The personal information we collect about you
What we do with your information
Who your information might be shared with
Your rights with regard to your personal data
Who we are
In this policy ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ refer to Meorca.
Where we collect your information
We may collect your personal information directly from you and/or from a variety of sources including:
website enquiry forms
emails or letters you send to us
our online shopping services, websites and social media
We may also collect personal information on you from places such as business directories and other commercially or publicly available sources e.g. to check or improve the information we hold (such as your address).
Meorca itself does not directly transmit data to third parties. Third party thumbnail images may appear on meorca during news and video searches and these might be used by third parties for tracking. Meorca’s advertising platform also tracks search impressions and advertising clicks, information on which is available to ad purchasers. For registration, account purposes, and to maintain the integrity of the Meorca site, Meorca keeps track of user IP addresses and may store email and other personal information such as Full Name. Data posted to Meorca blog and read by more than one person might become public knowledge. The search facility in Meorca does not associate search query results with IP addresses or user identification.
The Meorca website is served using a web server. As is standard for most web server software, log file entries are generated for requests made to the web server. Log file entries are also generated when an error occurs with a request or within the web server. As an example of the format of an access log entry consider:
184.108.40.206 – – [17/Mar/2019:19:00:00 -0700] “GET /index.php?q=secrets&limit=80 HTTP/1.1”
200 34940 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (My Super Browser)”
Such an entry has an IP address, a date, a query, and a User-agent. From the IP address one can determine the geographic location of the person making the query. The User-agent can be used to reveal if you are coming from a web browser (human) or are a web spider (non-human). All of the above information could in theory be correlated across multiple requests to the website. Thus, your queries made to Meorca could potentially be revealing.
In addition to Web Server logs, a computer as part of its daily operations stores temporary and less temporary files which may contain some of the information related to the web server’s operation, and so might also contain information about requests made by a user on Meorca.
Finally, Meorca, since it is a search engine, has a crawler component. This component downloads pages from various web sites. You may be the owner of such a site, and despite the best efforts on the Meorca team’s part to make sure that Meorca only crawls sites it is allowed to, it might have inadvertently downloaded some content you would prefer it didn’t.
What information do we hold on you?
Information that we hold on you includes:
Information about who you are e.g. your name, date of birth and contact details
Information about your contact with us e.g. support tickets / emails / letters
Information that is automatically collected e.g. via cookies when you visit one of our websites
Information classified as ‘sensitive’ personal information e.g. relating to your health. This information will only be collected and used where it’s needed to provide the service you have requested or to comply with our legal obligations
What do we do with the information?
We use information about you to:
provide relevant services
identify ways we can improve our relationship, products and services
maintain and monitor the advice we have given you together with products and services
protect both our interests
meet our legal and regulatory obligations
decide and recommend how our products and services might be suitable for you
To provide products and services under the terms and conditions we agree between us, we may need to collect and use personal information about you. If you do not provide this personal information, we may not be able to provide you with our products and services.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Disclosure of your information to third parties
This may include the following in order to:
We have to share information with third parties to meet any applicable law, regulation or lawful request. When we believe we have been given false or misleading information, or we suspect criminal activity we must record this and tell law enforcement agencies, which may either be in or outside the UK.
We expect these third parties to have the same levels of information protection that we have.
User registration data is not sold nor are blog posts data mined. We reserve the right to index and mine blog posts in the future. Aggregated statistics of queries are generated to help make future versions of Meorca better. As an example of software that analyzes web log statistics one can look at awstats/. Typically, this data is discarded periodically. If we need to investigate a website intrusion, or if required by law enforcement, we reserve the right to retain these records and any other collected data. Information about the behavior of non-human users of Meorca (spiders) might be shared in order to ensure the integrity of the Meorca site.
If you are a content provider, and find that there is data in the search results or in public blog posts for which you are the copyright holder that you would not like available through Meorca, you can contact us to ask that your data be blocked from search results or taken down from the blog posts in question.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Social networking sites
We maintain an online presence on popular social media websites including (but not limited to) Buzzkiki, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google plus. We use these websites to share our news, upcoming events and to celebrate our culture. By engaging with us on these sites, you are accepting that the webpages are available to the general public and agree to the following:
social media web pages are not private, please do not share your personal account information on any of the websites, including through the use of private messages
although we do always try to read every message sent to us on social media, we cannot guarantee a response to every message
any pictures you provide on our social media web pages may be used within our internal newsletters
any information that you provide us with on social media webpages may be retained by the webpage for longer than your relationship with us
How we keep your information safe
We protect your information with security measures under the laws that apply and strive to comply with our obligations at all time. We keep our computers, files and buildings secure.
How long we keep your information
To meet our legal and regulatory obligations, we hold your information while you are a customer and for a period of time after that. We do not hold it for longer than necessary. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
Your individual rights
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you have a number of rights with regard to your personal data.
You have the right to request from us access to and rectification or erasure of your personal data, the right to restrict processing, object to processing as well as in certain circumstances the right to data portability
If you have provided consent for the processing of your data you have the right (in certain circumstances) to withdraw that consent at any time which will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before your consent was withdrawn
You have the right to lodge a complaint to the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) if you believe that we have not complied with the requirements of the GDPR with regard to your personal data
SSL certificates / green bar
Meorca uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to protect all network traffic between your PC and our systems. All information travelling to and from our website is safe against interception by third parties who might otherwise use that information without your consent.
SSL also protects you by confirming that you are looking at Meorca’s website and not a fraudulent site designed to trick you into disclosing your personal information.
Cookies are small text files which ask permission to be placed on your computer by websites you visit. Your web browser may allow you to erase the cookies, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. Please refer to your browser instructions for guidance. However, in some instances, unless the cookies are accepted, parts of our application will not function, fully or at all.
If you do allow cookies to be used, when you view our application, we will store some cookie files, which will enable us to measure the use of the pages and features on our application and allow you to use some of its functions. The cookie is used to store the IP address of your machine and will not contain any data personal to you. We do not make any attempt to find out, by means of the cookies, the identities of those visiting our application. For further information please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
We will make changes to this statement from time to time, particularly when we change how we use your information, and change our technology and products.
Controlling your personal information
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
How to contact us
Meorca is the Controller and Processor of Data for the purposes of the GDPR.
We are disclosing that included products and links to those products on this site will earn the site an affiliate commission for any purchases you may make. You should assume that any links leading you to products or services are affiliate links and that the site may receive financial compensation from them. We try to promote products or services we believe may be of value to you.
Advertorials/Sponsored Posts on www.meorca.com are marked clearly and we may receive compensation for providing opinions on products, services, websites or various other topics. Even though we may receive compensation for sponsored posts or advertorials we endeavor to give honest findings, opinions or experiences.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Date of Last Revision: 24th December 2020