As you navigate through a Web site, certain information can be passively collected (that is, gathered without your actively providing the information) using various technologies and means, such as Internet Protocol addresses, cookies, Internet tags, and navigational data collection. Some areas of this site may require you to submit information in order for you to benefit from the specified features (such as newsletter subscriptions, tips/pointers, order processing) or to participate in a particular activity). You will be informed at each information collection point what information is required and what information is optional.
This site may collect information about Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP Address is a number assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider so you can access the Internet and is generally considered to be non-personally identifiable information, because in most cases an IP address is dynamic (changing each time you connect to the Internet), rather than static (unique to a particular user’s computer). We use your IP address to diagnose problems with our server, report aggregate information, determine the fastest route for your computer to use in connecting to our site, and administer and improve the site.
A “cookie” is a piece of data that a Web site sends to your Web browser that helps the site remember information about your preferences when viewing the site. “Session cookies” are temporary cookies that keep track of one particular browser’s viewing behavior; monitoring this behavior allows the site to securely authenticate that particular user, and to collect aggregate statistical information.
“Persistent cookies” are more permanent pieces of data that are placed on the hard drive of your computer and stay there unless you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for a number of purposes, such as retrieving a password to a part of a site for your convenience, or for remembering your viewing preferences.
“Navigational data” (log files, and server logs) are used for system management to improve the content of the site, market research purposes, and to communicate information to visitors. The site uses navigational data.