The purpose of these Tracking Technologies is to automatically gather information about your online behavior, enhancing your browsing experience on our Service, optimizing its performance, and personalizing your interaction with it. Additionally, we utilize this data to gather statistics on Service usage, perform analytics, provide tailored content based on your interests, and manage services for our users, writers, customers, and partners. Furthermore, we may allow third parties to employ Tracking Technologies to collect information about you.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small text files containing letters and numbers that a web server places on your computer or mobile device when you visit a webpage. These cookies play a crucial role in making our Services more user-friendly, as they can remember your language preferences and settings. For more detailed information about cookies, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
TYPES OF TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
There are five primary types of Tracking Technologies:
STRICTLY NECESSARY TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
Strictly Necessary Tracking Technologies are vital for enabling you to log in, navigate, and utilize the essential features of our Services, such as your username. Consent is not required to use these Tracking Technologies. They may also be employed for security and integrity purposes, like detecting policy violations and supporting security features.
FUNCTIONALITY TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
Functionality Tracking Technologies allow our Services to remember your choices, such as language preferences, and provide enhanced and personalized features. For instance, these technologies enable authentication to remember when you are logged-in and support other features of our Services.
PERFORMANCE TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
Performance Tracking Technologies gather information about your online activity, including behavioral data and content engagement metrics. These technologies are used for analytics, research, and generating statistics based on aggregated information.
MARKETING OR ADVERTISING TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
Marketing or Advertising Tracking Technologies are used to deliver tailored offers and advertisements to you based on your interests. They may also facilitate email marketing campaigns and help measure the effectiveness of advertising efforts. These technologies are typically placed by our advertisers, such as advertising networks, to gain insights about users who view and interact with their ads, visit their websites, or use their apps.
SOCIAL MEDIA TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES
Our website includes social media features like Facebook "Like" or "Share" buttons, or third-party log-in services. These features may be hosted by third parties or directly on our Services. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy statement of the company providing them.
MANAGING YOUR COOKIE SETTINGS
There are several methods to manage and control your cookie settings. However, please keep in mind that deleting or blocking cookies may affect the functionality and effectiveness of some features on our Services.
MANAGING COOKIES VIA YOUR WEB BROWSER
Most web browsers offer options to view, delete, or block cookies either for all websites or on an individual basis. You can also typically manage third-party cookies separately. However, please note that these settings usually apply only to the specific browser or device you are using. You can find information about cookies in the "Help" section of your web browser.
Here are some links to commonly used web browsers for additional guidance:
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari (Desktop)
- Safari (Mobile)
- Android Browser
- Opera Mobile
For other browsers, please refer to the documentation provided by your browser's manufacturer.
MANAGING COOKIES ON MOBILE DEVICES
If you wish to opt-out of certain types of interest-based advertising (also known as "cross-app" advertising) on your mobile device:
- Apple devices: Access "settings" > "privacy" > "advertising" and toggle "limit ad tracking" to ‘on.’
- Android devices: Open the "Google Settings" app on your device, select "Ads," and then choose the option to opt-out of interest-based ads.
TURNING OFF THIRD-PARTY COOKIES
To disable specific third-party targeting/advertising cookies, you can visit the following link: Network Advertising Initiative. This tool can also be used to opt-out of Google's tracking cookies.
Please note that managing cookie settings may vary depending on your browser or device, so it's essential to refer to the appropriate resources for accurate instructions.