Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
Cookies are referred to as session or persistent, depending on how long they are stored on your computer or device:
Session cookies only last for the length of your online session. They disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for a set period of time specified in the cookie. These cookies are activated each time you visit the site that generated the cookie.
Which cookies does Merit Link use?
The cookies used on this website have been categorized based on the categories found in the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") UK Cookie guide. When you visit the Site the following categories of cookies may be set on your device (please note that Merit Link does not currently set any strictly necessary or targeting / advertising cookies):
Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
The Site currently uses Google Analytics cookies.
Google Analytics is a web analytic service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate our use of the Site and compiles reports on user activity. Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the Site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
It is possible to opt out of having your anonymous browsing activity within websites recorded by analytic cookies. You can opt out of Google cookies by clicking on the following link. Please note that clicking on this link will take you to Google's website and will generate a 'no thanks' cookie, which will stop any further cookies being set by Google:
Do not forget that by not allowing performance cookies, this stops us from being able to learn what people like or do not like about our website and the services we offer so that we can make them better.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Merit Link or its third party partners set a range of functional cookies which perform a variety of tasks from remembering a user's preferences and settings to restricting the number of times a user can vote on an article.
Managing cookies in your browser
Modern browsers allow you to perform a number of tasks in relation to cookies including the ability to view the cookies currently stored on your computer or device and delete them on an individual basis, block third party cookies, block cookies from particular sites, prevent all cookies from being set and delete all cookies when you close your web browser.
You should note that any individual preferences will be lost if you delete cookies, including a preference to opt out of cookies (since this requires an opt-out cookie to be set). If you choose to block cookies completely, many websites will not work properly and some functionality may be lost.
The links below take you to the relevant 'Help' sections for the major web browsers. Here you will be able to find out more information about how to manage your cookies.
Merit Link may make changes to this cookies policy at any time. If we do this, we will post the changes on this page. Where appropriate, we may notify our customers and/or users of the change by email. You should, however, check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes.