Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”).

Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.

How we use your information

This Cookie Policy tells you what to expect when we use cookies. Our cookies rarely collect personal data. For this we have a separate GDPR Privacy Policy.

Visitors to our websites

When someone visits our and associated websites we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting either of our websites ( or or others identified as our group websites). We will not associate any data gathered from these sites with any personally identifying information from any other source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will tell you about this and ask for consent when ever possible and required. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
We operate an opt-in module to allow you to agree to the use of cookies when you use our website. This opt-in module will work to it’s best ability and conformity to the main browsers, but may not cover all types of browsers and devices. We recommend using Firefox, IE, Safari or Chrome. Other browser may not be supported for the opt-in. Should you decide to continue to browse our site with any browser and whether or not opted-in we consider this as your consent to us using cookies as detailed here.
Our site needs to set cookies to allow us to provide our services, security for users, for our sites and our project, and to comply with legal requirements. If you do not wish to receive cookies from or on behalf of or from third parties through our sites, then please stop browsing our sites now.

Set your Browsers Privacy and Security levels according to your needs

We recommends to set your Privacy and Security settings in your browser to the level reflecting the levels and complexity needed on your system and whether it is shared or not. High levels of Privacy and Security will require you to respond to prompts from your browser frequently. This will disrupt your browsing experience, but it reduces risks and gives you a higher degree of control what data is retrieved from your system by who.
We also suggest to you to set required cookies to “current session only” and to clear your browsers history, cache and cookies at the end of each of your sessions, at least though frequently, regularly and always before you hand your system to another user.
If you login to any of the our websites we will require you to allow additional cookies to be set to identify your system on a per session basis only for your on our website’s mutual security. You may remove our cookies to ease future access such as avoiding partial or full retyping of login details. This is entirely at your own risk and is recommended on shared systems. We recommend to set your browser to clear all information related to your browsing at the end of your session automatically.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behaviour such as the length of time they are stored – either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins. If you disable cookies, please be aware that some of the features of our service may not function correctly.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising you may visit the following sites:

On a mobile device, you may also be to adjust your settings to limit ad tracking. You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.

Use of cookies by us

We record IP addresses, URLs visited, and related information for all site visitors for the purpose of site traffic analytics and captured as part of normal operation in our server logs. Cookies are used to track logins, sessions, and collect anonymous traffic data.
We use 3rd-party services like Google Analytics.

The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.

Not all cookies listed or referred to here may be used. The easiest way to check which cookies are used is to use an add-on to your browser that allows you to see all the cookies coming from this website and cookies residing on your device coming from others.

Regular flushing/cleaning of your device and browser(s) to delete unused & unwanted cookies is recommended.

Category of cookies Why we use these cookies
Strictly Necessary These cookies are essential for websites on our services to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.
Functionality These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
Security We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.
Analytics and Performance Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.
Third Party / Embedded Content Sites hosted on make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

User Sites

In addition to the cookies set on our own sites, we we may use other features and will update the information here accordingly.


Below are examples of the cookies set when you use this website, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across the whole network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g., etc). Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but rather aims to be representative. Information about cookies that may be set by third parties, such as third parties through links is below. In addition, people and companies that use our services to publish or host their own sites may place additional cookies. We provide more information on these cookies below.


Cookie Purpose
ads Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.
lr_nw Counts and tracks pageviews on Used to determine whether or not to show our Membership popup message.
wordpress_eli Reduces the display of ads for repeat visitors.

Please also see the section below on third party advertisements that you may see on our sites or sites that use our services.

Analytics and Performance

Cookie Purpose
__pdvt Used in log of Crowdsignal survey data to aid in debugging customer problems
ab Used for “AB testing” of new features.
nux_flow_name Identifies which user signup flow was shown to the user.
tk_ni / tk_ai / tk_qs Gathers information for our own, first party analytics tool about how our services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
tk_*r Referral cookies used to analyse referrer behavior for Jetpack connected sites using WooCommerce.
wp-affiliate-tracker Remembers the ID of the affiliate that referred the current user to
utma / utmb / utmc / utmt / utmz / ga / gat / gid Google Analytics. Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allow us to create a better experience for our visitors. Our users may also implement Google Analytics on their own websites.


Cookie Purpose
__stripe_sid / __stripe_mid For processing payment and to aid in fraud detection.
_longreads_prod_new Authentication for Member accounts. Only active when logged in, on * domains.
akm_mobile Stores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.
botdlang Used to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs in.
landingpage_currency Defines the currency displayed in landing pages.
pd_dashboard Records last used folder in Crowdsignal dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.
PD_USER_AUTH Login cookie used to identify Crowdsignal user.


Cookie Purpose
csrftoken Python/Ajax security cookie used on

Strictly Necessary

Cookie Purpose
country_code Used in order to determine whether or not the cookie banner should be shown. Set immediately on page load and retained for 6 hours to remember the visitor’s country.
sensitive_pixel_option Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.
twostep_auth Set when the user is logged in using two factor authentication.
wordpress_test_cookie Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.

Cookies we currently use (2020-04)

Name Value Expiry
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similiar to .... SSESS3fe16e15915d67ccd85b078015b0ee00 with contents looking like this .....
eucookielaw 1586508599719 100d
cookie-agreed 2 74d
Drupal.toolbar.collapsed 0 1y
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight 0 1y
DYNSRV lin-10-170-0-XXX (X=any digit) End of session
ADMINDYNSRV lin-10-170-0-XXX (X=any digit) End of session
ctools-collapsible-state similiar to .... 
End of session
collapsiblock similiar to ....
End of session
has_js 1 End of session

EU Cookie Law Banner

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
eucookielaw Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the EU Cookie Law banner. 100d

Please note that this section is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather aims to be representative, and that our users may set additional cookies (such as Google Analytics), depending on the features they have chosen to enable or the plugins they have installed and on your own settings of the browser and device you use.
Should you notice additional cookies that we have not mentioned please let us know to check their validity, to remove them or add them to the list. Unfortunately software and ISP service change and are updated regularly without advice being passed about all the changes.

Video Channel cookies from YouTube and others

We may embed videos from Video Channel websites such as YouTube and we will wherever possible use privacy-enhanced modes. In this mode the Video Channel websites may set cookies on your computer once you click on the respective video player. Should you decide to play content from any Video Channel (YouTube and others) you need to review their respective Privacy and Cookie policies directly, such as YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Search engine

The search engine on our website is designed to be as powerful and easy to use as the popular search engine Google. The search is made possible by a piece of hardware (a search ‘appliance’) supplied by Drupal that is plugged into our server and continuously indexes the content on our site. All search requests are handled by the appliance and the information is not passed on to any third party.
You may also use other search engines to search our sites and in those cases we recommend to you to read and agree to their Privacy and Cookie policies directly on those sites.

Complaints or queries

We try to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this very seriously. We encourage people to bring it to our attention if they think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate. We would also welcome any suggestions for improving our procedures.
This Cookie Policy was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind. It does not provide exhaustive detail of all aspects of our collection and use of personal information. However, we are happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent via the contact page link below.

Links to other websites

This cookie policy does not cover the links within these sites linking to other unrelated, third-party websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other unrelated, third-party websites that you may visit following links from here.

How to contact us

Requests for information about our privacy policy can be emailed to the Information Privacy department via our Contact Form.

Changes to this Cookie Policy

We keep our Cookie Policy under regular review. This policy was last updated on 01. June 2020.