Cookies Policy

 

Definition

Cookies are pieces of data stored on an internet user's terminal equipment and used by the website to send information to the user's browser and allowing the browser to send information back to the original website (e.g. a session ID, choice of language or date).

Cookies are used to store status information during the validity period of the relevant cookie when a browser accesses the various pages of a website or when the browser subsequently returns to this website.

Only the issuer of a cookie can read or modify the information that it contains.

There are different types of cookies:

  • session cookies that disappear as soon as you leave the website;
  • permanent cookies that remain on your device until their lifetime expires or until you delete them using your browser features.

You are informed that, during your visits to the website, cookies may be installed on your terminal equipment.


Purposes of cookies

The cookies used by the FPS Foreign Affairs are used to analyse website traffic and the use made of the website.

Which cookies do we use?

The cookies used on the website are third party cookies that have been restrictively chosen by the FPS Foreign Affairs to achieve specific objectives.

The FPS Foreign Affairs uses the services offered by the American company Google Inc.

The data collected using the cookies is transmitted to and stored by Google Inc. Google Inc. is a participant in the "Privacy Shield" and therefore provides an adequate level of protection for personal data.

The Google Analytics service is used to count visitors and identify how they use the website. These cookies are stored and read on the user's terminal equipment and as soon as the user accesses a website using the Google Analytics service.

The data generated by these cookies relates to:

  • your use of the website;
  • your IP address in order to determine the connection city. This data is immediately anonymised after location and is not sent to the FPS Foreign Affairs.

There is more information available on the "Google Analytics" service at http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.


Consent

When you browse our website, storing and reading cookies enables us to analyse your browsing and measure our website visitors.

You can also manage the cookies used on the website by configuring your browser, as detailed below.


Cookie management

You have several options for deleting cookies.

Indeed, while most browsers are configured to accept cookies by default, if you wish, you can choose to accept all cookies, reject them systematically, or select which ones you accept depending on the issuer. You can also set your browser to accept or reject cookies on a case-by-case basis before they are installed. You can also regularly delete cookies from your terminal via your browser. Remember to configure all the different browsers for your various terminals (tablets, smartphones, computers).

Each browser is configured differently for managing cookies and your choices. This is explained in your browser's help menu, which will tell you how to change your cookie settings. For example:

for Internet Explorer™:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/delete-and-manage-cookies-168dab11-0753-043d-7c16-ede5947fc64d

for Safari™:
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac

for Chrome™:
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en&hlrm=en

for Firefox™ :
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-clear-firefox-cache

for Opera™ :
http://help.opera.com/Windows/11.60/en/cookies.html

However, by setting your browser to reject cookies, certain features, pages and areas of the website will not be accessible, for which we cannot be held responsible.

We also draw your attention to the fact that when you block the installation or use of a cookie, an opt-out cookie is installed on your terminal equipment. If you delete this opt-out cookie, it will no longer be possible to identify you as having rejected the use of cookies. Similarly, when you agree to the installation of cookies, a consent cookie is installed. Consent or opt-out cookies must remain on your terminal equipment.


Contact

If you have any queries regarding our "Cookie Policy", you can write to the Data Protection Officer of the FPS Foreign Affairs at the following e-mail address: dpo@diplobel.fed.be.