What you should know
What is a cookie?
Types of cookies
Cookies can be categorised 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 (e.g. cookies placed by www.vreg.be). Third-party cookies are cookies that are placed by a domain name other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a third party places a cookie via that website, this is a third-party cookie (e.g. cookies placed by Google, Twitter and Facebook). Functional cookies are cookies that ensure that the website functions properly (e.g. cookies for log-in or registration, language preferences). It follows that functional cookies are 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 make it possible to check which pages of the website you visit, where your computer is located, etc. Cookies with social purposes enable the user to share the content of the visited website directly with others via social media. Cookies with targeting purposes allow a profile to be built up based on your surfing behaviour so that the advertisements displayed 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 specified in the cookie. They are activated each time the user visits the website that has placed this cookie (e.g. 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 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 placed temporarily. As soon as you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted. Most functional cookies are session 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. To better understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. If not, you should 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 Safari
* For cookies placed by third parties (including Google Analytics), please refer to the statements that these parties provide on their respective websites. Please note: we have no influence over the content of these statements or the content of the cookies of these third parties.
Google Analytics cookies
AddThis cookies (Facebook and Twitter sharing)