Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

Last updated on August 2023

As described in our Privacy Policy, for general web-browsing of this website, your personal data is not revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us via our internet service provider as well as through the use of special tracking technologies. Such information tells us about the pages you are clicking on or the hardware you are using, but not your name, age, address or anything we can use to identify you personally. We exclusively process your personal data in pseudonymised form.
This Cookie Policy applies to our website at and sets out some further detail on how and why we use these technologies on our website. In this policy, "we", "us" and "our" refers to Safe Ecosystem Foundation, a foundation incorporated in Switzerland with its registered office at Safe Ecosystem Foundation, Bahnhofstrasse 16, 6300 Zug, Switzerland. The terms “you” and “your” includes our clients, business partners and users of this website.
By using our website, you consent to storage and access to cookies and other technologies on your device, in accordance with this Cookie Policy.

What are cookies?

Cookies are a feature of web browser software that allows web servers to recognize the computer or device used to access a website. A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don't have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

What are the different types of cookies?

A cookie can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs. By lifespan, a cookie is either a:

  1. session cookie which is erased when the user closes the browser; or
  2. persistent cookie which is saved to the hard drive and remains on the user's computer/device for a pre-defined period of time.
As for the domain to which it belongs, cookies are either:
  1. first-party cookies which are set by the web server of the visited page and share the same domain (i.e. set by us); or
  2. third-party cookies stored by a different domain to the visited page's domain.

What cookies do we use and why?

We list all the cookies we use on this website in the APPENDIX below.
We do not use cookies set by ourselves via our web developers (first-party cookies). We only have those set by others (third-party cookies).
Cookies are also sometimes classified by reference to their purpose. We use the following cookies for the following purposes:

  1. Analytical/performance cookies: They allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it, as well as dates and times they visit. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  2. Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed, as well as time spent on our website, and the websites visited just before and just after our website. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

In general, we use cookies and other technologies (such as web server logs) on our website to enhance your experience and to collect information about how our website is used.
We will retain and evaluate information on your recent visits to our website and how you move around different sections of our website for analytics purposes to understand how people use our website so that we can make it more intuitive. The information also helps us to understand which parts of this website are most popular and generally to assess user behavior and characteristics to measure interest in and use of the various areas of our website. This then allows us to improve our website and the way we market our business.
This information may also be used to help us to improve, administer and diagnose problems with our server and website. The information also helps us monitor traffic on our website so that we can manage our website's capacity and efficiency.

Other Technologies

We may allow others to provide analytics services and serve advertisements on our behalf. In addition to the uses of cookies described above, these entities may use other methods, such as the technologies described below, to collect information about your use of our website and other websites and online services.
Pixels tags. Pixel tags (which are also called clear GIFs, web beacons, or pixels), are small pieces of code that can be embedded on websites and emails. Pixels tags may be used to learn how you interact with our website pages and emails, and this information helps us, and our partners provide you with a more tailored experience.
Device Identifiers. A device identifier is a unique label that can be used to identify a mobile device. Device identifiers may be used to track, analyze and improve the performance of the website and ads delivered.

What data is collected by cookies and other technologies on our website?

This information may include:

  1. the IP and logical address of the server you are using (but the last digits are anonymised so we cannot identify you)
  2. the top level domain name from which you access the internet (for example .ie, .com, etc)
  3. the type of browser you are using
  4. the date and time you access our website
  5. the internet address linking to our website

This website also uses cookies to:

  1. remember you and your actions while navigating between pages;
  2. remember if you have agreed (or not) to our use of cookies on our website;
  3. ensure the security of the website;
  4. monitor and improve the performance of servers hosting the site;
  5. distinguish users and sessions;
  6. improving the speed of the site when you access content repeatedly;
  7. determine new sessions and visits;
  8. show the traffic source or campaign that explains how you may have reached our website; and
  9. allow us to store any customization preferences where our website allows this
We may also use other services, such as Google Analytics and Hotjar (described below) or other third-party cookies, to assist with analyzing performance on our website. As part of providing these services, these service providers may use cookies and the technologies described below to collect and store information about your device, such as time of visit, pages visited, time spent on each page of our website, links clicked and conversion information, IP address, browser, mobile network information, and type of operating system used.

Google Analytics Cookies
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google").
We use Google Analytics to track your preferences and also to identify popular sections of our website. Use of Google Analytics in this way, enables us to adapt the content of our website more specifically to your needs and thereby improve what we can offer to you.
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
In particular Google Analytics tells us

  1. your IP address (last 3 digits are masked);
  2. the number of pages visited;
  3. the time and duration of the visit;
  4. your location;
  5. the website you came from (if any);
  6. the type of hardware you use (i.e. whether you are browsing from a desktop or a mobile device);
  7. the software used (type of browser); and
  8. your general interaction with our website.

As stated above, cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally, and what is compiled is only aggregate data that tells us, for example, what countries we are most popular in, but not that you live in a particular country or your precise location when you visited our website (this is because we have only half the information- we know the country the person is browsing from, but not the name of person who is browsing). In such an example Google will analyze the number of users for us, but the relevant cookies do not reveal their identities.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. Google Analytics, its purpose and function is further explained on the Google Analytics website.
For more information about Google Analytics cookies, please see Google's help pages and privacy policy: Google's Privacy Policy and Google Analytics Help pages. For further information about the use of these cookies by Google click here.

Hotjar Cookies
We use Hotjar, an analytical tool, to track user behavior on our website. Hotjar uses cookies to collect data such as:

  1. your IP address (last 3 digits are masked. This ensures the collected data remains anonymous);
  2. pages visited;
  3. session duration;
  4. your location;
  5. the website you came from (if any);
  6. the type of hardware used (desktop or mobile device);
  7. software used (type of browser); and
  8. general interaction with our website

This information helps us better understand user preferences and optimize the website's content and design for improved user experience. Hotjar cookies do not reveal personal identities, as they are used to gather aggregate data for analytical purposes.

It's important to note that the information collected by Hotjar cookies does not disclose personal identities. Instead, it contributes to the aggregation of data for analytical purposes, helping us continuously improve our website's performance and user experience.

For more information about Hotjar's data collection practices and their use of cookies, you can visit the Hotjar website and refer to their help article on cookies.

What if you don’t agree with us monitoring your use of our website (even if we don't collect your personal data)?
Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for our website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block the cookies we set, but if you do that, some features of this website may not work as intended.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies and control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your device and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. You should be aware that if you do this, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit an Internet site and some services and functionalities may not work if you do not accept the cookies they send.
Advertisers and business partners that you access on or through our website may also send you cookies. We do not control any cookies outside of our website.
If you have any further questions regarding disabling cookies you should consult with your preferred browser’s provider or manufacturer.
In order to implement your objection it may be necessary to install an opt-out cookie on your browser. This cookie will only indicate that you have opted out. It is important to note, that for technical reasons, the opt-out cookie will only affect the browser from which you actively object from. If you delete the cookies in your browser or use a different end device or browser, you will need to opt out again.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, Google has developed Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. If you would like to opt out of Google Analytics, you have the option of downloading and installing this browser add-on which can be found under the link:

Revisions to this Cookie Policy

On this website, you can always view the latest version of our Privacy Policy and our Cookie Policy. We may modify this Cookie Policy from time to time. If we make changes to this Cookie Policy, we will provide notice of such changes, such as by sending an email notification, providing notice through our website or updating the ‘Last Updated’ date at the beginning of this Cookie Policy. The amended Cookie Policy will be effective immediately after the date it is posted. By continuing to access or use our website after the effective date, you confirm your acceptance of the revised Cookie Policy and all of the terms incorporated therein by reference. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy and our Cookie Policy whenever you access or use our website to stay informed about our information practices and the choices available to you.
If you do not accept changes which are made to this Cookie Policy, or take any measures described above to opt-out by removing or rejecting cookies, you may continue to use this website but accept that it may not display and/or function as intended by us. Any social media channels connected to us and third party applications will be subject to the privacy and cookie policies and practices of the relevant platform providers which, unless otherwise indicated, are not affiliated or associated with us Your exercise of any rights to opt-out may also impact how our information and content is displayed and/or accessible to you on this website and on other websites.


Overview of cookies placed and the consequences if the cookies are not placed.

Third-party cookies

The cookies from this table can be set by third-party wallets.

#Name of cookieDomainPurpose(s) of cookieStorage period of cookieConsequences if cookie is not accepted
1_gasafe.globalUsed to distinguish users.2 years from set/updateUser activity won't be tracked
Relating to the user
2_hjSessionUser_{site_id}safe.globalPersists the Hotjar User ID which is unique to the site. Ensures data from subsequent visits to the same site are attributed to the same user ID.365 daysUser activity won't be tracked
3_hjFirstSeensafe.globalIdentifies a new user’s first session. Used by Recording filters to identify new user sessions.30 minutes, extended on user activityUser activity won't be tracked
4_hjHasCachedUserAttributessafe.globalEnables Hotjar to know whether the data set in _hjUserAttributes Local Storage item is up to date or not.Session durationUser activity won't be tracked
5_hjUserAttributesHashsafe.globalEnables Hotjar to know when any User Attribute has changed.2 minutes, extended every 30 secondsUser activity won't be tracked
6_hjUserAttributessafe.globalStores User Attributes sent through the Hotjar Identify API.No explicit expirationUser activity won't be tracked
7hjViewportIdsafe.globalStores user viewport details such as size and dimensions.Session durationUser activity won't be tracked
8hjActiveViewportIdssafe.globalStores user active viewports IDs. Stores an expirationTimestamp that is used to validate active viewports on script initialization.No explicit durationUser activity won't be tracked
Relating to the session
9hjSession{site_id}safe.globalHolds current session data. Ensures subsequent requests in the session window are attributed to the same session.30 minutes, extended on user activityUser activity won't be tracked
10_hjSessionTooLargesafe.globalCauses Hotjar to stop collecting data if a session becomes too large. Determined automatically by a signal from the server if the session size exceeds the limit.1 hourUser activity won't be tracked
11_hjSessionResumedsafe.globalSet when a session/recording is reconnected to Hotjar servers after a break in connection.Session durationUser activity won't be tracked
12_hjCookieTestsafe.globalChecks to see if the Hotjar Tracking Code can use cookies. If it can, a value of 1 is set.Under 100msUser activity won't be tracked Checks if the Hotjar Tracking Code can use Local Storage. If it can, a value of 1 is set.Under 100msUser activity won't be tracked
14_hjSessionStorageTestsafe.globalChecks if the Hotjar Tracking Code can use Session Storage. If it can, a value of 1 is set.Under 100msUser activity won't be tracked
15_hjIncludedInPageviewSamplesafe.globalSet to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit.2 minutes, extended every 30 secondsUser activity won't be tracked
16hjIncludedInSessionSample{site_id}safe.globalSet to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit.2 minutes, extended every 30 secondsUser activity won't be tracked
17_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgresssafe.globalUsed to detect the first pageview session of a user.30 minutes, extended on user activityUser activity won't be tracked
18_hjTLDTestsafe.globalEnables Hotjar to try to determine the most generic cookie path to use.Session durationUser activity won't be tracked
Relating to Recordings
19_hjRecordingEnabledsafe.globalSet when a Recording starts. Read when the Recording module is initialized to see if the user is already in a recording in a particular session.Session durationUser activity won't be tracked
20_hjRecordingLastActivitysafe.globalUpdated when a user recording starts and when data is sent to the server (the user performs an action that Hotjar records.Session durationUser activity won't be tracked
Relating to Feedback and Survey tools
21_hjClosedSurveyInvitessafe.globalSet when a user interacts with a Link Survey invitation modal. Ensures the same invite does not reappear if it has already been shown.365 daysUser activity won't be tracked
22_hjDonePollssafe.globalSet when a user completes an on-site Survey. Ensures the same Survey does not reappear if it has already been filled in.365 daysUser activity won't be tracked
23_hjMinimizedPollssafe.globalSet when a user minimizes an on-site Survey. Ensures that the Survey stays minimized when the user navigates through your site.365 daysUser activity won't be tracked
24_hjShownFeedbackMessagesafe.globalSet when a user minimizes or completes a Feedback widget. Ensures the Feedback widget will load as minimized if the user navigates to another page where it is set to show.1 dayUser activity won't be tracked

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