Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, as noted in the
Privacy and Security Policy, DIR does use persistent, first-party cookies to track and report visitor information and collect information via web-based forms. DIR does not implement third-party cookies.
What are cookies?
Cookies are information that is transferred from a website to your computer through the web browser.
There are three types of cookies:
- Persistent Cookie – Cookie remains on your computer after the web browser is closed.
- Session Cookie – Cookie is removed from your computer after the web browser is closed.
- Flash Cookie – Persistent cookie used by Adobe Flash.
Where do cookies come from?
Cookies come from either first-party or third-party sources.
- First-party Cookie – A cookie downloaded to your computer directly from the website you are visiting. For instance, DIR may download a cookie to your machine when you voluntarily submit information via a web-based form for online registrations or in response to a survey.
- Third-party Cookie – A cookie downloaded to your computer from a website other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies are often used to deliver advertising. DIR does not implement third-party cookies on its websites.
How can cookies be managed on Mozilla Firefox?
Firefox includes built-in tools for managing persistent cookies. Optional add-ons are available for managing both Flash and persistent cookies. Go to
Tools->Add-ons to display the
Add-ons dialog box. This dialog includes a search tool for listing available add-ons.
To delete existing cookies select
Tools->Clear Recent History. In the
Clear Recent History dialog box, check
Cookies then select the
Clear Now button.
To manage future cookies select
Tools->Options. In the
Options dialog box select
Privacy (top section of the dialog) and uncheck both “Accept cookies from sites” and “Accept third-party cookies.”
Privacy page within the
Options dialog includes a button titled
Show Cookies, which lists every cookie currently installed on your computer and includes buttons for managing cookie installation.
How can cookies be managed on Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer (IE) includes built-in tools for managing persistent cookies.
Tools->Internet Options. In the
Internet Options dialog box, select the Privacy tab. This page includes a slider bar that provides six options for various levels of cookie management for all websites:
Block All Cookies, High, Medium, Low, and
Accept All Cookies. Select the appropriate level for desired cookie management.
Specific websites can be uniquely managed by selecting the
Sites button. The
Advanced button will override existing cookie management.
Restricting Flash Cookies (below) for information on managing Flash cookies on IE.
How can cookies be managed on Safari?
Safari->Preferences. In the
Preferences dialog box, select
Security. In the
Accept Cookies section, choose the desired method for Safari to process cookies.
How can Adobe Flash cookies be restricted?
Use the Global Privacy Settings panel from the
Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager website to manage the installation of Flash cookies. The Global Privacy Settings panel is a tool for managing cookie installation and other privacy settings.