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Third party cookies are placed by another domain. This site for example has cookies from hwiconnect.net, the system we use to log in and for comments. Although these hwiconnect.net cookies are technically speaking third party, we administer this site too and as such, you can consider them functionally as first party.
It is always possible a visit to our site will result in cookies from other domains ending up on your computer. For example, when you view an image placed by another visitor, using an external image hoster. Especially because our site has a lot of interactive features and we link to other sites on a regular basis, we cannot prevent this. However, keep in mind that your browser can only send data from cookies to the originating domain. E.g., we can only retrieve data from cookies we have placed ourselves, while external sites cannot read our cookies either.