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What are cookies?
And how do we use them?

On this page you will find more information about Cookies. What are cookies? Which cookies do we use? And how can you influence cookies?

What are cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing, in the hope and expectation that the browser will return this data during his next visit.

The cookie is a supplement to the HTTP specification. The HyperText Transfer Protocol is used by anyone who visits a website: it controls the communication between a web server and a browser. However, it is not designed to see consecutive page visits as a whole. Therefore, it is not always possible to retrieve data or settings during a next visit.

To make this possible, cookies and set-cookie-headers for HTTP were introduced in 1997. This specification was last updated in April 2011 and is currently known as RFC 6265 HTTP State Management Mechanism.

How do cookies work?
Contrary to what politicians sometimes claim, cookies itself are not programs or files. Technically, the web server stores nothing on your computer. You can decide whether or not you want to store information on your computer. Eventually cookies are often saved as a file, but a web server can not force you to actually store cookies or return them at a later visit.

Cookies are always returned to the same place
A cookie is always part of a specific domain (for example debaak.nl) or subdomain for example mybaak.debaak.nl). This means that cookies are returned to the same place as where they came from. Therefore, you know for sure that only de Baak’s servers receive cookies that were previously obtained via de Baak.

Cookies can be received through all requests
An important element of cookies is that they can be received with every http request and that all known, relevant cookies are included with every request. This also applies to requests for images, javascript and css files for a web page. Of course, in that case the domain control is also applied.

There are first-party cookies …
First-party cookies are cookies that you receive for the same domain as you visit. So do you view this page? Then de Baak cookies are first-party cookies.

… and third-party cookies
A website can also contain elements from third parties. Well-known examples are embedded videos, advertisements and social media buttons. Do these elements contain cookies from their own servers? Then they are called third-party cookies. So when you visit debaak.nl you can receive third-party cookies. For example for Facebook.com or Youtube.com.

We cannot influence third-party cookies
A first party cannot influence third-party cookies. The reason is HTTP and the protection of cookies.

What other storage is there for websites?
At debaak.nl we only use cookies. But since 1997 there are other possibilities to store information at a browser. Other possibilities are:

  • Flash applications have their own ‘cookies’, similar to those for HTTP. Except for capturing user preferences such as image quality and the Autoplay function in the video player.
  • HTML5 local storage is new. Web applications can use this to store relatively large amounts of data - compared to cookies.

How do we use cookies on debaak.nl?
We use functional cookies: to make your visit easier
Cookies make it possible to retrieve information from previous visits. To remember your login for example, certain settings you used or information you have already seen. We call these functional cookies.

We use ‘analytical’ cookies: to improve our website
Cookies can also be used to let the site know that you have been there before. This is a way to collect statistical data about the use of the website. A well-known example is Google Analytics. Google Analytics uses anonymised statistical information to analyze and improve the site. We currently use Google Analytics to collect statistics.

We follow your interests …
We can also use information about your visits to tailor advertisements to your interests. For this, we only use anonymized information about pages that you have previously visited on debaak.nl.

… but we never share this information with others
We create visitor profiles with the help of cookies. But we will never share these with third parties. We only use this information to improve the quality and relevance of debaak.nl.

Which cookies do we use?
Please find below an overview of cookies that we use at debaak.nl.

Name & Purpose
General session cookie. We use this cookie to save preferences and additional information about visitors, both logged as non-logged in visitors.
Google Analytics - To collect statistics.
Google AdWords - We can use information about your visit to tailor advertisements to your interests.
DoubleClick - We can use information about your visit to tailor advertisements to your interests.
Visual Website Optimizer - To perform A/B tests.
Hotjar - To analyze and receive feedback.

How can I delete cookies?
Delete cookies in Internet Explorer
Go to the Tools menu > Internet Options > General tab.
Under ‘Browse history’, click ‘delete’.
Make sure that you select ‘Cookies’, then click ‘delete’. You may not want to delete everything.

Delete cookies in Firefox
Go to Preferences > Privacy & Security > History.
Click ‘Clear your recent history’ > ‘Details’ – select exactly what you want to delete.

Delete cookies in Chrome
Click on the three lines or dots at the top right.
Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Clear browsing data
Make sure that ‘Cookies and other site data’ is checked. You can also indicate how old the cookies should be.

Do you have any questions or complaints about cookies?
Please contact us via webmaster@debaak.nl.

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