Cookie statement

This is the Cookie statement for Socio-technica Ltd, a consultancy company in matters technological and social.

Like most websites, also the website of Socio-technica places cookies on your device. Cookies are small text files that facilitate the interaction between websites and website users. For example, they allow the website to recognize repeated visits to the website by the same visitor. You can find more information on cookies here: https://www.aboutcookies.org/cookie-faq/

Our website relies on software that sets cookies for web security purposes. Those cookies process what is considered “personal data” under GDPR, namely, the IP addresses of visitors. On our website, the following software sets cookies that process personal data:

Matomo

For website traffic analysis we use a tool by Matomo, an open source project especially focused on privacy. The Matomo software runs on our own web servers located in Finland, in the EU. Therefore, the data on visits to the Socio-technica website cannot be accessed by anyone at Matomo.

Matomo generates visitor statistics that help us to understand how our website is being used. This way we can better develop our website and services.

Aside from metadata such as the time and duration of the visit as well as device type, browser, and operating system used, we collect very rough approximates of the location of the visitors on our website through IP addresses: We have configured the Matomo software to hide the last two octets of all IP addresses to keep the impact on your privacy very limited and to avoid tracking any personal data. For more information on the data that Matomo tracks, please visit Matomo’s website: https://matomo.org/faq/general/faq_18254/

This visitor data is removed every 90 days and cannot be used by us to identify individual persons. 

We have configured Matomo in such a way that it doesn’t use cookies for the purpose of tracking. However, according to the Matomo website (https://matomo.org/faq/general/faq_157/), even when the tracking through cookies is disabled, some essential non-analytics cookies may be created in specific cases:

  • _pk_ testcookie which is created without any identifier and is only used to check whether the visitor’s browser supports cookies and is deleted directly afterwards

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.

In case you choose to opt out by unchecking the box above, Matomo will create the following cookies

  • matomo_ignore which doesn’t contain personal information and is set on the domain of our server without an expiry date
  • MATOMO_SESSID which is a temporary and short-lived cookie

You can find information on the expiration times of Matomo cookies: https://matomo.org/faq/general/faq_146/

Wordfence

Wordfence is a web application security software whose cookies protect our website from attempted malicious attacks. This entails that it will have to process the IP addresses of the visitors on our website. Wordfence may set 3 different types of cookies based on the type of visitor:

  • wfwaf-authcookie-(hash)
  • wf_loginalerted_(hash)
  • wfCBLBypass

For more information on the Wordfence cookies, please consult the Wordfence website: https://www.wordfence.com/help/general-data-protection-regulation/#cookies-set-by-the-wordfence-plugin

Wordfence is owned by Defiant Inc, a US based company. The transfer of visitor data to Defiant over Wordfence cookies happens within terms that have been agreed upon contractually. Defiant uses the following US-based subprocessors of data and may share some of the data with them: Amazon Web Services, ByteGrid, Freshworks, Mode Analytics and Twilio.

WordPress

We rely on WordPress as a publishing platform. WordPress may set the following cookies:

  • wordpress_test_cookie which checks if the visitors’ browsers enable cookies in order to provide an appropriate user experience and expires after the visit to our website

as well as the following cookies which are all activated in the admin area of the website:

  • wp-settings-time-
  • wp-settings-
  • wordpress_logged_in_(hash)
  • wordpress_sec_(hash)

How to prevent cookies from being installed?

Your internet browser can be configured to prevent the installation of cookies as well as to disable already installed ones. The ways to do so vary based on the browser being used. Browser specific instructions are available at www.aboutcookies.org.

Potential changes to our cookie practices

If we will change our cookie practices listed above, we will make the changes visible in this statement and date them. We will also give a clear notification of any significant changes to our cookie policy or ask for your consent for those changes when the applicable law so requires.

Last updated: 25.5.2021