Last updated: June 7th, 2022
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Cookies are typically categorized as "session" cookies or "persistent" cookies. Session cookies help you navigate through the website efficiently, keeping track of your progression from page to page so that you are not asked for information you have already provided during the current visit. Session cookies are stored in temporary memory and erased when the web browser is closed. Persistent cookies, on the other hand, store user preferences for current and successive visits. They are written on your device's hard disk and are still valid when you restart your browser. We use both session and persistent cookies. Following table shows categorization of cookies used by Columbus by functions:
|Necessary Cookie||Strictly necessary cookies are classified as cookies that must be present for the website to provide the basic functions of the website. They are essential to be able to access features of the website and could include signing in, navigation etc. These cookies do not require consent.|
|Analytics Cookies||These cookies help keep track of browser session and visitors. Analytics cookies are controlled by cookie banner and can be opted out by not giving consent.|
|Functionality Cookies||These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of Columbus websites. However, without these cookies, certain functionality may become unavailable, e.g., chat. These cookies can be opted out by not giving consent.|
|Advertisement Cookies||Advertisement cookies are ad pixel cookies (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google) that can be opted to installed.|
|Third Parties Cookies||These are cookies installed by third parties’ scripts that we have allowed on Columbus websites for specific business enabling and supporting functions.|
We have contracted third parties for services, e.g., lead generation, lead identification etc. These third parties will install cookies through scripts and the information collected through the cookies may be transferred to the contracted third-party service providers. Their use of the data is controlled by our contract with them, and they are only allowed to use the data strictly for the purpose we have stated.
The third-party cookies you may encounter on our Columbus websites include, but are not limited to:
|_fbp||.columbusglobal.com||Necessary, Social Media|
|hubspotutk||.columbusglobal.com||Statistics, Site Analytics|
|nQ_userVisitId||.columbusglobal.com||Statistics, Site Analytics|
|nQ_cookieId||.columbusglobal.com||Statistics, Site Analytics|
|__hssrc||.columbusglobal.com||Statistics, Site Analytics|
|geo_location_cookie||.columbusglobal.com||Statistics, Site Analytics|
|__hssc||.columbusglobal.com||Statistics, Site Analytics|
|__hstc||.columbusglobal.com||Statistics, Site Analytics|
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