When you first access our Sites from certain jurisdictions, you may receive a message advising you that cookies and similar technologies are in use. By clicking “accept cookies” you signify that you understand and agree to the use of these cookies and similar technologies as described in this Cookie Notice.
You do not have to click “accept cookies” and a User’s consent can be withdrawn at any time (See ‘How to Control Cookies’, below). You can change your browser settings to refuse or restrict cookies, and you may delete them after they have been placed on your device at any time. If you do not accept or delete our cookies, some areas of our Sites that you access may take more time to work or may not function properly.
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small files containing a string of characters which we may store on your computer or mobile device when you visit our Sites. When you visit our Sites, the cookies allow us to recognize your browser. Cookies may store your preferences and other information but cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites.
Cookies set by a website owner (in this case, Whelen) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner (in this case, Whelen) are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the Sites (i.e. advertising, social media functions and analytics).
To the extent permitted by applicable laws, we may allow selected third parties to place third party cookies on the Sites to provide us with better insights into the use of the Sites or user demographics or to provide relevant advertising to you. These third parties may collect information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you use our Sites.
2. The cookies we use
The information that we collect with cookies allows us to statistically analyze usage of our Sites, and to improve and customize our content and other offerings. However, we only disclose information collected with cookies to third parties on an aggregated basis without the use of any information that personally identifies you.
The specific types of first-party and third-party cookies placed by our Sites and the purposes they perform are described in the table below:
|Type of Cookies||Who serves these cookies||How to Refuse|
|Strictly necessary cookies
These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Sites. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use our customer services chat features, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
|These cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Sites and therefore cannot be refused. They can be deleted or blocked using your browser settings, however (see Section 3, How to Control Cookies, below).|
|Performance and Functionality Cookies
These are used to recognize you when you return to our Sites. This enables us to personalize our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region), but are non-essential to the performance of the Site.
|These cookies can be deleted or blocked using your browser settings. See Section 3 “How to Control” below.|
|Analytical or Customization Cookies
These cookies collect information about how users access and move through the Sites. We use this information in either aggregate form to help us to improve the way our Sites work, or to personalize our Sites to your interests.
|Google Analytics||These cookies can be deleted or blocked using your browser settings (see Section 3, How to Control Cookies, below).
Alternatively, please follow the links below to opt-out:
|Social Media Cookies
These cookies allow us to integrate social media functions into our Sites and may also be used for advertising purposes.
|These cookies can be deleted or blocked using your browser settings (see Section 3, How to Control Cookies, below).
Alternatively, please follow the links below to opt-out:
3. How to control cookies
When you first access our Sites from certain jurisdictions, you will receive a message advising you that cookies and similar technologies are in use. By clicking “accept cookies” you signify that you understand and agree to the use of these cookies and similar technologies, as described in this Cookie Notice.
You do not have to accept cookies and consent can be withdrawn at any time, although you may not be able to use certain features on our Sites. You can do this by clicking the appropriate opt-out provided in the cookie table above or by activating the settings on your browser that allows you to refuse all or some cookies.
Please follow the links below to helpful information for the most popular browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
In addition, you can exercise advertising cookie choices by visiting:
4. Web beacons
As well as cookies, we use other similar technologies to recognize and track visitors to our Sites. A web beacon (also known as a “tracking pixel” or “clear GIF“) is a clear graphic image (typically a one-pixel tag) that is delivered through a web browser or HTML e-mail, typically in conjunction with a cookie. Certain email communications you receive from us may contain web beacons.
Web beacons allow us, for example, to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer device that downloaded the page on which the web beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the web beacon appears, the time the page containing the web beacon was viewed, the browser type used to view the page and the information in cookies. We use web beacons for activities such as monitoring the effectiveness of the headlines in our emails or the ad banners, to understand whether users have come to our Sites from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to measure how ads have been viewed and to improve Site performance.
5. Targeted advertising
Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) use third party cookies, over which we have no control. These third party cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. These companies may use information about your visits to our Sites and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements.
We may collect information about the “clickstream” of visitors to our Sites. This clickstream data contains the pages you came from, the navigational paths you took, and the areas of the Sites you visited. From time to time we track such information inside and outside of our Sites. Additionally, provided you have given your consent where required by local law, we may track and match clickstream data with personally identifiable information you provide to us in order to deliver content and other offerings – i.e., products and services that may improve your customer experience. We may also share clickstream data with third parties in an aggregate or otherwise anonymous format.
7. Changes to this Cookie Notice
Whelen may change this Cookie Notice from time to time at its sole discretion. We may indicate at the top of the Cookie Notice when it was most recently updated. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this Cookie Notice.
8. Contact us
If you have any questions or comments about this Cookie Notice, please contact us at:
c/o Whelen Engineering, Inc
51 Winthrop Road
Chester, CT USA 06412