What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential.’
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyze your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent,’ depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
- Session cookies: session cookies are temporary cookies that are only stored on your device while you are visiting the Network Websites.
- Persistent cookies: persistent cookies are stored on your device for a period of time after you visit the Network Websites.
First- and third-party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first-party’ or ‘third-party.’
- First-party cookies: cookies which we place on your device are first-party cookies.
- Third-party cookies: cookies which are placed on your device by our third-party vendors are third-party cookies.
LIST OF COOKIES USED
Essential cookies are necessary to enable certain site features and functionality. Without essential cookies, the site may not function as well, or in some cases may not function at all.
- PHX_ACTIVITY, PHX_ACTIVITY_SE, PHX_PROMO_SERVED, PHX_COMPLETIONS: 1st party, used to manage display of site promotional messages - Visit Site
- session, session_sig, session.sig, userInfo: 1st party, used for login and authentication purposes - Visit Site
- OptanonConsent, ajs_anonymous_id: 3rd party, Auth0 provides authentication services - Visit Site
- jwplayerLocalId: 3rd party, JWPlayer provides video hosting services - Visit Site
- px-abgroup, px-abper, pxsid, pxvid, _px2, _pxff_tm: 3rd party, PerimeterX provides security services - Visit Site
- __stripe_mid, __stripe_sid, cid, merchant, machine_identifier, logged_in, country, stripe.csrf, session, private_machine_identifier, user: 3rd party, Stripe provides payment processing services - Visit Site
- app.optinmonster.com: 3rd party, OptinMonster powers signup forms and modals - Visit Site
Preference cookies store your personal settings in order to customize the Network Websites with your personal settings.
We use the following preference cookies on or in relation to our Network Websites:
Analytics cookies are used to collect usage information, such as aggregate unique visitor statistics, about the Network Websites in order to improve their functionality and performance. This information is used for aggregate statistical purposes. It is not analyzed for individually identifying data.
Advertising cookies are used to manage and improve the display of targeted advertisements. For example, cookies may prevent showing an advertisement too often. Cookies are also used to improve the relevance of advertisements based on your interests.
- anj, icu, sess, usersync, uids, uuid2, token: 3rd party, AppNexus provides advertising services - Visit Site
- cccot, ccsid, ccsync, ccuid: 3rd party, Clicksco provides website audience analytics and advertising services - Visit Site
- UIDR, UID, CP1, comScore: 3rd party, comScore provides web analytics and advertising services - Visit Site
- digiTrust.v1.identity: 3rd party, DigiTrust provides advertising services - Visit Site
- fr, datr, sb: 3rd party, Facebook provides social media and advertising services - Visit Site
- GED_PLAYLIST_ACTIVITY, __gads, DSID, IDE: 3rd party, Google provides advertising services - Visit Site
- CMDD, CMID, CMPRO, CMPS, CMRUM3, CMSC, CMST, CMSUM: 3rd party, Index Exchange provides advertising services - Visit Site
- UMAP, ACID, APID, IDSYNC, CIP, F1, FC: 3rd party, Oath provides advertising services - Visit Site
- I, pd, p_synced: 3rd party, OpenX provides advertising services - Visit Site
- _cfduid: 3rd party, PubExchange provides content recommendation services - Visit Site
- KADUSERCOOKIE, KRTBCOOKIE\, KTPCACOOKIE*: 3rd party, Pubmatic provides advertising services - Visit Site
- d, mc, __qca: 3rd party, Quantcast provides audience measurement and advertising services - Visit Site
- __ID, __auc, i_0, p, s_0, rvrt: 3rd party, RevContent provides advertising services - Visit Site
- _rxuuid: 3rd party, RhythmOne provides advertising services - Visit Site
- Khaos, rsid, rpx, pux, rpb, audit, put_\, ses*, vis**: 3rd party, Rubicon Project provides advertising services - Visit Site
- um2, tuuid, tuuid_last_update, ab1d, lb1s: 3rd party, TrustX provides advertising services - Visit Site
- vglnk.Agent.p, vglnk.Session.p: 3rd party, VigLink provides affiliate advertising services - Visit Site
- __ybotu, __ybotv: 3rd party, YieldBot provides advertising services - Visit Site
HOW TO ACCEPT OR REJECT COOKIES
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below:
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
Accepting or rejecting cookies
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third-party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third-party applications, which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
- unticking the button entitled ‘Also use Google Account activity and information to personalize ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account’; and
- switching the ‘Ads Personalisation’ setting off (i.e. by ensuring the switch at the top of the page is set to the left/grey and not the right/blue).
Disconnect for Facebook
You can install a browser add-on tool called ‘Disconnect Facebook pixel and FB tracking.’ This will stop Facebook tracking you on third-party websites. You can install the tool here:
European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance Tool
You can opt out of Facebook and other companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe from showing you interest-based ads by visiting http://www.youronlinechoices.eu, selecting your country, clicking ‘Your Ad Choices,’ then locating any companies you want to block and selecting the ‘Off’ option.