Cookie Policy

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About this cookie policy

This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are and how we use them. You should read this policy to understand what cookies are, how we use them, the types of cookies we use i.e, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used and how to control the cookie preferences. For further information on how we use, store and keep your personal data secure, see our Privacy Policy.

You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website.

Learn more about who we are, how you can contact us and how we process personal data in our Privacy Policy.

Your consent applies to the following domains: thegreymattersnetwork.com

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What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. The cookies are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the website function properly, make the website more secure, provide better user experience, and understand how the website performs and to analyse what works and where it needs improvement.

How do we use cookies?

As most of the online services, our website uses cookies first-party and third-party cookies for a number of purposes. The first-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function the right way, and they do not collect any of your personally identifiable data.

The third-party cookies used on our websites are used mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, keeping our services secure, and all in all providing you with a better and improved user experience and help speed up your future interactions with our website.

What types of cookies do we use?

Essential: Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of our site. They allow us to maintain user sessions and prevent any security threats. They do not collect or store any personal information. For example, these cookies allow you to log-in to your account and add products to your basket and checkout securely.

Statistics: These cookies store information like the number of visitors to the website, the number of unique visitors, which pages of the website have been visited, the source of the visit etc. These data help us understand and analyse how well the website performs and where it needs improvement.

Functional: These are the cookies that help certain non-essential functionalities on our website. These functionalities include embedding content like videos or sharing contents on the website on social media platforms.

Preferences: These cookies help us store your settings and browsing preferences like language preferences so that you have a better and efficient experience on future visits to the website.

The below list details some of the cookies used in our website.

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CookieTypeDurationDescription
APISIDadvertising, third party2 yearsThis cookie is set by Google DoubleClick. This cookie is generally set through the site by advertising partners such as YouTube, and used by them to build a profile of the website visitor's interests and show relevant ads on other sites. This cookie works by uniquely identifying your browser and device.
CONSENTadvertising, third party, functionalpersistentThis cookie is set by Google Ads Optimization, via YouTube. This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessarypersistent1 yearThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessarypersistent1 yearThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Non-necessary".
CookieLawInfoConsentpersistent1 yearThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It records the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie
et-editor-available-post-*functionalThis cookie is set by the Elegant Themes WordPress theme used on this website. It is used to allow the website owners to edit the pages of the website.
GPSanalytics, third party30 minutesThis cookie is set by Youtube and registers a unique ID for tracking users based on their geographical location.
GPSanalytics, third party30 minutesThis cookie is set by Youtube and registers a unique ID for tracking users based on their geographical location.
HSIDadvertising, third party2 yearsThis cookie is set by Google Ads Optimization, via YouTube.
IDEadvertising, third party1 yearUsed by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile.
IDEadvertising, third party1 yearThis cookie is set by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile.
LOGIN_INFOadvertising, third partyThis cookie is set by YouTube.
PREFanalytics, third party1 yearThis cookie, which may be set by Google or Doubleclick, may be used by advertising partners to build a profile of interests to show relevant ads on other sites. It works by uniquely identifying your browser and device.
SAPISIDadvertising, third party2 yearsThis cookie is set by Google DoubleClick. This cookie is generally set through the site by advertising partners, and used by them to build a profile of the website visitor's interests and show relevant ads on other sites. This cookie works by uniquely identifying your browser and device.
SIDfunctional, third partysessionThis is a very common cookie name but where it is found as a session cookie it is likely to be used as for session state management.
SIDCCadvertising, third party1 yearThis cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website.
SSIDadvertising, third party2 yearsThis cookie is set by Google Ads Optimization, via YouTube. This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website.
viewed_cookie_policypersistent1 yearThis cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It is the primary cookie that records the user consent for the usage of the cookies upon ‘accept’ and ‘reject.’ It does not track any personal data and is set only upon user action (accept/reject).
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEadvertising, third party5 monthsThis cookie is set by Youtube. Used to track the information of the embedded YouTube videos on a website.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEadvertising, third party, functional6 monthsThis cookie is set by Youtube to keep track of user preferences for Youtube videos embedded in sites. It can also determine whether the website visitor is using the new or old version of the Youtube interface, and helps YouTube estimate bandwidth
wordpress_logged_in_*functionalpersistentThis cookie is set by WordPress and is used to keep users logged in.
wordpress_sec_*functional15 daysThis cookie is set by WordPress and is used to provide protection against hackers, store account details.
wordpress_test_cookiefunctional0 minutesThis cookie is set by WordPress to check if cookies can be placed.
wp-settings-*functionalpersistentThis cookie is set by WordPress, and is used to store user preferences.
wp-settings-time-*functional1 yearThis cookie is set by WordPress, and is used to store user preferences.
YSCperformance, third partyThis cookies is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos.
YSCthird party, performancesessionThis cookie is set by YouTube to track views of embedded videos.
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Cookie Type Duration Description
_ga analytics, third party, anonymous 2 years This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.
_gat performance, third party 1 minute This cookie is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.
_gid analytics, third party 1 day This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.
apbct_cookies_test functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to check if cookies can be placed.
apbct_page_hits functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. Is is used in order to detect spam and improve the website’s security. Does not store visitor specific data.
apbct_prev_referer functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to store referrer ID’s to identify and eliminate spam on the website’s comment section.
apbct_site_landing_ts functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It ensures visitor browsing-security by preventing cross-site request forgery. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and visitor.
apbct_timestamp functional, third party This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. Used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
apbct_visible_fields functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
apbct_visible_fields_count functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary persistent 1 year This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary persistent 1 year This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Non-necessary”.
CookieLawInfoConsent persistent 1 year This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It records the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie
ct_checkjs functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to store dynamic variables from the browser.
ct_fkp_timestamp functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to store time of visit.
ct_pointer_data functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to store dynamic variables from the browser.
ct_ps_timestamp functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to store dynamic variables from the browser.
ct_sfw_pass_key functional, third party 4 weeks This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to prevent spam on our comments and forms and acts as a complete anti-spam solution and firewall for this site.
ct_timezone functional, third party session This cookie is set by the CleanTalk Spam Protect plugin. It is used to store time of visit.
et-editor-available-post-* functional This cookie is set by the Elegant Themes WordPress theme used on this website. It is used to allow the website owners to edit the pages of the website.
IDE advertising, third party 1 year Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads, with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.
viewed_cookie_policy persistent 1 year This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. It is the primary cookie that records the user consent for the usage of the cookies upon ‘accept’ and ‘reject.’ It does not track any personal data and is set only upon user action (accept/reject).
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE advertising, third party, functional 6 months This cookie is set by Youtube to keep track of user preferences for Youtube videos embedded in sites. It can also determine whether the website visitor is using the new or old version of the Youtube interface, and helps YouTube estimate bandwidth
wordpress_logged_in_* functional persistent This cookie is set by WordPress and is used to keep users logged in.
wordpress_sec_* functional 15 days This cookie is set by WordPress and is used to provide protection against hackers, store account details.
wordpress_test_cookie functional 0 minutes This cookie is set by WordPress to check if cookies can be placed.
wp-settings-* persistent, functional persistent This cookie is set by WordPress, and is used to store user preferences.
wp-settings-time-* functional 1 year This cookie is set by WordPress, and is used to store user preferences.
wpe-auth functional, third party session This cookie is set by the hosting company WPEngine, to keep users logged in.

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How can I control the cookie preferences?

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the “Privacy & Cookie Policy” tab on the bottom right of your screen. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit wikipedia.org, or www.allaboutcookies.org.

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