Last Updated: 8/23/2018
- Collect any sensitive information
- Pass or sell personally identifiable data to third parties
- How cookies are used across our Sites
- The different types of cookies used and why they are needed
- How to change, update, turn off (or on) the various types of first- and third-party cookies that could potentially get used on our Sites
Here’s how it all works:
What Are Cookies?
When Do Cookies Expire and Who Places Them?
Cookies can be persistent by remaining on your device until you delete them or be based on your browsing session where they delete once you close your browser.
We use and control first-party cookies to provide functionality, content and marketing on our Sites. You may encounter cookies from third-party service providers and advertising networks, that we have allowed on our Sites that assist us with various aspects of our Sites’ operations and content and to provide advertising that may be relevant to your interests.
Categories of Cookies
Strictly necessary purposes
As is the case for most websites, many basic features of our Sites would simply not work without cookies. This includes functionality like logging in, using the cart, keeping our Sites secure, and other basic functionality. These cookies are also necessary to allow us to remember what choices you make and provide content and features specific to those choices. This includes features like allowing the Sites to remember if you have already filled out a form, checked a box, added a certain product quantity to your cart, or mark where you left off in one of our educational modules. Like most websites, we include functionality on certain parts of our Sites provided by embedded content from third parties, which rely on cookies for their basic functionality.
These cookies allow us to see trends around how anonymously tracked visitors use and navigate our Sites. For example, this can help us see which parts of certain pages get the most attention or which buttons get clicked more.
This is the one that scares people, but cookies are actually very common when it comes to online advertising. We utilize the relatively small list of advertising-related cookies outlined below to help get relevant information about our educational programs in front of the right people. However, we do not serve advertising on our website, and we do not collect any personally identifiable information from these cookies. These ads are anonymously displayed to users as they visit the channels associated with each.
Cookies are used by almost all social media services to allow you to share content across different sites and networks. These cookies may stick with you across other sites and many build a profile of your interests, potentially impacting the content and messages you see on other websites that you visit. As third-party cookies, we do not manage these, but we do allow users to share and engage with content (‘Likes’, ‘Pins’, etc.) that could be used by the networks below. Privacy features will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
- permit your connection to our Sites and distinguish you from other users, including collecting information about your computer, device, and browser, including your IP address, browser type, other software or hardware information, and your geographic location (if you have authorized it);
- provide some of the functionality of our Sites and, potentially adjust content on our Sites and in our communications with you based upon what we know about the content that you like;
- analyze user interaction, including collecting information about your usage of our Sites, such as pages you have visited, content you have viewed, search queries you have run, and advertisements you have seen or interacted with to assess how our Sites and content are used;
- identify and prevent threats to our Sites;
- tailor our marketing to what we believe may be relevant to you; or
- allow you to share content using third-party services, such as social networks.
Social media cookies
Managing Cookies in Your Browser
If you block cookies from our Sites, however, certain features of our Sites may not work correctly or cannot be provided to you.
Most browsers will allow you to see what cookies have been stored on your device and delete them all or each one individually, block third-party cookies, block cookies from particular websites, block all cookies from being stored, or delete all cookies when you close your browser.
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies. If you have opted out from any cookies, your opt-out will be lost as this functionality utilizes cookies on your device to keep track of your preference. Also, if you block cookies completely many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all.
If you are primarily concerned about third-party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn opt-out of these separately as discussed below. Just a small bit of objective advice though—opting out of cookies from almost any site or advertising service doesn’t mean you will no longer see ads. Rather, it turns off the ability for those sites to tailor ad content based on your interests. Think of it this way—instead of those tasty looking cat treats that have been “coincidentally” popping up on sites you navigate to, it’s probably back to ads for miracle weight loss pills and penny auction sites that will be decorating your browser. Your call.
Third-Party Cookie Providers
Strictly Necessary (no opt-out as these types of cookies are necessary for our Sites’ operation)
- YouTube (Google): Embedded video
- Vimeo: Embedded video
- Google Maps (Google): Map functionality
- SoundCloud: Audio functionality
- Facebook: Privacy Notice; If no Facebook account – Opt out of Cookies US or EU
- Google Display Ads, Adwords, Remarketing and Google Plus: Privacy Notice; Opt out of cookies
- Twitter: Privacy Notice; If no Twitter account – Opt out of Cookies US or EU
- Pinterest: Privacy Notice; Opt out of cookies through your Pinterest account
- Instagram: Privacy Notice; If no Instagram account – Opt out of Cookies US or EU