Cookie Policy of HUMAN BUSINESS STUDIO Ltd., Sofia – Republic of Bulgaria

April 2021

1. About the policy:

This Policy applies to cookies and other similar technologies used, as appropriate, in the websites and applications (“The Site”) operated by Human Business Studio Ltd., with registered office and address of management in the town of Sofia, 56 Andrey Lyapchev Boulevard, with UIC 205148001 (“HBS”).
Cookies are used for the following purposes:

  • for the functioning of the Site
  • to analyze visitors’ behaviour
  • for advertising.

This Policy serves as a supplement to the Privacy Policy of HBS, which can be accessed here.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the documents, as they contain useful additional information for the purposes for which we collect, process and store personal data through the use of cookies or other technologies, such as your rights, exceptions and limitations.

HBS advises you to always take adequate protection for your data and in case of any questions or ambiguities regarding the data collected, processed and stored by us, please in touch at hello@humanbusiness.studio.

2. What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored on your hard disk which are allocated to the browser you use and through which certain information flows to the location that sets the cookie. The cookie is installed through a request submitted by the user’s terminal to the server of HBS or the server of a third party.

3. What are cookies used for?

These files make it possible to recognize you and present the content of the Site in a way that is relevant to your preferences. Cookies cannot run programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make Internet services more user-friendly and effective. We also use cookies to identify you for follow-up visits if you have signed up for our Newsletter. Cookies are also used in the preparation of anonymous aggregated statistics that help us understand how you use our website, which allows us to improve the structure and content without identifying an individual user.

The placement of cookies on your computer can be prevented through the relevant settings of your Internet browser. Previously set cookies can also be deleted through the settings of your browser. We advise you that preventing the placement of cookies on your computer can mean that not all functionalities of the Site are available and/or are limited.

You can generally opt-out of the use of cookies by changing your browser settings. If you choose your browser not to accept cookies from the Site, you will be able to view it, however, you will not have a personalized experience, nor will you be able to subscribe to our Newsletter.

4. What type of cookies do we use?

This Site is a WordPress one and uses the following types of cookies, the functionality of which are explained below.

4.1. User cookies – These are ‘strictly necessary cookies as WordPress will not be able to function without them. They are also session cookies as they expire once the user logs out or exits the page.
WordPress sets the following users cookies:
a) wordpress_[hash] – to store the authentication details on the login
b) wordpress_logged_in_[hash] – to indicate when you are logged in, and who you are.
c) wordpress_test_cookie – to check if the cookies are enabled on the browser to provide an appropriate user experience to the users
d) wp-settings-{time}-[UID] – to customize the view of your admin interface and the front-end of the website
e) wporg_logged_in, wporg_sec – a session cookie.

4.2. Comment cookies – These are not ‘strictly necessary cookies and are set when users leave a comment on a post. These can also be classified as persistent cookies.
WordPress also sets comment cookies on the devices. These cookies are used to remember the users so that the values are automatically filled in the corresponding fields. The user doesn’t have to enter their details every time they want to leave a comment. Below listed are the comment cookies:

а) comment_author_[hash] – remembers the value entered into the comment form’s name field.
b) comment_author_email_[hash] – remembers the value entered into the comment form’s email field.
c) comment_author_url_[hash] – remembers the value entered into the comment form’s URL field.

4.3. Analytical cookies: These are set by third-party networks (e.g. Google Analytics) to track details such as the number of unique visitors, and page views to help us improve the user experience.

To analyze and optimize the Site, we use various services which are described below. For example, we can analyze how many users visit the Site, which information is most in demand, or how users find the Site. Among other things, we collect data about which website a person has accessed another website from (so-called referrers), which subpages of the website were accessed, where did the user move their cursor or click on the page or how often and for how long a subpage was viewed. This helps us to design and improve our services in a user-friendly way. The data collected in this case is not used to identify individual users. Anonymous or at most pseudonymous data is collected. The legal basis for this is Art. 6, para 1 “f”, GDPR.

The Site uses the web analysis service of Google Analytics. Cookies are stored on your computer for this analysis. You can stop the analysis by deleting existing cookies and preventing the storage of cookies. If you prevent the storage of cookies, we point out that you may not be able to use this Site in its entire functionality.

Details about Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites and storage periods you can find at:
https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.

4.4. Third-Party/Embedded Content: The Site makes use of different third-party applications and services to enhance the experience of the visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook & LinkedIn (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.

  • Facebook: HBS has integrated Facebook on the Site. The responsible entity for Facebook (Data Controller) is Facebook, Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States.
    When a data subject lives outside the United States or Canada, and Facebook undertakes data processing, the responsible entity is: Facebook Ireland Ltd, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland
    When a user clicks the Facebook button, Facebook’s/ websites will be contacted, and the user’s data will be transferred from the Site to Facebook. Facebook will receive through this the information that the user has visited the Site. Details of the Facebook-supplied plugins can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies.
    If the user is logged into a Facebook account (even if it is not their account) at the time when the user accesses the Site, Facebook will additionally receive a notification that the user has visited the Site. Facebook collects this information, so a theoretical possibility exists that it could associate it with the respective Facebook account. The same also applies to the “Like” buttons or the usage of Facebook comment forms. Facebook could associate this information with the logged-in Facebook account.
    To prevent this, you can log out of any Facebook account before visiting the Site. To do this, you must visit the Facebook website.
    For further information relating to Facebook privacy practices, please see: https://facebook.com/about/privacy.
  • LinkedIn: HBS has integrated LinkedIn on the Site. The responsible entity – Data Controller is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States.
    If the user is logged into a LinkedIn account (even if it is not their account) at the time when the user accesses the Site, LinkedIn will additionally receive a notification that the user has visited the Site. LinkedIn collects this information, so the theoretical possibility exists that it could associate it with the respective LinkedIn account.
    To prevent this, you can log out of any LinkedIn accounts before visiting the Site. To do this, you must visit the LinkedIn website.
    For further information relating to data processing and LinkedIn cookies, please see: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy.
  • Spotify: HBS has integrated Spotify on the Site. The responsible entity – Data Controller is: Spotify USA Inc., 4 World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich Street, 62nd Floor, New York, NY 10007
    For further information relating to Spotify cookies, please see:
    https://www.spotify.com/us/legal/cookies-policy/.
  • Youtube: HBS has integrated Youtube on the Site. The responsible entity – Data Controller In the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland is: Google Ireland Limited, incorporated and operating under the laws of Ireland (Registered Number: 368047), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4 Ireland
    For further information relating to Google cookies, please see:
    https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies?hl=en-US#types-of-cookies.

A full inventory of the cookies used on the Site can be accessed here.

5. Do cookies or similar technologies contain personal data?

Cookies or other similar technologies do not in themselves require the personal information to be used and in many cases do not even identify the Internet users. However, there are cases where personal data may be collected through the use of cookies to facilitate certain functions for the user or to provide the user with an experience that is tailored to their preferences. This data is encrypted and stored in such a way that there is no unauthorized access to it.

6. Blocking cookies

If you want to block cookies, some functions of the Site will be suspended, and this may create certain malfunctions or errors in the use of our Site. If you agree to these restrictions and want to block cookies, follow the instructions below.
Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default, but you can change your settings to block some or all cookies.
Select your browser from the list below to display the instructions you need to follow after opening the browser.

Apple Safari

Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox

Opera

Android (Chrome)

Blackberry

Iphone or Ipad (Chrome)

Iphone or Ipad (Safari)

In addition, you may opt-out of some third-party cookies through the Network Advertising Initiative’s Opt-Out Tool.

7. Manage preferences for the use of cookies

In general, the application used to access web pages allows the storage of cookies or similar technologies by default. These settings can be changed in such a way that the automatic management of cookies is blocked by your web browser or managed by the user. Detailed information about the possibilities and ways of managing cookies can be found in the settings area of ​​the application (web browser). HBS has also ensured a plugin allowing you to set your preferences about the cookies which are not necessary for the Site functioning. Again, we would like to let you know that restricting the use of particular cookies may affect some of the functionality of the site.

8. Protection and confidentiality

In general, browsers have integrated privacy settings that provide different levels of cookie acceptance, expiration date, and automatic deletion once a user has visited a particular site. Other security aspects related to cookies are:

  • Customize your browser’s cookie settings to achieve a comfortable level of security for you when using cookies.
  • If you are the only person using a particular computer, you can specify whether you want a longer period to store browsing history and personal access data.
  • If you share access to a computer with any other persons, you can consider setting your browser to delete your browsing data each time you close the browser. This is one of the options for accessing sites that use cookies and for deleting all information from the visit at the end of the session.

9. Useful links and additional information

If you want to learn more about cookies and how they are used, we recommend you to explore the following links:
Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies