1. What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small bits of data we store on the device (computer, mobile phone, tablet or any other mobile device) that you use to access any of the
2. What Cookies Do We Use?
Below we list the different types of cookies that may be used on the Sites. We have updated this policy to include a detailed list of cookies used on each of our Sites, that include information about type of cookie, expiry periods, and links to third party sites where applicable.
The Sites use both 1st party cookies (which are set by the Sites being visited) and 3rd party cookies (which are set by a server located outside the domain of our Sites).
3. Required or Essential Cookies
4. Functionality Cookies
These cookies are used to enable certain additional functions on our websites, such as storing your preferences (e.g. username and language selection) and preventing users from taking the same form multiple times. These functions improve user experience.
5. Preference Cookies
Preference cookies collect information about your choices and preferences and allow us to remember language or other local settings to customize the Sites accordingly.
6. Social Media Cookies
Social media cookies collect information about social media usage to target relevant ads to users.
7. Analytics Cookies
Analytic cookies collect information about your use of the sites that enable us to improve the way it works. For example, analytics cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on the Sites, help us record any difficulties you have with the Sites, and show us whether our advertising is effective or not. This allows us to see the overall patterns of usage on the Sites, rather than the usage of a single person. We use the information to analyze the Sites’ traffic.
8. Targeting or Advertising Cookies
We also contract with third-party advertising networks that may collect IP addresses and other information from web beacons on our websites, emails, and on third-party websites. Ad networks follow your online activities over time by collecting website navigational information through automated means, using cookies. They use this information to provide advertisements about products and services that may be of interest to you. You may see these advertisements on other websites. This process also helps us manage and track the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.
9. How Do I Manage Cookies?
If you’d like to remove or disable cookies via your browser, you certainly can.
Please also note that after applying these settings, you will continue to receive advertising, although it may not be tailored to your preferred interests using information collected from cookies and similar technologies on your device.
Third Party Cookies. If you would like to opt-out of third-party cookies, here are some options:
- If you would like to opt-out of receiving personalized ads from third party advertisers and ad networks who are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), or who follow the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising, you can by visiting the opt-out pages on the NAI website and DAA website or click here to opt out.
- Google provides a suite of tools to control its cookies:
- Google Analytics, which is a tool used to track and report website traffic, provides an out-out browser add-on that can be downloaded here.
- Google Safety Centre has a tool where you can control the ads you see on Google and control the data used for serving ads to you. It can be found here.
- If you wish to block other cookies, including those being served by companies that are not part of the NAI or the DAA you can use the browser-level cookie controls described below.
Browser-level cookie controls
Most browsers allow you to manage cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the ‘Settings’, ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your browser. The links below are provided to help you find the settings for some common browsers.
- Manage cookie settings in Chrome and Chrome Android and Chrome iOS
- Manage cookie settings in Firefox
- Manage cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Manage cookie settings in Microsoft Edge
- Manage cookie settings in Safari on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
10. Lists of Cookies Used Broken Down by Site
Essential Website Cookies
|PHPSESSID||Functional||Session||Preserves user session state across page requests|
|ci_session||Functional||1 Day||Used by Sites to clear session to once user leaves the browser|
|viewedOuibounceModal||Functional||1 Day||Used to remember popup is activated for user|
|wp-settings*||Functional||1 year||WordPress sites use to store site related settings|
|pmaCookieVer||Functional||1 Month||Used for phpAdmin setting|
|pma_collation_connection||Functional||1 Month||Used for phpAdmin setting|
|pma_lang||Functional||1 Month||Used for phpAdmin setting|
Analytics and Customization Cookies
|_ga||Google/Analytics||2 years||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on|
|_gid||Google/Analytics||1 Day||Google Analytics Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on|
|_gat||Google/Analytics||1 Day||This cookie does not store any user information, it’s just used to limit the number of requests that have to be made to doubleclick.net.|
|__stripe_mid||Stripe/Functional||1 Year||Used to process payments via stripe.com|
|__atuvc||AddThis/Functional||2 years||Used to show you an updated share count for an article, if you yourself share it and return to page later, but before the sharing cache was updated. No info from this cookie is sent back to AddThis. It is created and used only on the client.|