Last Updated: January 1st, 2019
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information or serve targeted advertising.
We use both “session ID cookies” and “persistent cookies”. Session ID cookies are used to store information while a user is logged into the Services and expire when the user closes his/her browser. Persistent cookies are used to make tasks like logging into the Services easier for returning users by remembering a user’s login information. Persistent cookies stay on a user’s hard drive from one session to the next.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, Prep Network) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g., advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Sites, collect information for record keeping purposes and to make it easier to navigate the Services. Other companies serve cookies through our Sites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Sites and the purposes they perform are described in the table below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Site you visit):
|Types of cookie and purpose||Who serves these cookies||How to refuse|
|Strictly necessary cookies:
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
|Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Websites to you, you cannot refuse them.|
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If these cookies are not allowed then some or all of these services may not function properly
|Prep Network||Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Websites to you, you cannot refuse them.|
|Performance Cookies: These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If these cookies are not allowed we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.||Google Analytics||To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control cookies?”
Alternatively, please click on the relevant opt-out link below:
|Advertising or Targeting Cookies: These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests. We use these to deliver content, including advertisements relevant to your interests on the Services and third party sites based on how you interact with our advertisements or content, as well as to track the content you access.||Facebook
|To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control cookies?”
Alternatively, please click on the relevant opt-out link below:
What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
We use other, similar technologies, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Sites or opened an email that we have sent them. This allows us, for example, to count visitors, to monitor how users navigate the Services, to count how many emails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.
We use HTML5 in some of our applications, including in our mobile website for the iPhone or iPad. HTML5 has browser web storage that does not rely on traditional browser cookies. HTML5 cookies are not stored in a browser “cookies” file and can be used to track users across websites. To our knowledge there is currently no way for a user of a mobile device to remove HTML5 tracking and storage.
An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Services such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded from our web server or a third party service provider onto your device used to access Services, is active only while you are connected to the Services, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.
E-tags/cache browsers/web logs
Like most standard website servers, we log IP addresses (a unique number assigned to every computer on the internet) and device identification in order to improve security, analyze trends and administer the Services. We track your movement within the Services, the pages from which you were referred, access times, and browser types. This information includes the browser you are using, the internet address from which you linked to our Services, the operating system of your computer, and the unique IP address of the computer of device identifier from the mobile device that you used to access our Services and usage and browsing habits. We use this information in to gauge the effectiveness, usage, and popularity of our Services, track information for statistical purposes, help diagnose and troubleshoot server malfunctions, analyze trends, track user movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information. We also use information we collect through web logs to send you targeted offers.
Do you serve targeted advertising?
We use Tracking Technologies to collect information about your use of the Services and other third party sites in order to serve more targeted advertising to you. To serve our ads, we use a variety of third party advertising service providers, including networks, data exchanges, ad servers, analytics providers and others. These third parties use Tracking Technologies to send directly to your device the advertisements and links that appear on the Services. They automatically receive your device identifier when this happens. Their tools may also limit the number of times you see the same advertisement and help measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns.
These third parties may also use information gathered from your use of the Services to serve targeted, interest based advertisements to you on third party sites and applications. Third parties may serve cookies or Tracking Technologies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Sites. These companies use information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to our Sites and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details, or other personally identifying details unless you choose to provide these.
How can I control cookies?
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can exercise your cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt-out links provided in the cookie table above or using the buttons shown below to manage cookies by category.
Some of the advertising service providers may be members of the Network Advertising Initiative, which offers a single location to opt-out of ad targeting from member companies. If you opt out of receiving targeted ads in this manner, you will continue to receive advertising messages, but they will not be customized to you based on your use of the Services and third party sites.
If you would like more information about advertisers’ use of tracking technologies and about your option not to accept these cookies, you can go to http://www.networkadvertising.org. If you would like to learn more about how interest-based information is collected and to know your choices about not having information used in this manner, you can go to http://www.aboutads.info. Some newer mobile device operating systems allow you to limit the use of information to deliver interest-based advertising in mobile applications. You can check the settings on your mobile device for such options in your mobile devices’ operating system. Alternatively, you may wish to download the TrustE mobile application and/or the Digital Alliance “App Choices” mobile application and follow the instructions provided.
Please note that opting out of advertising networks services does not mean that you will not receive advertising while using our Services or on other websites, nor will it prevent the receipt of interest-based advertising from other companies that do not participate in these programs. It will, however, exclude you from interest-based advertising conducted through participating networks, as provided by their policies and choice mechanisms. If you delete your cookies, you may also delete your opt-out preferences.
How often will you update this Cookie Notice?
The date at the top of this Cookie Notice indicates when it was last updated.
Where can I get further information?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us at: Prep Network LLC, 6901 East Fish Lake Road, Suite 188, Maple Grove, MN 55369 if you have any questions about these Terms.
When contacting us, please include your full name, address, phone number, and email address, and indicate the specific nature of your request or inquiry.