Cookie Policy

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OurPrivacy Policyexplains our principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and storage of your information. This policy specifically explains how we, our partners, and users of our services deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them.

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 us 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.

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 user (so you dont 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.

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

On our websites (including m, 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 that use our plugins (e.g. Jetpack).

The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.

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.

These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.

We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.

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.

These cookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors who use our services or visit websites we host or provide, as well as to understand and report on the efficacy of ads served on our websites. They track details such as the number of unique visitors, the number of times particular ads have been displayed, and the number of clicks the ads have received. They are also used to build user profiles, including showing you ads based on products youve viewed or acts you have taken on our (and other) websites. These are set by Automattic and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.

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 utilize cookies for ourSite Statsfeature. 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.

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. Additionally, we occasionally set referrer cookies on Jetpack connected sites, using WooCommerce.

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.

Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.

Counts and tracks pageviews on Longreads.com. Used to determine whether or not to show our Membership popup message.

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.

Used in log of Polldaddy survey data to aid in debugging customer problems

Used for AB testing of new features.

Identifies which user signup flow was shown to the user.

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.

Referral cookies used to analyse referrer behavior for Jetpack connected sites using WooCommerce.

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.

Authentication for Longreads.com Member accounts. Only active when logged in, on *.longreads.com domains.

Stores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.

Used to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs in.

Defines the currency displayed in WordPress.com landing pages.

Records last used folder in Polldaddy dashboard so it can be reopened upon users next visit.

Login cookie used to identify Polldaddy user.

Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.

Persists a users wp-admin configuration.

Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.

Python/Ajax security cookie used on accounts.longreads.com.

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 visitors country.

Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.

Set when the user is logged in using two factor authentication.

Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.

Advertisements from Third Parties Through Automattics 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.

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.

Remembers the value entered into thecomment forms

field. Specific to the site from which it is set.

This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress softwarefor commenting purposes

Remembers the value entered into thecomment forms

field. Specific to the site from which it is set.

This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress softwarefor commenting purposes

Remembers the value entered into thecomment forms

field. Specific to the site from which it is set.

This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress softwarefor commenting purposes

Remembers whether or not a user wishes to view themobile versionof a site.

Remembers the state of thepost and comment subscriptioncheckboxes.

Remembers the state of thepost and comment subscriptioncheckboxes.

Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to theEU Cookie Law banner.

Please notethat this section is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather aims to be representative, andthat 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.

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 . For more details on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising visityouronlinechoices.eu(EU based) (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 installingGoogles opt-out browser add-on.

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 ourPrivacy Policy.

You may opt out of our analytics program through your user settings. By doing so, you wont 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 (dont 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.

You may see a cookie banner on our websites and dashboards. If you are visiting one of our users sites from the EU, then we do not set, or allow our ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you click to accept. When you consent in this manner, we and our advertising partners may set advertising cookies on the site you are visiting and on other of our websites, dashboards, and services. Well display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

You may see a cookie banner on our users websites, particularly if you are in the European Union. If so, then our ad program does not set, or allow our ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you accept. When you consent in this manner, we and our advertising partners may set third party advertising cookies on our network in order to show you personalized ads. Well display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

* Please note this consent feature will start on May 22, 2018.

We set a cookie to help us understand how visitors engage with websites that participate in our ad program. Visitors may opt out of our use of this information byvisiting thislink(the opt-out will be processed immediately with no confirmation step). When you opt out, we replace the unique value for that cookie with an opt-out value. The opt-out works across all websites in our ads program. If you have opted out by accident, or wish to opt back in, you may do so byvisiting thislink. Please note that this option is browser specific, and so if you use a different device or browser or clear your cookies, then you will need to repeat the process.

If you have any questions about our use of cookies, you can find the most relevant contact details in ourPrivacy Policy.

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