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Cookies

Introduction

Our policy applies to all pages of the websites of the Belgian Police. In your browser, these pages start with:

Please note: when a link takes you to another website, another portal site, an online application or a social network, you must check the terms and conditions for the processing of personal data used by those responsible for those services.

Your data is protected in accordance with the European Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 (entered into force on 25 May 2018) on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (GDPR).

What is a cookie and why are they useful?

Like almost any other website, our website uses cookies. While you are visiting our website, “cookies” can be stored on your hard drive.

A “cookie” is a small text file that comes from the server and that is sent to your computer or mobile device. Cookies shall in no way be used to identify the person navigating the website. Their purpose is to identify the device (IP address).

Our cookies allow us:

  • to save your settings during and between visits
  • to improve the speed and safety of the website
  • to continuously improve our website (for example, for statistical and qualitative purposes)

We do not use cookies:

  • to collect personally identifiable information (without your explicit consent)
  • to collect sensitive information (without your explicit consent)
  • to transfer data to ad network providers
  • to transfer personal data to third parties
  • for commercial purposes

Your consent to the use of cookies

Using our website implies that you accept our way of using “cookies”.

Our website uses Drupal to keep the Internet content up to date. This software uses functional cookies. These are cookies that are necessary for the proper functioning of our website. These cookies cannot be refused if you want to visit our website.

Use of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service offered by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies” (small text files that are placed on your computer) to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transferred to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity for website operators and to offer other services relating to website activity and Internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that you may then not be able to use the full functionalities of this website. By using this website, you agree to the processing of the data collected by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Which cookies do we use?

Functional cookies

Cookie name

Default expiration time

Aim

SESSxxxx

End of browser session

Contains an encrypted key with which the user is automatically reconnected, and which enables to extract session data. This cookie is required for the proper functioning of the website.

cookie-agreed

1 year

Contains a value to determine whether the cookie policy message must be displayed or not.

Drupal.visitor.language_selection

1 year

Used to store the user's preferred language to view content on the website. This cookie contains a unique language code, such as “nl”, “fr”, “de”.

Statistical cookies (Google Analytics):

Cookie name

Default expiration time

Aim

__utma

2 years from set/update

Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

__utmt

10 minutes

Used to throttle request rate.

__utmb

30 minutes from set/update

Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

__utmc

End of browser session

Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.

__utmz

6 months from set/update

Stores the traffic source or ad campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

__utmv

2 years from set/update

Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Cookies are placed in your browser by the following domains:

  • Police.be
  • Politie.be
  • Polizei.be
  • Jobpol.be

How can I manage or delete cookies?

If you wish to delete or manage cookies, you can adjust the settings of your browser. More information is available through the links below: