Cookie statement

Version 17 October 2022. Please check this page regularly for the latest version.

This cookie statement applies to the website (hereinafter referred to as "website").

The website is the property of the Province of West Flanders, Heritage Department, Koning Leopold III-laan 41 in 8200 Sint-Andries. The provincial government is therefore responsible for processing your data. We operate in accordance with the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (AVG) of 24 May 2016.

The use of cookies by the Province of West Flanders falls within the general policy regarding the protection of your privacy and the processing of your personal data. Further information can be found in the privacy statement and disclaimer.

Preliminary information following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C-311/18.

If you agree to the use of optional cookies on this website, we cannot guarantee that the providers of the cookies will not use your data for their own purposes or disclose it to authorities in their country of origin. Indeed, under US law, companies are required to disclose personal data to intelligence agencies and authorities (including data of EU nationals) under certain conditions. In the case of such transfer of data, you do not have the same rights as you have under the General Data Protection Regulation. Nor can you appeal this.

It is therefore important to express your preference when using cookies.

1. What are cookies

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer or other Internet-enabled device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) when you visit web pages. They contain information, linked to a web browser and specific website. They are stored in a specific folder on your hard disk and have a unique ID and duration. If a visitor returns to a specific website, the cookie allows that page to recognise the visitor and continue building the history.

Cookies are not active, executing software and are therefore not harmful to your computer. They are used to increase visitor convenience: by identifying visitors with a cookie, they do not have to enter the same data every time. In addition, cookies are used to map visitors' browsing behaviour. Which and how many pages are visited, via which route and how long the visitor stays on the website ... On the basis of these results, the website can be adapted and can respond to the interests and needs of the website visitors.

2. Why do we use cookies?

We want our website to work properly, for you to find your information quickly and for your visit to be optimal. That is why we use cookies to collect data. This data is not collected individually, but we aggregate it into general reports.

The website uses different types of cookies:

2.1 Necessary & functional cookies

These cookies are essential for visiting the website and using certain parts of it. For example, these cookies allow you to navigate between different parts of the website, or to fill in forms. These cookies are set when you submit a form or communicate with the website in ways other than by clicking on a hyperlink.

Functional cookies are those that make the functioning of the website easier and more pleasant, and ensure that you have a more personalised browsing experience. For example, they are the cookies that remember your language preference.

2.2 Optional cookies

2.2.1. Statistics cookies

Cookies that aim to collect information about how visitors use the website. For example, we collect information about the number of pages visited, session duration and whether or not user goals are met on the website, in order to analyse and optimise the use of the website.

2.2.2 Marketing cookies

Marketing cookies are cookies that aim to optimise the user experience or send out targeted advertising to users. The cookies often serve to provide information to external marketing tools.

3. Which cookies do we use?

Below you will find an overview of the cookies used by Province of West Flanders and third-party service providers on this website. This overview of cookies was last revised on the date mentioned at the top of this cookie statement. Future cookies used on the website will be added to the overview below from time to time.

We use both our own cookies and cookies from carefully selected partners with whom we work and who advertise our services on their websites.

First Party cookies:



Retention time

Session cookie

Essential / strictly necessary cookie

24 hours


Third party cookies: 



Retention time

Google Analytics

Analytical cookie

24 hours


4. Managing or deleting cookies

For optimal use of the website, make sure that cookies are enabled in your browser. To enable cookies, perform the following actions:

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • In Internet Explorer, click on 'Internet options' in the 'Tools' menu.
  • On the 'Privacy' tab, move the settings slider to 'low' or 'accept all cookies' (setting above 'medium' disables cookies).
  • Click on 'OK'.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click 'Firefox' in the top-left corner of your browser, then click 'Options'.
  • On the 'Privacy' tab, make sure the 'Let websites know I don't want to be tracked' is unchecked.
  • Click on 'OK'.

Google Chrome

  • Click the three dots next to the browser bar at the top of your browser window and choose 'Options'.
  • Find the 'Privacy and security' section and click on 'content settings'.
  • Click on the 'cookies' option.
  • Now select 'Allow sites to save and read cookie data'.


  • Select 'Preferences' from the task menu. (The task menu is at the top right of the Safari window and looks like a cogwheel or click on 'Safari' in the extended task menu).
  • Click on the Privacy tab. Find the section called 'Cookies and other website data'
  • Indicate that you accept cookies.

Microsoft Edge

  • By default, cookies are accepted so normally you don't need to adjust this.
  • In Edge, click on the 3 dots at the top right next to the url bar.
  • Click on 'Settings'.
  • On the 'Privacy' tab, move the settings select box to 'Do not block cookies'


If you want to consult the website, it is recommended that you have cookies enabled. If you prefer not to allow cookies on your computer, you will find an option in your browser to disable them. This can be done in the following ways:

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button and select Internet Options.
  • Select the Privacy tab and under Settings, move the slider up to block all cookies. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click the menu button and select 'Preferences'.
  • Select the 'Privacy & Security' panel and go to the 'History' section.
  • Next to 'Firefox will', set 'Use custom settings for history'.
  • Set 'Accept third-party cookies' to 'Never'.
  • Close the 'about: preferences' page. Changes you have made will be saved automatically.

Google Chrome

  • Select 'More Settings' from the browser toolbar.
  • At the bottom of the page, select 'Advanced'.
  • Under 'Privacy and security', select 'Content settings'.
  • Select 'Cookies'.
  • Uncheck 'Allow sites to store and read cookie data'.


  • Select 'Preferences' from the task menu. (The task menu is located at the top right of the Safari window and looks like a cogwheel or click 'Safari' in the extended task menu).
  • Click on the Privacy tab. Find the section called 'Cookies and other website data'
  • Indicate that you do not accept cookies.

Microsoft Edge

  • In Edge, click the 3 dots at the top right next to the url bar.
  • Click on 'Settings'
  • On the 'Privacy' tab, move the settings select box is set to 'Do not block cookies'
  • Restart Edge

Or consult the help function of your internet browser for this.

5. Questions about the processing of your personal data?

Send an e-mail to