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.
Many of the cookies we use are only set if you are a registered Beam.social user (so you dont 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 use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below.
Where we place cookies
We set cookies in a number of different locations across our services. These include:
Types of Cookies
The types of cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.
Strictly Necessary, These 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.
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 websites function 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 youve viewed or acts you have taken on our (and other) websites. These are set by Interactiv and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.
Third Party / Embedded Content, Sites hosted on Beam.social 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 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 Interactiv, with explanations of their purpose. Some of these cookies are set across our whole network, whereas some are specific to individual services (e.g. Beam.social, 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. In addition, people and companies that use our services to publish or host their own sites may place additional cookies. We provide more information on these cookies below.
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
Advertisements from Third Parties Through Interactivs Ads Program
Our mission is to democratize publishing. So that we can offer free access to create a website using Beam.social, we 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 show ads from our ads program on some of our own websites.
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 below.
Remembers whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile version of a site.
Remembers the state of the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
EU Cookie Law Banner
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.
To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. 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 ad tracking.
You can opt out of Google Analytics by installingGoogles opt-out browser add-on.
Our Internal Analytics Tool
In order to better understand how our services are used, we 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 Beam.social account and are handled via a first party system that Interactiv owns and maintains. In general, we record the following data for each event: IP address, Beam.social user ID and username, Beam.social-connected site ID (for sites not hosted on Beam.social), user agent, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.
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 other of our websites, dashboards, and services.
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.
* Please note this consent feature was implemented on June 19, 2018. We set a cookie to help us understand how visitors engage with websites that participate in our ad program.