What cookies are
Cookies are small text files that are used by almost any website since the very early days of the internet to store or transfer information between a website and the browser you use to access the website. Cookies are stored in a special folder in the temporary internet files directory of your browser. When you request another page from the website, your browser sends the cookie back to the website.
Cookies are helpful
There are a lot of myths surrounding cookies, mostly making them out to be in some way dangerous for your computer or infringing of privacy rights. Cookies are not harmful like malware, worms or viruses. Cookies are nothing more than a technology to remember your actions or preferences over time. This is exactly the same as storing this information in a central database on a website. A cookie can only be read by the website that created it, a website cannot read cookies from other websites.
Cookies can either be session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie expires automatically when you close your browser. A persistent cookie will remain until it expires or you delete your cookies. Expiration dates are set in the cookies themselves; some may expire after a few minutes while others may expire after multiple years. Cookies placed by the website you're visiting are sometimes called first-party cookies while cookies placed by other websites are sometimes called third party cookies. And why it's called a cookie? The term "cookie" is an allusion to a Unix program called Fortune Cookie that produces a different message, or fortune, each time it runs.
What about privacy
Third party persistent cookies, or "tracking cookies", are able to follow you on the internet. For example, if you go to a website that hosts online advertising from a third party vendor, this vendor can place a tracking cookie on your computer. If you visit another website that hosts online advertising from this same vendor, it will recognize you and is in fact able to determine (a part of) your browsing history. But usage of tracking cookies is for a good reason. It enables the third party vendor to serve ads targeted at your interests, the so called "personalized ads". Some people see these tracking cookies as an invasion of privacy since they allow an advertiser to build up profiles of users without their consent or knowledge. The truth is that personalized advertising is a powerful tool that improves advertising relevance for users and significantly increases revenue for websites. Without personalized ads, the majority of the websites cannot longer survive. They either close or stop serving their content for free.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a website or a third party to recognize you. Cookies are used to save personalized information on your browser so that this information doesn't have to be gathered/setup each time you visit a page of the same website. Cookie have on purpose, improving your browsing experience. Based on the their purposes, cookies are grouped in different types; functional-, analytics-, social media- and advertising cookies. Below is a description of these types. Each type explains how these cookies work in general, what they do and what the benefits are for you. The small tags show the properties of the cookies.
These cookies are used to monitor visitor behavior on websites. Information about visitor behavior is in an aggregated and anonymous form that does not identify you directly as an individual. Its purpose is to help websites understand what people to on their website. For example, what pages are most popular, what pages are not, what pages load slowely or on what pages do people leave the website. Based on this information about visitor behavior, websites can make improve their website.
Social media cookies
Websites can gives you the option to like or share content on social media sites such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. These sites make use of (social) cookies. For example to verify if you're logged in to their site, so that you don't need to login each time you want to like or share content. To see how these social media sites deal with your data, read the priavacy statement of Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
What cookies does LetsSingIt use?
We think it's important for you to understand what type of cookies we use on our website and for what purpose. We not only care about the browsing experience of our website, we also care about your privacy. Below you'll find what cookies we're using and for what purpose.
We use functional cookies to make our website work properly. We use these cookies to:
- Save your timezone to present all dates and times in your local time and notation to enhance readability
- Save your location and device to present our site optimized for your location and device
- Save in the layout you feel the most comfortable with to present our search results to you
- Identify you when your a member of our website and are logged in
- Remember your cookie consent settings
We use Google Analytics to help us improve our information and services. Google Analytics makes use of first-party cookies. This collected information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use. We use these cookies to track:
- How many visitors come to our website
- What browsers visitors use
- How long visitors stay on our site
- What pages are most popular
- What pages are least popular
- Find slow loading pages
Social media cookies
To be able to present you our content for free, we show you advertisements. These advertisements are placed by third party ad networks. These ad networks use advertising cookies.
If you would prefer to opt out of cookies, it is possible to control cookies by following the steps below. However, you probably do not wat to disable all cookies, because then might lose features and functionality of our website which would really limit the quality of your Internet experience. Also note that if you choose to turn off personalized behavioural advertising by disabling third party cookies, you will still see advertising on the internet. It only stops advertising networks from tracking your activities and displaying "personalized" ads. For more information about how you can delete and control the cookies that are stored on your computer, please visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
Clear browsing data
Your browser also has an option to clear your browsing data that includes the option to delete cookies and other site and plug-in data, including data stored on your device by the Adobe Flash Player (commonly known as Flash cookies).
"Do Not Track"
Some internet browsers have a "Do Not Track" (or "DNT") setting. This sends a signal to websites asking them not to track your browsing. OUr website does not support Do Not Track requests at this time.
Incognito browsing mode
Some browsers offer an incognito browse mode. Use this mode when you don't want your website visits or downloads to be recorded in your browsing and download histories. Any cookies created while in incognito mode are deleted after you close all incognito windows.
Adjust browser settings
Most internet browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. If you do not want our website to store cookies on your device, you can change your browser settings so that you receive a warning before certain cookies are stored. You can also set your browser to ask your permission before accepting a cookie though, and only accept them from websites you trust. Blocking third party tracking cookies allows you to prevent websites on other domains from putting cookies in your browser meaning your browser will not let websites set cookies that are not part of the domain where you are going. If you use different devices to view and access our website (e.g., your computer, smartphone, tablet) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences. The procedures for changing your settings and cookies differ from browser to browser. If necessary, use the help function on your browser or visit www.allaboutcookies.org to find out more about cookies, including how to manage them in your browser.
Industry Opt Out Tools
Websites offered by the internet advertising industry which contain 1) information about personalized advertising, 2) online privacy and 3) opt-out options are:
Because of the way in which the internet and websites work, it may be that we do not always have complete insight into the cookies that third parties place on our website. This is especially the case if our web pages contain so-called embedded elements; these are texts, documents, pictures or films that are stored with another party, but which are shown on, in or via our website. Should you encounter cookies on this website that fall into this category and that we have not mentioned above, please let us know. You can also contact the third party directly and ask which cookies they have placed, what the reason is, what the lifespan of the cookie is and how they have guaranteed your privacy.