Cookie Policy

Like most websites, we use cookies to help create a better experience for our visitors and members. While giving out actual cookies would certainly be a way of improving member experience (in a very Fear Free way, we might add), the cookies we are talking about are actually small snippets of data that are placed within your browser as you navigate the web.

Cookies can be used in a lot of ways for a lot of different purposes, but before we tell you how we use them, we thought we would be clear about how we DON’T. We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any sensitive information
  • Collect any sensitive information
  • Pass or sell personally identifiable data to third parties

As for how we do use cookies on our site, the rest of this policy includes everything you need to know about:

  • How cookies are used across our site
  • 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 site

Here’s how it all works:

Strictly necessary purposes

As is the case for most websites, many basic features of our site would simply not work without cookies. This includes functionality like logging in, using the cart, keeping our site secure, and other basic functionality.

Website Performance

These cookies allow us to see trends around how anonymously tracked visitors use and navigate our site. For example, this can help us see which parts of certain pages get the most attention or which buttons get clicked more. We also use this technology to check if you have opened our emails, so we can see if they are getting delivered correctly and that we are including content that interests you. This data is anonymously tracked through cookies via the following services:

Website Personalization

This includes features like allowing the site 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.

Advertising cookies

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 of the cookies for:

You can learn more about online advertising and how cookies work, as well as opt-out of almost all advertising cookies served across the web (not just ours) here.

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.

Embedded Third Party Functions

Like most websites, we include functionality on certain parts of our site provided by embedded content from third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following third-party features that require cookies for basic functionality:

  • Embedded Videos (YouTube and Vimeo)
  • Google Maps
  • SoundCloud

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.

Social media cookies

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.

How to manage & remove cookies

In addition to following the resources and links included throughout this policy, you can also change, suppress, and manage your browser’s cookies within your browser’s cookie settings.

You can find instructions for nearly every version of every browser that has existed and how to access the cookies settings for each here: https://www.aboutcookies.org/how-to-control-cookies/

Settings for advertising cookies related to all services, in addition to those used by us, can be changed at: http://www.youronlinechoices.com and http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices

Policy last updated: May 24, 2018