What are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files containing small amounts of information that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. Cookies help us to remember things about your visit to our Website, such as your preferred language and other choices/settings and generally make the site easier for you to use. They may also be used to deliver advertisements that are relevant to you.
and other tracking technologies to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors to our site in the aggregate. If you reject cookies, you will not be able to use our website.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, Stage 4) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third-party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
We use first-party and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. We use these essential cookies to:
- log you into our website
- to protect your security
- to help us detect and fight spam, abuse and other activities that violate Stage 4’s user agreements and term; and
- to authenticate your access to the website.
Other cookies remember information about your browser and your preferences. For example, cookies help us remember your preferred language or the country that you are in. We can then provide you with content in your preferred language without having to ask you each time you visit our websites.
Cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our websites. For example, these types of cookies help us test different versions of our websites to see which particular features or content users prefer.
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|Strictly Necessary cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Websites and to use its features.||Stage 4.AspNet.ApplicationCookie
|Because these cookies are required for functionality and security the program cannot run without them.|
The specific types of first and third-party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described in the table above.
What About Other Tracking Technologies, Like Web Beacons?
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Websites or opened an e-mail that we have sent them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our Websites to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our Websites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.
Do You Use Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects?
Our websites do not use so-called “Flash cookies”.
Do You Serve Targeted Advertising?
We do not serve targeted advertising.
How Can I Control Cookies?
For further information on cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
We do not control any of the above opt-out links and are not responsible for any choices you make using these mechanisms or the continued availability or accuracy of these mechanisms.
How Often Will You Update this Cookie Notice?
We may update this Cookie Notice from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Policy on our Website with a new effective date. If we make a material change to this Policy, we will take reasonable steps to notify you in advance of the planned change.
The date at the top of this Cookie Notice indicates when it was last updated.
Where can I get further information?