Effective date: 2023-05-02

The cookie policy of SortBird outlines the different types of cookies that may be used in relation to the Website, owned and administered by us, through which you have access to this Cookie Policy (the "Website"), as well as information on how you can control them.

What are Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your device when you visit a website. We use cookies to provide a better user experience, analyze how users interact with our website, and to personalize content and ads.

Below you can manage your cookie preferences. Please note that by disabling certain cookies, you may limit your ability to use certain features of our website.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies are used in a way, allowing the Website to function better and more efficiently. Cookies are needed in order for you to browse the Website and to use their services and functionalities. Without those essential cookies, our Website will not function as fluently as we would like them to and we might not be able to provide you with certain services or features.

Cookies are also used in order to prepare anonymous statistics, which aid us at understanding, how a given user prefers to use our Website, allowing us to improve its structure and contents, without identifying the user. The SortBird Website may also use certain Wordpress features, software such as Google Analytics, Google Adsense or Google Adwords, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social media “like” buttons or plugins, which contain cookies.

Cookies we use

We use cookies to provide a better experience on our website and to understand how visitors interact with our content. Here are the cookies we use:

Google Analytics and Vercel Analytics

We use Google/Vercel Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our website. This information is used to create reports and help us improve the website. Google/Vercel Analytics cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

Stripe (required)

We use stripe as our payment gateway which allows websites to process online payments securely and easily. When a user makes a payment on your website using Stripe, their payment information (such as their credit card details) needs to be stored temporarily while the payment is being processed. Please review the settings to configure your stripe cookies.

To enable this, Stripe uses cookies to store information about the user's session, such as their session ID and the status of their payment. These cookies are necessary for the payment process to work properly, and they are stored on the user's browser until the payment process is complete.

In addition to payment-related cookies, Stripe may also use other cookies on your website to improve performance, analyze how users interact with the website, and provide relevant advertising. However, these additional cookies are optional and you can choose to disable them if you prefer. Stripe's use of cookies is subject to their own privacy policy, which you should review if you have any specific concerns.

Authentication (required)

We use next-auth to authenticate users on our application. Next-auth is a library which allows users to authenticate using various third party services, such as google, which makes it easy to sign up and start using our application.

These are intended to prevent fraud, protect your data from unauthorized parties, and comply with legal requirements. For example, we use cookies to determine if you are logged in your User Account.

Do cookies contain personal data?

On their own, cookies do not require personal information in order to be used and most often, they do not identify internet Users. The personal data, collected during the usage of cookies can only be gathered in order to ease the use of the services by the User. This data is encrypted in such a way that it does not allow unauthorized persons to gain access it.

Deleting the cookies

In general, applications for access to web pages (web- or mobile browsers) allow the storage of cookies by default. These settings may be changed in such a way that the automatic administration of cookies is blocked by the web browser or that the User would be informed each time when cookies are sent to his/her device. Detailed information about the options and management of cookies may be found in the settings of the Web Browser. Limiting the usage of cookies may affect some of the features of the Website.

Security and confidentiality

Cookies are NOT viruses. They take the form of simple text. They are not made out of code and cannot therefore be executed or execute themselves alone. Consequently, they may not be duplicated or copied into other networks in order to get started and copied once more. Since cookies cannot perform those functions, they cannot be regarded as viruses. Most often, browsers have built-in privacy settings, which provide different levels for the acceptance of cookies, the period of their validity and their automatic deletion after a User has visited a given website.

Advice on secure and responsible surfing, using cookies

Thanks to their flexibility and the fact that many of the most visited and biggest websites use cookies, their use is almost inevitable. Deactivating cookies will not allow the access of a given user to many of the most commonly used websites, including YouTube, Yahoo, Gmail and others.

Here is some advice, which can ensure safe surfing, but with the help of cookies:

  • Personalize your cookie browser settings, in order to create an adequate level of protection from the use of cookies.
  • If you are the only person, who uses the computer, you may set longer terms for expiration of the storage of the browsing history and access to personal data.
  • If you share your computer access with somebody, you may set your browser settings to delete the surfing data every time you close your web browser.
  • Ensure that your browser is always up to date. Many of the attacks, based on cookies, are realized when exploiting the weak spots of old and non-updated versions of the web browsers. Cookies are everywhere and they may not be circumvented if you would like to enjoy your access to the best and biggest websites on the Internet.
It is possible that you set your browser in a way that does not allow for cookies to be accepted anymore or you can set your browser to accept cookies only from certain websites. All modern browsers offer the option to change cookie settings. This includes computer browsers, as well as mobile device browsers. These settings can be found in the "options" menu or the "preferences" menu of your browser.