Last Revised: October 6, 2020
What is a cookie?
An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie, or simply cookie) is a small piece of data stored on a person's computer or device. Cookies perform essential functions in the modern web.
What are cookies used for?
Session cookies are temporary cookies that remember your online activities. For example, they are a mechanism for websites to remember information about a person or to record the person's browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons or recording which pages were visited in the past). A good example of how session cookies are helpful is online shopping. When you’re shopping online, you can check-out at any time. That’s because session cookies track your movement, so the website knows it is still you each time you navigate to a new page on the store’s website. Without the session cookie, your cart would be empty when you tried to check-out.
Persistent cookies (also known as first-party cookies) work by tracking your online preferences. Persistent cookies are the most common method used by web servers to authenticate a person, to know whether they are logged in or not, and which account they are logged in with. Without such a mechanism, the site would not know whether to send a page containing sensitive information or require the user to authenticate themselves by logging in.
Persistent cookies also help computers to remember preferences like your language selection, saved content, and more.
Tracking cookies, and especially third-party tracking cookies, are commonly used as ways to create long-term records of a person's browsing histories, show targeted advertisements to them across the Internet, and track behavior, such as whether an email has been received and opened.
- Advertisements. We partner with third party publishers, advertising networks, and service providers to manage our ads on other sites. Our third-party partners may set cookies on your device or browser to gather information about your activities on the Website or Services and other sites you visit to provide you with our ads. For example, if you visit our Website and use a social media platform, you may see our ad in your social media newsfeed or timeline.
- Social Media Cookies. These cookies allow us to integrate social media functions into our Website and Services and may also be used for advertising purposes.
- Flash Cookies. We may use local shared objects, sometimes known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences or display content based upon what you view on our site to personalize your visit. Our advertisers and third-party service providers also may use Flash cookies to collect and store information. Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount and type of data and how it is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash cookies.
Opting-out of cookies.
You may adjust your browser settings to block cookies and other tracking technologies. Please note though, we do not provide your browser to you so we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of those settings. If you have questions about your browser settings and how they impact the effectiveness of cookies and other similar tracking technologies, please contact the browser provider for help and support. Unfortunately, we cannot help with those kinds of technical questions.
If you block cookies on our Website or in connection with our Services, you may be unable to access certain areas of our Website and certain functions of our Services will not work in the usual way.
You can manage which websites can store information in Flash cookies on your device via the website storage settings panel on the Adobe website.