What exactly are cookies?
Cookies are small data or text files which are installed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or use a (mobile) application. The cookie file contains a unique code that allows your browser to be recognised during visits to the online service or during successive, repeated visits. Cookies may be set by the server of the website or application you are visiting, but also by third-party servers which may or may not work with this website or application.
Cookies generally make the visitor’s interaction with the website or application easier and faster and help the visitor navigate between different parts of a website or application.
You can prevent the installation of cookies via your browser settings. You can also delete previously installed cookies from your computer or mobile device at any time, as follows:
Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/nl-be/help/17479/windows-internet-explorer-11-change-security-privacy-settings (external link)
Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=nl&answer=95647 (external link)
Safari: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042 (external link)
If you disable cookies, keep in mind that certain graphics may not display correctly, or you may not be able to use certain applications. Below is a detailed list of all the types of cookies used by the Department of Finance and Budget on its websites.
Measuring user visits
- Names of cookies: _ga, _gid, _gat and _umtz, _umta and gaClientId
- Purpose: User visits on VABN.vlaanderen are measured in an anonymous way via Google Universal Analytics in order to optimise the provision of information on the website. The analytics cookies are placed via the global header and footer widget on Vlaanderen.be. Google Analytics is set up such that the IP address is not processed, nor data shared.
- Cookie(s) placed by: The analytics cookies are placed via the Widgets platform that provides the global header and footer (widgets.vlaanderen.be) and not directly by Google.com. To do this, the Widgets platform uses the Google analytics object to create its own ClientIDs.
- Recipient(s) of the data: Google
- Validity: persistent cookies with a validity of up to 2 years