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Cookies are files stored temporarily on your computer by the web browser you use to access Earrl. These temporary cookie files contain unique numerical identifiers that are sent to Earrl by your web browser each time your browser makes a request to Earrl.
Cookies are used by Earrl to maintain persistent state information about your account on Earrl which references that information by using the cookie to lookup your persistent state information each time your browser reaches out to Earrl.
There are two types of cookies available to Earrl provided by your web browser: Persistent cookies which exist until their expiration date or are deleted by clearing your web browsers cookie cache and Session cookies which exist until you close your web browser and can also be deleted by clearing your web browser cache. Earrl does not use any other type of cookie nor any other mechanism with similar functionality.
Earrl uses a ‘persistent’ cookie to remember which geographical area you access on Earrl – for example when you first visit Earrl we show you the home page and ask that you enter your zip code after which we take you to your geographical classifieds page. When you come back to Earrl we see that you have a ‘persistent’ cookie set that indicates you have already chosen a specific geographical area and we take you right to that same geographical classifieds page without having to ask you for your zip code again. A ‘session’ cookie is only valid while your web browser session is active and is used to reference information stored on Earrl such as your account information and if you are ‘logged-in’ or not. Typically when you close your browser this information is deleted but not always depending on your web browser settings. If your web browser allows for session cookies to persist after you have closed the browser this may mean that when you return to Earrl, if you were logged in you may still be logged in the next time you visit. Clearing your web browsers cookie cache deletes all of these cookies – when you return to Earrl you will again be asked for your local zip code and you will have to log-in again. Please note that clearing your web browser cache does not delete your account information from Earrl and if you return to Earrl and log in we again restore your session cookie so that you can continue to use Earrl.
Specifically cookies do not contain any personal information nor do cookies identify you personally however cookies are a pointer that is used by Earrl to access your account information on Earrl which enable functionality such as to remember who you are when and while you are using Earrl.
Your Web Browser does not allow other website to access cookies created by Earrl and as such other websites can not tell that you are using or have used Earrl in the past.
Earrl has no third party advertising and as such there are no third parties to set cookies on your computer as you use Earrl.
If you block cookies it is not likely that you will be able to use Earrl as EVERY time you do anything we will direct you to log in and as soon as you do log in the very next time you navigate to any page within Earrl, because you do not have a session cookie, we will ask you to log in again and this will be repeated over and over and over. Without cookies we can not tell who you are and as such, even though you may have a valid Earrl account, we can not see that account as you navigate within Earrl.
You may delete Earrl’s cookies at any time in your web browser and searching for ‘delete cookies’ on any search engine will give you specific relevant results on how to do so. When you return to Earrl without cookies we will ask you to log in and at that point we will, again, set cookies remembering who you are and allowing you to use Earrl.