What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that record your preferences during your browser activities and are saved on your own computer or device.
Cookies can on the one hand be functional. These cookies record certain of the choices and settings made on your first visit to allow you to navigate more efficiently, quickly and simply on subsequent visits. These cookies record for example log-in names, preference settings, etc.
On the other hand, cookies can also be used to record visit and click activity. This makes it possible to gauge the popularity of a web page.
The KU Leuven uses the following cookies, among other cookies, on the centrally managed websites:
- NSC_*: These cookies are used by the net-scaler to control the load-balancing
- _ga* en _utm*: These are Google Analytics cookies and are almost always used for user tracking (more info at Google Analytics)
- _pk_id*: piwik cookies that are used by the user tracking environment of the KU Leuven
- JSESSIONID: cookies that are used in toledo and kuloket
- PHPSESSID: cookies that are used for the lamp environment (PHP)
- _shibsession* en _saml*: cookies that are needed for the central login to KU Leuven
Changing browser settings
You can enable or delete cookies on your computer through your browser settings. The way in which this works varies from browser to browser. Consult your browser’s help function if necessary. You must always make this adjustment per browser and per computer!
- Cookie-instellingen in Internet Explorer
- Cookie-instellingen in Chrome
- Cookie-instellingen in Firefox
- Cookie-instellingen in Safari
Not accepting, disabling or deleting cookies may result in certain functionalities of the KU Leuven website being no longer accessible or operating normally. This may make your website experience unsatisfactory.
Social media and the corresponding plug-ins
Many social media (such as, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc.) receive a lot of information on your browsing habits through social plug-ins on their websites (for example by way of the Like or Share buttons).
These buttons are also to be found on the web pages of the KU Leuven.
If you want to protect yourself from these, then you are advised (by, among other agencies, the Commission for the Protection of Privacy) to take one of the steps below.
- Install a browser that blocks add-on tracking. Examples of such browser add-ons are:
- Privacy Badger (http://www.eff.org/privacybadger)
- Ghostery (https://www.ghostery.com)
- Disconnect (https://disconnect.me/disconnect)
- Make use of your browser’s incognito or private navigation mode. Recent versions of the most popular browsers provide such a private navigation mode:
This function forces your browser to erase all tracks of your browsing activity (cookies, history, etc.) after you have closed the window and therefore protects you from being tracked by third parties (please note: this function does not make you anonymous on the web). There are also special browsers that protect privacy, such as Privacy Browser (www.epicbrowser.com).
Social media and other websites use information about the browsing activity of its users to provide them with targeted advertising. If you no longer want to be tracked by targeted advertising, you can choose to opt out of targeted advertisements via the opt-out website of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (www.youronlinechoices.eu).
Opting out of targeted advertisements does not mean that information is no longer collected on your browsing activities. If you also want to protect yourself from the collection of this information, you are advised to also use the incognito mode of your browser or one of the above-mentioned browser add-ons.
Want more information?
KU Leuven reserves the right to amend this policy at any time. You will always find the most recent version of the Cookie Statement on this page.