Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners as part of how their websites work, or to make them work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information based on how the websites are used.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, packagecloud) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, embedded content, and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer when it visits any of the websites that use the third party features or functionality.
For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Websites. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for analytics, and other purposes. This is described in more detail below:
Web beacons: We may also use small pieces of software code called “web beacons” to collect anonymous and aggregate advertising matrix, such as counting page views, promotion views, or advertising responses. A web beacon is an electronic image, called a single-pixel or clear GIF. Web beacons can recognise certain types of information on users computer, such as a user’s Cookie number, time and date of a page view, and description of the page where the web beacon is placed. You may render some web beacons unusable if you choose to reject their associated cookies. These web beacons may also be used to set cookies that conform with our Cookie Statement.
Third party analytics are used to track and measure usage of this site so that we can continue to produce engaging content. These cookies may track things such as how much time you spend on the site or pages you visit which helps us to understand how we may improve the site for you.
Hopefully that has clarified things for you, and as was previously mentioned, if there is something that you are not sure whether you need or not, it’s normally safe to leave cookies enabled.
If you are still looking for more information, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.