Privacy and Cookie Policy

 

 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.  Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

 

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

 

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

 

Cookies

CookieTypeDurationDescription
_adrollHTTP1 yearRegisters a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads
_adroll_fpcHTTP5 yearsUsed to identify the visitor across visits and devices. This allows the website to present the visitor with relevant advertisement -  the service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers
_ar_v4HTTP1 yearOptimizes ad display based on the user's movement combined and various advertiser bids for displaying user ads
_fbpHTTP1 dayUsed by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers
_gaHTTP2 yearsRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website
_gatHTTP1 dayUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
_gidHTTP1 dayRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website
_te_HTTPSessionRegisters a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads
bcookieHTTP2 yearsUsed by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services
BizoIDHTTP29 daysUsed to track visitors on multiple websites, in order to present relevant advertisement based on the visitor's preferences
bscookieHTTP2 yearsUsed by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the used of embedded services
cHTTP1 yearRegulates synchronization of user identification and exchange of user data between various ad services
cm/b/outPixelSessionUsed to present the visitor with relevant content and advertisement - the service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers
cm/g/inPixelSessionUsed to present the visitor with relevant content and advertisement - the service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers
cm/g/outPixelSessionUsed to present the visitor with relevant content and advertisement - the service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers
cm/o/outPixelSessionUsed to present the visitor with relevant content and advertisement - the service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers
collectPixelSessionUsed to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behavior. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels
frHTTP3 monthsUsed by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers
iHTTP1 yearRegisters anonymized user data, such as IP address, geographical location, visited websites, and what ads the user has clicked, with the purpose of optimizing ad display based on the user's movement on websites that use the same ad network
IDEHTTP1 yearUsed by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user
langHTTPSessionRemembers the user's selected language version of a web site
lidcHTTP1 dayUsed by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services
test_cookieHTTP1 dayUsed to check if the user's browser supports cookies
trPixelSessionUsed by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers
tuuidHTTP1 yearRegisters whether or not the user has consented to the use of cookies
tuuid_luHTTP1 yearContains a unique visitor ID, which allows Bidswitch.com to track the visitor across multiple websites. This allows Bidswitch to optimize advertisement relevance and ensure that the visitor does not see the same ads multiple times
ul_cb/syncPixelSessionCollects information on visitor behavior on multiple websites. This information is used on the website, in order to optimize the relevance of advertisement
UserMatchHistoryHTTP29 daysUsed to track visitors on multiple websites, in order to present relevant advertisement based on the visitor's preferences
w/1.0/sdPixelSessionRegisters data on visitors such as IP addresses, geographical location and advertisement interaction. This information is used to optimize the advertisement on websites that make use of OpenX.net services

 

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

 

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. You may opt out of cookies when prompted while visiting the website.