EFFECTIVE: May 25, 2018
If your browser is configured to accept cookies, we may collect non-personally identifiable information passively using “cookies” and “web beacons”.
What are cookies, and why do you use them?
A “cookie” is a small software file stored temporarily or placed on your computer’s hard drive. The main purpose of a cookie is to allow a web server to identify your computer and web browser and then tailor web pages and login information to your preferences. Cookies help us promptly display the information you need to use the capabilities of the Services and other information which we consider to be of interest to you. By gathering and remembering information about your website preferences through cookies, we can provide a better web and marketing experience. Cookies don’t give us access to users’ computers, and the information we collect through cookies doesn’t include personal information.
When you use the Services, we utilize “Session Cookies,” which allow us to uniquely identify your browser while you are logged in and to process your online transactions. Session Cookies disappear from your computer when you close your web browser or turn off your computer. We may also utilize “Persistent Cookies” to identify you as an IC Group customer, agent, or end user and make it easier for you to use the Services. Persistent Cookies remain on your computer after you close your web browser or turn off your computer.
We utilize various categories of cookies, which are summarized below along with the options available to you to manage them.
Essential: Essential cookies are those that are critical to the functionality of the Services. We may use these cookies to keep a user logged into the Services and remember relevant information when the user returns to the Services.
Functional: We use Functional cookies to track users’ activities in the Services, understand their preferences, and improve their user experience. These cookies can also be used to remember configurations of the Services that you can customize.
Marketing: We may engage third-party providers to serve a variety of marketing cookies that enable us to track and analyze usage, navigation, and other statistical information from visitors to the IC Group Websites. This information does not include personal information, though we may reassociate this information with personal information we have collected when it is received. Marketing cookies are also used to track the performance of our advertisements and are employed by third-party advertising networks that we utilize. These ad networks follow online activities of visitors to the IC Group Websites and use this information to inform, optimize, and serve tailored advertisements on the IC Group Websites or on other websites you visit that we believe would most effectively promote the Services to you. We also use third parties to collect information that assists us in other methods of “remarketing” our Services to visitors to the IC Group Websites, including customized email communications.
Do I have to accept cookies?
You do not have to accept cookies to use the Services. If you reject cookies, certain Services, including website features or resources, may not work properly or at all and you may have a degraded experience.
Although most browsers are initially set to accept cookies, you can change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie or to reject cookies generally. To learn more about how to control privacy settings and cookie management, click the link for your browser below.
To learn more about cookies; how to control, disable or delete them, please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org. Some third-party advertising networks, like Google, allow you to opt out of or customize preferences associated with your internet browsing. For more information on how Google lets you customize these preferences, see their documentation.
Many jurisdictions require or recommend that website operators inform users as to the nature of cookies they utilize and, in certain circumstances, obtain the consent of their users to the placement of certain cookies. If you are a customer of IC Group, it is your responsibility to inform the individuals with whom you interact using the Services as to the types of cookies utilized in the Services and, as necessary, to obtain their consent. If you require more specific information as to the nature of the cookies utilized in the Services for purposes of fulfilling these obligations, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s a Web beacon?
We may also employ web beacons to help us better manage content in the Services by informing us what content is effective. Web beacons are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of internet users. Unlike cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, web beacons are embedded invisibly on websites. We tie the information gathered by web beacons to personal information we otherwise collect and use them in our HTML-based emails to learn which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns as well as to operate and improve the Services. You can opt out of these emails by following the unsubscribe instructions in the emails.
What are log files?
As is true with most websites, IC Group gathers certain information automatically and stores it in log files. This information includes internet protocol addresses as well as browser, internet Services provider, referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. Occasionally, we may connect personal information to information gathered in our log files, as necessary to provide or improve the Services (such as individual customer service requests). We take steps to anonymize this data over time. Otherwise, we generally use this information as we would any Usage Data, to analyze trends, administer and maintain the Services, or track usage of various features within the Services.