Cookie Policy

Released October 7, 2020

Peek Mag LLC is an informational and entertainment magazine (“Peek Mag”).  Our Privacy Policy explains 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.   This policy, along with Peek Mag’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, are incorporated herein, and comprise, collectively, the “Agreement.”

  1. 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 cookies”). 

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. 

  1. How we may use cookies

We may use cookies for a number of 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 (clicking the “like” or “follow” button on a post, for example).

Many of the cookies we may use are only set if you are a registered 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 may use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below. 

  1. Where we may place cookies

We may set cookies in a number of different locations across our services.  These include:

  1. On websites associated with our website architecture and system designer (“Website Designer,” including,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and
  2. In the administrative dashboards of our website.
  3. On sites we may host for our users.
  4. On sites that use our plugins.
  5. In the emails we may send.
  6. Types of Cookie

The table below explains the types of cookies our Website Designer may use with our website and why we may use them. 

Category of cookiesWhy we may use these cookies
Strictly NecessaryThese cookies are essential for websites on 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 to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.
FunctionalityThese cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location. 
SecurityWe may use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.
Analytics and PerformancePerformance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data.  We may use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.
AdvertisingThese cookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors who use our services or visit websites we may 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 Website Designer and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.
Third Party / Embedded ContentSites, like ours, hosted on make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors.  These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo.  As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity.  We may have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.
  1. User Sites

In addition to the cookies set on our own sites, we may utilize cookies for our Site Stats feature.  This tallies the unique numbers of visitors to a site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. A visitor is counted when we may see a user or browser for the first time in a given period.

  1. Examples

Below are examples of the cookies set by our Website Designer, with explanations of their purpose.  Some of these cookies are set across our whole network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g., Longreads, etc).  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.  Additionally, we may occasionally set referrer cookies on Jetpack connected sites, using WooCommerce.

In addition, people and companies that use our services to publish or host their own sites may place additional cookies.  We may provide more information on these cookies below.

  1. Advertising
adsTracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.
lr_nwCounts and tracks pageviews on Used to determine whether or not to show our Membership popup message.
wordpress_eliReduces the display of ads for repeat visitors.

Please also see the section below on third party advertisements that you may see on our sites or sites that use our services.

  1. Analytics and Performance
__pdvtUsed in log of Crowdsignal survey data to aid in debugging customer problems.
Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allows us to create a better visitor experience.
abUsed for “AB testing” of new features.
nux_flow_nameIdentifies which user signup flow was shown to the user. 
tk_ni / tk_ai / tk_qsGathers information for our own, first party analytics tool about how our services are used.  A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience. 
tk_*rReferral cookies used to analyse referrer behavior for Jetpack connected sites using WooCommerce.
wp-affiliate-trackerRemembers the ID of the affiliate that referred the current user to
utma / utmb / utmc / utmt / utmz / ga / gat / gidGoogle Analytics.  Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allow us to create a better experience for our visitors.  Our users may also implement Google Analytics on their own websites.
  1. Functionality
__stripe_sid / __stripe_midFor processing payment and to aid in fraud detection.
_longreads_prod_newAuthentication for Member accounts.  Only active when logged in, on * domains.
akm_mobileStores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.
botdlangUsed to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs in.
landingpage_currencyDefines the currency displayed in landing pages.
pd_dashboardRecords last used folder in Crowdsignal dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.
PD_USER_AUTHLogin cookie used to identify Crowdsignal user.
wordpress_logged_in*Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in user.
wp-settings-{user_id}Persists a user’s wp-admin configuration.
wp_sharing_{id}Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.
  1. Security
csrftokenPython/Ajax security cookie used on
  1. Strictly Necessary
country_codeUsed in order to determine whether or not the cookie banner should be shown.  Set immediately on page load and retained for 6 hours to remember the visitor’s country.
sensitive_pixel_optionRemembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.
twostep_authSet when the user is logged in using two-factor authentication.
wordpress_test_cookieChecks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.
  1. Advertisements from Third Parties Through Website Designer’s Ads Program

Our Website Designer’s mission is to democratize publishing.  So that we can offer free access to create a website using, we may show ads on some of our users’ sites.  Our users may also choose to place ads on their site through our ads program.  Additionally, we also may show ads from our ads program on some of our own websites (e.g., and in emails.

We may operate our ads program in partnership with third party vendors.  As part of the operation of our ads program, we may use cookies to collect certain information.  Advertising cookies enable us and our partners to serve ads and to personalize those ads based on information like visits to our sites and other sites on the Internet.

Below is a representative list of our advertising program partners, along with information on the cookies that that each partner sets.  The partners we may work with change from time to time, and this is not an exhaustive list.  Your choices to control cookies related to our ads program are described below.

PartnerCookie Info
33across and
Google (AdSense, DoubleClick Ad Exchange “AdX”)
Skimlinks and

Below is a representative list of the cookies that may be set by our ads partners in connection with ads that appear in emails.

pi-useridUsed to personalize email-based ads.
eid_Used in email-based ads to track if a visitor has clicked an ad and report to advertisers how their ads performed. 
  1. Visitors to Sites with Jetpack installed

Below are examples of the cookies set for visitors to sites with the Jetpack plugin installed.  For more details on the cookies set for administrators, please see

  1. Jetpack Comments
Cookie NamePurpose
comment_author_{HASH}Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s name field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes.
comment_author_email_{HASH}Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s email field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes.
comment_author_url_{HASH}Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s URL field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes
  1. Mobile Theme
Cookie NamePurpose
akm_mobileRemembers whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile version of a site.
  1. Subscriptions
Cookie NamePurpose
jetpack_comments_subscribe_{HASH}Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
jetpack_blog_subscribe_{HASH}Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
  1. EU Cookie Law Banner
Cookie NamePurpose
eucookielawRemembers 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, and that our users may set additional cookies (such as Google Analytics), depending on the features they have chosen to enable or the plugins they have installed.

  1. Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies or completely prevent them from being set.  Most 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 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 tracking.  

For example, you can opt out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on, or from Hotjar by using the Do Not Track header.

  1. Our Internal Analytics Tool

In order to better understand how our services are used, we may monitor certain user activities that take place within our products, including page views and clicks on any links used when managing a site via our dashboards. 

We call each one of these actions an “event.” Analytics events are attached to your account and are handled via a first party system that Website Designer owns and maintains. In general, we record the following data for each event: IP address, user ID and username, site ID (for sites not hosted on, user agent, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.

We may use this information to improve our products, make our marketing to you more relevant, personalize your experience, and for the other purposes described in our Privacy Policy.

You may opt out of our analytics program through your user settings.  By doing so, you won’t share information with our analytics tool about events or actions that happen after the opt-out, while logged in to your account.  Note that opting out does not disable the functionality of the actions we may track – for example, if you publish a post, we may will still have record of that (don’t worry!), but for an event or action after you opt out, we will not have other data associated with that action or event in the analytics tool.

  1. Consent for Advertising Cookies on Our Sites

You may see a “cookie banner” on our websites and dashboards. If you are visiting one of our sites from the EU, then we do not set, or allow our ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you click to accept. When you consent in this manner, we and our advertising partners may set advertising cookies on the site you are visiting and on our other websites, dashboards, and services, which we may use to show you advertisements about our various Website Designer products.   If this is the case, our Website Designer will display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

  1. Consent and Choices for Advertisements on Our Users’ Sites Through Our Ads Program

You may see a “cookie banner” on our users’ websites, particularly if you are in the European Union.  If so, then our ad program does not set, or allow our ad partners to set, cookies that are used to show you targeted ads before you accept.  When you consent in this manner, we and our advertising partners may set third party advertising cookies on our network in order to show you personalized ads.  If this is the case, our Website Designer will display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.

* Please note this consent feature was implemented on May 22, 2018.

We may set a cookie to help us understand how visitors engage with websites that participate in our ad program.  Visitors may opt out of our use of this information by visiting this link (the opt-out will be processed immediately with no confirmation step).  When you opt out, our Website Designer’s templates will replace the unique value for that cookie with an opt-out value.  The opt-out works across all websites in our ads program.  If you have opted out by accident, or wish to opt back in, you may do so by visiting this link.  Please note that this option is browser specific, and so if you use a different device or browser or clear your cookies, then you will need to repeat the process.

  1. Contact Us

If you have any questions about our use of cookies, you can find the most relevant contact details in our Privacy Policy.

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