What are cookies?
“A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while the user is browsing that website.”
So in essence it is a little bit of data from the website you are visiting that is stored on your computer.
This data can, for example, be used to make sure you stay logged-in during your visit, save your preferences or track your behaviour during your stay.
Because of a new European law from 2012 a website sometimes has to ask for your permisson to place cookies in your browser on your computer.
Functional cookies are cookies that are essential for the website to work. For example a so called 'session' cookie which makes sure that you don't have to keep logging in on every page you visit, or a cookie that keeps track of your shopping cart on the website.
EU law does not require the website to ask you for permission to place these kind of cookies.
Non-functional cookies that are not essential for your website to work. This could be cookies that help to keep track of which pages you visited during your stay on the website. Or cookies that help the website recognise you when you revisit the website at a later point (these cookies are often called 'tracking' cookies).
Non-functional cookies are the types of cookies that a website has to ask you permission for to place them. Often, but not always, these cookies invade your privacy and make you identifiable, which is why the EU has decided that you, the user, have to give explicit permission to place these.
Cookies on the Data Seal of Approval Website
The DSA website uses non-functional cookies. Therefore when you first visit the website there is a banner at the bottom of the page that asks you for permission to place cookies.
The DSA website uses non-functional cookies mainly to be able to track the amount of visitors on the website, how they found the DSA website and which pages they visit during their stay via Google Analytics.
This data is anonymous. We cannot track you back all the way to a specific person. We can see, for example, how many visitors there are from specific countries like The Netherlands or the US, or for instance how many users use the Firefox webbrowser. We cannot see that John Doe from Los Angeles has visited the DSA website.
This data is important to us. With this data we can better adapt the website to the visitors' needs. So if for example it turns out that nobody visits the Community page, we can work out whether something is wrong with the page, whether the content needs extra work, or whether the page needs to be removed altogether. Or if we find that the News and Events pages are very popular we may decide that we'll give it some extra attention and post more frequently.
Therefore we would like to ask you to accept the cookies we place. We do not place cookies to invade your privacy. We place cookies to make sure you get the best experience on our website!
Cookies on the Data Seal of Approval On-line Assessment Tool
The DSA on-line assessment tool only uses functional cookies and therefore it will not show a banner asking you for permission to place cookies in your browser.