Effective May 25, 2018 (see archived policy).
Cookies are Bite-Sized Morsels of Sweetness.
Make your own cookie recipe using the ratio by weight of 3 parts flour, 2 parts fat, and 1 part sugar.
Cookies are Byte-Sized Morsels of Data
Cookies are chunks of data stored in your web browser when you use a site. You can’t eat them. They are not yummy. But servers eat them and find them quite yummy. Some of our cookies evaporate when you leave our site (session cookies); but others go home with you (persistent cookies).
Who We Mean By “Our” and “We”
Cookies Help Us Remember Things and Do Business
Cookies Tell Us What Happened
How Do You Serve Cookies?
You come to our site, we give you cookies, unless you’ve set your browser settings to refuse.
Who Serves the Cookies
Some cookies are placed by our business partners to help them help us. The fancy pants way of saying this is that cookies set by Boom Learning are “first-party cookies” and cookies set by our partners are “third-party cookies.” We wonder, can it ever be a real party without cookies?
Third-party cookies can recognize your device when it visits our site. The stalkier ones (think Facebook and Google) may follow you around to other websites or services in their efforts to serve you interest-based advertising. Keep reading to find out how to make them stop.
Some of our partners (like Pinterest and Facebook) use technologies, such as web beacons and pixels, with similar functionality to cookies. These tiny files contain unique identifiers. They might let an app recognize when someone visits a site or opens an e-mail. They let us know if our messages are effective or a miss. In many instances, these technologies rely on cookies to function properly; so declining cookies will make them work less well or not at all.
You Don’t Want Cookies You Say?
You can opt out of interest-based tracking from many of our partners through their privacy controls and by participating in one of these Opt-Out Programs:
- Digital Advertising Alliance
- Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada
- European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance
You can opt out of non-essential cookies. Disconnect is an excellent tool to manage cookies from site to site. Ghostery is another option, but understand it earns revenue by telling advertisers which ads people block.
If you want more control over your cookie consumption, you can open the settings in your browser (you may need to open “advanced settings”) and look for “Cookies”. Options can range from clearing out cookies at the end of each browser session, to refusing all cookies, to refusing only third-party cookies, or only allowing cookies for some sites. If you choose not to accept essential cookies from us, please understand that Boom won’t work. If you want to get the nitty-gritty on cookies, check out AboutCookies.org.
A Table of Cookies
Here is our table of cookies. They range from “essential” to “functional”. Essential cookies are like fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies, you can’t walk on by, you must have one or the party just doesn’t happen. Functional cookies are more like shortbread, you can opt out and your party won’t be ruined, but you might enjoy the party more if you just try one. Functional cookies help us understand your interests and preferences so we can better serve you what you like.
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with our Services, including access to secure areas. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the websites, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our Services function.
|Boom Learning||page tracking, performance management, user management|
|Adobe Typekit||font delivery to our blog|
|Google Analytics||anonymous statistical information and web analytics|
|Heap||statistical information and web analytics for our Helpdesk services|
|WordPress Stats||statistical information and web analytics for our blog|
Functional Third-Party Cookies
We use these cookies to improve our services and make the experience better for you. You can manage these cookies using your browser settings. Other cookies may be set during a session by a payment service.
|Facebook Connect||allows optional Facebook authentication|
|Google Authentication||allows optional Google authentication|
|Facebook Connect and Graph||allows social media connection|
|allows social media connection|
|allows social media connection|
|Gravatar||WordPress||allows social media connection|
Targeting/Advertising Third-Party Cookies
These cookies are set by third parties and are used to create profiles for advertising purposes or to personalize content. They present the highest privacy risk to visitors.
|Pinterest_Pixel||Evaluating the success of external advertising campaigns|
|Evaluating the success of external advertising campaigns|
Where can I get further information?