The Department of CAKE (Cryptic Analytical Keys to Encryption) sets cookies to track agent progress, mission completion, and the ways that an agent interacts with the CIA. These are first party cookies.
- Cloudflare: makes our website run faster.
- Google analytics: tracks agent progress and missions completion.
- Typeform: tracks when an agent has submitted a mission.
- Mouseflow: tracks how agents behave on the website.
You can’t eat these cookies.
These cookies are small files of letters and numbers that are stored on your computer. They tell the CIA how you’re using the site. For example, how many times did you click on the emergency fart button? And how long did it take you to complete each mission? When did you pick your nose?*
These cookies are not delicious baked goods. Those cookies are only available from the Department of OVEN (Old & Valuable Edible Notes).
*we don’t actually collect this information… but please send us any nose-picking intel you may have.
They don’t last forever.
There are two types of cookies: Session and Persistent. The Department of CAKE has decided to give them code names. So from now on Session cookies = Sugar cookies, and Persistent = Peanut cookies.
Sugar cookies only stay around for as long as you have a website open. When you close the website,the cookies will disappear until you next arrive.
Peanut cookies are a bit more sticky. They will still be around after you’ve left the website. They allow us to save your progress, and keep up to date with your missions and training.
However, even peanut cookies don’t last forever. Most of them will only last for 2 years (since you last visited the website). After that, they’ll be deleted.
|Name||Sugar (aka Session)||Peanut (aka Persistant)||How long do they stick around?||Rating|
|CIA||x||1 year||Secret rating ?/5|
|Cloudflare||x||1 year||Weather warning 3/5|
|Google Analytics||x||x||Up to 19 years (most are 1-2 years)||Oogle rating 4/5|
|Mouseflow||x||1 year||Pet rating 4/4|
|Typeform||x||x||Up to 10 years (most are less than 2 years)||Formy-ness rating 1/3|
We don’t share our cookies unless we have to.
We don’t make the cookies ourselves, so we have to share this data with other companies. These companies are Cloudflare, Typeform and Google Analytics. We aren’t big enough to make cookies ourselves (yet).
You can stop us from collecting cookies.
You can change your browser’s settings so that it will tell you when information is being collected, or refuse to allow cookies altogether. This will affect every website, not just the CIA. It could lead to other websites acting oddly, not keeping you logged in, or remembering what your favourite video was. Please ask your trusted adult before you change anything.
We need to set some cookies to keep track of things, such as whether you’ve completed a mission. If you deactivate cookies, then we won’t be able to keep track of your progress once you leave the website.
You can look at the cookies.
Google Chrome is the perfect browser for investigating cookies. Right click the page, and click ‘Inspect Element’. From there click ‘Application’, then ‘Cookies’, and you can see all the cookies that a website uses. You can do this for any website you want. Can you spot anything unusual about the CIA’s cookies?