Effective: October 11, 2022
What Are Cookies?
Family Dentistry Springfield uses certain monitoring and tracking technologies, such as cookies, beacons, pixels, tags, and scripts (collectively, “Cookies”). These technologies are used in order to provide, maintain, and improve our website and platform (the “Services”), to optimize our offerings and marketing activities, and to provide our visitors, customers and users (“you”) with a better experience (for example, in order to track users’ preferences, to better secure our Services, to identify technical issues, and to monitor and improve the overall performance of our Services).
Cookies are small data files stored on your browser on your computer or mobile device (for example Google Chrome or Safari). They may be served by the entity that operates the website you are visiting (“first-party cookies”) or by other companies (“third-party cookies”). For example, we partner with third-party analytics providers, like Google, which set cookies when you visit our websites. This helps us understand how you are using our Services so that we can improve them.
They allow websites to store information like user preferences. You can think of Cookies as providing a so-called memory for the website, so that it can recognize you when you come back and respond appropriately.
A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive, and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyze traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
Category of Cookies and Why We Use Them
Family Dentistry Springfield uses several different types of Cookies on our website and platform. The cookies we use generally fall into one or more of the following categories.
Technical: These cookies are essential for our services to function properly. Like the other cookies we use, technical cookies may be either first-party cookies or third-party cookies.
Preferences: We use these cookies to remember your settings and preferences. For example, we may use these cookies to remember your language preferences.
Security: We use these cookies to help identify and prevent security risks.
Performance: We use these cookies to collect information about how you interact with our services and to help us improve them. For example, we may use these cookies to determine if you have interacted with a certain page. These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular. This type of Cookie helps us to secure and better manage the performance of our Services and remembers your preferences for features found on the Services, so you do not have to reset them each time you visit.
Functionality: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymized.
Analytics: We use these cookies to help us understand and improve our services. For example, we can use these cookies to learn more about which features are the most popular with our users and where we may need to make improvements. Every time you visit our Services, the analytics tools and services we use generate Cookies which can tell us (so long as they are allowed and not deleted) whether or not you have visited our Services in the past, and provide additional information regarding how visitors and users use our Services (such as how many visitors we have on a certain landing page, how often they visit, or where users tend to click on our Services). Your browser will tell us if you have these Cookies and, if you do not but do allow new Cookies to be placed, we will typically generate and place new ones.
Third-Party Integration: On some pages of our Services, other organizations may also set their own Cookies. They do this to enable and improve the performance and interoperability of their applications, features or tools that are integrated with our Services, to track their performance, or to customize their services for you.
Registration: When you register and sign into our Services, we generate Cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not and maintain your login session. Our servers use these Cookies to work out which account on our Services you are signed into and if you are allowed access to a particular area or feature on such account. While you are signed into our Services, we combine information from your Registration Cookies with Analytics Cookies, which we could use to learn, for example, which pages you have visited.
Strictly Necessary: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
Types of Cookies
Cookies are typically classified as either “session cookies” which are automatically deleted when you close your browser or “persistent cookies” which will usually remain on your device until you delete them, or they expire.
Session Cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page, but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
Persistent Cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer, and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
How Can You Turn Cookies Off (or Remove Them)?
Although most browsers and devices accept cookies by default, their settings usually allow you to clear or decline cookies. If you disable cookies, however, some of the features of our services may not function properly.
To prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics, you can install Google’s opt-out browser add-on.
For information on how our advertising partners allow you to opt out of receiving ads based on your web browsing history, please visit http://optout.aboutads.info/. European users may opt out of receiving targeted advertising through the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance.
To opt out of ads on Facebook, Pinterest, or Google that are targeted to your interests, use your Facebook, Pinterest, or Google Ads settings.
Check your mobile device for settings that control ads based on your interactions with the applications on your device. For example, on your iOS device, enable the “Limit Ad Tracking” setting, and on your Android device, enable the “Opt out of Ads Personalization” setting. All modern web browsers allow you to change your Cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your browser.
If you are primarily concerned about third-party Cookies generated by advertisers, and you live in the USA, Canada or Europe, you can also opt out from the collection of your data by our advertising partners who participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance.
Opt-out by visiting:
• http://www.aboutads.info/choices (for U.S. users)
• https://youradchoices.ca/en/tools (for Canadian users)
• https://www.youronlinechoices.eu/ (for European users)
In addition, on your mobile device (e.g., iPhone, iPad, or Android), you can change your device settings to control whether you see online interest-based ads.
To find out more about Cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following websites useful: