COOKIES ON THIS SITE

According to EU-law, a site owner is obliged to provide certain information about cookies, which I have tried to do to the best of my abilities.

What is a cookie?

A ‘cookie’ is a small text file that a website asks to be saved on the visitor’s computer. Cookies record certain information, and are often used to keep track of visitors – recognising them when they return, keeping them logged in and keeping track of their preferences, such as tailoring content.

What happens if I don’t consent to the use of cookies?

Cookies are opt-in on this site, which means they are blocked until you consent. If you do not want to accept cookies, your web browser can also be set to automatically deny the storage of cookies or to inform you each time a website requests permission to store a cookie. Previously stored cookies can also be deleted via the web browser. Visit the web browser’s help pages for more information.

Not accepting cookies may mean certain functions will be unavailable to you.

What cookies does this site use?

This site uses Wordpress and Jetpack, and therefore uses all the cookies inherent in those platforms. I also use a plugin called Ginger to manage cookie consent.

ab- WordPress: used for AB testing of new features.
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347 days Jetpack: For commenting. All three of these are site specific. They duplicate the cookies already set by Core for commenting.
akm_mobile 3.5 days Jetpack: stores whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile version of a site.
cookietest – WordPress: checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.
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jetpack_blog_subscribe_
347 Jetpack: Used to store the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
jetpackstate session Jetpack: For registered users.Set to pass state message back to the user across requests
about module activation.
jpp_math_pass 1 day Jetpack: for registered users. Remember if the user has successfully completed a math problem to prove that they’re a real human.
jetpack_sso_redirect_to 1 hour Jetpack: for registered users. Allows for redirect URLs to be stored, necessary for Single Sign On.
jetpack_sso_remember_me 1 hour Jetpack: for registered users. Stores ‘me’ values locally, rather than requiring them to be passed to WordPress.com every time for Single Sign On.
ginger-cookie 1 month Ginger is the plugin I use to manage cookie consent. It needs to keep track of whether you’ve consented to cookies.

You can find more information on the respective website of those tools:

Cookies used by WordPress

Cookies used by Jetpack

What about third party cookies?

I also use external content that may generate cookies, such as embedded YouTube videos, ‘share’ buttons, and other links to social media sites such Twitter and Facebook. You may be presented with cookies from those services (including Flash cookies).

Many of these web platforms, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, set cookies when you are logged into those sites at the same time as visiting a site with embedded material. In order to be find out the consequences of logging into such platforms, you should consult them directly.

In addition to this, I use Google Analytics to keep track of visitor stat.

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE 240 days YouTube: Unique identifier given to allow tracking of YouTube video views.
Note: I embed videos from Youtube using their privacy-enhanced mode, aka ‘no-cookie-setting’. This mode may still set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
guest_id 730 days Twitter (unless you are logged into your Twitter account, in which case Twitter may track your use of this site by using additional cookies)
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Goodreads: as far as I can find, Goodreads is trying to find out if you are logged in into Goodreads and interact with you if you are.
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qzzr.com: I occasionally make quizzes using qzzr.com.The __cfduid cookie is set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. For the purpose of _utma – _utmz, see info regarding Google Analytics below.
datr ? Facebook: identifies which browser you are using (unless you are logged into you Facebook account, in which case Facebook may track your use of this site by using additional cookies)
__utmt 10 minutes Analytics: Used to throttle request rate.
__utmc End of browser session Analytics: determines whether the user is in a new session/visit.
__utma 2 years from set/update Analytics: Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmb 30 mins from set/update Analytics: Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmz 6 months from set/update Analytics: Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Google’s privacy policy

Facebook claims social plugins do not set any cookies.

Cookies used by Google Analytics. Note that you can opt-out of Google Analytics.