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Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies and similar technologies to distinguish the functioning of your user preferences from those of other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a better user experience when you visit our website and also allows us to optimise it. They can be placed on a device connected to the internet - for example, a computer, smartphone, tablet or smart TV.

The VREG does not use cookies and similar technologies to systematically collect data that could identify the users of our website. The cookies used by the website only help us to improve the functioning of our website, to understand the interests of our users and to measure the effectiveness of its content.

All websites aimed at citizens in and of the European Union are obliged to ask your permission for the use or storage of cookies and similar technologies on your computers or mobile devices. In doing so, we follow the guidelines and recommendations of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (GBA) and the Flemish supervisory committee for the processessing of personal data (VTC).  For example, we do not place web beacons and pixels of social media, but refer to our social media with direct links.

This cookie policy gives you clear and complete information about the cookies we use and their purpose. In our Privacy Policy you will find the data protection rules that apply to the website and to data processing by VREG.

For further information about our Cookie Policy you can contact us via info@vreg.be or via the free telephone number 1700.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small data file that is stored in your browser (Chrome or Firefox, for example) or on your device's hard drive or SSD when you visit a website. Information is stored in such a file, such as your language preference for a website. This enables us to remember certain settings or preferences when using our website. If you visit the website again later, this cookie is sent to the website again. In this way, the website recognises your browser and can, for example, remember your language preference.

Cookies usually also have an expiry period, they are deleted automatically after a certain period of time. For example, some cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser (the so-called "session cookie"), while others remain on your computer for a longer period of time - sometimes even until you delete them manually (the so-called "permanent cookie" or "persistent cookie").

Data collected through cookies will not be passed on by us to third parties or communicated in any way whatsoever except in the form of aggregated numerical data.

Types of cookies

The VREG, the administrator of this website, uses the following types of cookies on www.vreg.be.

  • cookies which are technically essential ("essential cookies", also called "necessary cookies");
  • cookies for functional purposes;
  • cookies for analytical purposes.

Essential cookies: these cookies are necessary for purely technical reasons for the use of the website and are therefore often called "necessary cookies". This type of cookie ensures that the website or mobile application works properly. Some examples: to fill in a form, to remember your chosen language or your privacy preferences. This category of cookies is essential for the proper functioning of the site or application and to remember your preferences during your visit to the site or session of use of our application. Given their technical necessity, they are placed as soon as you enter the website. This does not require the consent of the website visitor and is subject to an information obligation only.

Functional cookies: these cookies ensure that the website functions properly. This type of cookie improves and adapts your user experience by displaying relevant information based on your previous choices or browsing data. Some examples: remembering your language preference for multiple sessions, remembering that you have already participated in a survey. These cookies make using our website and application easier, but if you do not accept this category of cookies, the website will continue to work.

These cookies are only set after a choice has been made as to which cookies are allowed.

Analytical cookies: these cookies are used to collect statistics about the use of the website or the mobile application; for example: the date and time of the visit, the duration of the session, the pages or screens visited or the number of visitors. They help us evaluate how visitors navigate through the site or use the application. They also help us to assess and optimise the service in order to improve the content and usability of the site or application. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated and, where possible, anonymised in accordance with the precautionary principles that apply to this (including Google's own instructions and those of the Dutch Personal Data Authority).

These cookies are only placed after a choice has been made as to which cookies are allowed.

You can choose not to accept these cookies so that they are not placed. After all, an active consent will be asked for (OPT-IN). If you allow these anonymised statistical cookies, you will help us gain a better understanding of how our website works; however, you are free to choose whether or not to do this. You can feel free to allow the use of the analytical cookies used by us without endangering your privacy.

Cookies and similar technologies we do not use: we do not use targeting cookies, marketing cookies or social media cookies.

Which cookies does VREG use on this website?

We use Drupal to keep the content of our website up to date. This software uses functional cookies. This means that these cookies are necessary for the proper functioning of this website. You cannot refuse these cookies if you want to read our website.

Which cookies do we use on www.vreg.be?

Essential cookies

Name Description Retention Period

PHPSESSID

PHP session cookie associated with embedded content from this domain.

1 Session

XSRF-TOKEN

This cookie is written to help with site security in preventing Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks.

1 Session

OptanonAlertBoxClosed

This cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust. It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down. It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user. The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information.

1 Year

JSESSIONID

General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written in JSP. Usually used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.

1 Session

.ASPXANONYMOUS

This cookie is used by sites using the .NET technology platform from Microsoft. It enables the site to maintain an anonymous user-id to track unique users within a session without them logging in or otherwise identifying themselves.

70 Days

OptanonConsent

This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.

1 Year

Functional cookies

Name Description Retention Period

has_js

Most commonly associated with the Drupal content management system. Drupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled.

1 Session

aucp13n

Purpose of the cookie - Functional cookie placed by the webserver.

23 Days

SSESS###########

Purpose of the cookie - Functional cookie placed by Drupal CMS, which we use, to remember a visitor’s user interface preferences.

23 Days

Analytical cookies

In addition to the essential and functional cookies mentioned above, we also use Google Analytics for analytical purposes. Google Analytics places cookies that we use to measure website visits (traffic). This enables us to know, among other things, how many times a particular page is read. We only use this information to improve the content of our website and not to track individual website visitors. You may feel free to allow the use of the analytical cookies we use without endangering your privacy.

Name Description Retention Period

_gid

This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form

1 Day

_ga

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

1 Year

_gat

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

1 Session

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos

180 Days

_dc_gtm_UA-xxxxxxxx

This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page. Where it is used it may be regarded as Strictly Necessary as without it, other scripts may not function correctly. The end of the name is a unique number which is also an identifier for an associated Google Analytics account.

1 Year

* For cookies placed by third parties (such as Google Analytics) we would like to refer you to the statements that these parties provide on their respective websites. Please note that we cannot have any influence on the content of these statements or on the content of the cookies of these third parties.

Google Analytics cookies

How to give or change your consent to cookies?

Changing your browser settings via the cookie management options

On this website we make use of the cookie management application of OneTrust. This application offers possibilities to confirm or adjust your choice whether or not to allow cookies other than essential cookies, both during your first visit and afterwards, in a transparent and simple manner.

Changing your browser settings via the settings of a web browser

Please note that web browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the 'Options' or 'Preferences' menu of your web browser. To better understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. If not, consult the 'Help' function in your web browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Apple Safari

Cookie settings in Apple Safari (iOS)

Learn more about cookies

Useful information about cookies and the laws and regulations applicable in Belgium can be found on the website of the Data Protection Authority https://gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit.be/burger/thema-s/internet/cookies#welke-zijn-uw-rechten-in-verband-met-cookies

General information about cookies and how to use them can be found at https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cookie_(internet) and at www.allaboutcookies.org (website available in English, French, German and Spanish).