Last Updated: January 29, 2020
1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored on your internet browser or on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that can then be transferred from your computer’s hard drive to a third party.
2. Key Concepts
First-party cookies: First-party cookies are those cookies set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time (e.g. cookies placed by this website).
Third-party cookies: Third-party cookies are those cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website, that cookie would be a third-party cookie.
Session cookies: These cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when the user closes the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once a user closes a browser, all session cookies are deleted.
3. How to delete and block our cookies
For further information about deleting or blocking cookies, please visit: AllAboutCookies.org.
4. How to turn cookies off
The main internet browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your internet browser for more details.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
6. What cookies do we use and why?
The cookies we currently use or may use on our websites are categorized as follows:
- Strictly necessary
6.1 Strictly Necessary Cookies
“Strictly Necessary” cookies let users navigate a website and use essential features (like secure areas and shopping baskets). Without these cookies, services a user requested from a website cannot be provided. Strictly necessary cookies do not gather any information about users that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
We may use these strictly necessary cookies to:
- Identify you as being logged in to our websites;
- Make sure you connect to the right service on our websites when we make any changes to the way our websites work; and
- Route users to specific applications of a service.
Accepting strictly necessary cookies may be a condition of using our websites, so if you block or disable these cookies, we may not be able to guarantee your use of our websites or how the security on our websites will perform during your visit.
6.2 Performance Cookies
“Performance” cookies collect information about how you use our websites, e.g., which pages you visit and if you experience any errors while visiting our websites. Performance cookies do not collect any information that could personally identify you and are only used to help us improve how our websites work, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our advertising is.
We use performance cookies for:
- Web Analytics: To provide statistics on how our websites are used;
- Error Management: To help us improve our websites by measuring any errors that occur; and
- Testing Designs: To test different designs of our websites
Some of our performance cookies are managed for us by third parties. However, we do not allow any third parties to use performance cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.
By using our websites, you accept the use of performance cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using our websites, so if you prevent block or disable these cookies, we cannot guarantee how our websites will perform for you.
6.3 Functionality Cookies
“Functionality” cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.
We use functionality cookies to:
- Remember settings you have applied, such as layout, text size, preferences and colors;
- Remember if we have already asked you if you want to fill in a survey or poll; and
- Show you when you are logged in to our websites.
Some of the functionality cookies are managed for us by third parties. We do not allow any third parties to use functionality cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.
6.4 Targeting Cookies
“Targeting” cookies are cookies linked to services provided by third parties, such as “Like” buttons and “Share” buttons. The third party provides these services in return for recognizing that you have visited our websites.
We use targeting cookies to:
- Link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to our websites to target advertising to you on other websites; and
- Provide advertising agencies with information on your visit to our websites so that they can present you with advertisements that you may be interested in.
You can control whether or not these cookies are used, but preventing them may stop us from being able to offer you some services or targeted advertising.
7. More Information about Cookies
More information about cookies can be found at: AllAboutCookies.org. A guide to behavioral advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry, which can be found at: YourOnlineChoices.eu
8. The Pulse’s Cookie List
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
FIRST PARTY COOKIES
|Determines whether the visitor has accepted the cookie consent box. This ensures that the cookie consent box will not be presented again upon re-entry.
|Helps determine when cart contents/data changes.
|Remembers what’s in your shopping cart.
|Used to register how the user entered the website – This function is provided by Mailchimp.
THIRD PARTY COOKIES
|This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots.
|Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behavior. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
|Updates the counter for the website’s social sharing functions.