MICA's statement on internet tools

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MICA’S STATEMENT ON INTERNET TOOLS
The Use of Tools on MICA’s Internet Sites

Internet tools, such as cookies and Web beacons, may be used on MICA’s Internet sites to improve our on-line security measures, evaluate the effectiveness and success of our Internet sites and our marketing campaigns, as well as offering our on-line users a more personalized on-line experience.
Cookies are series of data exchanged between a server and a Web browser to facilitate the use of an Internet site and help understand how a site is used. Cookies are not used to extract data from your hard drive, and they do not run programs on your computer.
Web beacons are small, transparent images embedded in Web pages, which together with cookies, help give the site operator information on the site’s use and effectiveness. Most of the cookies that we use are session cookies, that is, they are not stored on your hard disk but are available only during a session (until you close your session or your browser).

A. HOW MICA WEBSITES USE INTERNET TOOLS:

  1. SecurityMICA Websites that need authentication may use cookies to help protect your accounts from unauthorized users. Cookies help maintain session integrity and allow increased security, making sure that unauthorized attempts to access your account are blocked.
  2. Evaluation of Internet Sites and Marketing CampaignsMICA and its service providers may use cookies and Web beacons to evaluate the use and features of our Internet sites. Web beacons may be used to offer increased site personalization and an improved user experience. MICA also uses this information to compile data on site use and habits. For example, MICA can see how many times you click on a hyperlink or advertisement or evaluate the success of an on-line application form. Information collected using cookies and Web beacons on MICA’s Internet sites are used to evaluate the site’s performance and functionality. The information collected may include pages visited, browser type, level of encryption supported by your browser, your Internet protocol (IP) address and the site that guided you to MICA’s site.
  3. Personalized On-Line ExperienceMICA’s Internet sites may also use cookies to gather information on on-line activities and preferences, such as Internet pages visited, visit duration and successful downloads. This information may be used with other information:
    • to help us better understand your interests and needs;
    • to offer you a personalized on-line experience;
    • to present new site tools and features.

B. ACCEPTANCE OF COOKIES

Cookies are a common technology, and many browsers’ default setting is to accept cookies automatically. You can configure your browser so that it will notify you when a cookie is going to be set, giving you the possibility to decide whether or not to accept it.

If you decide that you do not want cookies to be set, consult your browser’s on-line help for instructions and information on configuring your preferences for cookies. You can also configure your browser to immediately reject cookies. If you use this option, you will be able to continue using MICA’s sites. However, you need to know that some site characteristics may not function correctly without cookies.

To ensure session integrity and security, we suggest that you accept cookies.