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On this site, analytics cookies are automatically set and managed by Blogger (a blogging platform owned by Google), because this blog is hosted on Blogger. Google doesn't provide a setting for blog owners to stop the use of Blogger analytics cookies, so I can't disable them - but you can disable cookies altogether, if you wish (see below).
Analytics data are automatically shared with Google, as they collect and analyse the data for blogs. Google has provided no option to limit this data sharing on Blogger hosted blogs, although other Analytics sites can disable Analytics data sharing with Google. This is what Google says it uses the data for (more detailed info). Google doesn't seem to require Blogger uses to include a detailed notice about Analytics data usage, but here it is from Google's terms:
Cookies and other web analytics tools, by automatically collecting standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns, enable site owners to improve their sites through analysing how visitors are using their site, eg how many people visited a particular webpage.
This information in itself doesn't identify anyone: it includes IP addresses, but not names or email addresses. I won't try to find out who visits this site, and I won't associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If I do want to collect personally identifiable information through this site, I'll make that clear and explain what I intend to do with it.
Other cookiesBlogger also automatically sets a session cookie, which is a Blogger cookie. I hope Google will explain to Blogger users and their visitors what it's for. I suspect it's just operational, and hopefully essential for Blogger blogs to work.
If you click on the Google+, Facebook, Twitter, BlogThis etc icons at the bottom of a blog post, that will trigger scripts from Google, Facebook etc. Those scripts might well set cookies, but it should be for Google, Facebook etc to explain what those scripts do, as I don't know. Those icons are inserted as a Google service.
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