Cookie Policy for kathycraftstv.wordpress.com

Privacy policy update

Apologies for the admin-heavy content of this post. I just wanted to let this blog’s followers know that I have updated the privacy policy and a copy can be found below.

You will have, no doubt, received a glut of emails relating to GDPR so I wanted to be clear that your privacy is important to me and you have a right to know what personal information is used when visiting or interacting with this blog.

By voluntarily signing up to receive automatic updates every time I add a post, you have consented to be emailed by WordPress. However, if you do want to stop following at any time you can use the unsubscribe link that are included in every WordPress subscription email.

Below the Privacy Policy, you will also find the Cookie Policy provided by WordPress.com and its service providers Automattic which sets out how cookies are used on this, and other WordPress sites.

I don’t expect this to be my most popular blog post ever (at least I hope it’s not) but it’s here if you ever need it.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like this image taken this weekend at Matlock Bath in Derbyshire, which is rather apt for the ‘cookie policy’ element of this post!

Cookie Policy for kathycraftstv.wordpress.com

 

 

 

PRIVACY POLICY

I care a lot about your privacy and am committed to operating in accordance with the GDPR. This Privacy Notice explains how WordPress.com and the providers of its services, Automattic, process information provided by users when interacting with this blog http://www.kathycraftstv.wordpress.com, in connection with the services provided through WordPress.com.

Who’s Who and What This Privacy Notice Covers

This Privacy Notice covers visitors to the http://www.kathycraftstv.wordpress.com blog who can read published content and interact with the blog through features such as comments, “likes,” poll/survey responses, and follows henceforth referred to as the blog’s ‘Users’.

Information Collected About Users 

Information Users is collected in a few different ways – WordPress collects certain information that users provide to the Site and some information is collected automatically.

Information a Visitor Provides to a Site

The most common ways in which Users directly provide information to a Site:

  • Follower and Subscriber Information: When a visitor signs up to follow or subscribe to a Site using Jetpack or WordPress.com, the sign-up information requested by the Site is collected, which typically includes an email address.
  • Site Comments: When a visitor leaves a comment on a Site, that comment, and other information that the visitor provides along with the comment, such as the visitor’s name and email address is collected.
  • PollDaddy Survey Responses: When a visitor completes a poll, quiz, or other type of survey via Polldaddy.com, the visitor’s responses to those surveys, and other information that the survey owner requires for a poll/quiz/survey response, like an e-mail address are collected.
  • Order and Shipment Information: If a visitor orders something (hooray!) from a Site using store and ecommerce features available through WordPress.com or Jetpack (including WooCommerce Services), information to process that order, such as credit card and billing information, and an address for shipping the package along to the recipient and calculating applicable taxes may be collected. This information may also be used for other purposes – for example, to send marketing and other communications, and to provide analytics information to the owner of this blog about its ecommerce site (e.g., the number of orders from particular geographic areas).
  • Other Information Entered on the Site: Other information that a visitor enters on the Site – such as a contact form submission, a search query, or Site registration – may also be collected.

Information Automatically Collected from the Site

The information automatically collected from this Site may include (not all features are active on this blog currently):

  • Technical Data from a Visitor’s Computer and Etcetera: The information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available about visitors to a Site, such as the IP address, browser type, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information is collected.
  • Visitor Interactions: Information about a visitor’s interactions with a Site, including the “likes” and “ratings” left by visitors to a Site using WordPress.com or Jetpack is collected.
  • Location Information: The approximate location of a visitor’s device from the IP address may be determined. This information is collected and used to, for example, tally how many people have visit this Sites from certain geographic regions. If you’d like, you can read more about our Site Stats feature for WordPress.com sites and Jetpack sites.
  • Akismet Commenter Information: Information about visitors who comment on Sites using Akismet anti-spam service is collected. The information collected typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address… and the comment itself, of course).
  • Polldaddy Response Information: Information about visitors responding to a Polldaddy survey is collected. The information that is typically collected includes IP address, browser type, operating system, user agent, and the web page last visited.
  • Intense Debate Commenter Information: Information about visitors who comment on Sites that use Intense Debate service is collected. The information that is collected typically includes the IP address and account information on the Site, along with the comment.
  • Information from Cookies and Other Technologies: A cookie is a string of information that a Site stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the Site each time the visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on Sites. This blog uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help identify and track visitors and Site usage, and to deliver targeted ads. For more information about the use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how you as a visitor can control the use of cookies, please see the Cookie Policy below.

How Visitor Information Is Used

Information about Site visitors is used in order to provide Services for this Site.  I may use Services to, for example, create and manage the Site, sell products and services on this Site, flag and fight comments from spammers, and collect information through polls, quizzes and other surveys.

Information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify any individual may also be used and shared with me. For instance, this could include aggregate statistics about the use of WordPress services I use to run this blog.

How Visitor Information is Shared

  • Subsidiaries, Employees, and Independent Contractors: Site visitor information may be disclosed to WordPress subsidiaries, employees, and individuals who are independent contractors that need to know the information in order to help WordPress provide services to Users and their Sites, or to process the information on their behalf. They require subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors to follow this Privacy Notice for information about visitors that we share with them.
  • Third Party Vendors: Wordpress may share Site visitor information with third party vendors who need to know this information in order to provide their services. This group includes vendors that help to provide WordPress services to its Users and their Sites. They require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
  • Legal Requests: Wordpress may disclose Site visitor information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request. For more information on how they respond to requests for information, please see the Legal Guidelines.
  • To Protect Rights, Property, and Others: Wordpress may disclose Site visitor information when they believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of WordPress, Automattic, their Users, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if they have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, they may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.
  • Business Transfers: In connection with any merger, sale of company assets, or acquisition of all or a portion of their business by another company, or in the unlikely event that WordPress or Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, Site visitor information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. If any of these events were to happen, this Privacy Notice would continue to apply to Site visitor information and the party receiving this information may continue to use this information, but only consistent with this Privacy Notice.
  • Information Shared Publicly: Information that visitors choose to make public is disclosed publicly. That means that information like visitor comments and “likes” are all available to others, including information about the visitor that is displayed in connection with a comment or “like” (such as a visitor’s WordPress.com username and Gravatar). WordPress and Automattic provide a “firehose” stream of public data (including comments) from Sites to provide that data to firehose subscribers, who may view and analyze the content, but do not have rights to re-publish it publicly. Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.

Other Tools

This Site may contain ads from third party ad networks and advertisers, but does not use other tools and services such as Google Analytics or third party plugins.

Ad networks and analytics providers may set tracking technologies (like cookies) to collect information about visitors’ use of this Site and across other websites and online services, such as a visitor’s IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by those companies to, among other things, analyze and track usage, determine the popularity of certain content, and deliver advertisements that may be more targeted to visitor interests. For more information about how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org, and for more information on interest-based ads, including information about how visitors may be able to opt out of having their web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit aboutads.info/choices (US based) and youronlinechoices.eu (EU based).

 

COOKIE POLICY

This Cookie Policy refers to the way WordPress.com and its service provider, Automattic, handle cookies on this site and enable it to be active for visitors to view and interact with.

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 web service providers such as WordPress.com, and its service providers, Automattic, 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 cookies

We use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons; some enable a personalized experience for both visitors and registered users; and some 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 (clicking the “like” or “follow” button on a post, for example).

Many of the cookies we use are only set if you are a registered WordPress.com user (so you don’t have to log in every time, for example), while others are set whenever you visit one of our websites, irrespective of whether you have an account.

For more information on the choices you have about the cookies we use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below.

Where we place cookies

We set cookies in a number of different locations across our services. These include:

  • On our websites (including automattic.com, wordpress.com, vip.wordpress.com, jetpack.com, gravatar.com, intensedebate.com, vaultpress.com, and akismet.com).
  • In the administrative dashboards of our websites, such as Calypso and wp-admin.
  • On sites we host for our users.
  • On sites that use our plugins (e.g. Jetpack).

User Sites

In addition to the cookies set on our own sites, we utilize cookies for our Site Stats feature. This tallies the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. A visitor is counted when we see a user or browser for the first time in a given period.

Examples

Below are examples of the cookies set by Automattic, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across our whole network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g. WordPress.com, Longreads, 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 our ads partners, 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.

Advertising

Cookie Purpose
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

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.

Functionality

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.

Security

Cookie Purpose
csrftoken Python/Ajax security cookie used on accounts.longreads.com.

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.

Advertisements from Third Parties Through Automattic’s Ads Program

Our mission is to democratize publishing. So that we can offer free access to create a website using WordPress.com, we show ads on some of our users’ sites. Our users may also choose to place ads on their site through our ads program. Additionally, we also show ads from our ads program on some of our own websites (e.g. longreads.com).

We operate our ads program in partnership with third party vendors. As part of the operation of our ads program, we use cookies to collect certain information. Advertising cookies enable us and our partners to serve ads and to personalize those ads based on information like visits to our sites and other sites on the Internet.

Below is a representative list of our advertising program partners, along with information on the cookies that that each partner sets. The partners we work with change from time to time, and this is not an exhaustive list. Your choices to control cookies related to our 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/
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

Visitors to Sites with Jetpack installed

Below are examples of the cookies set for visitors to sites with the Jetpack plugin installed. 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.

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 behavior 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 aboutcookies.org. For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising visit youronlinechoices.eu (EU based) or optout.aboutads.info (US based). 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.

Our Internal Analytics Tool

In order to better understand how our services are used, we monitor certain user activities that take place within our products, including page views and clicks on any links used when managing a site via our dashboards.

We call each one of these actions an “event.” Analytics events are attached to your WordPress.com account and are handled via a first party system that Automattic owns and maintains. In general, we record the following data for each event: IP address, WordPress.com user ID and username, WordPress.com-connected site ID (for sites not hosted on WordPress.com), user agent, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.

We use this information to improve our products, make our marketing to you more relevant, personalize your experience, and for the other purposes described in our Privacy Policy.

You may opt out of our analytics program through your user settings. By doing so, you won’t share information with our analytics tool about events or actions that happen after the opt-out, while logged in to your WordPress.com account. Note that opting out does not disable the functionality of the actions we track – for example, if you publish a post, we will still have record of that (don’t worry!), but for an event or action after you opt out, we will not have other data associated with that action or event in the analytics tool.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Automattic’s use of cookies, you can find the most relevant contact details in its Privacy Policy.

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