What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are stored on your computer if you agree. They are transferred between the website’s server and your internet browser to allow the website to remember actions you’ve made.
Cookies used by Mary’s Meals do not collect any personal information about you, but may be linked to personal information that you provide to us through your interaction with our site. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain (internet location) from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie (i.e. when does it expire), and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.
Cookies do lots of different jobs on our website, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, remembering your username and password, letting us analyse how well our website is performing, and improving your experience. They also help ensure that adverts you see whilst you are on our website and other websites are more relevant to you and your interests.
First and third party cookies
First party cookies are cookies that belong to us; third party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our website which we do not control. On some pages of our website we may include embedded content, for example from YouTube or Facebook. When you visit a page with embedded content, the service provider (for example, YouTube) may set its own cookies on your web browser to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you. We do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
What type of cookies do we use?
Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
Analytical cookies 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.
Functional cookies 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 record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with any member of our group (Mary's Meals affiliates) for this purpose.
How to change your cookie settings
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. These settings are typically found in the options or preferences menu in your browser, further details of which can be found on published guides such as www.aboutcookies.org and www.allaboutcookies.org. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.