Art and Counsel and the parties with whom we work (e.g., service providers, business partners, advertisers and advertising servers) may place, view, and/or use “cookies”, web server logs, web beacons, or other electronic tools to collect statistical and other information about your use of this website (“the Site”) and other websites.
There are many different ways that cookies are categorised by websites, usually by reference to their purpose. We believe that the UK International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) categories are the most helpful for website visitors. They are: Strictly Necessary, Performance, Functionality and Targeting/ Advertising. Most sites now use these or a close variation of them.
If you prefer that we not combine non-personal information that has been collected, through cookies, about your use of this Site or other websites with personal or other information about you, then please delete and disable cookies for each browser, on each computer you use.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
An HTTP cookie is a small piece of data, stored in text files, that is 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.
The table below explains the types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.
|Category of Cookies||Why We Use These Cookies|
|Strictly Necessary||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 move about the site or to provide certain features you have requested, e.g. Art & Counsel site cookie settings, ASP.NET Session variables.|
|Functionality||These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, location or subscription preferences.|
|Security||We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.|
|Analytics and Performance||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.|
|Advertising||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 you’ve viewed or acts you have taken on our (and other) websites. These are set by Art & Counsel and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.|
|Third Party / Embedded Content||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 Instagram and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), embedded content or plugins. 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.|
Cookies may be used to collect information about traffic to the Site and how users use the Site. This information may include information about the IP address of your computer, browser type, language, operating system, your mobile device, device ID, geo-location data, the state or country from which you accessed this Site, the web pages visited, the date and the time of a visit, the websites you visited immediately before and after visiting this Site, the number of links you click within this Site, the functions you use on this Site, the databases you view and the searches you request on this Site, the data you save on or download from this Site, the number of times you view an advertisement, if you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies and other clickstream data. In addition, we may use a variety of other technologies that collect similar information for security and fraud detection purposes essential to the operation of our sites and business.
We use this information to help operate our Site more efficiently, to gather broad demographic information and to monitor the level of activity on our Site. We use Google Analytics for this purpose. The information gathered does not identify any individual visitor. The information is aggregated and therefore, anonymous.
Many of the cookies we 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 our websites, irrespective of whether you have an account.
THIRD PARTY COOKIES
Cookies from 3rd party sites
- WordPress/ Automattic Inc.
- WordPress plugins (Jetpack, Gravatar)
- Google services (Analytics, Tag Manager)
- Mailchimp (or Buttondown)
You can also refuse our use of all cookies, including cookies that are necessary to be remembered by specific services of our website, simply by adjusting your browser settings.
Blocking cookies in specific browsers
- Enable or disable cookies – Accounts Help [Google]
- Block or allow cookies – [Windows – Microsoft]
- Enable and disable cookies that websites use to track your preferences [Firefox]
- Safari web settings on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch [Safari]
- Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On
Information regarding cookie settings on other browsers is easily accessible via a simple web search. For general information about cookies and how to disable them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFO
If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may update this policy from time to time.
Last updated 3 January 2022.