Personal Information: Your provision of your Personal Information to us is completely voluntary. “Personal Information” is information that can specifically identify you. Categories of Personal Information we collect include:
- Identity Data, which includes name or other similar identifiers.
- Contact Data, which includes address, email address and telephone numbers.
Additionally, we may also collect certain other types of information that, along with Identity Data and Contact Data, may be considered and specifically defined as “personal data” in certain jurisdictions, including the European Union (“EU”), such as:
- Technical Data, which includes internet protocol (IP) address, your browser type, or referring websites.
- Usage Data, which includes information about how you use our Website, the pages you visited, your browser type, access times and referring website addresses.
- Marketing and Communications Data, which includes your preferences in receiving marketing materials from us.
- Profile Data, which includes your job title and company name.
Non-Personal Information: In addition, we may also collect information that is not Personal Information (“Non-Personal Information”) including demographic information such as your age and gender. Because Non-Personal Information does not personally identify you, we may collect, use and disclose Non-Personal Information for any purpose permitted by law and subject to the section titled “Additional EU Disclosures”. In some instances, we may combine Non-Personal Information with Personal Information. If we combine any Non-Personal Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information.
Methods of Collection: We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:
Direct interactions: You may give us your information by registering or contacting us. This includes information you provide when you:
- subscribe to our newsletter;
- request marketing materials to be sent to you;
- request our services; or
- contact us through our contact form.
The Website may use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server (if you allow) that enables the site or service provider systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize pages on the Website a cookie helps Merritt Group recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your Personal Information. When you return to the same page on the Website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Merritt Group features that you customized. We use session ID cookies and persistent cookies. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. Our persistent cookie remains active on your hard drive until they expire or are deleted.
The Website may also use other similar technologies (including, without limitation, tracking pixels, as described further below, and other anonymous identifiers) to gather information about you, such as IP addresses and location data, to customize your visit, to enable us to enhance our Website, or for other purposes.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Website.
More information about some of the cookies, tags and trackers we use can be found in the chart below: