our principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and
storage of your information. This policy specifically explains how
we, our partners, and users of our services deploy cookies, as well
as the options you have to control them.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of
data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or
other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely
used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for
a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for
multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”).
They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and
perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and
remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are
visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third
parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or
analytics services on the website (“third party
Both websites and HTML emails
may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web
beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small
transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar
purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with
cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same
way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still
load, but their functionality will be restricted.
different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical
reasons; some enable a personalized experience for both visitors and
registered users; and some allow the display of advertising from
selected third party networks. Some of these cookies may be set when
a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action
(signing up for an account or making a payment, for example).
Some of the cookies we use are
only set if you are a registered Observery.com user (so you don't
have to log in every time, for example), while others are set
whenever you visit one of our websites, irrespective of whether you
have an account.
For more information on the
choices you have about the cookies we use, please see the
Controlling Cookies section below.
Where we place cookies
We set cookies in a number of
different locations across our services. These include:
our websites (including observery.com).
the administrative dashboards of our websites
- In the emails we
Types of Cookie
The table below explains the
types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.
|Category of cookies
||Why we use these cookies
||These cookies are
essential for our services to perform their basic
functions. These include those required to allow registered users
to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as
support load balancing for reliability
||These cookies are
used to store preferences set by users such as account name,
language, and location.
||We use these
cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.
collect information on how users interact with our websites,
including what pages are visited most, as well as other
analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites
function and to understand how users interact with them.
||These cookies are
used to display relevant advertising to visitors who use our
services or visit websites we host or provide, as well as to
understand and report on the efficacy of ads served on our
websites. They track details such as the number of unique
visitors, the number of times particular ads have been displayed,
and the number of clicks the ads have received. They are also
used to build user profiles, including showing you ads based on
products you've viewed or acts you have taken on our (and other)
websites. These are set by Observery.com, Mango, LLC and trusted third party
networks, and are generally persistent in nature.
Observery.com makes use of different third party applications
and services. These include Stripe (for payments),
Mailgun (for email delivery), Google Fonts and Analytics,
and Twilio (for SMS delivery). As a result, cookies may be set by these third
parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have
no direct control over the information that is collected by these
Below are examples of the
cookies set by Observery.com, Mango, LLC, with explanations of their purpose.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but rather
aims to be representative. Information about cookies that may be set
by third parties, such as our ads partners, is below.
Analytics and Performance
|utma / utmb / utmc
/ utmt / utmz / ga / gat / gid
Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors
interact with our websites, which allow us to create a better
experience for our visitors. You can read more about Google's
Session cookies are needed to follow your progress through the website.
These cookies are necessary to ensure that any information you enter or routes you
take are remembered by the website. Without these cookies, every page
you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor.
These cookies do not identify you personally and is not linked to
any other information we store about you.
This website uses more than one server to provide the services.
When you visit the website, you are assigned to one of several servers.
This cookie is required to track which server you are communicating with
in order to present a consistent user experience. This cookie does not
identify you personally and is not linked to any other information
we store about you.
We use Stripe for credit card processing. Stripe sets multiple cookies
to provide a secure and reliable credit card processing experience. You may be unable to
enter payment information or process payment without these cookies, and as such, may
not be able to use any paid services (Paid Plans and Purchased SMS Credits). A sample
of their cookies are described below. You can read more about Stripe's cookies
by clicking here.
Provides a unique session identifier for authentication.
Sets a country code as determined by IP address.
Prevents cross site request forgery.
EU Cookie Law Banner
||Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the EU Cookie Law banner.
Please note that this section is not intended
to be exhaustive, but rather aims to be representative.
Visitors may wish to restrict
browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior such as the
length of time they are stored - either through built-in
functionality or by utilizing third party plugins. If you disable
cookies, please be aware that some of the features of our service
may not function correctly.
To find out more on how to
manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details
on your choices regarding use of your web browsing activity for
interest-based advertising you may visit the following sites:
On a mobile device, you may
also be to adjust your settings to limit ad tracking.
You can opt out of Google
Analytics by installing Google's opt-out browser add-on.