What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of text-only data sent from a website and stored onto an individual user’s local machine while the user browses a website. Cookies are generally utilized for record purposes; they allow websites to remember certain information about a user, in addition to providing performance enhancements, tailored experiences, social media integration, and more. Cookies do not contain any harmful code that would pose a threat to your local machine.
- Analytical – Cookies allow us to track a user’s inputs and activities so that we can make improvements to the layout and content of our sites.
- User Specific Information – In order to provide you the services you seek, we gather certain information like your primary language, country, browser type, and more. This type of cookie makes your experience better, by allowing you to remain logged in to your account without having to sign out, and allowing our Sites to remember your various inputs and searches.
- Authentication – We use unique authentication tokens to map user’s requests on our back end.
- Legal Compliance – These cookies allow us to be legally compliant, and to comply with requests for information due to illegal activity and fraud by users and others.
Types of Cookies We Use
The type of cookies we use can be categorized in the following five groups:
- Strictly necessary cookies – These cookies are necessary for our Sites to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by Users which amount to a request for Services, such as setting User privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. Users can set their browser to block or alert them about these cookies, but some parts of our Sites will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information. Without these cookies, Services like account pages or e-billing cannot be provided.
- 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 users move around our Sites, and if users get error messages. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous; they do not collect information that identifies a user. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our Site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
- Functional cookies – These cookies enable our Sites to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. These cookies allow our Sites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. Geo-location cookies, for example, may be used to identify the location from which Users are accessing our Sites in order to tailor each User’s experience to their geographical area by prioritizing listings from the User’s immediate area. Functional cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide services such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our Offerings. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these Services may not function properly.
- Social media cookies – These cookies are used to enable social media integration into our Sites experience in the form of plug-ins.
Other Technologies We Use
- Conversion Funnels – We use conversion funnels to see where friction points within our Sites arise. We do have our own internal data store where we feed some data used to create funnels for this purpose.
- Conversion Tracking – We use a third-party service to send emails to new Organization administrators as a part of the “onboarding journey,” which may also contain conversion tracking technology for purposes of identifying improvement areas within our Sites.
- Social Media Widgets – Idealist uses various widgets and plugins from social media sites in order to integrate certain functionalities such as sharing job listings with those platforms.
- Local Storage Objects – Local storage objects (which may include technologies such as flash cookies) can be used within the browser to cache data in order to increase performance, such as page load speed.
How to Remove Our Cookies from Your Browser
If you would like to disable cookies, you can set up your web browser to reject cookies. However, if you disable the cookie function, you may not be able to access or receive all the information contained on the Sites. How to alter your cookie setting will depend on the type of browser you use. We have provided examples of how to disable cookies on the most popular browsers below:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- choose the “tools” menu then “Internet Options”;
- click on the “privacy” tab; and
- select the appropriate setting.
- choose the “tools” menu the “Options”;
- click on the privacy and security menu;
- find the “cookie and site data” menu and select the relevant options.