Cookies and Other Automated Online Information Collection
Cookies and other automated online information collection (such as web beacons and embedded scripts) may be used by websites, ads and e-mails to identify users, collect information and provide users a more efficient, personalized and enjoyable user experience by:
In general, a cookie is a file placed on a user's computer by a website, e-mail or third-party ad or image on a web page used to identify a user's computer. Cookies include browser cookies and Flash cookies stored on a user's hard drive.
Browser cookies typically enable a website to identify a user the next time he/she visits. This lets a website remember a user's preference or lets a user remain signed in to a website or view products that were placed in a shopping cart. Typically, most web browsers allow users to view, disable or delete browser cookies, accept or reject cookies, and notify a user each time a cookie is offered.
Flash cookies are cookies that are stored and accessed using Adobe Flash. Flash cookies are ordinarily larger than browser cookies, and take up more space on a user's computer allowing more information to be stored. Users can manage and control settings concerning Flash cookies on their computer by visiting the Adobe® Flash® Player website at: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html .
Adobe's website permits users to delete Flash cookies as well as limit and disable the amount of information a Flash cookie may store on the user's computer.
To learn more about Flash cookies, visit the Adobe® Flash® Player website at: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html .
Web beacons are bits of code embedded in web pages, ads, images and e-mails that record activities such as when a user has visited a certain page, when an e-mail was opened, or whether certain ads on a website and other sites were effective. By turning off browser cookies, a web beacon ordinarily should not be able to record the user's unique information, even though it will still identify the website visit or other activity.
Please note: If a user exercises their choice to reject or disable cookies or other automated means, users may not be able to take advantage of the full features and functionality of a website.