To comply with the regulations, we display a clear notice to users explaining that cookies are being used. Clicking on the notice directs users to this page. In line with the updated guidance issued in May 2012, users give their consent to accept cookies by continued use of the website, or by closing the notice.
The types of cookie we use are outlined below.
Analytical cookies allow us to observe trends in how our website is used. This information is anonymised: we can’t tell who a specific visitor is by these cookies, but information is aggregated on their habits and technology, such as screen size or favourite pages.
This information helps us ensure that the website caters for its users’ needs. On this website we use Google Analytics.
These cookies are created to allow a persistent state (e.g. when a user remains logged in, or when saving a preference such as text size) between page views.
CSRF cookies help us protect users against an online exploit called Cross Site Request Forgery. They help ensure our website is secure, and that users cannot inadvertently perform actions on our website from elsewhere on the internet.
These are set when a user visits a page containing a form.
If you would like to learn more about cookies, including how to prevent them being created on your computer, we recommend you visit the About Cookies website,
Our Privacy Promise
We only collect personal information on a voluntary basis. If you choose to become a friend of The Merlin, we promise to:
- Only contact you by the method you have selected - by email or by email and mobile text.
- To never pass on your details to any other company without your expressed permission and then it would only be to provide you with an added benefit.
- To always allow you to opt-out and unsubscribe at any time. Each communication from us provides a simple and immediate opt-out option.