Last updated July 01, 2019
Table of contents
- 1. What are cookies?
- 3. How do I change cookie preferences or block cookies?
- 4. What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
- 5. Do you use Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects?
- 6. Do you serve targeted advertising?
- 8. Where can I get further information?
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, Sergey Markin) are called "first party cookies". Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called "third party cookies". Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
I use first and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for my Website to operate, and I refer to these as "essential" or "strictly necessary" cookies. Other cookies also enable me to track and target the interests of my users to enhance the experience on my Online Properties. Third parties serve cookies through my Website for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
2.1. Essential cookies
Here are some examples of the main cookies on my site, what they do and how you can alter your settings to stop cookies.
cookieconsent_status – this is an essentials cookie. It is used to record the cookie consent preferences of visitors.
To opt out of this cookie you will need to change the settings on your browser Cookie Preferences.
2.2. Third Party cookies
Google Analytics cookies:
These are performance improver cookies and I use them to track visits to my website and movement around site. The data which is collected is anonymous and is used for benchmarking purposes to monitor the performance of my site and to measure user engagement on our site.
3. How do I change cookie preferences or block cookies?
Within your browser you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use i.e. third party cookies, or those from specific websites. Each browser’s website should contain instructions on how you can do this.
For further information please refer to https://www.aboutcookies.org/how-to-delete-cookies/
4. What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. I may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called "tracking pixels" or "clear gifs"). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable me to recognize when someone has visited my Websites or opened an e-mail including them. This allows me, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within a website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to the website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.
5. Do you use Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects?
Website may also use so-called "Flash Cookies" (also known as Local Shared Objects or "LSOs") to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of my services, fraud prevention and for other site operations.
If you do not want Flash Cookies stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash Cookies storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control Flash Cookies by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions (which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash Cookies (referred to "information" on the Macromedia site), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being placed on your computer without your being asked, and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash Cookies that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time).
Please note that setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash Cookies may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with my services or online content.
6. Do you serve targeted advertising?
Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through my Website. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable me or them to identify your name, contact details or other details that directly identify you unless you choose to provide these.
8. Where can I get further information?