Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer when visiting web pages. They contain information linked to a web browser and the specific website. Cookies consist of two components: the name and the content. They are stored in a specific folder on your hard disk and have a unique ID and duration. If you return to a particular website, that page can recognise the visitor by means of the cookie and build up the history further. Some cookies are automatically deleted when you leave the website; others remain on your computer as long as you do not know them yourself.
Cookies are not active, executing software and are therefore not harmful to your computer. On the one hand, cookies can be functional. They are used to increase visitor convenience: by identifying visitors with a cookie, they do not have to enter the same data each time. On the other hand, cookies can also be used to remember visitor and click behaviour. Which and how many pages are visited, via which route and how long the visitor stays on the website,... Based on these results, the website can be adapted and we can respond better to the interests and needs of the visitors of the website. This can be done by, for example, showing personalised information to visitors.
The cookies used by the Orpheus Institute do not contain any personal information that allows us to identify you (such as your name or contact details), but allow us to distinguish you from other website users. The following types of cookies can be used during your visit on our website:
(a) Session cookies, which are temporarily stored during a session and are removed from your device when you close the browser;
(b) Permanent cookies, which are stored on your computer for a certain period of time and are therefore not deleted when you close the browser. These help us to remember you as a website visitor or every time you visit our website with the same computer;
(c) First party cookies, which are placed by the website and can only be read by the website;
(d) Third party cookies, which are placed by a third party (such as Google Analytics) to perform their duties.
The cookies that Google Analytics places via our website are valid for a maximum of two years. The anonymised and aggregated data remain stored within Google Analytics. The Orpheus Institute has processor agreement with Google in accordance with the GDPR legislation. All data is encrypted and processed anonymously and is not shared with Google. Google Analytics cookies are not used in conjunction with other Google services, such as DoubleClick and AdWords.
You can read more info on the Google Analytics cookies here.
If you prefer, you can refuse our cookies through the privacy settings of your browser. The way this can happen differs from browser to browser. If necessary, consult the help function of the browser. These settings must always be set separately for each browser and computer.
If you do not want to be monitored by Google Analytics on any website, you can install the following add-on: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Many social media (such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, ...) receive a lot of information about your surfing behaviour via social plug-ins on their websites (via for example the "Like" or "Share" buttons).
These buttons can also be found on web pages of the Orpheus Institute. If you want to protect yourself against this, then you are advised to take one of the following measures:
1. Install a browser add-on that blocks tracking. Examples of such browser add-ons are:
2. Use the incognito or "private navigation" mode of your browser. Recent versions of the most common browsers offer such a private mode as functionality:
This function forces the browser to erase traces of your surfing behaviour (cookies, history, etc.) after the window is closed and thus protects you to be followed by third parties (attention: this function does not make you anonymous on the web). There are also special privacy protection browsers, such as Epic Privacy Browser.
Social media and other websites use information about the surfing behaviour of its users to offer them targeted advertising. If you do not want to be tracked for targeted advertising, you can unsubscribe from targeted advertising via the opt-out website of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (www.youronlinechoices.eu).
Unsubscribing for targeted advertisements does not mean that no information is collected about your surfing behaviour. If you also want to protect yourself against the collection of this information, it is advisable to also use the incognito mode of your browser or to use one of the above-mentioned browser add-ons.