Privacy and Cookies
How we use your information
- visitors to our websites
- complainants and other individuals in relation to a data protection or freedom of information complaint or enquiry
- people who use our services, eg who subscribe to our newsletter or request a publication from us
- people who notify under the Data Protection Act
- job applicants and our current and former employees
Visitors to our websites
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We use 3rd-party services like Google Analytics.
Types of Cookie
The table below explains the types of cookies we use or may use on our websites and why we use them.
Not all cookies listed or referred to here may be used. The easiest way to check which cookies are used is to use an add-on to your browser that allows you to see all the cookies coming from this website and cookies residing on your device coming from others.
Regular flushing/cleaning of your device and browser(s) to delete unused & unwanted cookies is recommended.
|Category of cookies||Why we use these cookies|
|Strictly Necessary||These cookies are essential for websites on our services to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.|
|Functionality||These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.|
|Security||We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.|
|Analytics and Performance||Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.|
|Third Party / Embedded Content||Sites 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.|
In addition to the cookies set on our own sites, we we may use other features and will update the information here accordingly.
Below are examples of the cookies set when you use this website, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across the whole network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g. WordPress.com, 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 third parties through links 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.
|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 advertising that you may see on our sites or sites that use our services.
Analytics and Performance
|__pdvt||Used in log of Crowdsignal 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.|
|tk_*r||Referral cookies used to analyse referrer behavior for Jetpack connected sites using WooCommerce.|
|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.|
|__stripe_sid / __stripe_mid||For processing payment and to aid in fraud detection.|
|_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 Crowdsignal dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.|
|PD_USER_AUTH||Login cookie used to identify Crowdsignal user.|
|csrftoken||Python/Ajax security cookie used on accounts.longreads.com.|
|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.|
Cookies we currently use (2020-06)
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|DYNSRV||lin-10-170-0-XXX (X=any digit)||End of session|
|ADMINDYNSRV||lin-10-170-0-XXX (X=any digit)||End of session|
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|collapsiblock||similiar to ....
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|has_js||1||End of session|
EU Cookie Law Banner
|eucookielaw||Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the EU Cookie Law banner.||100d|
Please note that this section is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather aims to be representative, and that our users may set additional cookies (such as Google Analytics), depending on the features they have chosen to enable or the plugins they have installed.
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 you may visit the following sites:
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 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. In general, we record the following data for each event: IP address, WordPress.com ID may be recorded, user agent, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.
We use this information to improve our products, make our site more relevant, personalize your experience and to make the use of our site more secure for us and you by excluding malicious attacks and activities.
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.
Video Channel cookies from YouTube and others
When you call us
When you make a complaint to us
When you use our services
Job applicants, current and former employees
Complaints or queries
Access to personal information
- give you a description of it;
- tell you why we are holding it;
- tell you who it could be disclosed to; and
- let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.
Disclosure of personal information
- agreements we have with other organisations for sharing information;
- circumstances where we can pass on personal data without consent for example, to prevent and detect crime and to produce anonymised statistics;
- our instructions to staff on how to collect, use and delete personal data; and
- how we check that the information we hold is accurate and up to date.
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How to contact us
Changes to this privacy notice
We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 01. June 2020.