- What cookies are
- What cookies are used when you use the DISCUSS Service
- Your cookie options
- Further cookie resources
1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored in your web browser that allows DISCUSS or a third party to recognize you. Cookies might be used for the following purposes: (1) to enable certain functions; (2) to provide analytics; and (3) to store your preferences.
Cookies can either be session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie expires automatically when you close your browser. A persistent cookie will remain until it expires or you delete your cookies. Expiration dates are set in the cookies themselves; some may expire after a few minutes while others may expire after multiple years. Cookies placed by the website you’re visiting are sometimes called “first party cookies,” while cookies placed by other entities are sometimes called “third party cookies.”
2. What cookies are used when I use the DISCUSS service?
When you use the DISCUSS service and tools DISCUSS may place a number of cookies in your browser. Some of the cookies will only be used if you use certain features or select certain preferences, and some cookies will always be used. You can find out more about each cookie by viewing our current cookie list. We update this list as necessary, so there may be additional cookies that aren’t yet listed. Each cookie serves one of four different purposes:
a. Essential cookies
- These first party cookies allow you to use a feature of the DISCUSS service, such as:
- Staying logged in
- Using the platform tools
b. Analytics cookies
These cookies track information about how the DISCUSS service and tools are being used so that we can make improvements and report our performance. We might also use analytics cookies to test new pages, or features to see how users react to them. Analytics cookies may either be first party cookies or third party cookies.
c. Preference Cookies
These first party cookies store your DISCUSS preferences, such as:
- Language preference
- Timezone preference
- Daylight preference
- Profile settings
- Privacy settings
4. What are my cookie options?
If you don’t like the idea of cookies or certain types of cookies, you can change your browser’s settings to delete cookies that have already been set and to not accept new cookies. To learn more about how to do this, visit the help pages of your browser. Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or do not accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
5. Where can I find more information about cookies?
You may learn more about cookies and how to opt out of them by visiting the following third party websites:
About.com Browser Guide
All About Cookies.org