owned or operated by Cook, you should check the relevant third party websites for more information about these cookies, and whether and how you may opt out of receiving them. Generally speaking, however, you may disable third party cookies by adjusting your browser settings. Instructions may be found at www.allaboutcookies.org.