Cookie Policy

October 1st, 2021

This Cookie Policy explains how Charity Vargas Photography (“Company”, “we”, “us”, and “our”) uses cookies to recognize you when you visit our websites and, (“Websites”). It explains what cookies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

A Cookie is a small data files that gets placed on your computer or mobile device by your browser when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work and to track users and to provide website visitor reporting information.

A cookie set by the website owner itself is called a first party cookie. A cookie set by some party other than the website owner is called a third party cookie. Third party cookies enable the third party to provide functionality on the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

Why do we use cookies?

We use first and third party cookies to enable us to track visitors to our websites. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for visitor analytics.

We use Google Analytics, a Google product that helps site and app owners understand how people engage with a service. Google Analytics uses a set of third party cookies to collect information and report site usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors. ‘_ga’ is the main cookie used by Google Analytics. ‘_ga’ enables a service to distinguish one user from another and lasts for 2 years. It’s used by any site that implements Google Analytics, including Google services.

How you can control cookies

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can exercise your cookie rights by opting in or out of cookie tracking (option 1 below). We have documented several other ways to control cookies below too.

  1. Opting-out on this Website
    You can opt-out from Google Analytics tracking on this specific website by clicking on this link:
    Click here to opt-out of our Cookies
    Click here to opt-in to our Cookies

  2. Opting-out using the Google Analytics browser-plugin
    The solution to opt-out from Google Analytics as a visitor is offered by Google itself in form of a browser plugin that you can download here. This allows you to not get tracked on any site using Google Analytics, not just our Websites.

  3. Opting-out using an Ad blocker or other plugin
    Many Ad Blockers or similar browser plugins have cookie control features included.

If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted. You may also set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information.

Our websites do not display or contain advertising. But for other websites that do, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. To find out more visit or

Our Cookies

We use the following and only the following cookies on our websites.

Name: CookieOptOut
Purpose: To remember if you have explicitly opted in or opted out of Cookie tracking for this site on this machine
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 2 years from the time you opt out
Name: _ga_#
Purpose: Used to distinguish individual users by means of designation of a randomly generated number as client identifier, which allows calculation of visits and sessions
Service: Google Analytics View their Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 1 year 11 months 29 days
Name: _ga
Purpose: It records a particular ID used to come up with data about website usage by the user. It is a HTTP cookie that expires after 2 years.
Service: Google Analytics View their Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 1 year 11 months 29 days

We do not use any other tracking technologies

Cookies are not the only technology that can be used to recognize or track visitors to a website.

We do not use tracking pixels on our Websites

We do not use web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable the website to recognize when someone has visited our Websites or opened an e-mail including them.

Note that we do, however, use tracking pixels in our outbound newsletter and marketing emails.

We do not use Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects

Some websites may also use so-called “Flash Cookies” (also known as Local Shared Objects or “LSOs”) to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of our services, fraud prevention and for other site operations. We don’t use these.

Note: If you are interested in preventing these on other sites, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash Cookies (see the Flash Website Storage Settings Panel).

We do not serve targeted advertising

Because our Websites don’t contain any advertizing, we don’t need to allow any Third parties to set cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve targetted advertising through our Websites.

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time should we change our Websites functionality, to clarify our usage, or for other legal or regulatory reasons. Please re-visit this Cookie Policy regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Cookie Policy indicates when we last updated it.

Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions about our use of cookies or other technologies, please contact us via our Contact Form.

Charity Vargas Photography
San Francisco,
California, United States