What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a certain webpage. Cookies are then sent back to the originating webpage on each subsequent visit, or to another webpage that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are widely used in order to make the Website work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to Dutch Uncles as the owner of our Websites.
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. Cookies may tell us, for example, whether you have visited our Websites before or whether you are a new visitor. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
There are two broad categories of cookies:
- First-party cookies, served directly by us to your computer or mobile device.
- Third-party cookies, which are served by a third party on our behalf. We use third- party cookies for functionality, performance / analytics, advertising and social media purposes.
Cookies can remain on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time. Some cookies are “session cookies”, meaning that they exist only while your browser is open. Session cookies are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies are “permanent cookies”, meaning that they survive after your browser is closed. Permanent cookies can be used by our Websites to recognize your computer when you open your browser and browse the Internet again.
Tracking traffic and Traffic patterns linked to our websites;
To understand the total number of visitors to our Website continuously with the types of Internet browsers (eg. Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer) and the operating systems (eg. Windows or Mac OS) used by our visitors
Monitor the performance of our websites and continue to improve them;
Customize and improve your online knowledge; and allow Dutch Uncles and third parties to advertise on and off our websites. We use pixel tags in conjunction with cookies. A pixel tag is a type of technology that is placed on a website or within an email and is used for the purpose of tracking activity on a website. We use information collected in pixel tags, as well as information collected in cookies, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services.
What types of cookies do we use?
The types of cookies used by us and our partners in connection with our Websites can be classified into one of five categories, namely “Essential Cookies”, “Functionality Cookies”, “Performance/Analytics Cookies”, “Advertising/Tracking Cookies”, and “Social Media Cookies”. We’ve set out some further information about each category, and the purposes of the cookies we and third parties set.
These cookies are important to giving you access to our websites and any services available on our websites and to use some of its features, such as access to secure sites. Without these cookies, the services you requested, such as transactional pages and secure sign-in accounts, would not be possible..
Application cookies record information about your choices and allow us to tailor our websites to you. These cookies mean that if you continue to use or return to our website, we may provide you with our services as you have requested. For example, these cookies allow us to:
- Save your location preference if you have set your location on your homepage, if applicable, in order to receive a local weather forecast;
- Remember settings you have applied, such as layout, text size, preferences, and colors;
- Show you when you are logged in; and
- Store accessibility options.
We use performance cookies / analytics to analyze how our websites are accessed, used, or functioned to give you a better user experience and to maintain, operate and work on our websites. For example, these cookies allow us to:
- Better understand our website visitors so that we can improve how we present our content.
- Test different design ideas for particular pages, such as our homepage.
- Collect information about our Website Visitors such as where they are located and what browser they are using.
- Identify the devices used by our website visitors.
- Improve our website by measuring any error that occurs.
As you use our websites, you will see that they include advertising. We allow third-party companies, including advertising companies, to place cookies on our websites. These cookies enable such companies to track your activity at various sites where they display ads and record your activity so that they can display ads that you feel are relevant to you as you browse the Internet. These cookies are anonymous – they store information about your browsing content, but not your identity. Cookies also allow us and your third party to know whether you have seen an ad or a type of ad, and how long you have seen it. This information is used for generalization purposes to prevent you from seeing the same ad over and over again, helping to sync the ads you see, detecting and preventing click-through fraud, and measuring ad performance.
Social Media Cookie-
On some of our web sites, third parties that provide services through our websites may set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of their services or customize your apps. For example, when you share an article using the social media sharing button on our websites (e.g., Twitter or Facebook), the social network that created the button will record that you did this. Because of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies, and third parties cannot access the data that we use in our cookies.
How to control or delete cookies-
You have the right to choose whether or not you accept cookies and explain how you can exercise this right below. However, please note that if you choose to decline cookies you may not be able to use the full functionality of our websites. Most browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will usually be found in the “Options” or “Favorites” menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the “Help” option in your browser for more information.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings on Safari web and iOS.
If you have any questions or comments about this cookies policy, or privacy matters in general, please email us at [email protected]