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What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a Website server installs in the browser of your computer or mobile device when you visit a Website.

Information is stored in this small text file, for instance your preferences if you use a Website. When you visit the Website again at a later stage, this cookie will automatically be resent to the Website. In this way the Website recognises your browser, allowing information such as your preferences to be recalled.

Cookies generally ensure easier and faster interaction between the visitor and the Website and help the visitor to browse from one part of a Website to another. Cookies can also be used to improve the content of a Website.

Cookies usually have an expiry date. Some cookies are, for instance, automatically deleted when you close your browser, while other cookies remain on your computer for a longer time, sometimes till you delete them manually. 


Why do we use cookies?

The NISSE, the administrator of this Website, uses two types of cookies on

  • Cookies for functional purposes
  • Cookies for analytical purposes

Functional cookies

The NISSE uses Drupal in order to update the content of its Website. The software uses functional cookies. Functional cookies are cookies that are strictly necessary for the proper functioning of the Website. 

Analytical cookies

The NISSE uses Google Analytics for analytical purposes. This analytical tool places cookies that we use to measure Website visits (traffic). For instance: how many visitors on the Website, which Webpages were read, how long it takes to download a Webpage, ...

We only use this information to improve the content of our Website or as an approach for a new campaign concerning a specific issue that arouses interest.


Which cookies are used on

Below is a list of the cookies that we use, and the purpose they serve.

List of functional cookies

These cookies make sure that the Website is working properly.

Name Expiry Date Aim
has_js When closing the browser. In this way Drupal knows if you need Javascript.

List of analytical cookies

We use these cookies to improve the Website You can refuse these cookies.

Name Expiry Date Aim
_ga 2 years Is used to calculate statistics, such as the number of unique visitors and sessions and to measure the page load speed.
_gid 24 hours Is used to calculate statistics, such as the number of unique visitors and to measure the page load speed.
_gat 1 minute Makes sure that the information is sent faster to Google Analytics.


How can I see what cookies have been installed on my device and how can I adapt my cookie settings?

If you want to know what cookies have been installed on your device or if you also want to delete them, you can use, for this purpose, a setting in your browser. When you turn off cookies, please bear in mind that some graphics may not be displayed correctly, or that you may not be able to use certain applications.

You can remove cookies already installed on your computer or mobile device at any time.

More information about cookie settings in your browser


Last amended on 23/05/2018.