Last updated: June 8, 2018
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer or mobile device’s memory, and only the web server that issued the cookie can process it. A cookie collects standard internet log information or behavior information, which afterward may be used for such things as facilitating your interaction with the website or analyses of website usage. A cookie cannot read information stored on your hard drive, run programs on your device, or deliver viruses.
How is a cookie classified?
A cookie can be classified on a few dimensions including time (‘session’ or ‘persistent’ cookie) and purpose (‘strictly necessary’, ‘functionality’, ‘performance’, and ‘targeting / advertising’ cookie).
◈ Session Cookies
Session cookies are only stored for the duration of your visit to a website and are deleted once the browser window is closed. For example, when you close your browser window, a Support Forum authentication cookie is removed, and on a subsequent visit to the website, you will again need to fill in the login information for the Support Forum.
◈ Persistent Cookies
Persistent cookies are not deleted after closing your browser. For example, your username may be remembered for the login the next time you sign-in for the Support Forum.
◈ Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are needed for a website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you such as setting a privacy preference.
◈ Functionality Cookies
Functionality Cookies enhance your use of our services. These cookies are used to personalize content for you such as showing your name and remembering your preferences.
◈ Performance Cookies
Performance cookies allow us to monitor the use of our website including the pages you use, the length of time on a page, and other performance metrics.
◈ Targeting / Advertising Cookies
Targeting cookies are placed by third-party sites and advertising partners, so they can build a profile of your interests. These cookies track your browsing habits so that you can later be shown targeted ads on other websites and apps.
What first-party cookies do we use?
A ‘first-party cookie’ is a cookie that is set by our website, components of our website (e.g., our plugins, content management system, and web analytics service), or our Support Forum. You can adjust your browser settings to not accept these cookies; links to instructions are available for popular browsers towards the bottom of the page. The following are first-party cookies set by our services:
We use the Cookie Notice pop-up plugin to garner consent on our website. The Cookie Notice plugin sets one cookie on your device, and it collects no personal data:
◈ _ga (persistent, performance cookie) distinguishes users and expires in two years.
◈ _gid (persistent, performance cookie) distinguishes users and expires in 24-hours.
◈ _gat_gtag_UA_29220170_1 (session, performance cookie) throttles request rate and expires in one minute.
◈ _utma (persistent, performance cookie) is used to identify unique visitors and expires in 2 years.
◈ _utmz (persistent, performance cookie) holds information about the way you entered the website including keywords used in Google, campaigns like AdWords or affiliate marketing. It is set for six months.
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◈ bblastactivity (session, functionality cookie) records the time you were last active on the forum to update your public profile .
◈ bblastvisit (session, functionality necessary cookie) records the time of your last visit to the forum, so you can be brought updates.
◈ bbpasword (persistent, functionality cookie) enables auto-login on subsequent visits. Your password is stored only if ‘Remember me’ is checked on loggin. The cookie expires in one year.
◈ bbsessionhash (session, functionality necessary cookie) is a randomly generated hexadecimal string used for security purposes.
◈ bbuserid (persistent, functionality cookie) enables auto-login on subsequent visits. Your User Name is stored if ‘Remember me’ is checked on loggin. This cookie expires in one year.
◈ PHPSESSID (session, strictly necessary cookie) establishes a user session and passes state data via a session cookie. It helps maintain a logged-in status for a user between pages.
◈ bbnp_notices_displayed (session, strictly necessary cookie)
What third-party cookies are used?
A ‘third-party cookie’ is a cookie that is set by a third-party website. While you are browsing a website, a third-party website may also set cookies on your device. Should you wish to not accept these cookies, you can adjust your browser settings to not accept these cookies; links to instructions are available for popular browsers towards the bottom of the page.
We use Google YouTube, a third-party site, to show our embedded video content on our website and Support Forum and to store videos. YouTube Cookies are only installed when a YouTube video plays.
◈ YSC (persistent, targeting cookie) registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what YouTube videos you view.
◈ GPS (persistent, targeting cookie) registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.
◈ PREF (persistent, targeting cookie) stores your preferences and other information, in particular preferred language, how many search results you wish to be shown on your page, and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on. It is set to expire in one year and 8 months.
◈ VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE (persistent, targeting cookie) measures your bandwidth to determine whether you get the new player interface or the old. It is set to expire in 6 months.
Google AdWords Remarketing allows us to tailor our marketing to show you our ads in the Google Search Network. The Google AdWords remarketing tag installs cookies on users’ computers. Google uses these cookies to follow people’s browsing behavior, generally for up to 30 days after the visit. Based on this data, Google will show users interest-based ads the next time they either search on Google search websites, with any of their Search Partners, or visit another site in the Google Display Network. This cookie does not identify you or give access to your computer or mobile device.
The Google AdWords conversion-tracking cookie is set on the user’s browser if the user clicks on our ad in the Google Search Network. If the user visits a certain page of this website and if the cookie has not yet expired, Google and we will be able to tell that the user clicked on the ad and was forwarded to this page. We see see only aggregated conversion statitics and no personal data.
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35 Beaufort Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2L 2B9
Phone: 613-271-8686 | Toll Free: 1-866-821-0731 | Fax: 613-482-4866 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.