What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored by the browser on your computer or mobile device. The cookie can be read by the company that placed it there so that the browser in use on that device can be recognized. Cookies may provide “aggregate data”, that is, data that counts how many visitors engage in certain actions. They can be read as unique but not identify you as an individual or, in case of registration cookies, can be associated with data that does identify you.
Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are those which are essential for our sites to work in the way you have requested. Although many of our sites are open, that is, do not require registration, we may use strictly necessary cookies to control access to some of our community sites, whitepapers or online events such as webinars and to maintain your session during a single visit.
These cookies will need to reset on your browser each time you register or log in to a gated area. If you block these cookies entirely, you may not be able to access gated areas. We may also offer you the choice of a persistent cookie to recognize you as you return to one of our gated sites. If you choose not to use this “remember me” function, you will simply need to log in each time you return.
Performance cookies, often called analytics cookies, collect data from visitors to our sites on a unique but anonymous basis. The results are reported to us as aggregate numbers and trends. We rely on the reports to understand our audiences generally and improve how our websites work.
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, social media and external video providers. If you use a social media-sharing button or widget on one of our sites, the organization that created the button will record your action for its own purposes.
Turning off cookies
All modern browsers allow you to turn off cookies or stop accepting cookies. You can usually find the settings to do so in the “options” or “preferences” menu of the browser on your device or you can use the “Help” option for more details. Please remember that turning off some cookies may result in our sites not working as intended.
If you are primarily concerned with third party advertising platforms, including those that track your browser across unrelated websites, please visit:
- Network Advertising Initiative – https://www.networkadvertising.org/
- For more information and options for turning off targeting – http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/
- The Digital Advertising Alliance opt out page at – http://www.aboutads.info/choices/
- The European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page – http://www.youronlinechoices.eu.