What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is transferred by a web server and stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device when you visit certain websites. Generally, cookies are used to make your browsing experience better by allowing a website to remember your actions and preferences (for example, your authentication status). Cookies also provide information on how people may use a website (for instance, whether it’s their first time visiting or if they are a frequent visitor).
What cookies do we use and why?
We use a number of different cookies to provide you with our Services, to monitor usage and performance, to customize and improve your experience, and to facilitate our marketing, social and advertising activities.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
We use a small number of cookies that are necessary to allow you to use our Services. The use of these cookies is essential for our Services to work. For example, we use session cookies for the duration of a session to keep track of a user’s identity and authentication status.
Analytics and Reporting Cookies
We use many tools to help us improve our Services and the overall user experience for our customers and website visitors. To this end, we use reporting and analytics cookies to collect information about how you use our website, and how often.
Marketing and Advertising Cookies
Social and Content Cookies
Social and content cookies are placed by many social media plugins (for example, the Facebook “like” button), and other tools meant to provide or improve the content on a website (for example, services that allow the playing of video files, or that create comments sections). We integrate some of these modules into our website to improve the experience of browsing and interacting with our content. Some of these third party services may place cookies that are also used for things like behavioural advertising, analytics, and/or market research.
How to opt-out, remove or prevent the setting of cookies
Most browsers give you the ability to manage cookies to suit your preferences. In some browsers you can set up rules to manage cookies on a site-by-site basis, giving you more fine-grained control over your privacy. This means you can disallow cookies from all sites except those that you trust. To customize your cookie management preferences for your browser, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
For display advertising, you may opt out at any time by visiting your Google Ads Settings page or by installing and running the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The Network Advertising Initiative has also developed a tool available here that may help you understand which third parties have currently enabled cookies for your browser and opt-out of those cookies. Please note that this is your responsibility and would have no direct affiliation with Bench.
In addition, on your iPhone, iPad or Android, you can change your device settings to control whether you see online interest-based ads.
You can adjust your cookie settings by clicking the button below. Please keep in mind that removing or blocking cookies can negatively impact your user experience and parts of our website or Services may no longer be fully accessible.
Please be advised that cookies are dynamic and there are instances where you may be required to update your consent preferences again, including but not limited to, when you clear your cache or cookies, and when using an alternate web browser or device.