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What is a Cookie?

Cookies are small text files, created by the website visited, that contain data. They are stored on the visitor’s computer to give the user access to various functions. Both session cookies and non-session cookies are used on (the “Site”). A session cookie is temporarily stored in the computer memory while the visitor is browsing the website. This cookie is erased when the user closes their web browser or after a certain time has passed (meaning that the session expires). A non-session cookie remains on the visitor’s computer until it is deleted.

Why do we use Cookies?

We use cookies to learn more about the way visitors interact with our content and help us to improve the experience when visiting our Site. We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about a visitor to respect our visitors’ privacy.

Site Functionality

Subscription Management

We use Mailster to manage all subscriptions to our mailing lists and to manage the creation and sending of emails to subscribers of those lists. Mailster uses a session cookie to track users through the Sign Up process when they submit information via our Subscription Sign Up form. Mailster is 1st Party software that we maintain on our server, in an effort to better secure your data and protect your privacy.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

User Accounts

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Social Media

The share function is used by visitors to recommend and its content on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Cookies store information on how visitors use the share function – although not at an individual level – so that our Site can be improved. If you do not accept cookies, no information is stored. For more information, you may review Facebook’s Data PolicyTwitter’s Privacy Policy, Pinterest’s Data Policy, Instagram’s Data Policy, and Google / YouTube’s Data Policy. These links have been provided for your convenience, but please always refer to the social media networks to confirm their latest data policies. For other social media networks that may be added from time to time, please check their site directly for their data policy details.

Analytics and Performance

This Site uses Matomo Analytics which use cookies and is maintained on our server for greater control on any data we collect. At the aggregate level, cookies store information on how visitors use the Site, including the number of pages displayed, where the visitor comes from, and the number of visits, to improve the website and ensure a good user experience. If you do not accept cookies, no information is stored.


Advertising on our website is provided by Third Party companies and they may set Third Party Cookies on your device. Some advertisers are direct clients and register with us to place banner ads on our site, while other ads are placed as part of the Advertisers’ affiliate programs and have been selected by Qwirkii for placement on our Site.

Other Third Party Providers

For some of the functions within, we use third party providers, like for embedded videos from, or links to, YouTube. These videos or links (and any other content from third party providers) may contain third party cookies. Please consult the policies of these third party websites for information regarding their use of cookies.

Cookies we Use:

First Party Cookies

Name of CookiePurpose & Type
PHPSESSIDAs you browse around the pages on this site, the session cookie tells the website that you are the same person requesting the webpages, and not a new visitor to each page. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.
wordpress_gdpr_This allows you to control your own privacy by choosing which cookies are saved to your browser.
wordpress_logged_in_xxxxxIndicates the user is logged in for interface use.
wordpress_sec_xxxxxControls WordPress access.
wordpress_test_cookieSession cookie, tests whether cookies are enabled or not.
WordPress uses this cookie to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.

Used by a CMS API for the proper functioning of the portal.




store_notice[notice id]
Supports E-commerce application on the store front in determining when cart contents / data changes, track sales, provide unique codes for each customer to determine where to find the cart data in the database for each customer, powers the Recently Viewed Products widget, allows customers to dismiss the Store Notice.
Supports E-commerce application’s Store Dashboard and allows dashboard users to dismiss Marketplace Suggestions, provide count of suggestion dismissals, and stores randomly-generated anonynmous IDs that are only used within the dashboard area used for usage tracking.
drts-entity-view-list-layoutStores user preferences for the directory layouts. The selected layout is kept selected even when the user navigates to another page, but the cookie is deleted when the user closes the browser.
Our social networking platform requires these cookies to store information when you are navigating through multiple pages of community “activity,” present you with notification messages, and to remember your Qwirkii account settings related to our social network.
autoptimize_feedThe Autoptimize utility plugin measures and tracks the page speed / loading of the website. The cookie help to notify the site if the cache has been refreshed since a user last visited and will force the page to refresh rather than using the previous cached version of the site.

Third Party Cookies

Name of CookiePurpose & Type
Allows logged-in users to set / control chat application features.
PHPSESSIDAs you browse around the pages on this site, the session cookie tells the website that you are the same person requesting the webpages, and not a new visitor to each page. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.
These are essential site cookies, used by the google reCAPTCHA, which we use as our solution for preventing spam requests on our public contact forms and also helps protects users data from unauthorized access. These cookies use an unique identifier for tracking purposes.
Amazon uses cookies to recognize your browser or device, learn more about your interests, and provide you with essential features and services and for additional purposes like storing your preferences, keeping track of items stored in your shopping basket, and for security purposes such as preventing fraudulent activity.
Embedded YouTube videos use these, in conjunction with services from its parent company, Google, for user management, content viewing options, and preferences.
mailchimp_landing_siteThis cookie is used to measure which page was visited first 
_ga, _gid, _gatGoogle Analytics cookies for distinguishing unique users and limiting data collection on higher traffic sites.
Used by a CMS API for the proper functioning of the portal.

How Long We Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Where We Send Your Data

User comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service to help keep the site from being inundated with irrelevant or annoying posts. Other Third-Party cookies may also collect and store data, as noted above.

Your Data Rights

In an effort to comply with EU regulations, if you are an EU citizen – and because it’s the right thing to do even if you live elsewhere in the world 🙂 – if you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How to Reject Cookies?

Although no personally identifiable information is collected, you can always choose to reject or block the cookies set by by changing your browser settings – see the “Help function” within your browser for further details. Please note that most browsers automatically accept cookies so if you do not wish cookies to be used, you may need to actively delete or block the cookies.

For information on the use of cookies in mobile phone browsers and for details on how to reject or delete such cookies, please refer to your mobile phone manual.