A cookie is a small text file that is placed on a computer or other device and is used to identify the user or device and to collect information. Cookies are typically assigned to one of four categories, depending on their function and intended purpose: absolutely necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies, and cookies for marketing purposes.
TYPES OF COOKIES AND WHY WE USE THEM
- Absolutely necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to move around a website and use its features.
- Performance/Analytical cookies: These cookies collect information about how you use our websites. Information collected includes, for example, the Internet browsers and operating systems used, the domain name of the website previously visited, the number of visits, average duration of visit, and pages viewed. These cookies don’t collect information that personally identifies you and only collect aggregated and anonymous information. Performance/Analytical cookies are used to improve the user-friendliness of a website and enhance your experience. More information about our use of this type of cookie is provided below.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your username or ID, language preference, or the area or region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts, and other customizable parts of web pages. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized, and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Our website uses up to five performance/analytical cookies. These cookies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they’re using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily.
The cookies we use are from third party services that help make your experience on our website better. Some of them allow us to identify the topics and subjects visitors find most interesting and useful while others enable you to easily share information on social media networks. The list of cookies used is below.
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|_utma||Google Analytics - Identifies unique user||2 years from set/update|
|_utmz||Google Analytics - Used to track traffic sources and navigation||6 months from set/update|
|_atuvc||AddThis - Used to show updated share counts to social media as a person uses the sharing buttons||2 years from set/update|
We give users the option to share our stories on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. To deliver this service we link to a third party website called AddThis. We have prevented AddThis from automatically setting cookies as you navigate our Web site. If you use our share buttons you will be directed to a website controlled by AddThis. We have no control over the cookies that AddThis sets when you use its services. You can opt out of addthis.com cookies.
You can manage website cookies in your browser settings, and you always have the choice to change these settings by accepting, rejecting, or deleting cookies. If you choose to change your settings, you may find that certain functions and features on this website will not work as intended. All browser settings are slightly different, so to manage cookies, you should refer to the relevant settings within your browser.
We understand that you may want to know more about cookies. Here are some useful resources that provide detailed information about types of cookies, how they are used, and how you can manage your cookie preferences: www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org. Please click below for detailed information on how to disable and delete cookies in some commonly used browsers: