This page describes how we treat the information provided by visitors, what other information we gather and how we use it, the purpose of cookies and how to prevent them. Updated August 2013 for the Windows Phone 8 ThisisXbox News App
Please note that if you are using the Windows Phone 8 ThisisXbox News App all the same policies of the website apply to the app. We do not display Ads in the app and all content within it is taken from the thisisxbox.com news feeds. It is a news updater and a great way to check news headlines. App content may at times direct users to external websites or either the desktop or mobile version of thisisxbox.com. We do not use nor sell any data, no data from the app is stored or used anywhere. We just want you to read the Xbox news, and visit the website when you can!
In common with almost all professionally run websites, thisisxbox.com does log the IP address of each visitor on the server in order to keep it running reliably. This is a common practise and also essential for protecting the website and its visitors from malicious attacks, including infection with malware. We choose to monitor website statistics such as unique pageviews and unique visits which may store non-identifiable cookies on your device that can be disabled.
thisisxbox.com provides news and information as a service to vistors such as yourself. In providing a means for visitors to be able to comment, engage and communicate on the content at their own will, a commenting system from Disqus.com is in place at the end of each post. This service uses essential cookies as part of a logging in process to recognise you when you make a comment on this website and any other website that uses Disqus. With social network functions, the social networks you use will also store cookies to remember you and what content (if any) that you have shared.
How Cookies Are Used
- Determining if you are logged in or not
- Remembering your search settings
- Allowing you to add comments to our site
- To display and/or enable thisisxbox to see most read content and top posts
- To display advertisements that help fund this website
- To count popular posts and pageviews
Third Party Functions
Our site, like most websites, includes functionality that can at times be provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video and third party advertising content to help fund this website. We use Technorati Media as our advertising partner.
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties, but on the advertisements you can click the AdChoices icon for more information and opt-out options. The icon is as shown below:
Social Website Cookies
So you can easily Like or share our content on both Facebook and Twitter – we have included sharing buttons on our site.
Cookies are set by:
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks
The following cookies that are in use when using the services of thisisxbox.com are listed below:
- DISQUS / Google = DisqusAuth / SessionID / UTMZ / UTMV / UTMC / UTMB / UTMA / _JID – Some or all set and used by Disqus.com on any page that includes a Disqus comment box so that it can keep you logged in to commenting services when you interact with it. Some of these can also be set by Google and Digg
- TWITTER = Guest_ID - Set by Twitter for the browser to remember the guest id to display the latest news from our twitter account.
- YOUTUBE = PREF / NID/ Use_Hitbox / Visitor_INFO1_Live - Set by Youtube (Google owned) to display embedded videos, estimate your bandwidth and show the views counter within the media.
- FACEBOOK = Reg_FB_Ref / Reg_FB_Gate / Datr - Set by Facebook Buttons for authentication.
- TECNORATIMEDIA = UTMZ / UTMA / UTMC / Tads_** - Set by Technorati Media and associated ads shown to display advertising content and count views.
Avoiding Web Cookies
Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms. By default, thisisxbox.com respects users preference and will not track visitors which have specified “I do not want to be tracked” in their web browsers. For more information about DoNotTrack, check out donottrack.us.
You can also stop all cookies from any website being used on your PC within your browser settings. Using the options within the top three browsers below will prevent them in future, but some websites will not function correctly without them.
Google Chrome: Click Wrench Icon on Toolbar
- Select Settings and then Click Show advanced settings. In the “Privacy” section, click the Content settings button. In the “Cookies” section, you can change the cookie settings to block by default.
Internet Explorer: Tools / Internet Options / Security
- Set security level to “High”, or Custom level / Cookies / Disable
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- Uncheck “Allow sites to set cookies”
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Other Websites – New ThisisXbox Blogs
The information on this page applies only to this website and not to other sites linked to from these pages. As from July 2013 thisisxbox.com enabled separate blogs per user on a subdomain – http://blogs.thisisxbox.com and it’s content is not monitored as heavily as the main news website. The blogs are going to contain content not always related to the Xbox hardware and are deemed additional content for thisisxbox users to blog about other subjects separately. Blog users may place content in widgets that could also place cookies on your machine as per the above rules. Please block all cookies on your browser if you are not happy that visits could be logged to add to page view counts or deliver an ad based on browsing history.
Nothing contained in the blogs subdomain should be seen as “official” thisisxbox.com representation or promotion of gaming software or hardware. All views and posts should be considered opinion.