Last Updated: October 2014
- What cookies are
- What cookies are used when you use the TMC Service
- Your cookie options
- Further cookie resources
1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored in your web browser that allows TMC or a third party to recognize you. Cookies might be used for the following purposes: (1) to enable certain functions; (2) to provide analytics; (3) to store your preferences; and (4) to enable ad delivery and behavioral advertising.
Cookies can either be session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie expires automatically when you close your browser. A persistent cookie will remain until it expires or you delete your cookies. Expiration dates are set in the cookies themselves; some may expire after a few minutes while others may expire after multiple years. Cookies placed by the website you’re visiting are sometimes called “first party cookies,” while cookies placed by other companies are sometimes called “third party cookies.”
2. What cookies are used when I use the TMC Service?
When you use the TMC Service or visit a webpage with a TMC video, TMC or a third party may place a number of cookies in your browser. Some of the cookies will only be used if you use certain features or select certain preferences, and some cookies will always be used.
Each cookie serves one of four different purposes:
These first party cookies allow you to use a feature of the TMC Service, such as:
- Staying logged in
- Viewing a private video or album
- Watching videos in Couch mode
- Making purchases
These cookies track information about how the TMC Service is being used so that TMC can make improvements and report its performance. TMC might also use analytics cookies to test new ads, pages, or features to see how users react to them. Analytics cookies may either be first party cookies or third party cookies.
These first party cookies store your TMC Service preferences, such as:
- Language preference
- Volume preference
- HD mode preference
Ad Targeting Cookies
These third party cookies are placed by advertising platforms or networks in order to:
- Deliver ads and track ad performance
- Enable advertising networks to deliver ads that may be relevant to you based upon your activities (sometimes called “behavioral” or “targeted” advertising)
4. What are my cookie options?
If you don’t like the idea of cookies or certain types of cookies, you can change your browser’s settings to delete cookies that have already been set and to not accept new cookies. To learn more about how to do this, visit the help pages of your browser. Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or do not accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features TMC offers, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of TMC’s pages might not display properly.
5. Do you use any other user tracking technologies?
We use additional technologies to help track user activities and preferences. For example, we use web beacons (also known as clear gifs, pixel tags or web bugs). Web beacons are tiny graphics (about the size of period) with a unique identifier that are embedded invisibly on web pages or emails. They are used to track user activities and communicate with cookies. You cannot opt out of web beacons used in webpages, but you can limit their use by opting out of the cookies they interact with. You can opt out of web beacons used in emails by setting your email client to render emails in text mode only. Finally, we use local storage to facilitate certain functions, but we do not retain the data captured via local storage.
6. Where can I find more information about cookies?
You may learn more about cookies and how to opt out of them by visiting the following third party websites:
- About.com Browser Guide
- All About Cookies.org
- Network Advertising Initiative