Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy (hereafter referred to as the ‘Policy’) explains what cookies are and how they are used. It is addressed to the public which accesses and uses the website operated by the Supervisory Body for Police Information (hereafter also referred to as the ‘COC’), Rue de Louvain 48, 1000 Brussels.

When does the current cookie policy apply?

This Policy applies to the Website, including the aliases:

This website is hosted on the infrastructure of a Belgian web hosting services provider.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that can be stored on your computer when you visit websites. Information is saved in this text file, such as your choice of language on a website. When you visit the website later again, this cookie returns to the concerned website. In this way, the website recognizes your browser and can for example retain your choice of language.

Cookies usually also have an expiration date. For example, some cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser (so-called session cookies), while others can be stored longer on your computer, sometimes until you delete them manually (so-called permanent cookies).

There are different types of cookies that can be distinguished according to their origin, function and lifespan. You can find useful information on cookies:

How do we use cookies?

The Website uses the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies;
    • These cookies enable the Website to work optimally or they provide security to the Website. These cookies are essential for proper communication and are there to facilitate browsing.
  • Analytical cookies
    • These cookies analyse the use that is made of the Website. These cookies measure the number of visits, the number of pages viewed, as well as the activity of users on the website and the frequency of their visits. They provide us with information on the Website’s performance.

The COC uses CraftCMS to keep the content of our website up-to-date. This software uses technical cookies. This means that these cookies are essential to the proper functioning of this website. It is not possible to refuse these cookies if you want to visit our website.

The COC also uses MATOMO for analytical purposes. This analytical tool installs cookies that we use in order to quantify the visits (traffic) on the website. This allows us to know how many times a particular page has been consulted. We use this information only to improve the content of our website. This concerns therefore "third party" cookies. The use of these "third party" cookies for analytical purposes is subject to your prior consent. Thus, you can refuse the installation of these cookies on your device. This analytical tool is installed on Matomo's servers, located in Frankfurt, Germany. For additional information on the use of Matomo Analytics, please see Matomo’s Privacy Policy(link is external) and in particular is external).

List of essential (technical) cookies

These cookies are required for purely technical reasons in order to use the website. Craft’s default cookies do not collect any personal or sensitive information. Craft's default cookies also do not collect IP addresses. The information they store is not sent to any 3rd parties.

  1. Craft_CSRF_Token
    Essential cookie on the contact form: ensures the security of visitors by preventing forgery of site requests. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and the visitor.
    Expires after each session.
  2. CraftSessionId
    Essential cookie: sets a unique ID for the session. This allows the website to obtain information about visitor behavior for statistical purposes.
    Expires after every session.

List of analytical cookies

You can refsue these cookies when visting the site

  1. _pk_id.*.****
    Analytical cookie: this cookie is set to measure and analyse website visits and enables us to recognise a returning visitor by means of an ID.
    Expires after 6 months.
  2. _pk_ses
    Analytical cookie: this cookie is set to measure and analyse website visits. The content of this cookie is used to group different page views into 1 visitor session
    Expires after 30 minutes.
  3. _pk_ref
    Analytical cookie: this cookie is set to measure and analyze website visits and determines from which site the visitor comes.
    Expires after 6 months.
  4. _pk_testcookie
    Analytical cookie: this cookie is set to measure and analyze website visits and keeps track of the number of page views.
    Expires after 30 minutes.
  5. fonts
    Analytical cookie: tracks the use of special fonts used on the website for internal analysis. The cookie does not record visitor data.

How can you manage cookies?

If you want to know which cookies are installed on your device or if you want to delete them, you can use a setting in your browser. You will find more explanations on how to proceed via the links below.

Are you using a different browser? Then check whether the procedure for your browser is mentioned on the website

How can you contact us (cookies)?

For any questions relating to how we collect, store and use your personal data, please see our Privacy Policy. For any questions relating to our use of cookies, please send: