1. WHAT IS A COOKIE AND WHY DO WE USE THEM?Cookies are small pieces of text. They are provided by most websites and stored by your web browser on the computer, phone, or other device that you are using. Cookies serve many purposes. They can help a website remember your preferences, learn which areas of the website are useful and which areas need improvement, and provide you with targeted advertisements or personalized content. Sometimes, cookies are enabled when pixels are placed on a website. Pixels are also referred to as web beacons, clear gifs, and tags. They enable websites to read and place cookies. First-party cookies and third-party cookies Cookies can be first-party or third-party. A first-party cookie is one that you receive directly from SAFE-DECON when you visit our website. A third-party cookie is one that you have received from another party, such as Google or Facebook. We do not control what third parties do on other websites, however, we may work with certain third-party providers such as Google or Facebook to permit their cookies to function through our website so we can learn more about your web experience on our website and better personalize our services for you. Persistent and session cookies A persistent cookie is a cookie that is stored by the web browser on your device until it expires or you delete it. The expiration of a persistent cookie is determined by the creator of the cookie and can be upon a certain date or after a length of session time has passed. This means that, for the cookie's entire lifespan, its information will be transmitted to the creator’s server every time the user visits the website that it belongs to or another website configured to check for that cookie (such as an advertisement placed on that website). For this reason, persistent cookies are also called “tracking cookies.” A session cookie is created temporarily on your device for use by a website during your visit. This type of cookie may store information you enter and track your activity within the website. A session cookie is deleted after you leave the website or when the web browser is closed. A good example of a session cookie is the shopping cart on an e-commerce site. The session cookie stores the items that you add to your cart so they are not forgotten while you view products on other pages of the website. Using a session cookie, the items will all be in the cart when you go to the checkout page.
2. HOW DO I MANAGE COOKIES?You can opt-out of cookies by (a) enabling an opt-out preference signal or Global Privacy Control (GPC) on your browser which is recognized by our website. In addition, most web browsers let you choose whether to accept cookies. Most also let you delete cookies already set. The choices available, and the mechanism used, will vary from browser to browser. Such browser settings are typically found in the “options”, “tools” or “preferences” menu. You may also consult the browser’s “help” menu. For example: Cookie settings in Internet Explorer Cookie settings in Firefox Cookie settings in Chrome Cookie settings in Safari Usually, deletion of cookies will anonymize the information associated with the pixel and a website will not receive any further associated information.
- Strictly Necessary Cookies: These are cookies without which you would not be able to use this website. For example, Strictly Necessary Cookies adjust the website data transmitted to match your Internet connection, get you to the secure versions of the website, and help provide services you specifically request. If you set your browser to block these cookies, some parts of the website will not work. Strictly Necessary Cookies do not store any Personal Information.
- Performance Cookies: We use these cookies to count visits and traffic sources, to measure and improve website performance. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. Performance Cookies do not store any Personal Information.
- Functional cookies: These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced functionality and more personalized features. Depending on context, Functional Cookies may store certain types of Personal Information as needed to provide functionality.
- Targeting Cookies: Targeting cookies help us manage and display our advertisements, based on your activity on the website and other sites; this is known as interest-based advertising. Targeting cookies mainly rely on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device.
- Social Media Cookies: Social Media Cookies make social sharing easier for you, provide you with tools to connect with the website, and help us better understand both the audience for the website and the effectiveness of our social media outreach. These are third-party cookies. Your choices with respect to such cookies are determined by the social media platforms on which you have accounts.