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Use of cookies on our website

Why do we use cookies on our website?

“Cookies” (also known as HTTP cookies, web cookies or browser cookies) are small text files that your browser stores on your computer when visiting our site.
The typical purpose of cookies is to help sites remember particular actions you may have done there in the past.

What cookies do we use and why?
We use cookies to track your usage of our site via the third party service “Google Analytics”. This allows us to target the content of our site better to your needs.

Name Owner Duration Description
PHPSESSION- ID cyclotron Session duration This cookie allows us to track your session actions
_ga Google Analytics 18 m. Google Analytics is an analytics solution, which provides information about your activity on our website. This helps us to understand what works on the site and better tailor it to your needs
_utma Google Analytics 18 m. This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine unique visitors to an website. It is updated with each page view.
_utmb Google Analytics 30 min. This is another Google Analytics cookie. It is used to establish a user session
_utmc Google Analytics None This is another Google Analytics cookie. It determines whether or not a new session has been created.
_utmz Google Analytics 6 m. This is another Google Analytics cookie. It is used to identify how you arrived at the site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search or a campaign, such as an advertisement or email link. This cookie is used to calculate search engine traffic, advertisement campaigns and page navigation. It is updated with each page view

Are cookies harmful?
Cookies cannot harm you or your computer. They cannot contain viruses, cannot install harmful software and cannot damage your computer in any way. We do not use cookies to gather encrypted information, and we do not collect any information that may be used to make your personally identifiable. We do not use cookies to store any sensitive information, such as name, address or contact details. We never share or sell any statistics for our website with third parties.

Despite this, if you do wish to disable or remove cookies, you can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Please see the “Help” section of your browser or mobile device. Each browser or device handles the management of cookies differently, so you will need to refer to your appropriate “Help” documentation.

Why are we telling you this?
As of may 25, the EU General Data Protection Regulation will become enforced. Our organisation is compliant with the GDPR 2016 Data Protection Compliance Conference and its findings described by the so called “Cookie Law”:

  • Implied consent is no longer sufficient. Consent must be given through a clear affirmative action, such as clicking an opt-in box or choosing settings or preferences on a settings menu. Simply visiting a site doesn’t count as consent.
  • ‘By using this site, you accept cookies’ messages are also not sufficient for the same reasons. If there is no genuine and free choice, then there is no valid consent. You must make it possible to both accept or reject cookies. This means:
    • It must be as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give it. If organisations want to tell people to block cookies if they don’t give their consent, they must make them accept cookies first.
    • Sites will need to provide an opt-out option. Even after getting valid consent, sites must give people the option to change their mind. If you ask for consent through opt-in boxes in a settings menu, users must always be able to return to that menu to adjust their preferences.To become compliant, organisations will need to either stop collecting the offending cookies or find a lawful ground to collect and process that data. Most organisations rely on consent (either implied or opt-out), but the GDPR’s strengthened requirements mean it will be much harder to obtain legal consent.

We offer you a soft opt-in consent, as described in the Cookie Law: “This means giving an opportunity to act before cookies are set on a first visit to a site. If there is then a fair notice, continuing to browse can in most circumstances be valid consent via affirmative action.”

In case you have any further questions, please contact: Bart Vogelaar.