What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files sent to your computer or mobile device from a website. They are stored on your device’s hard drive. Each website may send its own cookies to your device’s browser if the preferences setting of your device’s browser allows such sending. Your device’s browser is the computer programme you use to access to the internet. This enables us or our website to identify and track your device. Cookies generally identify the device used rather than the individual user, although some cookies may contain personal information. Hence, cookies can enable a website to recognize a device each time it visits, remember user preferences and recommend relevant contents.
What cookies do we use?
In general, we use the following 4 types of cookies:
Among the 4 types of cookies mentioned above, “analytical / performance cookies”, “functionality cookies” and “marketing cookies” are non-essential cookies and are not sent to your device’s browser unless you have accepted or consented. Different types of non-essential cookies will expire at different time, but all cookies will expire after 24 months.
Browsers which support the secure flag will only send cookies with the secure flag when the request is going to a HTTPS page. By setting the secure flag, the browser will prevent the transmission of a cookie over an unencrypted channel.
To administer our sites and for research purposes, Nan Fung may contract with third-party service providers to track and analyze usage and volume information, or to send e-mails to users who have provided us with their contact information. These third-party service providers use persistent cookies to help us improve the user experience, manage our site content and analyze how users navigate and utilize the sites.
Can you refuse or opt out of cookies?
You can choose to accept or choose to reject or block non-essential cookies by checking the corresponding “accept” or “reject” box when a window on our website prompts for your choice. You can change your cookie preferences for our website at any time by changing your browser settings. Please note that most browsers automatically accept cookies. Therefore, if you do not want cookies to be sent to your device, you may need to actively delete or block the cookies. If you reject our website’s cookies, you may still be able to visit our website, but some of the functions may not work properly.
To block Google Analytics cookies specifically, you can install the “Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on” provided by Google. If you share the use of a device, your acceptance or rejection of cookies may affect all users of that device. Please refer to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=zh-TW for details.