Last Modified: 2/8/2024
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file placed onto your device that enables Merit features and functionality. For example, cookies enable us to identify your device, secure your access to Merit and our sites generally, and even help us know if someone attempts to access your account from a different device. Cookies also enable you to easily share content on Merit and help us serve relevant content to you.
When does Merit place cookies?
What types of cookies does Merit use?
We use two types: persistent cookies and session cookies. A persistent cookie helps us recognize you as an existing user, so it’s easier to return to Merit or interact with our services without signing in again. After you sign in, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by Merit when you return to one of our sites. Session cookies only last for the session (usually the current visit to a website or a browser session).
What are cookies used for?
Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit Merit, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience that’s in line with your settings. Cookies also make your interactions with Merit faster and more secure.
Categories of Use
|If you’re signed in to Merit, cookies help us show you the right information and personalize your experience.
|Preferences, features and services
|Cookies can tell us which language you prefer and what your communications preferences are. They can help you fill out forms on Merit more easily. They also provide you with features, insights, and customized content in conjunction with our plugins. You can learn more about plugins in our Privacy Notice.
|Performance, Analytics and Research
What is Do Not Track (DNT)?
DNT is a concept that has been promoted by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for the Internet industry to develop and implement a mechanism for allowing Internet users to control the tracking of their online activities across websites by using browser settings. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been working with industry groups, Internet browsers, technology companies, and regulators to develop a DNT technology standard. While some progress has been made, it has been slow. No standard has been adopted to this date. As such, Merit does not generally respond to “do not track” signals.
Most browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However, if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set or want them to be removed?
If you do not want to receive cookies, you can change your browser settings on your computer or other device you’re using to access our services. If you use Merit without changing your browser settings, we’ll assume that you’re happy to receive all cookies on the Merit website. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies, including Merit cookies. Please note that the Merit site will not work properly without cookies.
Other helpful resources
- European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EU)
- Internet Advertising Bureau (US)
- Internet Advertising Bureau (EU)
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information.
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari (Desktop)
- Safari (Mobile)
- Android Browser
- Opera Mobile
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.