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 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.
Many of the cookies we use are only set if you are a registered Helicopter-Ears.org user (so you don’t have to log in every time, for example), while others are set whenever you visit our website, 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.
Where we place cookies
We set cookies in a number of different locations across our services. These include:
- On our website.
- In the administrative dashboards of our website.
- In the emails we send.
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 that take place within our products, including page views and clicks on any links.
We call each one of these actions an “event.” Analytics events are attached to your Helicopter-Ears.org account and are handled via our WordPress installation. In general, we record the following data for each event: IP address, Helicopter-Ears.org user ID and username, user agent, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.
You may opt out of our analytics program through your browser settings and third-party plugins you may wish to install. 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 Helicopter-Ears.org account. Note that opting out does not disable the functionality of the actions we track—for example, if you publish a comment, 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.
Consent for Advertising Cookies on Our Sites
You may see a “cookie banner” on our websites and dashboards. We’ll display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.