Cookie statement

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are saved on the user’s computer when a website is visited. A distinction is made between permanent and temporary cookies on the one hand, and direct and indirect cookies on the other. Cookies are permanent when they remain on the user’s computer, even after the browser has closed; temporary cookies disappear as soon as the user closes the browser. Direct cookies are sent by the website itself; indirect cookies originate from third parties. Some of these cookies remember functional preferences, such as the user’s choice of language. Other cookies are intended to enable analysis of information, such as the number of visits to a website. Yet other cookies are used for marketing purposes.

Types of cookies

The main types of cookies that websites may use are described below:

Session cookies

These are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your web browser only for the duration of your visit and they are deleted when you close the browser.

Persistent cookies

These remain in the cookie file of your web browser even after the browser is closed, sometimes for a year or longer (the exact length of time will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie). Persistent cookies are used where the website operator may need to know who you are for more than one browsing session (e.g. to remember your username or website customisation preferences).

First-party cookies

These are cookies planted on your browser and/or hard drive by the actual website you are visiting. This involves assigning a unique identity to you with a view of tracking your journey on the website. Website operators often use first-party cookies for session management and recognition purposes.

Third-party cookies

These are cookies used by third parties, such as social networks, to track your visits onto various websites on which they advertise. The website operator will not have control over these third-party cookies.

What is the use of cookies?

MIC Brussels wants to keep you informed about this new legislation and about the cookies it uses. Cookies help MIC Brussels to optimise your visit to a website, to remember technical choices (e.g. a language setting, a newsletter, etc.) and to show you more relevant services and offers. If you want to consult the website of MIC Brussels, we recommend enabling cookies. If you do not like this however, you are free to disable cookies (see also under “How can I manage cookies?”). We use cookies to improve your visit to our website. The cookies we use are safe. The information we gather by means of cookies helps us to identify any errors, or to show you specific services which we think may interest you. It is possible we store information directly related to you. We may also use cookies from carefully selected partners with whom we collaborate and who advertise our services on their websites.

Which cookies does MIC Brussels use and why?

If you want to consult the website of MIC Brussels, we recommend enabling cookies on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. If cookies are disabled, we may not be able to guarantee your visit to our website will be smooth. If you nevertheless wish to limit, block or remove cookies from MIC Brussels, you can manage your browser settings as described under “How can I manage cookies?” item.

Functional cookies

  • _icl_current_languagewww.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – Functional cookie: remembering language settings (Dutch / French / English). This cookie is kept for 24 hours.
  • wordpress_[hash]www.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – This cookie stores your authentication details on MIC Brussels web platform, based on WordPress technology. This is a standard WordPress cookie. Its use is limited to the admin console area. This cookie is kept for 14 days.
  • wordpress_logged_in_[hash]www.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – After login, WordPress sets this cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use. This cookie is kept for 14 days.
  • wordpress_test_cookiewww.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – This cookie is used by our web platform to check whether cookies are enabled or not on your browser. This is a session cookie, which is removed when the browser is closed.
  • wp-settings-[time]-[UID] cookieswww.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. This is a session cookie, which is removed when the browser is closed.

Cookies for analytical purposes

  • _utmawww.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – Google Analytics: to keep statistics. Monitoring how a User visits the website, with a view to improving services and online portals. Privacy policy of Google. This cookie is kept for two years.
  • _utmbwww.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – Google Analytics: to keep statistics. Monitoring how a User visits the website, with a view to improving services and online portals. Privacy policy of Google. This is a session cookie, which is removed when the browser is closed.
  • _utmcwww.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – Google Analytics: to keep statistics. Monitoring how a User visits the website, with a view to improving services and online portals. Privacy policy of Google. This is a session cookie, which is removed when the browser is closed.
  • _utmzwww.mic-brussels.be
    Purpose of this cookie – Google Analytics: to keep statistics. Monitoring how a User visits the website, with a view to improving services and online portals. Privacy policy of Google. This cookie is kept for one and a half years.

Removing and disabling cookies

Most internet browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. However, you can remove existing cookies and reject new cookies via the browser settings on your computer. The way of doing this varies from one browser to another. If necessary, consult the Help function of your browser. If you remove or reject these cookies, you may not be able to make full use of the possibilities provided by the MIC Brussels website.

I am not from Belgium. Is there any other type of permission required for my country?

MIC Brussels website is not only aimed at Belgian nationals. The European Member States often implement the cookie legislation differently, which makes it difficult for the User to determine how he or she needs to give permission. MIC Brussels aims at the correct implementation per Member State, as far as possible technically and materially.

Find out more

You will find more information about cookies at AllAboutCookies.org, which gives details on how to delete cookies from your computer. For information on how to do this on your mobile phone browser, please see your handset manual.

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