Privacy and Cookies Policy

By using this site you acknowledge that you have reviewed the terms of our Privacy and Cookies Policy and consent to its terms. If you do not agree with these terms, you may choose not to use our site.

What are cookies?

Cookies are the confusingly adorably named tiny text files that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely (but anonymously) identify your browser or device. They are unable to search your computer in any way, cannot introduce viruses to your computer and contain no personal identifying information about you (basically they are nothing to be afraid of).

What are cookies used for?

Cookies are used by sites or services when they wants to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. These cookies on your computer or device can then be used to help remember your preferences (such as language), help you navigate between pages efficiently, and generally improve your browsing experience.

Similarly cookies are used by web publishers to help understand how their site or service is being used. Services such as Google Analytics use cookies to provide anonymous aggregated data such as how long users in general spent on the site, how many pages they visited and in which order etc.

Cookies can also be used for online advertising – by aggregating the very basic information cookies gather, informed guesses can be made about your demographic and ads targeted to you thusly. Or more simply – if you go to a site about watches, it may drop a cookie on your computer, so the next sites you go to will then contain ads about watches.

What types of cookies does Shedding Shackles and A Free Meditation app use?

We do not use cookies on our site, however we link to Blogger and to which may use performance cookies, functionality cookies, or targeting cookies. We do not use cookies on our meditation app, however the maker of our app, Appie Pie app builder, may collect information and use cookies for informational purposes. I am posting the link to the Appie Pie privacy policy with information about their use of cookies and information here for your reference.

Here is some information about each cookie category:

Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are essential for some sites, as they enable you to navigate and use features. We do not use this type of cookie.

Performance Cookies. We are not using this type of cookie. These cookies collect information about how you have used Shedding Shackles, for example Google Analytics, which is used to track basic user behavior on this site so we can try and improve users experience.

Targeting Cookies. Our advertising partners or other third party partners may use these types of cookies to deliver advertising that is relevant to your interests. These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other sites or services other than Shedding Shackles. This information may be shared with organizations outside Shedding Shackles, such as advertisers and/or advertising networks to deliver the advertising, and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, or other business partners for the purpose of providing aggregate Service usage statistics and aggregate Service testing.

Functionality Cookies. Shedding Shackles does not use this type of cookies, but just so you know: these cookies allow sites/services to remember how you’re logged in, when you logged in or out, and possibly anything you’ve done on a site while logged in. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous, and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other sites or services.

How long will cookies stay on my device?

The amount of time a cookie stays on your device is variable: the majority of cookies expire after the end of your browsing session– others persist for longer. In online advertising you can generally expect most advertising cookies to last about one month at most (although again it varies).

First and third party cookies

First-party cookies are cookies that belong to Shedding Shackles, third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our site. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by Blogger,, or in the case of our meditation app, Appie Pie app builder. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your device so that they can use them to advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the Internet.

How to control and delete cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or

There is also type of cookie called a “Flash Cookie” which is not covered by the above – to delete these go here: