What are cookies?
When visiting our website, ‘cookies’ can be placed on the hard disk of your computer or your mobile device. A cookie is a text file that is placed onto your computer or mobile device by our webserver when you consult our website. Cookies cannot be used to identify persons, a cookie can only identify a machine. These cookies ensure that all functions of our website work properly and speed up the user experience because they make it possible to remember certain choices that you have made.
These cookies cannot grant access to your computer, they cannot read or forward personal information or other data from your computer. These cookies do not contain viruses and cannot install harmful programs or applications onto your computer.
There are different types of cookies. We distinguish the following types according to their purposes: there are essential or strictly necessary cookies and there are non-essential cookies (functional, analytical and targeting cookies). The Stoopen & Meeûs Home Collection website uses the following types of cookies:
CATEGORY 1 – strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary to be able to surf our website and use all functions on our website. Without these cookies, the website won’t function as it is designed to do (e.g. log on to a private area of the website, fill out forms, …). Most of these cookies are session cookies which are removed when you close the browser.
CATEGORY 2 – performance enhancing cookies
These cookies collect information about how someone visits a website. E.g. how often someone navigates to a certain page, or if there are error messages on certain pages. These cookies do not collect data that can identify visitors. They collect aggregate en therefore anonymous information with the sole purpose of improving the website’s functioning.
CATEGORY 3 – functional cookies
These anonymised Google Analytics cookies remember choices that you make (e.g. your user name, language preferences, region, …) and are meant to improve the user experience and functionality when you surf on our website. This is how we make our website more user-friendly.
How can you manage cookies?
You don’t want cookies? In that case you can configure your internet browser in such a way that cookies are not accepted, that you receive a warning when a cookie is installed or that cookies are removed from your hard disk afterwards. You can do this in the configuration of your browser (through the help function). However, be aware that certain graphic elements cannot appear correctly or that you will not be able to used certain applications. The following links can help you with blocking cookies in certain browsers:
- more about cookies in Chrome
- more about cookies in Firefox
- more about cookies in Safari
- more about cookies in Internet Explorer
Moreover, most of these browsers have a “private mode” that removes all cookies as soon as you close your browser. The name can vary. For the most common browsers, this is:
- Chrome: “Incognito mode”
- Firefox: “Private Browsing”
- Safari: “Private Browsing”
- Internet Explorer: “InPrivate Browsing”