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What are cookies, scripts, logs, i-frames, plugins, captchas, trackers, pixels and fingerprinting?
Cookies are small data or text files that are installed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or use an online service. They allow us to recognise your web browser or device and track data about your browsing behaviour. That way, we remember how the website can be displayed properly on your device, for example, or what you filled in on a form, which pages you visited, whether you read our newsletter and what your social media profiles are. We use them to protect our forms from cyber attacks and also to collect all kinds of statistics about the use and users of our website(s) and online services. Some cookies are our own, others are from third parties. Cookies usually also have an expiry date.
The following technologies are also covered by this cookie statement:
Scripts: a series of commands that perform a task on the website, e.g. to save and edit data from a form on our server; your web browser may block certain scripts.
Logs: files that track user information such as your IP address, browser type, internet service provider, the website that referred you to this website, date, time and number of mouse clicks. These logs are used to manage and optimise the website.
I-frames: a field we use to display external content on the website, e.g. videos from Vimeo and YouTube
Captchas: response tests that check whether a human or a computer program is visiting your website. This is to prevent computer programs from abusing the forms on the website.
Trackers: technology that tracks your online behaviour between websites, such as which websites you visit, what actions you take and what information you have entered on these websites, for example your bank card usage, your search terms or the content of your social media profiles, which can then be used to infer personality traits. Examples of trackers include certain cookies, pixels and fingerprinting.
Pixels: small invisible images that allow us to collect certain information about website usage, such as the number of users visiting a particular page.
Digital fingerprint: technique that combines various data about your device to recognise you as a unique user. The digital fingerprint is used to prevent fraud and abuse of the website, as well as to create a profile of you.
Some cookies are necessary for the website to work or to provide you with an online service. You cannot refuse these cookies. We ask your consent for the other cookies.
During your first visit to the website, we ask you to set your cookie preferences. On each subsequent visit, you can change your cookie preferences again by clicking on cookie settings. With every change, we will ask you to set your preferences again.
In the web browser settings, you can determine how your web browser handles cookies. You can also delete cookies already installed on your computer or mobile device at any time. To do so, please consult the help function of your web browser or one of the following web pages:
Who is the controller and how to exercise your rights?
The administration of the Province of Limburg, 1 Universiteitslaan, 3500 Hasselt, company number 0207.725.203, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, is responsible for this cookie statement.
As cookies may contain personal data, you can also request access to your own personal data in accordance with the General Data Processing Regulation (GDPR). You can request the personal data, view them and, if necessary, have them corrected. In certain cases, and if there are good reasons for doing so, you can ask for your personal data to be deleted. You also have the right to object to processing and the right to data portability.
You can exercise these rights via:
mail to email@example.com
by letter to Registry, Province of Limburg, 1 Universiteitslaan, B-3500 Hasselt
In both cases, we ask you to enclose a copy of the front of your identity card.
Finally, you have the right to lodge a complaint against or about the processing of your personal data with the Data Protection Authority. For more information, please contact the Flemish Supervisory Committee or the Data Protection Authority.