Last Updated: October 10, 2022
This Policy summarizes the different types of cookies used on GBI Websites together with their respective purpose.
I. What is a Cookie?
Cookies are files or pieces of information that may be stored on your computer (or other internet enabled devices, such as a smartphone or tablet) when you visit GBI Websites. A cookie will usually contain the name of the website from which the cookie has come from, the “lifetime” of the cookie (i.e., how long it will remain on your device), and a value, which is usually a randomly generated unique number. To find out more about cookies, visit www.aboutcookies.org.
III. What Types of Cookies Does GBI Use?
Four types of cookies gathered in two categories may be used on the GBI Websites – category # 1 “session cookies” and category #2 “persistent cookies.” Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your device until you leave the GBI Website. A persistent cookie remains on your device for much longer or until you manually delete it. How long the cookie remains on your device will depend on the duration or “lifetime” of the specific cookie and your browser settings.
Some of the pages you visit may also collect information that may be shared with third parties which directly support our promotional activities and website development. For example, website usage information about visitors to GBI Websites may be shared with one or more of our third-party advertising agencies to better target Internet banner advertisements on our websites.
IV. Four Types of Cookies used on GBI’s Website(s).
- Strictly Necessary. Some cookies are strictly necessary to enable GBI’s technical features. These cookies enable functions which are necessary for the website’s intended operation. They typically provide you with services you request, such as logging in, setting your privacy preferences, or filling in forms. User consent is not required for the use of strictly necessary cookies, and their use cannot be disabled using the functionality of this website.
- Performance. These cookies collect information about how often you visit and how you use our websites. For instance, GBI collects information about which pages visitors go to most, or where error messages appear. This aggregated and anonymous information is used to optimize content and improve GBI’s Website(s). If you don’t allow these cookies GBI won’t know when you have visited GBI’s Website(s) and won’t be able to monitor its performance.
- Functional. These cookies allow GBI Websites to remember information such as your log-in details, language preference, or geographic region. This information is used to provide a more personalized experience and to make the website easier to use. If you don’t allow these cookies, then some or all features may not function. In some cases, if you choose to interact with a feature after you have chosen to disable functional cookies, they can be reactivated.
- Advertising/Marketing. These cookies are what allow for a personalized experience of GBI Website(s), which are used to make content (such as images or ads) more relevant to you. Most types of these cookies track consumers via their IP address so may collect some personal identifiable information.
V. Third-Party Cookies.
Some cookies are set by websites owned by third parties, known as “third-party cookies”. For example, some of GBI’s Websites may allow Facebook to place its cookies on your web browser if you have given Facebook permission to do this. If you have visited one of our websites and you also use Facebook, Facebook can identify you as someone who is interested in our products and show you advertising from GBI when you return to Facebook.
Third-party cookies are also used to track the effectiveness of GBI’s advertising on other websites. For example, if you click on one of our advertisements on another company’s website, the owner of that site might use a cookie to tell GBI that you came from their website.
VI. How Can You Manage Cookies?
Most internet browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can change the settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are several ways to manage cookies. For assistance, please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.
If you disable the cookies that GBI uses, it may impact your experience while on the GBI Websites. For example, if you disable cookies, you may not be able to visit certain areas of a GBI Website or you may not receive personalized information when you visit a GBI Website.
If you use different devices to view and access the GBI Websites (e.g., your computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.), you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.