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We do NOT use "Persistent" Web Cookies. A persistent web cookie is a web cookie that can track "the activities of users over time and across different web sites."

Following is some additional information regarding cookies:
What Are Cookies, And Why Do Websites Use Them?

A cookie is a small data file created on the user's computer by a web browser in response to an instruction transmitted via a web page. On subsequent visits, this data file is sent back to a computer in the same domain as the one which created it. The protocols on which the web is based do not easily permit a web server to differentiate one user from another in real-time. Cookies are used to "work around" this limitation and are widely employed on the web for many perfectly legitimate purposes, such as:

  • Storing individual user preferences. A cookie used by a news website for this purpose might contain settings specifying that the user wants to see national news and local news for Texas but not international news.
  • Gathering statistics on site usage. While a Webmaster can glean this information from server access logs, cookies can make the task easier.
  • Maintaining a "shopping cart" at online stores. Cookies used for this purpose might contain a number identifying the product and the quantity of items the user has selected.
  • "Remembering" userIDs and passwords so that they do not need to be entered on future visits.
    Some database systems use cookies to work around the "stateless" nature of the web to provide an enhanced user interface, with features such as a search set history, etc.

Salient Features of Cookies

  • Cookies provide only the data stored within themselves; they do not read and transmit the contents of other data files from the user's hard drive.
  • Cookies cannot delete or damage user files.
  • Cookies cannot normally be retrieved except by a server within the same domain as the one which created them.
  • When a web page is loaded, the server which houses the page can set a cookie on the user's browser. In addition, however, any graphics on a page which are pulled from other web servers permits those servers to set their own cookies as well.