Cookie policy

A cookie is a small text file that can be stored on your computer when you visit websites.

What is a cookie?

Information is saved in this text file, such as your choice of language on a website. When you visit the website later again, this cookie returns to the concerned website. In this way, the website recognizes your browser and can for example retain your choice of language.

Cookies usually also have an expiration date. For example, some cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser (so-called session cookies), while others can be stored longer on your computer, sometimes until you delete them manually (so-called permanent cookies).

Why do we use cookies?

The Belgian Data Protection Authority, administrator of this website, uses 3 types of cookies on its website.

  • Essential cookies;
  • Functional cookies;
  • Cookies for analytical purposes.

The Belgian Data Protection Authority uses essential and functional cookies to manage the content of its website. These cookies are necessary for the proper functioning of this website. It is not possible to refuse these cookies if you want to visit our website.

The Authority also uses "MATOMO" for analytical purposes. This analytical tool places cookies that we use in order to quantify the visits (traffic) on the website. This allows us to know how many times a particular page is consulted. We only use this information to improve the content of our website or as a basis for a new campaign by determining certain topics of great interest.

This analysis tool is installed on our own servers. This concerns therefore "first party" cookies (direct cookies). This means that we have full control over the information collected through these cookies. No data is sent to third parties. Therefore, we can guarantee that this information will not be used for other purposes. The use of these "first party" cookies for analytical purposes is subject to your prior consent. Thus, you can refuse the installation of these cookies on your device.

List of essential cookies

These cookies are necessary for purely technical reasons for a normal visit of the website. Given the technical necessity, an information obligation solely applies, and these cookies are saved from the moment you access the website.

Name Expiry Content Purpose
PHPSESSIONID At the end of the session Token Flexmail Protects the email notifications subscription module from web threats.
BIGIpServer~SOC~router.prd At the end of the session Randomly generated string Assigns the processing of the requests of a user to a server.
(the name varies from one user to another)
At the end of the session A sequence of characters Assigns the processing of the requests of a user to a server.

List of functional cookies

You cannot block these cookies if you want to access this website, but they are saved only after a choice is made concerning the placement of cookies.

Name Expiry Content Purpose
Orejime 90 days JSON-object Informs the website if you want to accept the cookies or not

Liste of analytical cookies

You can decline these cookies if you want to surf on our website.

Name Expiry Content Purpose
_pk_id 13 months ID token Analyses website visits.
_pk_ref 6 months URL Analyses website visits.
_pk_ses 30 minutes ID token Analyses website visits.

How can I see which cookies are saved in my device and how can I delete them?

If you wish to know which cookies have been saved on your device or if you can delete them, you can use a parameter of your browser. You will find more information on how to do it via the following links.

Firefox Chrome Safari Internet Explorer
Firefox (mobile) Chrome (mobile) Safari (mobile) Microsoft Edge

If you use another browser, you can check if the procedure for your browser is mentioned in this explanatory website.

External links

The Data Protection Authority's website mentions external links to document certain information. These links are marked with a specific symbol indicating that the user is leaving the Authority's website. The activation of these links is the responsibility of the user. However, we advise to consult the privacy statement as well as the cookie policy of the site concerned.

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