Cookies

Visiting from the EU? Lovely. Then I’m sure you’d like to know all about my cookie policy.

What’s a cookie?

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How cookies are used here

Most pages on this site use Google Analytics, which helps me keep track of how many people visit this site and how long they spend here. As well as making me feel good about myself when lots of people show up (or depressed when they don’t), it helps me improve things around here by posting more of the stuff people are interested in and alerts me to any problems there may be on the site.

Google Analytics has been pretty widely adopted: as of April 2012, over 10m sites in total and around 60% of the top 100,000 sites use it. At the moment, Google Analytics seems to use 4 cookies (__utma, __utmz, __utmv & __cfduid) and is subject to Google’s cookie policy.

If you don’t want Google Analytics to track you anymore, you can download the Google Analytics Opt-out browser plugin from Google or use a more comprehensive solution like Ghostery that will also block lots of other cookies and adverts (it’s pretty good and you can choose exactly what to block – try it).

The Video Gallery and Node Video Gallery also use a couple of cookies to keep track of the page you’re on, what you’ve searched for, the video size you’ve chosen and a few other things. These are supposed to be first party session cookies and should be deleted when you close your browser, though it looks as though Express is not using a session cookie for its session tracking. Hm.

The cookies used here are vgcrumbs for client server chatter (video size, valid search flag) and either connect.sid (Express) or vgsession (CodeIgniter) to keep track of your current search.

I’m afraid you can’t block these without twiddling with your browser’s cookie settings or adding a block rule to a plugin, though please note that the sites won’t work without them. (I also believe that they’d fall within the exceptions from the requirement to provide information and obtain consent as they’re basically doing the same as a shopping cart cookie.)

Is that really enough?

Not sure to be honest. On the one hand, I should probably provide an opt out popup rather than relying on a link in the footer, and I shouldn’t really tell you to download a plugin if you want to block cookies. But on the other hand this is a personal (noncommercial) website operated by an individual. As an individual, I’m not subject to the regulations on processing personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998, for example. I’d like to think that the The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 would also exempt individuals, but I’ll need to check more closely.