These are our policies.
Last updated: October 14, 2021
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are text files that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website and store certain information about Site usage. They are useful because they allow websites to recognize a user’s device. They are then returned to the original website on each subsequent visit or to any other website that recognizes them. For more information on cookies, go to www.allaboutcookies.org.
The term “cookie” is used in this Notice in the broad sense to include all similar techniques and technology, including web beacons and log files.
TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED AND REASONS FOR COLLECTION
Cookies help us to better understand your use of our Site and, as a result, allow us, among other things, to offer our web visitors a more personalized and consistent experience. Here are examples of the types of information that we collect through cookies:
- The number of users visiting the Doctor Sam Site, the frequency with which the Site was viewed, the pages viewed, the clicks made on the Site and the total duration of navigation on the Site;
- The name of the website visited prior to the Site;
- Whether you are visiting our Site for the first time or not;
- Whether you are visiting the Site from a referral link;
- Actions you take engaging with the Site features and functionality;
- Your viewing preferences (e.g. layout, sizing preferences, language etc.);
- Your geographic location;
- Your browser and device information, and in some cases your IP address, so that we can identify you during your next visits.
In addition, cookies allow us to do the following:
- Customize your visit: We may use information collected during your visit to facilitate your next visit to our Site and to customize Site content.
- Analyze trends: We compile information on our Site visits and analyze them as a whole in aggregated form. This type of study aims to identify trends among many visitors to our Site, rather than analyze the information of a particular visitor.
TYPES OF COOKIES WE USE
We use first-party and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons for our Site to operate and/or provide basic functionality to you, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users and to enhance the experience on our Site. Third parties also serve cookies through our Site for analytics purposes.
These cookies are created by Doctor Sam. They are, for the most part, used to allow you to browse our Site and use its features. They may also assist in analytics activities.
In addition to our own cookies, some third-party and affiliated companies may place cookies on your computer, access them and associate web beacons with them. These cookies enable third-party features or functionalities to be provided on or through the Site. The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your device both when it visits our Site and also when it visits certain other websites.
The types of first- and third-party cookies we use on the Site are:
- Essential website cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Site and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas that require registration or membership. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Site to you, you cannot refuse them without impacting Site functionality.
- Functional cookies: These cookies allow you to browse our Site or benefit from some of its features, such as displaying popup messages. Similar to essential cookies, if these cookies are disabled, it could impact your experience to use some site functionality.
- Analytics cookies: These cookies allow us or our third-party analytics providers to collect statistics on the use of the Site by you and other visitors. Thanks to this information, Doctor Sam is able to improve the features offered on its Site. In addition to any first-party analytics cookies, we also use analytics cookies from Google Analytics. For more information about the cookie policies of Google visit https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.
DURATION OF STORAGE OF COOKIES ON YOUR DEVICE
The duration of storage of cookies on your device may vary, depending on the category to which they belong: temporary or permanent.
We use temporary cookies on all our secure pages to assign and register a session ID. You can browse our entire Site without interruption. This identifier is also used for internal reporting purposes. These cookies expire when you close your Internet browser.
Our analytics cookies and third-party cookies are often persistent cookies. They allow us to understand visitors’ browsing behavior over a longer period of time or to provide you with additional features related to your Site customization requests and the content that you have saved or stored. They can stay on your computer for 24 hours, a week or several years, depending on their function. This means that these cookies survive after your browser is closed and can be used by our Site to recognize your computer when you reopen your browser later.
You can exercise your preference to receive all types of cookies by managing cookies from your web browser. As the means by which to activate or deactivate cookies varies from one web browser to another, you should visit your web browser’s help menu for more information on cookie preferences. You can also configure your browser at any time to be notified of the receipt of a cookie, so that you can decide whether you want to accept it or not. You must set your cookie preferences on each browser and device that you use to access the Site.
To disable analytics cookies managed by our third-party analytics partners, either use the browser disablement mechanisms discussed immediately above, or use the analytics opt-out mechanisms maintained by our analytics providers:
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
To learn more about Google Analytics’ data practices, check out this article.
For a third-party resource that can assist with opting out of certain advertising cookies, visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.
CONSEQUENCES OF DEACTIVATION OF ALL COOKIES
If you choose to deactivate cookies, you may continue to use certain parts of our Site. However, some useful features may not work anymore, depending on which cookies you deactivate. Please note that if you have disabled one or more cookies, we may continue to use the information that was collected by such cookies before they were deactivated. However, we will cease to collect any information via the opted-out cookie once a cookie has been deactivated.
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