What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is saved in your browser. It allows websites to recognize browsers that make subsequent requests and to store website settings within the web browser. This, in turn, allows websites to remember user preferences, to enable users to securely log into secure areas and to create reports on which pages are popular, so that the website can be improved. Cookies may be stored directly by a website that you visit (“First-party cookies”) or by third-party services that depend upon the website you visit (“Third-party cookies”).
The cookies we use
When you visit our website, the following First-party and Third-party cookies may be stored in your browser:
- Strictly necessary website cookies: These trackers are used for activities that are strictly necessary to operate or deliver the service you requested from us and, therefore, do not require you to consent. First-party cookies that are required for the correct functioning of our website include:
- “seer.sid”: an application session cookie (required only after log-in) that is used to ensure that requests you make while using our web application are identified as having been made by you so that your information is kept secure; and
- “AWSALB” and “AWSALBCORS”: cookies set and used by Amazon Web Services to ensure that requests you make while using our web application are routed correctly through our back-end infrastructure.
- Analytics: These trackers help us to measure traffic and analyze your behavior with the goal of improving our service.
- We use Google Analytics for this purpose, which allows us to count visitors and see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way in which our website works, for example, by ensuring that users easily find what they are looking for. Google Analytics places various cookies in your browser to enable this functionality. These cookies are usually named “ _ga”, “_gat”, or “_gid”.
How do I change my cookie settings?
You can change your cookie preferences at any time by setting your browser as described below.
Indeed, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers by accessing the following links:
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.