Cookies Policy

Version: June 2023

This website only makes use of essential & functional cookies to ensure the website services are functioning well.

This Cookie Policy applies to and its subpages (hereinafter “Website”).

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that can be stored on your computer or mobile devices when you visit websites.

Information is stored in a text file, such as your language preference for a website. When you visit the website again later, this cookie is sent again to the website. In this way, the website recognizes your browser and, for example, your language preference can be remembered.

Below is a list of the categories of cookies and their purposes:

Category of Cookie Description – purpose
Essential or Strictly Necessary Cookies


These cookies enable users to navigate through the Website and use the essential functions of the Website. These cookies also ensure that a service or functionality explicitly requested by the user can be provided. These cookies can be placed without your permission. We also recommend that you do not disable these cookies as this may cause you to lose basic functionalities of the Website or access certain parts of the Website.
Functional cookies These cookies ensure that the Website functions properly and guarantee a faster and more efficient use. These cookies can be placed without your permission.
Analytical or statistical cookies  These cookies collect data about the use of the Website such as the number of visitors, the time visitors spend on a web page and error messages, provide us with information about user traffic on our Website, e.g. how users arrive at the Website and if there are any navigation problems. We ask for your permission before placing these cookies.
Advertising or Targeting cookies  First-party Advertising cookies placed on the Website by UAO ensure that the Website can send personalized advertising messages. We ask for your permission before placing these cookies.

Be aware that 3rd party advertisers and tech giants (such as Google, Amazon, Adobe) ask for your consent via their own privacy policy for transfers of your personal data outside the EU.

Social media cookies


Social media follows the surfing behavior of users across different sites with ‘tracking cookies’. Social media places a cookie while you visit site A and can read the cookie again when you visit site B. This allows Social media to profile you in a targeted manner and to send you advertising.

Please note that most social media providers are US-based companies, which request your consent via their own privacy policy for transfers of your personal data outside the EU.


Is Cookie information disclosed to Third Parties?

It is important to distinguish between:

  • First-party cookies

Direct or first-party cookies are cookies that UAO manages and that are specific to the visited or used website.

  • Third-party cookies

Indirect cookies or third-party cookies are cookies that are managed and placed by a 3rd party.

These cookies therefore ensure that certain data is sent to third parties when you visit the UAO website. These can be, for example, cookies from social media or advertisers.

These third parties may have access to specific cookie information (such as your userID, surname, first name, email address, pages visited, banners clicked, etc.), e.g. in order to provide you with personalized advertisements or to collect your feedback.

Certain cookies are placed on the UAO Website by social network services such as Youtube, Twitter and LinkedIn. This is done via the buttons of these social networks on the Website of UAO. If you use this, these third parties may receive certain cookie information, but they will not be activated until you accept those cookies.

Consult the ‘OVERVIEW OF COOKIES USED’ where you can check which cookies are first-party or third-party.

What Cookie information does UAO obtain by using Cookies?

UAO is using Piwik.Pro as a cookie management solution on the Website.

  • Information about your use of the Website or emails from UAO (such as the ID of the page visited and the detail of the page, date & time of the visit, any comments you have left;
  • Information about your capacity as a user (subscriber/registered/anonymous). To the extent that you are subscribed or registered, we also collect your user ID;
  • Information about your access to the Website of UAO (such as through which type of device you consult the Website, with which browser type, your IP address);
  • Session and user cookie IDs.
  • Information about whether or not you accept a certain category of cookies.

How long is Cookie information retained?

Cookies may remain on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time. Depending on the type of cookie, they (and the information they collect) are automatically deleted when you close your browser (these are the so-called “session cookies”). this Website (these are the so-called “persistent cookies”).

To consult the retention periods, please consult the ‘OVERVIEW OF COOKIES USED’.

Overview of Cookies Used

Cookies that do not require your consent:

Essential or Strictly Necessary and Functional Cookies
Cookie Provider Third-party/first-party Description /purpose Type Retention period
__cfruid CloudFlare Third-party  Cookie associated with sites using CloudFlare, used to identify trusted web traffic. Functional Session
Ppms_privacy_ Piwik Pro First-party Allows you to keep your choices regarding the deposit of cookies (consent) Functional 1 year
wpEmojiSettingsSupports WordPress First-party Enable Emojis in WordPress Functional Session


Cookies that require your consent is:

Some content on the Website, such as Youtube video’s will be blocked if the consent for Youtube cookies are refused. The reason for this is that Youtube places cookies on the video’s and use their cookie (third party cookie) according to their cookie policy and with possible transfers outside EU. We allow you to prevent this from happening by informing you and allowing you to refuse these cookies when you visit our Website. When you refuse for example the Youtube 3rd party cookies, you will not be able to watch the video on our Website.

Below you find an overview:

Essential or Strictly Necessary and Functional Cookies
Cookie Provider Third-party/first-party Description /purpose Initiator Retention period
pll_language WordPress First-party To store language settings. Functional 1 year


Advertising or Targeting cookies 
Cookie Provider Third-party/first-party Description /purpose Initiator Retention period


Piwik Pro First-party Allows you to analyze visitor traffic to the Site and measure performance Statistics 30 minutes
_pk_ses Piwik Pro First-party Allows you to analyze visitor traffic to the Site and measure performance Statistics 30 minutes
_pk_ref Piwik Pro First-party Preserve attribution information: previously viewed web page Statistics 6 months


How can you manage your Cookie preferences?

Via the cookie preference menu you can manage your preferences and determine whether you:

  • Accept all cookies
  • Refuse all cookies. The essential and functional cookies are necessary for the proper functioning of the Website and are enabled by default and cannot be refused.
  • Via “set preferences”, you can indicate your personal preferences for all cookies shown in the overview above.

You can also refuse or accept certain cookies via your web browser. The way in which you can do this differs from browser to browser: most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can set your browser to warn you before a cookie is placed or to refuse cookies. More information about how to set up your browser can be found via the ‘Help’ button on your browser or via the following links:

Are you using a different browser? Check whether the procedure for your browser is included on the website This website exists in English only.

If you use different devices to visit our Website, please ensure that your cookie preference is set on the browser of each device. In addition, you can choose which companies you no longer wish to receive cookies from via


If you have any questions or complaints about the way in which we process your personal data, you can always contact us at the following email address:

[email protected]. In addition, you always have the option to submit a complaint to the Data Protection Authority: Drukpersstraat 35, 1000 BRUSSELS, e-mail: [email protected].