Last Modified: February 22, 2022
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the site again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information.
Cookies provide a convenience feature to save you time or tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, TRU) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third-party cookies”. Third-party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g., advertising, interactive content, and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and when it visits certain other websites.
We use first party and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons for our website to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Websites and Subscription Service. For example, TRU keeps track of the Websites and pages you visit within TRU, to determine what portion of the TRU website is the most popular or most used. This data is used to deliver customized content and promotions within the TRU Website and to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area. Third parties serve cookies through our websites for advertising, analytics, and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
What types of cookies do we use and how do we use them?
The specific types of first- and third-party cookies served through our websites and the purposes they perform. These cookies include:
- Essential website cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our websites.
- Performance and functionality cookies: These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our websites but are non-essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality may become unavailable.
- Analytics and customization cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our websites for you.
- Advertising and targeting cookies: These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.
- Social networking cookies: These cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our websites through third-party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes too.
What about third-party cookies?
We use third parties when providing you with our website, which may set cookies on your browser or hardware. These third parties may include, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services. These third-party cookies are likely to be analytical, performance, advertising, or targeting cookies. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites 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. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other personally identifying details unless you choose to provide these.
If you do not feel comfortable, you can individually block these cookies in the cookie settings on our sites or you can block them in general by changing the settings on your browser (so that it blocks all these types of cookies).
We use Google Analytics on our sites for our advertising purposes, to improve our sites and get feedback on how we are presenting our services to our users. Data is gathered by Google Analytics from users’ internet protocol address’ albeit in an anonymized form whereby TRU can see information about the ages, locations, and interests of our users. The data is then transmitted by Google Analytics onto a server in the U.S. where it is stored.
If you wish to prevent Google Analytics from processing the data generated by cookies in this situation, you can do so by downloading and installing the following technical browser plug-in (a so-called "add-on") by clicking here. This browser plug-in only works on your desktop or laptop but not on mobile devices.
How can I control cookies?
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can exercise your cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt-out links provided below.
In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. If you would like to find out more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You may opt out by clicking here: http://optout.aboutads.info/ or http://optout.networkadvertising.org/ (or if located in the European Union, by clicking here: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/). Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic advertisements.
Essential website cookies: Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Websites to you, you cannot refuse them. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings however, as described above.
What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We at times employ a software technology called web beacons (a.k.a. tracking pixels, clear gifs, web beacons, 1x1 gifs), that help us better manage our website and subscription services by informing us what content is effective. Web beacons are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, web beacons are embedded invisibly on web pages or in emails and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We use clear gifs or pixels in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. We tie the information gathered by clear gifs in emails to our customers' personal information.
What if I share my device with other people?
If more than one person uses your device, the choices set by others will apply to you as well unless you specifically change them when you are using your device. For example, if you share a computer with your colleagues, family, or friends, you may see advertisements based on websites they have visited as well as websites you have visited.
What happens if I change or turn off one or more types of cookies in my browser?You can visit the “options” or “preferences” menu or your browser to change your settings. You may find it useful to review the following websites which give you advice based on the browser you’re using:
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari for Macs and iOS
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
TRU is not responsible for the information on any of the websites above.
You can also choose to entirely turn off or delete cookies in your browser. If you do this, it may affect websites that use similar cookies to us. This is because the cookies choices you set in your browser replace any cookies choices you set on a single website. For instance, if you run an advertising blocker on your browser, you won't see TRU Staffing Partners ads that are tailored to you, even if you have turned on marketing cookies for our sites.
What are the consequences of refusing cookies?
If you use your browser setting to block all cookies (including strictly necessary and therefore essential cookies) in general or those specifically on our sites, you may not be able to access all or parts of our sites and subsequently enjoy all the functionality available.
Who should I contact if I have any questions?