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The Marine Data Exchange uses cookies and similar technologies to help provide, protect, and improve the Marine Data Exchange user experience. This Cookie Policy should be used alongside the Privacy Policy and explains how and why we use these technologies.

Cookies are small text files sent to your computer or internet-connected device and are used by your web browser to store information.

As with most websites we use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling our website to 'remember you', either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie'). There are also two different types of cookies - first party (which we own) and third party (where we allow a third party, such as Google, to set cookies on your computer or mobile device). Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn't use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site - for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.

How to refuse or withdraw consent

Although the cookies we use on this website are quite harmless and do not reveal your identity, not everyone wishes to have text files downloaded onto their computer or mobile device. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functionality on this website. You can manage how cookies engage with your computer or mobile device via your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Android), so you are alerted when cookies are sent or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies which have already been set. All browsers are different so visit the “help” section of your browser to learn about cookie preferences and other privacy settings that may be available.

Cookies on our website

Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics and Hotjar to measure how you use the website so that we can improve it based on user needs. We do not allow Google or Hotjar to use or share the data about how you use this site. Google Analytics and Hotjar set cookies that store anonymised information about:

  • How you got to the site
  • The pages you visit on the Marine Data Exchange, and how long you spend on each page
  • What you click on while you're visiting the site
  • How you navigate and interact with the website

Cookies that remember your settings

These cookies do things like remember your preferences and the choices you make, to personalise your experience of using the site.

Strictly necessary cookies

These essential cookies do things such as remembering your privacy choices.