Beware the Cookie Monster!


Last Updated: May 1, 2020.

By using one of our websites in the Elporia Network, it is understood that you are also consenting to our use of cookies in accordance with terms and conditions outlined in our Policies and in compliance with government-imposed regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In addition to the information we provide, you can find more “cookie-related” information on these websites: About Cookies and/or All About Cookies.



What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that rely on the use of anonymous and unique alphanumeric identifiers to manage and manipulate user-supplied information. These files – used primarily for authentication, information collection, and record-keeping purposes – are transmitted via web browers and stored on user-controlled devices.

Out-of-the-box, most browsers are configured to accept cookies by default.

Cookies are benign in the sense they are fairly limited in what they can do and they can’t harm your computer/device. Only the website, application, or service that set the cookie can read it.

Cookies are unable to read or access data saved to a hard drive or storage device.

Who sets the cookie?

A first-party cookie set by a website <say,>  and can only be read by that website. or cannot read Elporia cookies.

A third-party cookie is set by an entity other than owner of the website which means it can be read by sources outside the control of the website owner. These cookies differ from first-party cookies in the sense that they collect device identifiers (e.g., IP address or mobile UDID) and they track information on user activities across a range of websites .Third-party cookies are mostly used for advertising and measurement purposes.

Although the Elporia Network is still a work-in-progress, we plan to use both first-party and third-party cookies on our websites.


What types of cookies does Elporia use?

The Elporia Network uses three types of cookies: (i) long-term (aka persistent or permanent) cookies, (ii) short-term (aka temporary, RAM, or session) cookies, and (iii) third-party (aka tracking, marketing, or advertising) cookies.

A persistent cookie is stored by the browser and will remain valid for an extended period of time. Expiration dates range from days to weeks to months, depending on the purpose of the cookie: to grant access, e.g., persistent cookies are used to identify account holders; to fine tune functionality, e.g., persistent cookies remember navigation patterns and user preferences; and to track performance metrics, e.g., persistent cookies are used to collect aggregate and statistical information.

A temporary cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of a user session. Once the web browser is closed, session cookies are automatically erased. The purpose of these cookies is to identify your computer, faciliate navigation, process online transactions and requests.

A third-party cookie is used for measurement, marketing, and tracking purposes. This type of cookie is different in the sense that it is issued by an advertiser, an analytics firm, or a social media company, etc., usually with the (prior) consent of the user.

Why allow third-party cookies? Because they provide us with insights – over time and across different websites – into user demographics and patterns of activity.

PLEASE NOTE: we not are responsible for any policies or actions taken by third parties since we have no control over how or where they are deployed.

You can opt out of third party advertising cookies at any time.

How are cookies used?

Cookies are mainly used for : (i) requisite, (ii) performance, (iii) functionality, and (iv) surveillance purposes:

Requisite cookies are needed for you to move around a website and use its features. Without the required cookies being set, online services won’t work properly,  Examples include:

  • User identification — recognizes who is accessing a website: someone new or a repeat visitor; membership details.
  • Login status – regulates logins and logouts.
  • Load balancing – (re)distributes traffic to prevent latency and congestion.
  • Shopping cart – remembers what items have been added to a cart.
  • User subscription data – permits access to paid services.

Performance cookies collect aggregated (non-personally identifying) information about website usage patterns. Examples include:

  • Browser type – Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.
  • Operating system – Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, etc.
  • Referral – domain name of website where you care coming from / going to.
  • Frequency – total number of visits.
  • Duration — average length per visit.
  • Location — geographical and region differences.
  • Activity – pages viewed.

Functionality cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. Examples include:

  • Settings – username or ID, language, and location.
  • Diagnostics — content provision; site mechanics.
  • Personalization – text size, fonts, and other customizable parts of web pages.
  • Services – commenting, watching videos, etc.

Advertising cookies track browsing habits and are used to deliver interest-based (targeted) advertising. Examples include:

  • Page views / Page impressions – how often a user visits one of our websites.
  • Clickstreams / Clickpath analysis – where, when and how a user moves about a website.
  • Ad Impressions and Click Through – how many times a banner ad is shown and whether or not it is effective
  • Mouse movement and Heatmaps – what mouse movements are followed and where “high occurrences” take place.

What choices do I have in accepting cookies?

Your choices are limited, especially if you want the website you are visiting to work properly.

While most browsers automatically accept cookies, they also allow you to change default settings and preferences or add plug-ins.

For example, you can ask to be notified before accepting a new cookie or you can delete or disable cookies altogether. Your call. However be advised that some of the changes you make may disable certain features — such as checking out — that you need in order to complete a transaction.

If you decide to refuse “all” cookies, you may find that: (i) your ability to access some areas of a website may be restricted; (ii) customized services may be unavailable; and (iii) underlying technology used for optimization and personalization may not function properly.

You will need to enable/accept cookies if you wish to log in and actively participate in community-based activities.

How do I disable my cookies?

Cookies can be disabled in one of two ways: (i) automatically, i.e., when they expire; and (ii) manually, i.e., when you remove them one at a time.

Here are some links that will help you manage your cookie settings:

More information on how you can opt out of third-party (advertising) cookies can be found here:

Please note: your opt-out choices are browser- and device-specific. If you clear your cookies from your browser on any of your devices (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.), your opt-out choices will need to be re-set. You should check how to do this on your device(s) and operating systems before modifying any settings.

Can I be notified before a cookie is stored in my browser?

Yes.  Since this capability is browser- or device-specific, you need to consult your browser’s Help menu or your built-in mobile device settings to find out how. Some mobile devices store cookies not only in areas connected to the browser, but also in areas that are app-specific so these cookies cannot be controlled by the browser settings. Check your app settings options on your mobile device to find out how to manage or delete cookies that may be stored in these other areas.

If I have more questions, how do I contact you?

If you have any questions or comments about this Cookie policy or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us through our website.


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