Protection of Information
Last modified: July 10, 2020
What Are Cookies?
We use “cookies” to store, and sometimes to track, information about how you use our websites. A cookie is a small data file that is sent to your browser when you visit a website. It is stored, accessed and maintained on your computer’s hard drive or on a tablet or mobile device. A cookie contains a unique number that allows our websites or another website to recognize your device each time you visit and remember information about you.
We use both temporary and persistent cookies. A temporary cookie (also referred to as a session cookie) tracks visitor activity during a session or visit and expires when you close your browser. We use them to provide continuity as you visit website pages. Persistent cookies are not deleted from your device after you close your browser. They store a unique credential that allows us to automatically log you back in if you are registered on CR.org so you do not have to re-enter your user name and password each time you visit. We or our service providers may also use Flash cookies (also referred to as Local Shared Objects or LSOs)
We may also use HTML5 local storage, a browser feature which, like cookies, allows for storing certain information on your computer in order to help provide a better user experience. Many Internet browsers allow you to disable HTML5 local storage or delete information contained in HTML5 local storage using browser controls.
We and our service providers also use web beacons (sometimes referred to as clear GIFs or pixels), often in conjunction with cookies. Web beacons are small pieces of code that are embedded on web pages and applications in order to provide us with information about how our sites and applications are used. We also use web beacons in HTML emails that we send to our visitors to determine whether the recipient has opened those emails and/or clicked on links in those emails.
The information we collect through cookies and other technologies may include the following:
On their own, cookies, web beacons and other technologies do not contain or reveal information such as your name or email address. However, if you choose to furnish Consumer Reports with personally identifiable information, this information can be associated with the data collected using the cookies or other technologies.
Types of Cookies
We use the following types of cookies:
More Information about Third-Party Cookies
Certain third parties that provide us with services (e.g., Google and Adobe) employ their own cookies and similar technologies to collect information about your online activities when you visit CR.org and other websites.
How to Control Cookies
The Help function on most web browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting cookies or to disable cookies entirely. For the cookies used by Adobe Flash, please be aware that they are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for other cookies, so you may need to follow separate instructions from Adobe to manage and delete Flash cookies. If you use more than one browser, you will have to adjust your cookie settings on each browser.
If you adjust your settings to reject cookies, you won’t be able to take advantage of various features on our websites. If you are a CR member and you reject certain cookies on the CR.org website, you may not be able to use certain features of that site or enjoy full membership benefits.
You can learn more about managing cookies on popular browsers by clicking on the links below.
You can also manage cookies through the browser Settings function on your mobile device.
Cookie Management Tool
To help you manage cookies, you can use our cookie settings tool available here. If you use more than one browser, you will have to manage your cookies in each browser.
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