What are cookies? A cookie is a text file stored in a user’s web browser on any device they use to access a website that holds information regarding the user’s visit, such as preferences. When the user returns, the browser provides the cookie with the stored information to the site.
What are cookies used for? Cookies are used for adjusting a website’s content to fit a user’s preferences and optimize the website. They store useful information that improve the user’s experience of a website. They are most commonly used for storing login information so that a user does not need to re-login on every visit, recognizing the type of device a user is browsing with and any preferences applied to optimize the website specifically for the device, and creating statistics that help website owners understand how their users interact with their website, which allows them to improve their structure and content.
What types of cookies are used? There are two types of cookies: persistent cookies and session cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your hard drive for a period of time specified in the cookies’ file parameters or until removed manually. When you return to a website and it requires you to login again despite previously storing your login information, it is usually because the persistent cookie expired; this helps increase security while maintaining accessibility. Session cookies, on the other hand, are used temporarily and expire once the website or browser is closed. They are used to track user activity on a website during a single visit. When a website requires that you verify your age or location once every visit before allowing you to view content and without requiring additional personal details, that is a session cookie at work.
Do cookies include personal data? If there is a need for the collection of personal information, such as for creating accounts, then cookies may store personal information. However, it is required by data protection law that users are informed of the collection of personal data. This data will also be encrypted to render it inaccessible for unauthorized users.
Managing cookies: By default, browsers are configured to accept cookies. However, these settings may be changed to block cookies entirely or to inform the user each time they are used. Detailed information about cookies and the options associated with them are available in each browser’s settings.
This policy describes:
– How we collect information and how you may provide information through our website, including the domain, any mobile applications, call-tracking lines, and customer and user dashboard or portal (collectively, the “sites”)
– How we use and protect information
– With whom we may share information
– The types of information we collect
We put forth this policy because we want you to be aware of the information we collect and help you make an informed decision about using our sites and services. By visiting the Sites, linked pages, features, and content, or by using any of our services, you acknowledge and accept the practices and policies outlined in this policy. If you do not agree to this policy, you may not access or otherwise use the sites.
1. What Information Do We Collect?
Information you provide: We collect information you enter on our site when you create an account, register, engage in a transaction, search our products, contact us by telephone or through our call-tracking telephone line, or by email, or otherwise participate in any other promotions, surveys or questionnaires we sponsor. Please note we may collect personally identifiable information (PII) from the sites only when you choose to provide it to us. The information collected may include contact information, payment information shipping information and purchase history.
Mobile web and apps: We may collect certain additional information from you when you access the sites with mobile devices. This information may include location, device type, unique device identifies, mobile operating system, site navigation and other app-specific user data. You may restrict the collection of certain data by changing the settings preferences on your mobile device.
Interest-based advertising: When you interact with the sites, advertisements or other content provided by the company or third parties on behalf of us, through your computer, phone or mobile device, we and third parties automatically collect nonpersonally identifiable information (NonPII) about or from your device, including without limitation cookie information, pixel tags and unique device identifiers, among others. We may use this information and tie it back to the information you provide us to customize your interaction with our business, allowing us to send special offers that you may have interest in. This form of advertising is based on anonymous information and not on any personally identifiable information. We and our vendors know your interests but cannot personally identify you in connection with the delivery of a specific ad.
4. Sharing Of Information. We may share information we collect with our third-party service providers to help us administer and provide our service and to perform tasks on our behalf. We may also use your PII as provided by you through the site to contact and correspond with your and/or respond to your inquiries. Additionally, we may disclose information about you if we are required to do so by law or legal process.
5. Children’s Privacy Rights. We do not knowingly collect information from anyone under the age of 13. Our sites are not intended for or direct at children under the age of 13. Any user under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult when accessing the sites.
6. Security. We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
7. Links To Other Sites. Our sites may contain embedded links that enable you to visit other sites of interest. Once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over the other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information that you provide while visiting such sites.
10. Our site is maintained in the United States of America. By using this site, you authorize the export of your information to the USA and its storage, and use as specified by this policy.
Gary L. Himmel, Esq.
33 Baker Blvd., Suite 202
Fairlawn, OH 44333