Cookies policy

A cookie is a piece of information saved to your computer by a webpage you visited. The stored information usually include your settings and website settings such as preferred language or address. Later, when reopening the same page, your browser will send back the stored cookies to the appropriate page. This enables the site to display the information tailored to your needs. In order for this to work properly, in order for us to be able to further improve our site, and to improve your experience, this webpage needs to store a small amount of information (cookies) to your computer.

Over 90% of all webpages use this practice, but according to the EU regulations of May 2011, we must ask your permission to store cookies. 

By using a webpage, you agree to using the cookies. Blocking the cookies means you can still view the page, but some of its functions and capabilities will be unavailable.

Cookies can store a wide variety of information, including the personal information (such as your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number and so on). Still, these pieces of information can be stored only with your permission. 

Webpages can not access the information you have not authorised and can not access other files on your computer. You can not see the cookies saving and sending activities. Still, you can change your browser’s settings, and choose whether to accept or decline cookies saving, delete the saved ones automatically upon exiting the browser and so on. 

How to disable cookies?

By turning off cookies, you decide whether to allow their saving on your computer. 

Cookie settings can be controlled and configured in your browser. 

For all the information regarding the cookie settings, choose your browser:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Internet Explorer 7 and 8
  • Opera (in English)
  • Safari (in English).

If you disable cookies, you will not be able to use some of our pages’ functionality.

What are temporary cookies? 

Temporary or session cookies are removed from the computer after you have closed your browser. Website use them to store temporary data, like the items you put into the shopping cart. 

What are permanent cookies? 

Permanent or stored cookies stay on your computer even after you have closed your browser. 

Websites use them to store data such as your username and password, so you do not have to sign in every time you visit them. Permanent cookies stay on your computer for days, months, even years. 

What are first-party cookies? 

First-party cookies originate from the visited website and can be permanent or temporary. Websites use them to store the data that will be used again during your next visit to the same site. 

What are third-party cookies?

Third-party cookies originate from the other websites’ advertisements (pop-up or other kinds of advertising) at the website you have visited. Those websites can thus monitor the use of Internet in marketing. 

Media-met uses cookies primarily to enable a better user experience in visiting its website. Temporary (session) cookies are temporary cookies that expire (and are automatically deleted) when you close your browser. We use them to enable the access to content and to enable comments (things you have to do when you sign in with your login information). Permanent or persistent cookies usually have an expiry date in the distant future and are going to remain in your browser until expired, or until you have manually deleted them.

Media-met uses permanent cookies for functions like ‘stay logged’, which make the access easier.

We also use permanent cookies in order to better understand the users’ habits. This is anonymous – we do not see the individual users’ data. 

There are a number of external services storing limited cookies to users’ computers. They are not being added by our website, but some of them enable the normal functions and certain capabilities that make the users’ access easier.

At the moment we facilitate:

Cookies Expires
_ga 2022-01-25T11:24:49.000Z
_gat_gtag_UA_21074572_19 2020-01-26T11:25:12.000Z
_gid 2020-01-27T11:24:49.000Z
cookie_notice_accepted 2020-02-16T19:29:00.000Z
et-saved-post-1132-fb 2020-01-26T11:29:04.000Z
et_bloom_optin_optin_1_3b39c0d9fb_imp 2021-01-25T11:08:41.000Z
tk_ai Session
tk_qs 2020-01-26T11:45:11.000Z
tk_tc session (destroyed as soon as the browser is closed)
wordpress_test_cookie session (destroyed as soon as the browser is closed)
wordpress_test_cookie session (destroyed as soon as the browser is closed)
wp-wpml_current_admin_language_d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e 2020-01-27T10:49:27.732Z
wp-wpml_current_language 2020-01-27T10:49:59.987Z
_icl_current_language 1 day
_icl_current_admin_language_{hash} 1 day
_icl_visitor_lang_js 1 day
wpml_browser_redirect_test session (destroyed as soon as the browser is closed)
wpml_referer_url session (destroyed as soon as the browser is closed)
wpml_admin_referer_url session (destroyed as soon as the browser is closed)

Without plugins installed, WordPress sets the following cookies:

  • wordpress_[hash]
  • wordpress_logged_in_[hash]
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wp-settings-{time}-[UID]

These are the cookies that activate in the admin area of the website.

WordPress uses the cookie wordpress_[hash] to store the authentication details on login. The authentication details include the username and double hashed copy of the password. However, this usage of the cookie is limited to the admin console area, the backend dashboard of the website. 

The cookie wordpress_logged_in_[hash] is used to indicate when you are logged in, and who you are. This cookie is maintained on the front-end of the website as well when logged in.

Here [hash] represents the value that is obtained by applying a specific mathematical formula applied to the username and password. It is to ensure that the input values are safe, and no one can access these data using the cookies as it is difficult to ‘unhash’ the hashed data.

The cookie wp-settings-{time}-[UID] is used to customize the view of your admin interface and the front-end of the website. The value represented by [UID] is the individual user ID of the user as given to them in the users’ database table.

WordPress also sets a cookie named wordpress_test_cookie to check if the cookies are enabled on the browser to provide appropriate user experience to the users. This cookie is used on the front-end, even if you are not logged in.

Apart from these, WordPress also uses:

wp-saving-post: it lets the admins restore data for a post that is currently being edited if a saved version exists.

wporg_logged_in, wporg_sec: it checks if the current visitor is a logged-in WordPress user. The expiration period of this cookie is 14 days if the user has consented to let the site remember the login credentials. Else, it acts as a session cookie.

WordPress also sets cookies on the devices of those who comment on the website. These cookies are used to remember the users so that the values are automatically filled in the corresponding fields. The user doesn’t have to enter their details every time they want to leave a comment. Below listed are the cookies set for commenters.

  • comment_author_[hash]
  • comment_author_email_[hash]
  • comment_author_url_[hash]

The cookie comment_author_[hash] cookie remembers the value entered into the comment form’s name field.

The cookie comment_author_email_[hash] remembers the value entered into the comment form’s email field.

The cookie comment_author_url_[hash] remembers the value entered into the comment form’s URL field.

The cookies set for the commenters are persistent in nature and remain in the system for 347 days. These are only activated if the visitors check the checkbox to save these details.

To identify the cookies used on a website, you can refer to this article. You can also enter the URL of the site to scan and list all the cookies being used in the URL using this free cookie checker tool.

Cookies set by WordPress Plugins

If plugins are activated on a WordPress website, they also set cookies on the user’s device. For example, the plugin GDPR Cookie Consent sets a cookie named viewed_cookie_policy that is used to check whether or not the user has given their consent to the usage of cookies. It is done by loading the scripts you want to block until you obtain user consent.  The plugin also records the cookies the site uses and displays a list via a shortcode that you can add on your privacy and cookie policy.

Another cookie that this plugin uses is cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary/cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary. It records the default button state of the corresponding category. It works in coordination with the primary cookie, that is, viewed_cookie_policy.

Social networks:

Users can share their posts at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google+ networks that store their cookies.

Traffic metrics:

Media-met uses a website metrics service, Google Analytics. If you want to disable it from storing cookies, you can do so. At the moment, there are a number of websites dedicated to disabling various services’ cookies. 

Additional information:

http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/ 
http://www.aboutads.info/choices/