Cookies on Digital Citizen

How do we use cookies?

A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by the website you visit. It helps the site remember information about your visits and provide error-free interactions with you. Cookies help us remember information about your visits to offer you interactions that are error-free and without security issues. You can learn more about cookies and how they are used on the internet from this guide: What are cookies and what do they do?

Which cookies do we use on Digital Citizen?

When you visit our website, your web browser stores the following cookies:

  • -test-amp-cookie-tmp – used by the Google AMP service that we chose to increase the speed with which our website loads. This service uses the information collected through this cookie to serve our content from the nearest server at the fastest possible speed. It is a necessary cookie without which digitalcitizen.life cannot function.
  • AMP-CONSENT and wp_gdpr_cookie_preferences – these cookies are used to collect and remember your preferences about cookies through the message that we display on the screen’s bottom side. The first cookie is generated by Google AMP, while the second is created by WordPress – the platform that we use for our site. These two cookies are necessary so that we can function in a manner that respects privacy legislation.
  • __cfduid – a cookie created by the Cloudflare service that we use for increased security and speed so that you get a great experience when visiting Digital Citizen. This is another necessary cookie, without which our site cannot function well.
  • _ga – this cookie is created by Google Analytics, which allows us to connect anonymized statistical data about how many people visit our site, which articles get read, where our readers come from, etc. This cookie is classified as Analytics when we request your permissions related to our cookie use.

User-level data and the events associated with cookies, user identifiers, stored by Google Analytics for Digital Citizen, are automatically deleted from Google’s servers after 14 months. If you want to learn more about how Google uses information from our site and other sites, please read this privacy statement.

We do not sell the information we collect through our direct cookies, nor do we share them with others. Depending on how you navigate and use our website and how you arrived on it, you may see other cookies being stored:

  • If you interact with the ads displayed on our site, Google AdSense cookies get created, which record your clicks. With their help, our advertising revenue gets tracked, and we can get some income from our work. We kindly ask you not to block the display of ads on our site.
  • Some articles contain videos, files, and posts from other sources: YouTube, OneDrive, Google Drive, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, etc. When you interact with that content, additional cookies get stored by the sources when the content is stored.
  • In our reviews and articles, we sometimes recommend you to purchase products from online stores like Amazon. When you click on the links that we post, cookies get generated by the shops we recommend, which track whether you buy something using our links. When you do, we receive a small commission from your purchase, which helps us fund the work we do at Digital Citizen.
  • If you click on links that take you to other sites, in the articles that we publish, those sites will generate a new set of cookies that we don’t control.
  • Suppose you found us on Google.com or in the Google Search app from your smartphone. In that case, additional cookies are generated by Google, which communicate with our Google Analytics service and share information about new visitors.
  • If you post a comment that may be marked as SPAM or malicious, the Google reCAPTCHA that we use might generate a cookie about your visit so that it can help us keep our site’s security at a high level. If your comments are not malicious, there won’t be any additional cookie generated by Google reCAPTCHA.

Digital Citizen does not directly create these cookies, and they are a regular occurrence on the internet. All websites function similarly, and those cookies are essential to how the internet works.

How to block cookies from Digital Citizen?

When you first visit our website, you get a prompt on the lower side of the screen, informing you about our use of cookies. You can uncheck the types of cookies you don’t want and press OK. Also, you can later delete any cookie you want. To learn how that is done, you can read: