What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your device if you agree. This enables us or our website to identify and track your web browser. 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 content.
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.
We use both first-party and third-party cookies. “First-party cookies” are cookies that belong to Nan Fung which we place on your device. “Third-party cookies” are cookies that another party places on your device through our site. They are operated by providers of external services and we have no control over these cookies other than allowing them to be served.
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.
In general, we use the following types of cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies – these are cookies that are necessary to make our website function and are essential for you to browse the website and use its features, such as searching for properties or logging into secure areas of our website. These cookies will generally be first-party session cookies and do not require us to obtain consent. They are temporary and expire once you close your browser.
Analytical/performance cookies – these are cookies that allow us to recognize and count the number of visiting browsers and to see how visitors move around when using our website. This information is not used for target advertising but is used to help us improve our website functions, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily by understanding the interests of our users and measuring the effectiveness of our marketing.
Functionality cookies – these cookies, also known as “preferences cookies”, let us operate our websites in accordance with the choices you make. These cookies permit us to “remember” you in-between visits and recognize you when you return to our website, enabling us to personalize our content for you and remember your preferences. This includes your language preference, your user name and password such that you may log in automatically.
Marketing cookies – these cookies track your online activity to help us provide you with targeted advertising. These cookies can share information with other organizations and across different websites. These are persistent cookies and are almost always third-party cookies. The third-party service providers that generate these cookies, such as Google, have their own privacy policies and may use their cookies for target advertising on other websites, based on your visit to our sites.
Some of the above cookies are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties’ own website privacy notifications for further information. By way of example, we use Google Analytics cookies to obtain an overall view of visitor habits and visitor volumes, and to help improve the overall experience on our websites. Google Analytics is a third-party web analysis service provided by Google Inc, which uses “performance cookies” and “marketing cookies” to analyse how you use our websites. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our websites (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, our websites uses Google Analytics with the expansion “_anonymizeIp()” which means that Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Members of the European Union.
Essential cookies (strictly necessary cookies) that are strictly necessary for the operation of our websites are dropped onto your browser as soon as you visit our site. Non-essential cookies (including analytical/performance cookies, functionality and marketing cookies) are not dropped onto your browser until you have consented. Different types of non-essential cookies will expire at different times but all cookies should expire after 24 months.
Can you refuse or opt out of cookies?