We are working on our website to give visitors a more visible way to manage their cookie preferences.
In the interim, you can turn off all cookies that are not strictly necessary for the functioning of our site by following the steps in Section 2 below.
Vinson & Elkins (the “Firm,” “we,” or “our”) provides the following information about cookies associated with our website:
1. Cookies – What are they and how do we use them?
We use “cookies” on our website. A cookie is a small electronic file that is placed and sometimes stored on your computer or mobile device when you use our site. These cookies do not contain or collect information about your personal identity. Instead, they record unique identifying information about the internet browser that you use. The cookies help us distinguish you from other people who visit the site, and they provide some information about your browsing history on our site. In effect, cookies allow the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time and provide a better experience by helping you return more easily to certain portions of our website. Cookies also help us know which parts of our web tools and website are used most frequently.
There are two broad categories of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session cookie expires and disappears when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your device for a pre-defined period of time. They are used when you return to our site to help identify you, allow you to log in, or let other third-party sites to communicate with you.
2. Turning Off Cookies
You can control cookies on your personal computer or mobile device. You can delete cookies or not allow them to reside on your device through controls built into your browser or app. You can stop receiving cookies by changing your web browser settings. See the instructions for your particular browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla). To learn more about cookies, see http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
If you delete or block cookies that are strictly necessary for the performance of our website, the site might not function correctly, and you might not be able to access certain areas of it.
3. Types of Cookies
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off without impairing the functioning of our website. They are set to respond to actions you take or requests you make, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling out forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work without them.
- Performance Cookies
These cookies count visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our website. They help us learn which pages are the most and least popular. They show how visitors move around the site. All the information that these cookies collect is aggregated by the Firm or third-party providers. If you block these cookies, we will not know when you have visited our website and will not be able to remember your preferences if you return to the site later.
- Functional Cookies
These cookies let the website provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by the Firm or by third-party providers. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services might not work properly.
- Targeting Cookies
These cookies can be used to build a profile of your interests and can be used to show you relevant advertisements on other sites. They do not directly identify you or store your personal details, but they do uniquely identify your browser and internet device.
4. How Do We Use Particular Cookies?
Here are some details about the cookies that we use on our website:
|ASP.Net_SessionID||ASP.NET||1st party||This is a default cookie used by ASP.NET to uniquely identify a visitor’s session on the website. It tracks a user’s IP address and the webpages visited on the site.||20 minutes or end of session||Strictly Necessary|
|EkAnalytics||Ektron||1st party||This cookie is used by our Content Management System to populate the information that appears on our website. It also may be used to report web analytics. But we have not enabled that function.||1 year||Performance|
|EktGUID ||Ektron||1st party||This cookie is used to track visitors to the site. It generates and assigns a unique identifier for all visitors, including anonymous visitors, when they first arrive on the site.||1 year||Performance|
|ecm||Ektron||1st party||This cookie is used to store information about persons who log into our website. It does not apply to, and tracks no information about, other visitors to the site. ||End of session||Strictly Necessary|
|_ga||Google Analytics||3rd party||This cookie stores other randomly generated IDs and other information about the user. It helps us to distinguish between different users.||2 years||Performance|
|_gid ||Google Analytics||3rd party||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to store and update a unique value for each page visited.||24 hours||Performance|
|_gat||Google Analytics||3rd party||This cookie does not store any user information. Google Analytics uses it to assess and balance performance of the website. ||1 minute||Performance|
|metrics_token||metrics_token||3rd party||This cookie provides Twitter syndication. It is used by Twitter to provide embedded content that is displayed on our website.||45 days||Targeting|
|tfw_exp||metrics_token||3rd party||This cookie provides Twitter integration and allows users to share information through social media.||1 day||Performance|
|intEmailHistoryID||Vuture||3rd party||This cookie is used to track when a visitor to our website views or responds to educational articles, marketing materials, or announcements.||1 year||Targeting|
||Vuture||3rd party||This cookie is used to identify the IP address of a visitor to our website who views or responds to educational articles, marketing materials, or announcements.||End of session||Targeting|
|vuid||Vimeo||3rd party||Vimeo is used to upload, share, and view videos. Vimeo uses these cookies to collect analytics tracking information.||2 years||Performance|
5. Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics (owned by Google Inc.) on our website. Information about your use of our website is transmitted to and stored by Google which in turn provides web analytic services to us. We have activated the anonymizeIP feature of Google Analytics. This means that a visitor’s IP address is anonymized before any processing and storage is done by Google Analytics. In addition, if you do not want your information collected by Google Analytics, you can install the Google Analytics opt-out as a browser add-on. This add-on function works with most major web browsers. Learn more by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
6. Third Parties
We use other third parties, including Twitter, Vimeo, and Vuture, to provide services to us regarding our website. Some information about your use of our website is transmitted to and stored by them. That transmission and storage are subject to appropriate contractual safeguards consistent with the requirements of data protection regulations. These external sites are not owned or controlled by the Firm, and we refer you to the privacy policies for those sites.
7. Other Information
If you are located in the European Union, EU General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016 (“GDPR”) gives you certain rights regarding any of your personal data that we process.