What are Cookies and Web Beacons?
A cookie is a small text file, containing small amounts of technically relevant information, which are downloaded mostly to/by a web browser on your device (such as a computer or smartphone, etc.) when you visit a website, including this Website, to make your experience more efficient and satisfactory. For example, it enables the Website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login data, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them or re-adjusting your preferences whenever you come back to the Website or browse from one page to another.
What types of Cookies exist and how they are used on the Website?
There are 2 main types of Cookies usually used on web-sites – own cookies and third-party cookies.
Own Cookies. We use own Cookies for your comfort while using the Website and the Services. For example, when you enter the Website, Cookies will tell the Website that this is you and the Website will automatically adjust its settings according to your preferences. You don’t have to log in each time you visit our Website because of our Cookies too.
Basically the list of our own cookies consists of technical set of instruments: (a) Strictly Necessary Cookies, which are in control of authorization process, security and features of the Website that require Cookies, (b) Analytical Cookies that help us to understand the effectiveness of the Website’s navigation, layout, design, advertising and other features.
Similar technologies. We may also use similar to cookies technologies, that would basically do the same job. Such technologies would include Web beacons or Clear GIFs that are used to track effectiveness of mail marketing.
Third Party Cookies. To make our Website better, to enhance your experience while using the Services, we also work with third party reputable service providers who use their own Cookies and similar technologies as described above, on the Website, which are out of our control and governed by their holders’ Policies. You will find below non-exhaustive list of links to such holders’ regulations.
Google Services: There are a number of analytics instruments provided by Google and used on our Website to analyze Members’ interaction with content on the Website, for marketing and advertising purposes. Such services are Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Google Doubleclick, etc. Information gathered by these apps’ cookies is processed and stored by Google’ servers, is generally non-personally identifiable and is used to evaluate your experience as a user of the Website, effectiveness of our marketing, your reaction on certain content and for interests-based ads. Please see https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ for details.
Popular Search Engines. Search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex can also place certain cookies on our Website. These are mostly used to improve search results and advertising relevancy.
Social Networks. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vkontakte use their Cookies for the same reasons as described above and also for identification reasons, for example, in case you choose to log-in through such social network, gathered information will help identify you. Amount and usage of information gathered by such cookies are also governed by respective Policies. Please refer to them if you need more detailed information.
Advertisers. We use third party advertisers to provide us respective services in accordance to our marketing strategies. Such providers, place own cookies and similar web-technologies (marin software, perfect audience, appnexus, etc.) to collect relevant data in order to track users’ reaction on ads and review effectiveness of marketing strategies.
Most internet browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can change the settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are several ways to manage cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.
Here you may find more information on how to manage cookies in your browser:
Control over Clear GIFs may be realized through “unsubscribe” option in the bottom of e-mail you received from us, since these technologies are a part of e-mails. You may also adjust that setting in Data Management page.
If you disable the cookies that we use, this may impact your experience on our Website or while using the Services, for example you may not receive personalized information when you use the Website, or be able to access some secure areas of the Website.
If you use different devices to view and access the Website (e.g. your computer, smartphone, tablet etc.) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
For a more detailed guidance on how to manage or delete Cookies, please visit the following link:
How long will cookies stay on device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your browsing device depends on whether it is a "persistent" or "session" cookies. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your device after you have finished browsing and until they expire or are deleted.
Last revised on May 20, 2019