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. 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.
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.

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.


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 sections of advertising and 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,
  • 26th August; Removed sections relating to advertising which is not present on sevencookiesapps.com. Previously, this site was hosted on a free WordPress plan which attracted advertising to fund web hosting.


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