Cookie Policy

As is common practice with almost all professional websites, this site uses cookies, which are tiny files downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it, and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored. However, this may downgrade or “break” some aspects of the site’s functionality.

For more general information on cookies, see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, in most cases, there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. We recommend you leave on all cookies if you are unsure whether you need them or not if they are used to provide a service you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of this site. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

The Cookies We Set

We will use cookies to manage the signup process and general administration if you create an account with us. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out. However, in some cases, they may remain afterward to remember your site preferences when logged out.

We use cookies when you log in to remember this fact, which prevents you from logging in every time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

This site offers newsletter or email subscription services. The site may use cookies to remember if you are already registered and show certain notifications that might only be valid for subscribed/unsubscribed users.

This site offers e-commerce or payment facilities, and some cookies are essential to ensure that your order is remembered between pages to process it properly.

From time to time, we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken a survey or provide you with accurate results after changing pages.

When you submit data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

To provide you with a great experience on this site, we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. To remember your preferences, we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page affected by your preferences.

Third-Party Cookies

In some exceptional cases, we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties—the following section details which third-party cookies you might encounter on this site.

This site uses Google Analytics, one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web, to help us understand how you use the site and improve your experience. These cookies may track how long you spend on the site and the pages you visit to continue producing engaging content. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

Third-party analytics are used to track and measure the usage of this site so that we can continue to create engaging content. These cookies may track how long you spend on the site or the pages you visit, which helps us understand how we can improve the site.

We test new features and make subtle changes to how the site is delivered from time to time. When we are still testing new features, this site may use these cookies to ensure that you receive a consistent experience while on the site and to understand which optimizations our users appreciate the most.

The Google AdSense service we use to serve ads uses a DoubleClick cookie to serve more relevant ads across the web and limit the number of times a given ad is shown to you. For more information on Google AdSense, see the official Google AdSense privacy FAQ.

We use adverts to offset the cost of running this site and provide funding for further development. The behavioral advertising cookies used by this site are designed to ensure that we provide you with the most relevant ads where possible by anonymously tracking your interests and presenting similar things that may be of interest.

In some cases, we may provide you with custom content based on what you tell us about yourself, either directly or indirectly, by linking a social media account. These types of cookies allow us to provide you with content that we feel may be of interest to you.

Several partners advertise on our behalf. And affiliate tracking cookies allow us to see if our customers came to the site through one of our partner sites so that we can credit them appropriately and, where applicable, allow our affiliate partners to provide any bonus they may offer you for making a purchase.

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest will set cookies through our site, which may be used to enhance your profile on their site, or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

More Information

Hopefully, that has clarified things for you. As was previously mentioned, if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not, it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled if they interact with one of the features you use on our site. If you are still looking for more information, you can contact us by email: Team@TheWhale.com.

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