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Effective Date: February 1, 2017
By accessing or using our Website, you are accepting and agreeing to the practices described in this policy.
About CookiesCookies are tiny text files created by websites and stored with web browsers.
Two common types of cookies are session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are used while browsing from page to page on the same website, but are deleted when you close your web browser. Persistent cookies are used by a website to store information about you for future visits to the same website, but are deleted when they reach their expiration date.
Cookies are categorized as first-party or third-party. First-party cookies are typically used by the site shown in the address bar to remember information about you (such as log-in details) so you don't have to re-enter this information on future visits. Third-party cookies are typically used by advertisers to remember your responses to ads so they can show you more personalized ads on future visits.
In addition to cookies, web pages may contain web beacons (aka page tags, web bugs, tracking bugs, etc). Web beacons are often tiny transparent images (aka pixel tags, 1x1 gifs, clear gifs, etc) but can be other html tags including script tags. Web beacons can be used to collect information such as your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider), and your browser.
Our CookieOur cookie banner uses a cookie called "cookieconsent_status" which expires in one year. This cookie is set when the user clicks the "Got it!" button in the cookie banner. While this cookie exists, the banner no longer displays. If this cookie is deleted or expires, the cookie banner will re-display.
To delete our banner cookie, click this button:
Google Ads: We may publish Google AdSense personalized advertisements on our Website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables Google and its partners to serve personalized ads to our users based on their visit to our Website and/or other websites on the internet. You may opt out of Google's personalized advertising by visiting Google's Ads Settings.
Controlling CookiesYou can delete any or all cookies with your browser. You can also block all cookies but websites would become less convenient to use. Some browsers let you block just third-party and advertiser cookies, so user information (such as log-in details) can still be remembered.
Here are some links to instructions for controlling cookies for the following browsers:
Changes to this PolicyWe may occasionally update this policy. When we do, we will also revise the Effective Date at the top of this policy. We encourage you to periodically review this policy to stay informed about cookie usage by us and our advertisers. Your continued use of our Website constitutes your agreement to this policy and any updates.
Contacting UsIf you have questions about this policy, please contact us by email at