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
Visitors to our websites
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To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising you may visit the following sites:
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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 WordPress.com 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.|
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. WordPress.com, 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.
|ads||Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.|
|lr_nw||Counts and tracks pageviews on Longreads.com. 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
|__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 WordPress.com|
|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.|
|__stripe_sid / __stripe_mid||For processing payment and to aid in fraud detection.|
|_longreads_prod_new||Authentication for Longreads.com Member accounts. Only active when logged in, on *.longreads.com 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 WordPress.com 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.|
|csrftoken||Python/Ajax security cookie used on accounts.longreads.com.|
|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)
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|DYNSRV||lin-10-170-0-XXX (X=any digit)||End of session|
|ADMINDYNSRV||lin-10-170-0-XXX (X=any digit)||End of session|
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|has_js||1||End of session|
EU Cookie Law Banner
|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.
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