What are Cookies?
A Cookie is a small text file with an ID tag that our website sends to your computer. While you are browsing, your website browser stores the cookie and will continue to store it after you leave the website. The cookie text file contains data that helps our website to keep track of your movements within the site and respond to your needs based on that information. For instance, it can help you resume where you left off, remember your registered login, preferences, and other customization functions.
Cookies may be “persistent” cookies, or “session” cookies:
- A persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date.
- A session cookie will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
You can obtain information about how to manage cookies by clicking “help” on your browser’s menu or visiting www.aboutcookies.org.
- Store information about your preferences.
- Identify you when you visit and navigate our Websites (authentication cookies).
- Help us to display content that will be relevant to you.
- Help us to analyze the use and performance of our website and services.
Choosing not to accept cookies
The unique Session ID that is stored in the cookie is also stored on our server for a period of no more than [3 hours] and is then deleted.
How we use information from cookies
We primarily use information from cookies for the following purposes:
|Categories of Use||Purpose||Your choices|
|Strictly Necessary||These cookies allow to link the actions of a user during a browser session to allow navigation around web pages, access to secure areas of the Websites and help make the services work. Without these cookies, basic functions of the Websites would not work.||You can block or delete these cookies by changing the browser settings as explained below.|
|Analytics||These cookies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the Websites. This helps us to improve the way our Websites works, for example by making sure visitors are finding what they need easily. The information collected through these cookies include anonymous traffic statistics, like number of page views, number of visitors, and time spent on each page.|
|You can block or delete these cookies by changing the browser settings as explained below.|
You can also prevent your data from being collected by Google Analytics on the Websites by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en
Please note that third parties linked from or providing certain features of the Websites (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use their own cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.
MEF does not control the placement of such cookies, and use of these cookies is governed by the third party’s own privacy and cookie policies.
MEF may use a tracking technique that employs embedded URLs to allow use of the Websites without cookies. Embedded URLs allow limited information to follow you as you navigate the Websites but are not associated with Personal Data and are not used beyond the session.
How to adjust your cookie settings
On most web browsers, you will find a “help” section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section for information on how to receive a notification when you are receiving a new cookie and how to turn cookies off. Below are examples from popular web browsers on modifying your web browser’s settings:
If you access the Websites on your mobile device, you may not be able to control tracking technologies through the settings.