Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

This policy is designed to help you understand what cookies are, how Mercieca uses them and the choices you have in relation to their use.

By continuing to use the website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies in the manner described in this policy.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies are tiny files stored on your computer or other device when you visit certain web pages.

If you disable these cookies, you may be able to still browse the site, however you may not be able to take advantage of all features available on the site.

For more information about cookies, and how to manage and disable them, you can visit this guide.

We use the following cookies

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We may use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it, or communications that we send to you, more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose. 

You can usually (depending on the browser you are using) block cookies by consulting the "Help" tab of your browser via the menu bar. Please note that if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies), this may prevent our website from functioning properly or at all. You are taken to have agreed to any cookies that you have not blocked.

To change your cookie settings, if you want to be notified each time a cookie is about to be used or if you want to reject cookies that you have previously agreed to, you can amend the settings as described above. 

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie

Name

Purpose

More information

Category: Statistics 

Google Analytics 

_ga and gid

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the sites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the sites, where the visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited.

Expiry: 2 years 

Category: Statistics 

Google Analytics 

_gat

This cookie is essential for our site and is used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate

Expiry: session 

Category: Marketing

DoubleClick by Google (third party)

r/collect

This cookie is essential for our site and enable us to collect data to measure efficiency of viewed or clicked ads and shows targeted ads

Expiry: session

Category: Statistics 

Craft CMS Session Cookies

CraftSessionId

These are Craft CMS cookies. The cookies are used to track a user's recent activity, last visit and general site movements. Like the Google Analytics cookies, these contain no personally identifiable information.

Expiry: session

Category: Statistics  

@@History/@@scroll|#

Used to store screen scroll position when navigating previously visited pages.

Expiry: persistent 

Category: Statistics 

Adobe Typekit

p.gif

On occasions we use Typekit (from Adobe) to enhance website typography. Adobe use cookies within Typekit to track usage statistics. 

Expiry: session

For more information on how, information is collected by the Typekit service, visit: https://www.adobe.com/uk/privacy/policies/typekit.html 

Form more information on Adobe’s Privacy policy visit: https://www.adobe.com/uk/privacy/cookies.html 

Third Party (Other Sites') Cookies

We are active on a range of social media platforms and its services are tailored around the use of these social media sites. We have no control over the use of cookies on these third-party sites. 

Social Media Cookies: These cookies allow you to share Website content with social media platforms. We have no control over these cookies as they are set by the social media platforms themselves. Mercieca is active on a range of social media platforms and its services are tailored around the use of these social media sites. We have no control over the use of cookies on these third-party sites. 

Advertisement cookies. These cookies allow us to deliver tailor-made advertisements to you on third party websites based on your interests in our products and services manifested during your visit on our Website. These cookies do not collect data that identifies you. All data is anonymous.

Please see the policy links below for the social media site policies around privacy, cookies and data:

What are pixels and social plug-ins, which ones do we use and how can you opt-out?

We also use other technologies on our Website which allow us and Third Party Providers to offer you a more personalized and engaged web experience, e.g. by offering you advertisements on your social media channels that are more relevant to you or by allowing you to share your experiences on our Website via social media. We therefore use the following technologies:

Facebook pixels: Facebook pixels are small pieces of software and are nearly invisible pixel-sized “dots” on our Website which create a link between your visit to our Website and Facebook. When the pixel loads, Facebook places a so-called “fr”-cookie on your computer, which helps Facebook to provide you with more personalized advertisements, but also to measure and improve advertisements. This cookie has a lifespan of 90 days. More information on Facebook cookies can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/. Please note that when the “fr”-cookie is placed, Facebook is able to follow your surfing behavior across other websites which have implemented a Facebook pixel or Facebook social plug-in.

Social plugins: Social plug-ins are small pieces of software which create a link between your visit to our Website and the social media platform of a Third Party Provider. The social plug-in will let the Third Party Provider know that you have visited our Website and may let the Third Party Provider receive cookies he has placed on your computer beforehand. We use social plug-ins of the following Third Party Providers:

Please click on the URL’s next to each of these Third Party Providers to learn more about their plug-ins. Note that we have no control over how these social plug-ins work, the data that they collect or what the Third Party Provider does with this information. For more information on how these Third Party Providers use your personal data collected via their social plug-ins, you are kindly referred to their respective privacy policies. 

How can you control cookies?

You can usually (depending on the browser you are using) block cookies by consulting the "Help" tab of your browser via the menu bar. Please note that if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies), this may prevent our website from functioning properly or at all. You are taken to have agreed to any cookies that you have not blocked.

To change your cookie settings, for example if you want to be notified each time a cookie is about to be used or if you want to reject cookies that you have previously agreed to, you can amend the settings as described above. 

Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire (which means they will either be removed or cease operating) after a maximum [longstop expiry period]

If you have any questions about this Cookie Policy, please contact gdpr@mercieca.co.uk .

Last updated: June 2018