Updated: August 17, 2018
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file placed onto your device that enables AES features and functionality. For example, cookies enable us to identify your device, log you in automatically, and generally make the process of bidding and purchasing items easier.
When does AES place cookies?
What types of cookies does AES use?
We use two types: persistent cookies and session cookies. A persistent cookie helps us recognize you as an existing user, so it’s easier to interact with our services without signing in again. After you sign in, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by AES when you return to one of our sites. Session cookies only last for as long as the session (usually the current visit to a website or a browser session).
What are cookies used for?
Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit AES, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience that’s in line with your settings. Cookies also make your interactions with AES faster and more secure.
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What is Do Not Track (DNT)?
DNT is a concept that has been promoted by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for the Internet industry to develop and implement a mechanism for allowing Internet users to control the tracking of their online activities across websites by using browser settings. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been working with industry groups, Internet browsers, technology companies, and regulators to develop a DNT technology standard. While some progress has been made, it has been slow. No standard has been adopted to this date. As such, AES does not generally respond to “do not track” signals.
How are cookies used for advertising purposes?
AES does NOT serve ads to our Users, aside from event sponsor recognition provided by our nonprofit Customers.
Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However, if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set or want them to be removed?
Most browsers provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies, including AES cookies. Please note that AES applications will not work properly without cookies.
Other helpful resources
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information.
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.