Cefic is registered with the Belgian authorities at Rue Belliard 40 b15, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.
1 – General
For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies on your computer or device, see section 5 and 6 below.
Post: Rue Belliard 40 b15, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
2 – What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that the Website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the Website. It enables the Website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the Website or browse from one page to another.
Cookies are used to optimize your browsing experience and simplify transactions online. Cookies allow us to recognize you every time you visit the Website and to recall personalized settings. This facilitates and improves your browsing experience. Furthermore, we collect data on how the Website is accessed to improve their overall performance in terms of speed and functionality/ease of use.
They do not operate independently from the Website or, in any manner, access data from your computer or phone.
First, there are mainly two types of cookies: ‘essential’ cookies and ‘non-essential’ cookies.
- Essential cookies: are cookies that are essential for our Website to function. They allow you to browse our Website and to use its main features.
- Non-essential cookies: are cookies that allow you to personalise your user experience on our Website but are not essential for it to function.
These two types of cookies each have different characteristics that can be distinguished and classified according to the length of time for which they are valid and the origin of their placement.
On the one hand, according to the length of time for which they are valid on the user’s computer:
- Persistent or permanent cookies: remain after a session is closed. They are kept on the Visitor’s hard drive until they expire or until the Visitor deletes the cookies. Persistent cookies are used to collect identification data relating to the Visitor, such as behaviour while surfing the internet or preferences for a specific website.
- Session cookies: only last for the time taken to visit a website (session). They are deleted when the Visitor closes the browser.
On the other hand, according to their placement:
- First-party cookies: these belong to the site that you choose to visit;
- Third-party cookies: these are cookies connected with the activity of partner third parties. They are imported from a site the content of which is accessible indirectly, for example via an image or a banner.
3 – The different types of cookies we use and for what purpose
Any personal data collected through the cookies is used to improve your browsing experience and to improve our Website.
Certain cookies only store and use data for the duration of your visit to the Website. Data collected from functional and tracking cookies will be used so long as you continue to visit the Website and will be stored for a certain period after your last active consultation of the Website, as set out below, after which these data will be deleted.
3.2 – List of Cookies Used
- Essential Cookies
|PHPSESSID||HTTP||Preserves user session state across page requests.||Session|
- Statistics (Analytics cookies)
|_ga||HTTP||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||2 years|
|_gat||HTTP||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.||1 day|
|_gid||HTTP||_gid HTTP Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||1 day|
|collect||Pixel||Used to send data Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behavior. Tracks the visitor accross devices and marketing channels.||Session|
- Marketing Cookies (Third party)
|__atuvc||HTTP||Updates the counter of a website’s social sharing features.||13 months|
|__atuvs||HTTP||Ensures that the updated counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with the social haring service.||1 day|
|_at.cww||HTML||Used by the social sharing platform||Persistent|
|at-loison-cache-#||HTML||Used by the social sharing platform||Persistent|
|at-rand||HTML||Used by the social sharing platform||Persistent|
|loc||HTTP||Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level).||13 months|
|r/collect||Pixel||Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. It tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.||Session|
|uvc||HTTP||Detects how often the social sharing service, encounters the same user.||13 months|
|xtc||HTTP||Registers the user’s sharing of content via social media.||13 months|
4 – Our use of third party cookies specifically
We can allow third parties to put cookies on your browser in order to, for example, get more information about your browsing habits, whilst you are on our Website, facilitate the sharing of content from other websites or audience measurement.
These cookies cannot be used without your prior consent and are therefore the subject of the question you are asked during your first visit to our Website.
More information about the collection and processing of information, the use of data by social networks, as well as the available settings for protecting your privacy, can be found in their privacy policies. Cefic is in no way responsible for the statements or content of these third party cookies. All of these third parties are set out below to allow you to consult their privacy statements and easily manage your consent.
http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out or see below under point 6 ‘Managing cookies’.
|Google Analytics||Audience management||See Privacy information at: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245
https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en or see below under point 6 ‘Managing cookies’.
5 – Managing cookies
Should you choose to erase or block certain cookies, you will probably experience difficulties operating the Website. Blocking cookies impacts the ease and functionality of web browsing. For example, refusing all cookies will impede web transactions.
You can disable targeting/advertising cookies, which remember your browsing habits and display relevant advertising when you are online. If you choose to turn off these cookies you will still see advertising on the internet but it may not be tailored to your interests. It does not mean that you won’t be served any advertisements whilst you are online. You can also manage this type of cookie in the privacy settings on the web browser you are using.
Every web browser has its own configuration. For the most part, however, you can consult the “Preferences” or “Settings” menu in the top right hand corner to modify cookies options or go to “help”. For further information see the following links here below:
For more details on cookies and how to change your browser settings, see: www.allaboutcookies.org.