Tracking Technologies We UsCookies are small data files downloaded to your hard drive or mobile device when you visit a website that help us remember things about you so that we can improve our Services and customize your experience. There are different types of cookies. Cookies may be classified according to who operates the domain from which they are set. For example, cookies served by the entity that operates the domain you are visiting (for example, ChefSteps.com) are called “first-party cookies.” Cookies served by other non-affiliated companies are called “third-party cookies.” We allow third parties to set cookies when you visit our Services to understand how you interact with our Services and for other reasons, as explained further below. Cookies may also be classified by their lifespan. For example, cookies that last only for the duration of your browsing session are called “session cookies.” “Persistent cookies” remain on your computer after you close your browser or after you navigate away from our webpages. Persistent cookies are stored on your device’s hard drive until a specified expiration date, which could be tomorrow, ten years from now or permanent to the specific device unless overwritten with newer cookies or manually removed by you. Some cookies may be purely technical cookies that are required to provide you with certain services. For instance, technical cookies remember the items you include in an order or allow you to share content on social networks. Other technical cookies allow us to do things like understand user behavior on our Services or serve customized ads. “Web Beacons” and “Pixel Tags” are electronic images embedded in a webpage or email that can retrieve certain information about your device and browser, such as the device type, operating system, browser type and version, website visited, time of visit, referring website, IP address and other similar information. These technologies also help us to deliver cookies, count visits, and understand campaign effectiveness. Local storage refers to other places on a browser or device where information can be stored, and includes both your own device storage and browser cache. Software Development Kits (also called SDKs) are blocks of code provided by third parties that are installed in our mobile apps. They function like cookies and pixels, allowing those parties to collect (and share with us) information about how users interact with our apps as well as certain information about the device and network they use to access our apps.
- Technical/strictly necessary: These cookies are essential for you to browse the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the site. Cookies that allow web shops to hold your items in your cart while you are shopping online are an example of strictly necessary cookies. These cookies will generally be first-party session cookies. While it is not required to obtain consent for these cookies, what they do and why they are necessary should be explained to the user.
- Preferences/functionality: These cookies allow a website to remember choices you have made in the past, like what language you prefer, what region you would like weather reports for, or what your user name and password are so you can automatically log in.
- Performance/analysis: These cookies collect information about how you use a website, like which pages you visited and which links you clicked on. None of this information can be used to identify you. It is all aggregated and, therefore, anonymized. Their sole purpose is to improve website functions. This includes cookies from third-party analytics services as long as the cookies are for the exclusive use of the owner of the website visited.
- Advertising/Marketing: These cookies track your online activity to help advertisers deliver more relevant advertising or to limit how many times you see an ad. These cookies can share that information with other organizations or advertisers. These are persistent cookies and almost always of third-party provenance.