Cookies and similar technologies do not, however, allow us to systematically collect data that could identify the users of our website. They only help us to improve the functioning of our website, to understand the interests of our users and to measure how effective the content of our website is.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is small text and number file that we store in your browser or on the hard drive of your computer. In this way we can remember your preferences when using our website.
Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that these cookies will refuse, our system will place cookies as soon as you visit our website.
Types of cookies
Cookies can be subdivided according to their origin, their function and their lifespan.
- First party cookies are those cookies that are placed by a website that is currently being visited by the user (eg cookies placed by www.vreg.be).
- Third-party cookies are cookies that are placed by a domain name other than that of the website visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a third party places a cookie through that Website, then this is a third-party cookie (eg cookies placed by Google, Twitter and Facebook).
- Functional cookies are cookies that ensure that the website functions properly (eg cookies for log-in or registration, language preferences). Functional cookies are logically first party cookies.
- Non-functional cookies are cookies that can be placed for statistical, social, targeting and commercial purposes. They have nothing to do with the purely technical support of the website. Cookies with statistical purposes allow you to check which pages of the website you visit, where your computer is located etc. Cookies with social purposes make it possible for the user to share the content of the visited website via social media directly with others. Cookies with targeting purposes allow you to build up a profile based on your surfing behavior so that the displayed advertisements are tailored to your interests. Cookies with commercial purposes keep track of how many and which advertisements were shown to a user. Non-functional cookies can be first party or third party cookies.
- Permanent cookies: These cookies remain on the user's device for the duration determined in the cookie. They are activated every time the user visits the website that has placed this cookie (eg cookies placed by social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Analytics etc). Most non-functional cookies are permanent cookies.
- Session cookies: These cookies allow us to simplify the actions of a user and to link them together during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser screen and ends when they close the browser screen. Session cookies are temporarily placed. As soon as you close the browser, all session cookies will be deleted. Most functional cookies are session cookies.
If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you must delete your cookies using your browser settings. More information about deleting or blocking cookies.
Change your browser settings
We point out 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.