WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A “cookie” is a small text file that is placed on a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify it or to store information in the browser. A “web beacon” links web pages to servers and may be used to transmit information collected through cookies back to a web server.
COOKIES AND OTHER SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES WE USE
First-Party v. Third-Party Cookies. First-party cookies are ones that we place (or have a service provider place for us), which enable you to use the Site and its features and allow us to perform certain internal analytics activities. Third-party cookies are placed by certain third parties when you visit the Site. These third-party cookies enable certain functionalities to be provided on the Site. These third parties may collect and use this information pursuant to their own privacy policies.
Below we list the different types of first and third-party cookies and other similar technologies we may use on the Site:
Strictly Necessary and Functionality Cookies and Similar Technologies. Strictly necessary cookies and similar technologies are essential to the Site in order make our Site work correctly. You may block placement of these cookies through your browser settings, but without them, the performance of the Site may be affected and you may not be able to take full advantage of our services and features. These cookies may be used to assist in fraud prevention, security, and to enable purchasing capabilities.
If you access the Site using a mobile, tablet or other internet enabled device, functionality cookies and similar technologies may collect a unique identifier assigned to a device (“UDID”), geolocation data or other traffic information for that device. These features help us improve your experience with the Site. For example, functionality cookies help us improve your visit to the Site by determining the appropriate device location during a session or storing language settings.
Analytics Cookies and Similar Technologies. We and our service providers use analytics cookies and similar technologies to collect information about your use of the Site to help create reports and statistics on the performance of the Site, which enable us to improve the way they work. Analytics cookies and similar technologies collect information such as your IP address, type of device, operating system, referring URLs, country information data and time of page visits, and pages visited. This information allows us to identify overall patterns of usage on the website, and help us record any difficulties you have with the Site.
HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT FROM COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
We use the information we collect through automated means to allow you access to our Site and for the following general purposes:
Protect our Networks: Cookies and similar technologies help us identify and prevent threats to our Site. They are necessary to protect your information and our business from outside threats.
Allow you to Access our Site: Cookies and similar technologies permit your connection to our Site: our servers receive and record information about your computer, device, and browser, including potentially your IP address, browser type, other software or hardware information, and your geographic location.
Access Usage of Site: We use information about your usage of our Site, such as pages you have visited and search queries you have run, to assess how our Site is used.
HOW THIRD PARTIES USE INFORMATION FROM COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES ON OUR SITE
We work with third parties that provide services to support our Site. For example, we use analytics services supported by third party companies, who generate analytics cookies on our behalf, such as Google Analytics. We may not have access to these cookies, although we may use statistical information arising from the cookies provided by these third parties to customize the Site and for the other purposes described above. These companies may also transfer this information to other parties where required to do so by law, or where such other parties process the information on their behalf.
HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
You have choices regarding cookies being placed on your device by COVID-19 CENSUS and its service providers. However, without cookies, you may not be able to use all of the features of our Site. Similarly, if you upgrade or change your browser or device or delete your cookies, you may need to use these opt-out tools again. We have outlined below ways to manage your cookies.
MANAGING COOKIES VIA YOUR BROWSER SETTINGS
You have the option to stop cookies from being downloaded to your device from the Site at any time by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. Most browsers will tell you how to change your browser settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to restrict or block certain types or all cookies. Please visit www.allaboutcookies.org, or select the “Help” menu in your browser.
Please note that if you use different devices to view and access the COVID-19 CENSUS Site (such as, your computer, smartphone, tablet), you will need to adjust your cookie options in the browser for each device.
MANAGING ANALYTICS COOKIES
For information about how to opt-out of Google Analytics cookies, please use the following link:
Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
DO NOT TRACK
The Site does not process or respond to “Do Not Track” signals, since uniform standards for “Do Not Track” signals have not been adopted. To learn more about “Do Not Track”, please visit “All About Do Not Track”.