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Cookie policy

The data controllers, BRIC (Paradigm), - 21 avenue des Arts. 1000 Brussels, use cookies to facilitate the use of the website and make its use more enjoyable. These make it possible to memorise your actions and preferences (username, language, size of characters and other display settings) for a given period of time so that you do not have to communicate this information again each time you consult a site or browse from one page to another.

A cookie is a small text file, which may be encoded, that is stored by a website on your computer or any other technological system (smartphone, tablet, etc.) that you use to consult it. Depending on the type of cookies considered, these cookies make it possible to accelerate and customise your use of the https://be.brussels site as you visit and return to it.

To that end, cookies communicate data between your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) and the server that hosts the website. Cookies make it possible, for example, to compare new visitors with old ones, understand how users browse its site, count the visitors to the site and obtain information which can help to improve the browsing experience in the future.

Cookies can also provide information on the habits of a website user/visitor, such as your site display preferences (language, size of characters, etc.), your browsing history, your choices from among the options proposed by a site, or by saving data.

You can configure the types of cookies (cookies strictly necessary for consulting the website, analytical cookies, etc.) that you want by selecting all or some of them. Some cookies involve the processing of personal data and your consent will be requested before they are activated. If you do not want to use cookies, you must configure your computer's settings in order to delete all of the website's cookies and/or receive a notification if cookies are saved.

If you do not want to modify the cookies settings, you can simply continue visiting the site.

Types of cookies we use

2.1. Cookies strictly necessary for browsing

  1. Compulsory/ optional: Compulsory
  2. Name of the cookie and storage period:
    Necessary cookies: their lifespan can be up to one year.
    1. I18next
    2. Cc_cookie
    3. Google Recaptcha
  3. End goal of the cookie: 
    Necessary cookies are absolutely essential to the correct functioning of the website. These cookies provide basic website security functionalities anonymously.

These cookies are essential for browsing the site and taking advantage of its features. They cannot be deactivated in our systems. They are stored on your terminal in response to your actions, which are equivalent to a request for services, such as defining your privacy preferences, logging in (accessing secure areas on the site) or completing forms.

Therefore, they allow:

  • browsing between the website's sections;
  • the completing of forms;
  • safe checks of your identity before allowing access to your personal data when a personal account has been created, including browsing between the site's secure zones which require authentication.

You can configure your Internet browser to block cookies or notify you about the existence of cookies. If you refuse these cookies at a later date, certain sections of the website or certain of the services proposed may not work as they should or may not even work at all.

2.2. Analytical and performance cookies

  1. Compulsory/ optional: 
    Your consent is not necessary when these cookies are anonymised. If this is not the case, we must then request your consent.
  2. Name of the cookie and storage period:
    Matomo Analytics cookies: their lifespan can be up to one years.
    1. ^_ga
    2. _gid
  3. End goal of the cookie: 
    Analytical cookies are necessary for understanding how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help to provide information on the measurements of visitor numbers, bounce rates, traffic sources, etc.

These cookies collect data about the way in which visitors use a website and, in particular, the number and behaviour of users on the sites.

These cookies allow the drawing up of statistics. For example, by counting visits and the traffic sources in order to assess and improve the performance of its websites and the services. They help to know which pages are the most and least popular, see how visitors browse the sites and how its services are used.

These cookies also help to verify its performance in the sense that they also indicate if error messages are sent, how often and on the basis of which actions.

Cookies do not collect data that allow visitors to be identified. To the extent that all the data collected by these cookies are brought together, they remain anonymous. These cookies are designed solely to improve the functioning of websites.

The data collected by the cookies is aggregated. The consequence of this is that if you delete these cookies, we will not know when you visited our site or used its services and it will not be able to monitor its performance.

By using this website, you agree to receive this type of cookie on your technological system.

2.3. Functional cookies

  1. Compulsory/ optional: Optional
  2. Name of the cookie and storage period:
    Expire when you close your browser (with the exception of the cookie defining your linguistic preference)
  3. End goal of the cookie: 
    These cookies belong to the content management platform and allow the management of certain website functionalities. These cookies are anonymous.

Functional cookies provide improved and customised functions. Indeed, they facilitate and analyse the functioning of websites in order to make them more pleasant to use and more personal by allowing the site to memorise the choices that you made and providing you with more precise and personal features.

Some of these are:

  • personalising the services by memorising your preferences (remember your username; choice of a language, currency, region, where you are, etc.);
  • avoiding you repeating your choices each time you visit the site (memorise the changes made by the user, such as the size of the text or the font);
  • collecting data communicated in online forms;
  • providing services that you have requested (such as watching a video or leaving a comment on a blog);
  • drawing up statistics (for example, the number of single visitors);
  • analysing the use of the site and the popularity of our pages.

These cookies are specific to the content management platform (for example, WordPress, Drupal, Liferay, Craft CMS), which is a sort of program that can be described as the "motor" of a site.

The information collected by these cookies is rendered anonymous and cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. With the exception of the cookie defining your linguistic preference, functional cookies expire when closing your browser. Therefore, they are deleted from your computer or any other technological system when you quit the program.

By using this website, you agree to receive this type of cookie on your system. If you block these cookies, all or some of these services may not work properly.

2.4. Targeted cookies

  1. Compulsory/ optional: Optional
  2. Name of the cookie and storage period: /
  3. End goal of the cookie: 
    Advertising cookies are used to provide visitors with relevant adverts and marketing campaigns. These cookies track visitors on websites and collect information with a view to providing customised adverts.

These cookies collect data about your habits when browsing the Internet and using services in order to offer you adverts that are adapted to you and correspond to your centres of interest. They also help to limit the number of times that you see an advert and help to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns. In general, they are installed by advertising networks with the authorisation of the website operator. They memorise visits made on a site and share this data with other companies (advertisers for example). Targeted cookies are often linked to the features of the site provided by the partner company.

They help to:

  • prevent you from being faced repeatedly with the same advertisements;
  • assess the effectiveness of our different communication actions or an advertising campaign;
  • customise advertising on our websites and other communication platforms.

 The data is collected and shared with third parties in order to offer the targeting of audiences and optimisation solutions for our administrators, editors and any advertisers. No personal data is collected and an individual cannot be identified using the data collected.

Targeted cookies are based on the unique identification of your browser and technological system on the Internet (IP address). By blocking these cookies, advertisements will continue to be displayed. However, you will benefit from less targeted advertising.

How to manage cookies on my computer, tablet, etc.

Most web browsers are configured automatically to accept cookies. However, you can configure your browser to accept or block cookies or some of them.

To find out more about cookies, please consult: AllAboutCookies.org(in EN/FR), Wikipedia.

You may, at any time, delete cookies already installed on your technological system (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.), and configure most browsers so that they block them. However, in this case, you may have to indicate certain preferences yourself each time that you visit one of the websites of the BRPS. In this case, certain services and features may not be accessible. In other words, the BRPS is unable to guarantee you access to all the services of its websites in the event of a refusal to save cookies.

If you want to refuse commercial cookies (including Google), you can do so via the following website: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/be-fr/

In your browser's settings, it is possible for you to refuse the installation of cookies. The method for activating cookies or not and deleting them depends on your technological system and your web browser: