Cookie Notice

Mereo Cookies Notice

By browsing Mereo websites, you agree that we can place cookies on your device as described in our Privacy Notice and this Cookie Notice.

1.1.1        What are Cookies?

A cookie is a piece of information contained in a very small text file that is stored on your computer. Cookies allow a website to identify a user's device whenever that user returns to the website and are commonly used in order to make websites work more efficiently and enrich the user experience, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

1.1.2        Mereo's Use of Cookies

Mereo collects information during your visit to a Mereo website through the use of cookies. We use these cookies for a variety of reasons, primarily to help us provide you with a positive experience when you browse our websites, help improve our content, and to personalize your visit. We also use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our websites and to help us compile aggregate statistics about usage of our websites.

1.1.3        Main Cookies Mereo Uses

The table below is a list of the main cookies set by Mereo websites. Please note that we may from time to time modify or update our cookies. When that happens, we will update this list accordingly.

The cookies below are associated with one of four Purpose Classifications developed by The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC):

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
  • Performance Cookies: These 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't 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.
  • Functionality Cookies: 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 webpages 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.
  • Targeting / Advertising Cookies: These cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

The following Cookies may be placed on your computer or device:

Analytics Cookies

Name

Provider

Purpose

Expiry

Type

_ga

Google

This cookie is used to distinguish individual users on our website

expires after 2 years)

Analytics

_utma Google Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.  2 years from set/update

Analytics

_utmb  Google  Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 mins from set/update Analytics
_utmc Google  Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. End of browser session Analytics
_utmt Google Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes Analytics
_utmz  Google Used to throttle request Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.rate. 6 months from set/update Analytics
gat Google  Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes Analytics

                                                                                          

Necessary Cookies

Name

Provider

Purpose

Expiry

Type

CookieControl

Cookie Control

Cookie Control cookies. This cookie is set to remember the user's preferences about cookies.

expires every 3 months

Cookie

 

                                                            

1.1.4        How do I Change My Cookie Settings?

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the different category headings in the “Cookie Settings” [or “Cookie Preferences”] page, which is accessible via the “Cookie Settings” or  “Cookie Preferences” link at the bottom of the Website. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then click ‘Confirm my Choices’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers, visit:

Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Opera

Apple Safari

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

 

1.1.5        How to Control Cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.