Use and management of " cookies "

General principles. This article provides information regarding the use of cookies on the website. The current policy regarding the management of cookies applies to the website. These are managed by the Processing Officer. The website uses cookies to make navigation more accurate and reliable. Some of these cookies are indispensable for the proper functioning of the Website, others enable the user's experience to be improved.

Most web browsers are configured to accept cookies automatically. If the user wishes to personalise their management, he must change the settings of his web browser. He will find more information on this subject under the point "management of cookies" of the current provision. By accessing and using the website, the user expressly consents to the management of cookies described below.

Definition of cookies. A " cookie " is a data file or text file that the server of a Website will temporarily or permanently store on the user's device (hard drive of his/her computer, tablet, smartphone or any other similar device) by using the user's browser. The cookies may also be installed by third parties with whom the Responsible Party cooperates.

The cookies store certain information, such as visitors' language preferences or the contents of the shopping basket. Other cookies store statistics that relate to the users of the Website or ensure that graphs are displayed correctly and that the applications on the Website work properly. Other cookies allow the content and/or publicity of the Website to be adapted to the user.

Use of cookies on the Website. The Website uses the following types of cookies:

o Essential or technical cookies: these cookies are essential for the operation of the website and ensure good communication and facilitate browsing; o Statistical or analytical cookies: these cookies allow visitors to be recognised and counted, as well as their browsing behaviour when they visit the website. This makes the user's browsing easier and allows the user to more easily find what he is looking for; o Functional cookies: these cookies allow specific functions of the website to be activated in order to improve the user's user-friendliness and experience, especially now that the cookies remember the user's preferences (e.g. language); o Performance cookies: these cookies store information relating to the way in which the website is used by users. They also make it possible to evaluate and continuously improve the performance of the website (e.g. by keeping track of the number of visitors, identifying the pages and the most popular clicks), and to better tailor commercial offers to the user's personal preferences; o The tracking cookies: the website uses tracking cookies via Google Analytics in order to help the Processing Officer process the ways in which users react and interact with the content of the Website, generating anonymous visitor statistics. These statistics make it possible to continuously improve the website and to offer the user pertinent content. The person responsible for processing uses Google Analytics in order to be able to form an image of the website traffic, the origin of this traffic and of the web pages visited. This means that Google acts as a subcontractor. The information collected by Google Analytics is generated anonymously. It is, for example, not possible to identify the persons who visit the website. For more specific information, the user should consult Google's data protection policy, available at the following address: http://www.google.nl/intl/en_u...

The retention period for cookies varies according to their type: essential cookies are generally stored until the browser is closed, while functional cookies remain valid for one year and performance cookies for four years.

The Data Processing Officer authorises public search engines to visit the website via "spiders", with the aim of making the access to and the content of the website accessible via these search engines, without granting the Data Processing Officer any right to archive the website. The Data Processing Officer reserves the right to withdraw such authorisation at any time.

The management of cookies. The majority of browsers are set up to accept cookies automatically, but all browsers allow the settings to be personalised according to the user's preferences. If the user does not want the website to place cookies on his computer/mobile device, he can easily manage or delete the cookies by changing the settings of his browser. The user can also program his browser to send him a notification when he receives a cookie so that the user can decide whether or not to accept it.

If the user wishes to block and/or manage certain cookies, he can do so by following the following link linked to his browser:

- Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/e... - Chrome: https://support.google.com/acc... - Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en... - Safari: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH...

If the user does not wish to accept the cookies of Google Analytics, he can indicate this via the message relating to the cookies that appears when he uses the website for the first time, or by changing the settings of his browser to refuse cookies.

In order not to be traced by Google Analytics on any website, users can use the following website: http://tools.google.com/dlpage...

In the event that the user deactivates certain cookies, it is possible that certain parts of the website may not be accessible and/or useable, or that they may only be partially accessible and/or useable.