Last Updated: March 1, 2019.
1. WHAT COOKIES ARE.
The type of Cookie commonly referred to as a ‘cookie’ is a small piece of text, often consisting of a string of numbers and letters that uniquely identifies your device, but can contain other information. The cookie is sent to your browser by a website you visit and helps the website to remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. That can make your next visit easier and the site more useful to you. Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your computer when you have gone offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser. A website may set a cookie to the browser if the browser’s preferences allow it. A browser only permits a website to access the cookies that it has set, not those set by other websites.
CRESS also uses advertising networks and other third parties to display advertising on our websites or to manage our advertising on other sites. To support that activity, our third party partners may place Cookies on our services and unaffiliated websites in order to serve advertisements that may be relevant to you based on your browsing activities and interests, and to determine the effectiveness of such advertisements.
We use web beacons to help deliver cookies on our websites, count users who have visited those websites and deliver co-branded services that you have ordered. We also include web beacons in our promotional email messages or newsletters to determine whether you open and act on them, which helps us to deliver content to you that you find useful and informative. We may employ Flash cookies in certain situations where we use Flash to provide some content such as video clips or animation.
Our services may also contain Cookies (web beacons or other technologies) from third- party analytics providers, which help us compile aggregated statistics about the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other operations.
3. TYPES OF COOKIES USED.
- Critical | Example: Cookies that contain information critical to your online experience (like the specific services you’ve ordered), or that assist with certain kinds of personalization that are essential to your use of our services (like language preferences)
- Process | Example: Process cookies help make our websites work and deliver the services that you expect
Analytics We may use a set of analytics cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying visitors
- Security | Example: We use security cookies to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and protect user information from unauthorized parties.
- Preference | Example: Cookies that contain information important to your experience, but not critical (like fonts, personalization of the services with your name, list sorting and filtering settings).
- Advertising | Example: Cookies that serve purposes such as introducing products or services that may be of interest to you or measuring interactions with the ads on our sites or on third party sites and preventing the same ads from being shown to you too many times.
- Surveys | Example: Cookies that enable surveying activities, such as allowing us to keep you from being given the same survey more than once.
- Social Sharing| Example: Cookies that allow you to utilize sharing features for third party social media services from within our services.
4. CONTROLLING COOKIES.
Information on changing your browser settings to opt out of Cookies can be found in your browser settings. You may configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
Most mobile operating systems provide you an option in the device settings to limit ad tracking associated with the device ID they may share with us. Please reference your mobile operating system’s help center to learn more.