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Cookie Policy

To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

How do we use cookies?

  • To track whether or not a visitor is logged in.
  • To enhance user experience; for example, to prevent users from seeing the same content more than once.
  • To monitor site usage.
  • To provide embedded content from third-party providers such as Twitter and YouTube.
  • To provide social sharing and commenting functionality.

Types of cookies

Necessary cookies

The following cookies are necessary for the operation of the website.

Cookie Host Duration Purpose
SSESS[random string] session Stores the session ID of a logged-in user.
has_js session Tracks whether your browser has JavaScript enabled.* 1 hour Tracks whether a user has viewed a special announcement.
CookieControl 3 months Stores visitors' cookie preferences.
_cfduid 30 days Cloudflare protection. Helps Cloudflare detect malicious visitors to customers' websites and minimizes blocking legitimate users.

Performance cookies

We use Google Analytics to gather usage information so we can measure and improve the performance of our website. The  data these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.

Cookie Host Duration Purpose
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
_gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate.

Marketing cookies

We use Facebook Pixel to measure, optimize and build audiences for advertising campaigns served on Facebook. View Facebook's Cookie Policy for details about the cookies used and the data received.

Third-party service cookies

The following third-party providers set cookies to collect information about your interaction with our website. Where possible, we have chosen configuration that maximizes your privacy. For example, we only embed YouTube videos using privacy enhanced mode, which ensures that YouTube will not collect any visitor data when the page is loaded. 

For more information on how these companies collect and use information on our behalf, please refer to their privacy policies.

Provider Purpose More info
Google Embedded content (Google maps, Google calendars, YouTube videos), CAPTCHA functionality Google Privacy Policy
Twitter Embedded content (tweets) Twitter Privacy Policy
Facebook Embedded content, Page Plugin Facebook Data Policy
Instagram Embedded content Instagram Privacy Policy

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Last updated: January 5, 2021

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