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
web 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.
Creative Commons Sharealike license.
This policy is currently being revised for use within the CG Productions website.
Types of Cookies
Types of cookies & Why we use these cookies
*** Strictly Necessary *** These cookies are essential for our website and/or forums to perform their basic functions. This includes those
required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions.
*** Functionality *** These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
*** Security *** We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.
*** Analytics and Performance *** Performance cookies 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 website functions and to understand how users
interact with them.
*** Advertising *** 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 CG Productions and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.
*** Third Party / Embedded Content *** Sites hosted at CG Productions 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 have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.
In addition to the cookies set on our own sites, we utilize cookies for our (CG Productions) 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 see a user or browser for
the first time in a given period.
Below are examples of the cookies set by CG Productions, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across a whole
network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g. CG Productions, Leading Light District, etc). Please note that this is not an
exhaustive list, but rather aims to be representative. Not all of these cookies are in use by CG Productions. Information about cookies that may
be set by third parties, such as our ads partners, is below. In addition, people and companies that use the CG Productions services to publish
or host their own sites may place additional cookies. We provide more information on these cookies below.
*** Advertising ***
Cookie Purpose - Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad.
Cookie Purpose - Counts and tracks page views on CG Productions used to determine whether or not to show any popup message and
reduces the pop-up display and/or 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.
*** Analytics and Performance ***
Cookie Purpose - Aids for debugging customer problems
Cookie Purpose - Gathers 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.
Cookie Purpose - Remembers the ID of the affiliate that referred the current user to CG Productions.
Cookie Purpose - Google 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.
Cookie Purpose - For processing payment and to aid in fraud detection in e-commerce based websites.
Cookie Purpose - Stores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.
Cookie Purpose - Used to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs
Cookie Purpose - Defines the currency displayed in e-commerce landing pages.
Cookie Purpose - Login cookie used to identify user.
Cookie Purpose - Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in user.
Cookie Purpose - Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.
Cookie Purpose - Python/Ajax or other security cookie used on accounts.
Cookie Purpose - Used 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
Cookie Purpose - Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.
Cookie Purpose - Set when the user is logged in using two factor authentication.
Cookie Purpose - Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.
Cookie Purpose - Remembers whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile version of a site.
***Subscriptions and/or Forums***
Cookie Purpose - Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
Other cookie examples used for this type have already been listed in other sections.
***EU Cookie Law Banner***
Cookie Purpose - 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, 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.
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 http://aboutcookies.org. For more details on your choices regarding
use of your web browsing activity for interest-based advertising visit
http://youronlinechoices.eu (EU based) or http://optout.aboutads.info (US based).
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] at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
***Our Internal Analytics Tool***
In order to better understand how our services are used, we monitor certain user activities that take place within our website or forums,
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 CG Productions account and are handled via a first party system that CG
Productions owns and maintains. In general, we record the following data for each event: IP address, user ID and username, connected site
ID (for sites not hosted on CG Productions), user agent, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code. We use this
information to improve our products, make our marketing to you more relevant, personalize your experience, and for the other purposes
information with our analytics tool about events or actions that happen after the opt-out, while logged in to your CG Productions account.
Note that opting out does not disable the functionality of the actions we track - for example, if you publish a post in our forums, we 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.
***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 users' 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 other of our websites,
dashboards, and services. We may display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind.
***Consent and Choices for Advertisements on Our Users’ Sites Through Our Ads Program***
You may see a "cookie banner" on our users’ websites advertised through our forums or otherwise, 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. We’ll display the banner to you periodically, just in case you change your mind. We 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 (LINK WILL BE HERE when available), and the opt-out will be processed immediately with no confirmation step. When you
opt out, we 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 (LINK WILL BE HERE when available). 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
***Advertisements from Third Parties Through CG Productions Ads Program***
We may show ads on some of our users’ websites and/or forums. Our users may also choose to place ads on their site through our ads program.
Additionally, we also show ads from our ads program on some of our own websites. We operate our ads program in partnership with third party
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
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
Partner Cookie Information
This is a work in progress, no partner agreements have been completed.
Partner and Cookie Purpose - N/A
- 11-12-2020: Initial installation