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 other websites who serve up content on that site (‘third party cookies’).

Cookies and SevenCookiesApps.WordPress.com

Our website is hosted on WordPress.com and their Cookie Policy may also extend to you, as a visitor to our site. Please review this policy.

Seven Cookies which is hosted on WordPress.com make use of cookies for a variety of different purposes. These include those that are ‘strictly necessary’ for technical reasons; those that enable a personalized experience for visitors and registered users; and those that allow the display of advertising from selected third party networks. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action, such as clicking the ‘like’ or ‘follow’ button on a post.

Types of Cookies

Strictly Necessary

These are the cookies that are essential for websites on WordPress.com to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions.

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.
Functionality

These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location. They are not used to track visitors on sites that are not hosted on WordPress.com.

Cookie Purpose
_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 Polldaddy dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.
PD_USER_AUTH Login cookie used to identify Polldaddy user.
wordpress_logged_in* Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.
wp-settings-{user_id} Persists a user’s wp-admin configuration.
wp_sharing_{id} Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.
Analytics and Performance

Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with websites hosted on WordPress.com, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. These details are only used to improve how a website functions.

Cookie Purpose
__pdvt Used in log of Polldaddy 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.
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.
Advertising/Tracking

These cookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors on WordPress.com sites, as well as to track the volume of visitors to the WordPress.com network. They track details about visitors such as the number of unique visitors, number of times particular ads have been displayed, the number of clicks the ads have received, and are also used to measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns by building up user profiles. These are set by Automattic and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.
wordpress_eliReduces the display of ads for repeat visitors.

Cookie Purpose
ads Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.

Third Party/Embedded Content

SevenCookiesApps which is 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.

Advertisements from Third Parties Through Automattic’s Ads Program

WordPress.com mission is to democratize publishing. So that they can offer free access to create a website using WordPress.com, they show ads on some of our website.WordPress.com operate their ads program in partnership with third party vendors. As part of the operation of their ads program, they use cookies to collect certain information. Advertising cookies enable them and their partners to serve ads and to personalize those ads based on information like visits to their sites and other sites on the Internet.Below is a representative list of WordPress.com advertising program partners, along with information on the cookies that that each partner sets. The partners they work with change from time to time, and this is not an exhaustive list. Your choices to control cookies related to WordPress.com ads program are described below.

Partner Cookie Info
Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=footer_iba?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201909150
AppNexus https://www.appnexus.com/en/company/cookie-policy
BidSwitch http://www.bidswitch.com/cookie-statement/
Criteo https://www.criteo.com/cookie-policy/
Google (AdSense, DoubleClick Ad Exchange “AdX”) https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads
OATH https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/privacy/topics/cookies/index.html
Pubmatic https://pubmatic.com/legal/website-cookie-policy/
Skimlinks https://skimlinks.com/user-cookies

SevenCookiesApps.WordPress.com website has the Jetpack plugin installed and the below are examples of the cookies set for visitors to our site. For more details on the cookies set for administrators, please see https://jetpack.com/support/cookies/.

Jetpack Comments
Cookie Name Purpose
comment_author_{HASH} Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s name field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes.
comment_author_email_{HASH} Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s email field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes.
comment_author_url_{HASH} Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s URL field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes
Mobile Theme
Cookie Name Purpose
akm_mobile Remembers whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile version of a site.
Subscriptions
Cookie Name Purpose
jetpack_comments_subscribe_{HASH} Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
jetpack_blog_subscribe_{HASH} Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
EU Cookie Law Banner
Cookie Name Purpose
eucookielaw Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the EU Cookie Law banner.

Please note that this section is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather aims to be representative.

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.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details on advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit youronlinechoices.eu (EU based), or aboutads.info (US based).

It’s important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of sites, or prevent them from working correctly at all.

Consent and Choices for Advertisements Through WordPress.com Ads Program

You may see a “cookie banner” on our website, particularly if you are in the European Union. If so, then WordPress.com ad program does not set, or allow their ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you accept. When you consent in this manner, WordPress.com and their advertising partners may set third party advertising cookies on our network in order to show you personalized ads. We’ll display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

We set a cookie to help us understand how visitors engage with websites that participate in WordPress.com ad program. Visitors may opt out of our use of this information by visiting this link (the opt-out will be processed immediately with no confirmation step). When you opt out, we replace the unique value for that cookie with an opt-out value. The opt-out works across all websites in WordPress.com ads program. If you have opted out by accident, or wish to opt back in, you may do so by visiting this link. Please note that this option is browser specific, and so if you use a different device or browser or clear your cookies, then you will need to repeat the process.


For any questions or notice, please contact us

Cookie Policy Changes

This cookie policy was derived from WordPress.com Cookie Policy, but was modified to exclude references to e-carts (not used on this site), changed generic wording of “Sites hosted on” to “SevenCookiesApps which is hosted on”, and changed formatting headers to be consistent with our existing website formatting.

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Seven Cookies may change its Cookie Policy from time to time, and at Seven Cookies’s sole discretion.

We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Cookie Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Cookie Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Any changes to our policy will be recorded below;

  • 1st April 2018; Initial policy release,
  • 4th April 2018; Added Cookie Policy Changes and a contact us link for any questions or notice,
  • 5th April 2018; No content changed, formatting of the prior Attribution section to be a left-aligned blockquote to this Policy Changes section,
  • 6th April 2018; Added a left-aligned blockquote with wording that the cookie policy of WordPress.com may extend to visitors to our website. A link was added to the WordPress.com site and their policy,
  • 19th April; Changed SevenCookiesApps to Seven Cookies,
  • 25th May; Add sections on “Advertisements from Third Parties Through Automattic’s Ads Program” and “Consent and Choices for Advertisements Through WordPress.com Ads Program” to reflect the requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation,
  • 26th May; Changed left-aligned text to provide wording and link to WordPress.com Cookie Policy and that it may apply to users visiting this site. The wording and link previously referenced the WordPress.com terms of service. Removed “Web beacons and other tracking technologies” section as it no longer appears in WordPress.com cookie policy. Replaced WordPress.com prior examples of cookies being used with the tables from WordPress.com cookie policy, excluding cookies used for accounts.longreads.com which are not applicable to our site.

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