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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 Qwirkii.com (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 an onsite newsletter management system to manage all subscriptions to our mailing lists and to manage the creation and sending of emails to subscribers of those lists. Our system uses a session cookie to track users through the Sign Up process when they submit information via our Subscription Sign Up form. We  maintain it on our server in an effort to better secure your data and protect your privacy.

Embedded Content from Social Media and 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.

On our “Cafe” and related pages from our social media platform, logged-in members are allowed to post photos, videos, and other media via URLs from other social media sites and from general websites. There is nothing we can do from our end to block their cookies; however, some browsers, like Firefox and Safari, already block third-party cookies and on others, like Chrome, you can opt to block them in their settings.

You may also want to review Facebook’s Data Policy, Twitter’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 or general websites, please check their site directly for their data policy details.

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 or personal blog post, 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.

Analytics and Performance

This Site uses private on-site analytics software which use cookies and is maintained on our server for greater control of 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.

Marketing

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.

As an Amazon Associate, Qwirki LLC earns from qualifying purchases and through Amazon affiliate links, 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. We have no control over their cookies; however, you may change your advertising preferences via Amazon.com here.

Other Third Party Providers

We have limited our use of third-party providers to keep your data within our secure servers, while being able to offer you as many engaging services as possible. By proactively managing your browser and social media platform preferences, you will minimize your exposure to the bad actors in the world. We do our best, but we are not perfect; please help us keep our community safe by notifying us of any potential areas of weakness.

How Long We Retain Your Data

Only allow registered users are allowed to leave comments on our site. If you leave a comment or use any communication feature on our site, the content and its metadata are moderated by an on-site AI moderation platform and they are retained indefinitely. Our AI machine learning, along with human moderation adjustments, becomes more accurate over time using the anonymous data from our members to make our community safer.

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, at this time). Website administrators can also see and edit that information, but only for the purposes of data rectification upon the member’s request,  ensuring site compliance, or for law enforcement who have subpoenaed it by legal means.

We do not use your personal comments / communications to determine your browsing behavior or other preferences. From time to time, we may offer you the opportunity to complete polls or questionnaires about your preferences and may use the results from them to make your participation in our community more enjoyable.

Where We Send Your Data

User comments may be checked through a secure, automated spam detection service to help keep the site from being inundated with irrelevant or annoying posts. We are working on bringing this service on-site, but do not have a solution yet.

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, 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 Qwirkii.com by changing your preferences in your Privacy Settings. You may also them or our Third-Party cookie settings via your browser settings – see the “Help function” within your browser for further details. As mentioned previously, some browsers, like Firefox and Safari, already block third-party cookies. On others, like Chrome, you can opt to block them in their settings.

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.