Last amended: July 2023
The following website (“the Website”)
is provided by:
Werkhuizen Decloedt (“Decloedt”, “We” and “Us”)
Brugsesteenweg 93 – 8450 Bredene
VAT . BE0405.249.667
Tel. +32(0)59-32 25 34
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions related to privacy.
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer when you visit web pages. They contain information linked to a web browser and the specific website. Cookies consist of two elements: the name and the content. They are saved in a special folder on your hard drive. If you return to a particular website, that page may recognise you as a visitor using a cookie and the cookie can further build up the history. Some cookies are automatically removed when you leave a website while others remain on your computer as long as you do not remove them yourself.
Cookies are not active pieces of executing software and so they cannot harm your computer. They are also not always of a commercial nature. Cookies are used to increase ease of use for visitors: by identifying visitors with a cookie, visitors do not have to enter the same information each time, such as log-in details or screen settings. Furthermore, cookies are used to identify the browsing behaviour of visitors. Cookies are used to see which pages and how many pages are visited, which route was taken and how long visitors stay on a website. Using these results, the website can be modified and it can respond to the interests and needs of visitors to the website. Personalised information, for instance, can be shown to visitors.
2. Types of cookies?
A distinction is often made between two major groups of cookies:
- First-party cookies: these are direct cookies. They are created by a website to enable the web page to function better. They control the technical part of the site, such as the choice of language or remembering products in a shopping basket on an online store. First-party cookies are created and placed by the website that is visited.
- Third-party cookies: these indirect cookies are created by a party other than the website visited (by a third party) and are placed on your computer. These cookies track the behaviour of a visitor to the website. Examples of these are social media such as Facebook or Twitter, but also Google Analytics. This is the most widely used system for measuring visits to websites. It is mainly due to these cookies that website owners have to ask for specific consent from visitors since the legislation was amended in 2012.
The 2012 law does not make a distinction between first-party cookies and third-party cookies. The criterion here is consent. Cookies needed for a site to work properly do not require consent. However, consent is required for all other cookies.
3. What cookies do we use?
Google Analytics is a service by Google which collects statistics from websites and displays them in detail. It enables website administrators to get a clearer picture of things such as visitor flows, sources of web traffic and page views. In this way, parts of a website or entire websites can be modified according to the behaviour and interests of visitors. This is also the reason that Decloedt’s website may use statistics from Google Analytics.
4. How to manage cookies?
The way that you adjust the settings varies according to the browser. If you need assistance, consult the help function on your browser.