WHAT ARE COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES?
A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or other online platform. Logs are continuous digital records of events and interactions that occur on an online platform. Cookies and logs are used to make an online platform work, monitor how users interact with the platform, and/or to remember a user’s log-in details. Pixel tags (also known as web beacons) tag a graphic in an email message and whether an email message has been opened. Cookies, pixel tags, and/or log can be used to identify your IP address, browser type, domain name, and specific web pages through which you click and/or email messages you open.
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES ARE THERE?
Cookies can generally be classified according to who sets them (first-party vs. third-party), how long they last (session cookies v. persistent or permanent cookies), and what they are used for (strictly necessary, performance, functionality, and advertising cookies).
First-party vs. third-party cookies
Cookies that are set directly by a website or online platform you visit are called “first-party cookies.” These are generally used to enable core functionality like authentication and session management. Cookies that are set by anyone other than the website you are visiting are called “third-party cookies.” Third-party cookies enable third-party features or functionality on or through the website or online platform such as interactive content, analytics, and advertising. The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website or online platform in question and when it visits certain other websites.
Session cookies v. persistent or permanent cookies
Temporary cookies that are erased once you close your browser are called “session cookies” while cookies that stay on your device until you delete them or until your browser deletes them based on the duration specified in the cookie file are known as “persistent or permanent cookies.”
Strictly necessary/performance/functionality/advertising cookies
- Strictly necessary cookies* are essential for the technical operation of an online platform and they cannot be switched off or disabled.
- Performance cookies collect information on the performance of the website or online platform, such as the number of visitors, the time spent on individual pages, and error messages.
- Functionality cookies increase the usability of an online platform by remembering your choices (e.g., language, region, login, privacy preferences).
- Advertising cookies enable a website or online platform to send you personalized advertising.
To protect our users we strictly limit the cookies and related technologies on our Website. For example, we have configured Google Analytics to not use any cookies and only record temporary information in session storage. ReCAPTCHA will only set a cookie in your browser in response to an affirmative action on your part (e.g., when sending us a message or signing up for our newsletter). We also do not use any third-party, persistent, advertising cookies which typically present the greatest privacy risk to individuals.
We do use certain cookies, pixel tags, and/or logs in connection with our Platform to do the following:
- Provide the Platform to you;
- Authenticate and distinguish between users;
- Store user preferences;
- Track events for auditing and security purposes; and Optimize, personalize and/or otherwise improve your experience and/or the performance of the Platform;
The following table describes the types of cookies we use in connection with our Website and Platform.
|Name||Storage||Source||Expiry||Purpose||Website or Platform|
|_grecaptcha||Local Storage||Session||Strictly necessary cookies: testing to tell human and bots apart.||Website|
|__mp_opt_in_out_*||Local Storage||Mixpanel||Persistent||Strictly necessary cookies: blocks logging audit events until the first authentication event.||Platform|
|mp_*||Local Storage||Mixpanel||Persistent||Strictly necessary cookies: user identity for client-side audit logs.||Platform|
|firebaseLocalStorage.firebase.authUser||IndexedDB||Persistent||Strictly necessary cookies: authentication.||Platform|
|lastLogin||Local Storage||Rx Studio||Persistent||Strictly necessary cookies: auto-logout timer.||Platform|
|afterLoginParams||Session Storage||Rx Studio||Persistent||Functionality: redirect to original page after gated-by-login.||Platform|
HOW CAN I CONTROL OR DELETE COOKIES?
You can configure most browsers to notify you when you receive a new cookie, to reject new cookies, and to disable existing cookies. You can learn how to do this by following the instructions usually located within the “Help,” “Tools,” or “Edit” menus in your browser. Please note that strictly necessary cookies cannot be deleted. In addition, if you choose to stop accepting cookies, you may not be able to use all of the features of our Platform.
For more information about third-party cookies and how to opt-out, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiatives opt-out page or the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out page .