Cookie Policy

ASTROMONO’s Privacy Notice explains my principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and storage of your information. This policy specifically explains how I, my partners, and users of my websites deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them.

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.

How I use cookies

I 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 “follow” button on a post, for example).

Many of the cookies I use are only set if you are a registered WordPress.com user (so you don’t have to log in every time, for example), while others are set whenever you visit one of my websites, irrespective of whether you have an account.

For more information on the choices you have about the cookies I use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below.

Where I place cookies

I set cookies in a number of different locations across my websites. These include:

  • On my websites (including astromono.com and en.astromono.com).
  • In the administrative dashboard of my websites, wp-admin.
  • In the emails I send.

Types of Cookie

The table below explains the types of cookies I use on my websites and why I use them.

Category of cookiesWhy I use these cookies
Strictly NecessaryThese cookies are essential for my websites 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.
FunctionalityThese cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
SecurityI use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.
Analytics and PerformancePerformance cookies collect information on how users interact with my websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. I use these details to improve how my websites function and to understand how users interact with them.
AdvertisingThese cookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors who visit my websites, as well as to understand and report on the efficacy of ads served on my 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 you’ve viewed or acts you have taken on my (and other) websites. These are set by Automattic and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.
Third Party / Embedded ContentSites 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. I have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

User Sites

In addition to the cookies set on my own sites, I utilize cookies for the Site Stats feature via Google Analytics. This tallies the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. A visitor is counted when I see a user or browser for the first time in a given period.

Examples

Below are examples of the cookies set by Automattic, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across their 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 my ads partners, is below.

Advertising

CookiePurpose
adsTracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.
lr_nwCounts and tracks pageviews on Longreads.com. Used to determine whether or not to show our Membership popup message.
wordpress_eliReduces 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.

Analytics and Performance

CookiePurpose
__pdvtUsed in log of Crowdsignal survey data to aid in debugging customer problems.
_hjIncludedInSample
mp_6d7c50ad560e01715a871a117a2fbd90_mixpanel
optimizelyBuckets
optimizelyEndUserId
__hstc
hubspotutk
optimizelySegments
Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allows us to create a better visitor experience.
abUsed for “AB testing” of new features.
nux_flow_nameIdentifies which user signup flow was shown to the user.
tk_ni / tk_ai / tk_qsGathers 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_*rReferral cookies used to analyse referrer behavior for Jetpack connected sites using WooCommerce.
wp-affiliate-trackerRemembers the ID of the affiliate that referred the current user to WordPress.com
utma / utmb / utmc / utmt / utmz / ga / gat / gidGoogle 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.

Functionality

CookiePurpose
__stripe_sid / __stripe_midFor processing payment and to aid in fraud detection.
_longreads_prod_newAuthentication for Longreads.com Member accounts. Only active when logged in, on *.longreads.com domains.
akm_mobileStores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.
botdlangUsed to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs in.
landingpage_currencyDefines the currency displayed in WordPress.com landing pages.
pd_dashboardRecords last used folder in Crowdsignal dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.
PD_USER_AUTHLogin cookie used to identify Crowdsignal user.
wordpress_logged_in*Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.
wp-settings-{user_id}Persists a user’s wp-admin configuration.
wp_sharing_{id}Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.

Security

CookiePurpose
csrftokenPython/Ajax security cookie used on accounts.longreads.com.

Strictly Necessary

CookiePurpose
country_codeUsed 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_optionRemembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.
twostep_authSet when the user is logged in using two factor authentication.
wordpress_test_cookieChecks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.

Controlling Cookies

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 my websites may not function correctly.

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 tracking.  

For example, you can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on, or from Hotjar by using the Do Not Track header.

My Internal Analytics Tool

In order to better understand how my websites are used, I monitor certain user activities that take place within my sites, including page views and clicks on any links used when managing a site via my dashboards.

I 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, I 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.

I use this information to improve my websites, make my marketing to you more relevant, personalize your experience, and for the other purposes described in my Privacy Notice.

You may opt out of my analytics program through your user settings. By doing so, you won’t share information with my 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 I track – for example, if you publish a comment, I will still have record of that (don’t worry!), but for an event or action after you opt out, I will not have other data associated with that action or event in the analytics tool.

Consent for Advertising Cookies on My Sites

You may see a “cookie banner” on my websites and dashboards. If you are visiting one of my sites from the European Union, then I do not set, or allow my ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you click to accept. When you consent in this manner, I and my advertising partners may set advertising cookies on the site you are visiting and on my other websites, dashboards, and services, which I use to show you advertisements about various products. I will display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

Contact Automattic

If you have any questions about my use of cookies, you can find the most relevant contact details in my Privacy Notice.