Effective Date: June 4th, 2018
- What Cookies are
- Your options and choices regarding the collection of cookies from your site activity
- Additional resources to learn more about cookies.
A “Cookie” (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, or Browser Cookie) is a small text file sent from a website that remains stored on the user’s computer and web browser. A Cookie file that is stored in your web browser allows any website or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier, faster, or more useful to you.
1) What Are Cookies?
There are, broadly, two types of Cookies: persistent cookies, which remain on your browser after you leave a website; and session cookies, which are removed from your browser when you leave a website. We use both types of Cookies.
Some of the Cookies used on PsyberGuide are stored and managed by PsyberGuide on the PsyberGuide Website server logs. For additional information on the Cookies managed by Third Parties (a person, organization, or group outside of the PsyberGuide Website and OM that provides services in support of the PsyberGuide Website), see the “Third-Party Cookies” section below.
When you visit the PsyberGuide website, we may place cookie files in your web browser for the following reasons:
A) Analyzing Site Activity. We use session cookies to identify how long you spend on different pages of the PsyberGuide Website.
C) Social Media Sharing. If you choose to ‘share’ any content from the PsyberGuide website on a Social Media platform, that information will be saved as a session cookie to allow us to identify the number of times a page has been shared. We also use social sharing services provided by Third-Party services on the PsyberGuide Website. See “Third-Party Cookies” for more information on the Cookies generated by those services.
3) Third Party Cookies
A) Google Analytics. The PsyberGuide Website uses Google Analytics to analyze site activity including (but not limited to) page visits, duration of time spent on the PsyberGuide site, and referral links (the location of the link that you clicked to get to the PsyberGuide Website. Google Analytics collects IP Addresses, as well as browser and device information. The IP address can be used to pinpoint a user’s device location. This information will not be maintained in the PsyberGuide site/database in any identifiable capacity, but will be used and accessed in aggregate form by PsyberGuide staff to analyze trends in site activity.
B) AddThis: Social Sharing. AddThis will not collect any identifying information or Cookies unless you choose to share a PsyberGuide page on social media, in which case you will be prompted to enter the login credentials for the target social media account. Login credentials collected in this way are not stored anywhere in the PsyberGuide site or database. AddThis will store and manage this information according to the policies described in their Privacy Practices.
NOTE: Some social networking sites may use additional cookies that can be used to track your activity across multiple websites. PsyberGuide does NOT track your activity across multiple websites. You can learn more about this capability offered by some websites in the “Learn More” section below.
C) PsyberGuide Newsletter. The PsyberGuide Website Newsletter Service is provided by MailChimp. If you choose to subscribe to the PsyberGuide Newsletter, you will receive regular updates by e-mail. Each e-mail will place a small GIF — also known as a web beacon — in every Newsletter e-mailed to our subscribers. These are small files that contain unique identifiers that allow us to identify how many subscribers have opened a newsletter, or clicked links embedded within it. These web beacons will record your email address, IP address, and the date/time that you opened the newsletter, and/or clicked a link inside the newsletter. We use this data to create reports about how engaged our subscribers are with our newsletter content. To the extent permitted by applicable law, by subscribing to the PsyberGuide Website newsletter, you agree to the terms stated in this section.
4) Opting Out
A) “Do Not Track” Requests. Some browsers provide an option to “Send a ‘Do Not Track’ (DNT) Request” to all websites that you visit. While there is no established best practice or legal requirement to to honor “Do Not Track” (DNT) requests, the PsyberGuide Website will honor such browser requests.
B) PsyberGuide Cookie Collection Opt-Out. To block cookie collection for PsyberGuide.org directly, users can click the individualized link below to opt-out of cookie collection. Please note that this option does NOT block Third Party cookies on the PsyberGuide Website.
[google_analytics_optout]Click here to opt-out[/google_analytics_optout]
C) Browser Extensions. Many popular web browsers offer browser extensions or “add-ons” to block cookie collection on all website that you visit. Consult your browser’s user manual or help documentation for more information.
5) If European Union General Data Protection Regulation Applies
6) Want to Learn More?
We respect and value your privacy, and we appreciate the need for you to be remain informed about how your information is used online.
- More about how, when, and why Cookies are used on websites
- EU Residents: Know your rights under the 2018 General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
- How Cookies can be used to track your activity across multiple websites
Appendix: Functional Cookie Audit
Necessary Cookies requested by PsyberGuide.org
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|_ga||Session||24-36 hrs||This cookie is used to enable Google Analytics on PsyberGuide.org|
|_gat||Third Party||2 years||Google Analytics Tracking Object: Used to distinguish unique users between visits to PsyberGuide|
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|G_ENABLED_IDPS||Persistent||30 days||If you have an account on PsyberGuide.org (this applies only to PsyberGuide contributors), this cookie will allow you to log in using your Google e-mail account.|