1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are commonly stored on your device when you browse and use websites and online services. They are widely used to make websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information and assist with service or advertising personalization.
Cookies are not the only types of technology that enable this functionality; we also use other, similar types of technologies. See below for more information and examples.
We and our service providers may use the following types of cookies:
• Performance and functionality cookies: These cookies are not essential, but help us to personalize and enhance your online experience with Web Services. For example, they help us to remember your preferences and prevent you from needing to re-enter information you previously provided (for example, during member sign up). We also use these cookies to collect information (such as popular pages, viewing patterns, click-through and other information) about our visitors' use of the Web Services service so that we can better understand and improve how our web services are being used. Deletion of these types of cookies will result in limited functionality of our service.
3. How Does Web Services use Web Beacons and other Technologies?
Web beacons (also known as clear gifs or pixel tags) often work in conjunction with cookies. We and our service providers may use them for similar purposes as cookies, such as to understand and enhance the use of our service, improve site performance, monitor visitor traffic and actions on our site, and understand interactions with our communications (including email). Because web beacons often work in conjunction with cookies, in many cases, declining cookies will impair the effectiveness of web beacons.
We may use other technologies that are similar to cookies, such as browser storage and plugins (e.g., HTML5, IndexedDB, WebSQL and Silverlight storage). Like cookies, some of these technologies may store small amounts of data on your device. We may use these and various other technologies for similar purposes as cookies, such as to enforce our terms, prevent fraud, and analyze the use of our service.