Cookies

What are cookies?

 

Cookies are small text files that are stored on a user’s computer when a site is visited.

 

A distinction is made between permanent and temporary cookies on one hand, and direct and indirect cookies on the other.

 

  • Cookies are permanent when they remain on the user’s computer even after the browser has closed.

 

  • Temporary cookies disappear as soon as the user closes the browser.

 

  • Direct cookies are sent by the website itself, indirect cookies come from third parties.

 

Some of these cookies memorize functional preferences such as the user’s language choice. Other cookies are used to allow the analysis of information, such as the number of visits to a website. And yet other cookies are used for marketing purposes.

 

Types of cookies

 

The main types of cookies that websites use are described below:

 

Session cookies

These are temporary cookies that remain in your browser’s cookie file for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close the browser.

 

Persistent cookies

These remain in the cookie file of your web browser even after it is closed, sometimes for a year or more (the exact time will depend on the lifetime of the cookie in question). Persistent cookies are used when the site operator may need to know who you are for more than one browsing session (for example, to remember your username or website customization preferences).

 

First-party cookies

These are cookies placed on your browser and/or hard drive by the current site you are visiting. This is to assign you a unique identity in order to track your progress across the site. Website operators often use first-party cookies for session management and recognition purposes.

 

Third-party cookies

These are cookies used by third parties such as social networks to track your visits to different websites on which they advertise. The website operator will not have control over these third-party cookies.

 

What are the EEB1 website cookies for?

 

You will discover details on which cookies are concerned in your browser settings or sometimes in the certificate of the Internet address.

 

The EEB1 website uses cookies that allow you, without being identified as an Internet user, to track and analyze browsing behavior in order to further improve the website and its content based on that data.

 

The maximum retention period of a cookie is 2 years, and it only concerns those that are useful for statistical information gathering (relating to browsing behavior).

 

The cookies used on the EEB1 website are as follows:

Name Purpose Retention period
_ga Google Analytics Cookie to distinguish users. This cookie stores a unique identifier used to generate statistical data reports on how users use the site. 2 years
_gat Google Analytics Cookie to limit the rate of requests. This cookie does not store user data but is used to limit the number of requests sent to Google services. 1 min
_gid Google Analytics Cookie to distinguish users. This cookie stores a unique identifier used to generate statistical data reports on how users use the site. 1 day
_pll_language Functional cookie used to remember your language used on the site (Dutch, French, English) 1 year

 

Do you have to accept the cookies?

 

Most of the categories of cookies are (at least partially) technically indispensable for smooth communication between your PC and the EEB1 school website and to be able to take advantage of  all the functionalities of the website. If you refuse or delete these cookies, the website might not work (optimally).

 

What happens if you do not agree?

 

You can, thanks to your Internet browser’s settings, prevent cookies from being (automatically) accepted on your PC. As indicated, however, this may affect communication with the website. In most Internet browsers, you can specify your preference in “settings”, where you will find links to the information pages of the main Internet browsers.

 

Cookies in Internet Explorer

In the menu, choose “Tools” and select “Internet Options”.

  • Select “Delete browsing history”.
  • If you also want to apply this setting in the future, check “Clear browsing history on close”.

 

Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

  • Go to “Settings” and select “Never remember history” or, if you want to select your own cookies, click on “Delete individual cookies”.

 

Cookies in Chrome

  • Click the Chrome menu in the navigation bar and select “Settings”.
  • Click “Show advanced settings”.
  • In the “Privacy” section, press the “Content Settings” button.
  • In the “Cookies” section you can change the settings.

Cookies in Safari

  • Go to “Preferences”
  • Click on “Security” and then on “Show Cookies”. Select “Delete all”.