Internet Cookies

What are cookies?

A cookie is information saved by your web browser. When you visit a website, the site may place a cookie on your web browser so it can recognize your device in the future. If you return to that site later on, it can read that cookie to remember you from your last visit and keep track of you over time.

Uses

  • collect information about the pages you view and your activities on the site
  • enable the site to recognize you, for example by:
    • remembering your user ID
    • offering an online shopping cart
    • keeping track of your preferences if you visit the website again
  • customize your browsing experience
  • deliver ads targeted to you

The cookie transmits this information back to the website's computer (or server). You can set your web browser to warn you about attempts to place cookies on your computer or to limit the type of cookies you allow. For more information, please see the FTC's guidance on cookies and other forms of online tracking.

Two general types

Single-Session cookies

  • help with navigation on the website
  • only record information temporarily and are erased when the user quits the session or closes the browser
  • are enabled by default in order to provide the smoothest navigation experience possible
  • are known as Tier 1 technologies under applicable government guidance

Persistent/Multi-Session cookies

  • remain on your computer and record information every time you visit some websites
  • are stored on the hard drive of your computer until you manually delete them from a browser folder, or until they expire, which can be months or years after they were placed on your computer
  • are used by the FTC solely to provide analysis of site use and to maintain access quality for users; capture only a unique, randomly assigned identifier for each user and do not send or receive information on non-FTC websites
  • are known as Tier 2 technologies under applicable government guidance

Single-Session (Tier 1) Cookies

FTC Site

Purpose

Vendor Involved in Cookie Placement

Alternative (if you disable cookies)

www.ftc.gov to enable a customer satisfaction survey and store basic information about user interaction with the site

ForeSee Results

You can also provide feedback regarding www.ftc.gov or share questions or concerns by emailing webmaster@ftc.gov.  Please write “ForeSee” in the subject line of the email.

bulkorder.ftc.gov

to keep track of items in the “shopping cart” until checkout

Chief

The same publications are available at www.ftc.gov, and individuals may print and use materials directly from the website.

complaints.donotcall.gov

to enable consumers to submit the complaint form

Leidos

You can also register your complaint against a Telemarketer who has violated the Do Not Call rule by calling 1-888-382-1222.

www.DoNotCall.gov

to provide streamlined navigation and site language selection

Leidos

You can also register your number with the Do Not Call list by calling 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register.

www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov to enable consumers to submit the complaint form

Leidos

You can also register your complaint by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
to enable a customer satisfaction survey and store basic information about user interaction with the site

ForeSee Results

You can also provide feedback regarding www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or share questions or concerns by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

www.ftcefile.gov

to enable parties to a Part 3 matter to log-in and electronically file documents

ICF International

You can also file documents in paper form in accordance with the FTC Rules of Practice.

www.telemarketing.donotcall.gov

to enable telemarketers, sellers and other entities accessing the site to move from one secure Web page to another without having to log in to each page

Leidos

For more privacy information regarding the Telemarketer’s Do Not Call site, click here.

FTC.<Case>.com

to enable redress class members to check on the status of their claim

Analytics Inc.

Epiq Systems

Gilardi & Co.

Rust Consulting

You can also check the status of a claim by calling the appropriate number listed here.

www.consumersentinel.gov

to provide streamlined navigation and site language selection

Leidos

For more privacy information regarding the Consumer Sentinel site, click here.

www.identitytheft.gov

to enable consumers to submit the complaint form

Leidos

You can also register your complaint by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338).

Persistent/Multi-Session (Tier 2) cookies

FTC Site

Purpose

Vendor Involved in Cookie Placement

Alternative (if you disable cookies)

www.ftc.gov Prevents users from receiving a survey invitation if they have completed the survey in the last 30 days

ForeSee Results

You can also provide feedback regarding www.ftc.gov or share questions or concerns by emailing webmaster@ftc.gov.  Please write “ForeSee” in the subject line of the email.
Provides measures of website traffic and assesses how visitors use the site, distinguishing unique users

Google, Inc. (via General Services Administration’s Digital Analytics Program)

None.
www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov

Prevents users from receiving a survey invitation if they have completed the survey in the last 30 days

ForeSee Results

You can also provide feedback regarding www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or share questions or concerns by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)

Provides measures of website traffic and assesses how visitors use the site, distinguishing unique users

Google, Inc. (via General Services Administration’s Digital Analytics Program)

None.
www.donotcall.gov

Prevents users from receiving a survey invitation if they have completed the survey in the last 30 days

ForeSee Results

You can also provide feedback regarding www.donotcall.gov or share questions or concerns by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)

Provides measures of website traffic and assesses how visitors use the site, distinguishing unique users

Google, Inc. (via General Services Administration’s Digital Analytics Program)

None.
www.econsumer.gov

Prevents users from receiving a survey invitation if they have completed the survey in the last 30 days

ForeSee Results

You can also provide feedback regarding www.econsumer.gov or share questions or concerns by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)

Provides measures of website traffic and assesses how visitors use the site, distinguishing unique users

Google, Inc. (via General Services Administration’s Digital Analytics Program)

None.
www.identitytheft.gov Prevents users from receiving a survey invitation if they have completed the survey in the last 30 days

ForeSee Results

You can also provide feedback regarding identitytheft.gov or share questions or concerns by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
Provides measures of website traffic and assesses how visitors use the site, distinguishing unique users

Google, Inc. (via General Services Administration’s Digital Analytics Program)

None.

kvgo.com/ftc/[event name here]

Generates a random number to identify unique visitors that view live FTC webcasts; does not collect PII

KnowledgeVision

You can watch all live FTC webcasts with your cookies disabled.

Last updated November 2016