Revised: Effective Date 24 May 2018
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to "remember" your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies and allow you to delete them whenever you like, but you also can set your browser to decline them. Keep in mind that refusing to accept cookies can sometimes impede the functionality of the website, but that is your right.
What are the types of Cookies?
Cookies can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs. By lifespan, a cookie is either a:
- Session cookie which is erased when you close your browser or
- Persistent cookie which remains on your computer/device for a pre-defined period of time.
As for the domain to which it belongs, there are either:
- First-party cookies which are set by the web server of the visited page and share the same domain
- Third-party cookies stored by a different domain to the visited page's domain.
- Upon signing in to the site, session cookies allow us to:
- Auto-populate your contact information when completing a registration form online.
- Auto-populate your address details when completing a shopping cart transaction.
- Enable you to sign up for newsletters and other email lists without having to enter your contact information.
- Enable you to navigate between our website and our partner websites that provide additional services to you. The partner websites that use our cookies provide you with the following online services:
- Career Center
- Digital Library
- Competency Management
- On Demand Learning Management
- Regardless of sign-in status, session cookies allow us to:
- Track activity through our website to gather general analytic data. This activity is tied to a general location, but cannot be used to identify you personally. It is only used to provide us aggregated feedback on what services our customers engage in the most, so we can improve our offerings.
- Allow embedded multi-media videos to play, for example through the use of youtube.com.