Maastrichtuniversity & Cookie laws

The Telecommunications Act was revised on 1 June 2012, requiring all websites to inform users about cookies and to obtain their consent before using them. On this page you can read more about how cookies work, which cookies Maastricht University uses and how to disable them.

1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer, mobile phone or tablet each time you open a webpage. When you return to the website later, the server can read the information stored in the cookie. Like most websites, our site uses cookies to give you the best possible user experience.

Maastricht University uses cookies to:
- make sure you only have to enter your settings once during and between visits
- let you share pages via social media such as Facebook and Twitter
- improve site speed
- optimise the site and improve its content.

Maastricht University does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information. We will not collect any personal information without your explicit consent. Further, no personally identifiable information will be passed on to third parties. 

2. Which cookies does Maastricht University use?
When you visit the Maastricht University website, you will be prompted to give your explicit consent (opt-in) to store cookies on your computer. We use the following cookies:

(a) Permanent cookies
Permanent cookies help us to recognise you each time you visit our website, so that the website can be presented in line with your preferences and settings. Also, if you give permission for cookies to be used, this is itself saved by means of a cookie. This means you do not have to re-enter your preferences, which saves time and guarantees a better user experience. You can disable permanent cookies in the settings of your web browser.

(b) Session cookies
Session cookies allow us to see which parts of the website you viewed during your visit. This helps us tailor our website to the surfing behaviour or our visitors. These cookies are automatically deleted when you close your browser. 

(c) Tracking cookies from advertisers
Third parties can store tracking cookies on your computer with your consent. They use these cookies to track which pages in their network you view, to create a profile of your online surfing behaviour. This profile is partly compiled based on similar information they receive when you visit other sites in their network. The profile is not linked to your name, email address or other personal information; instead, it is used only to match your profile with the most relevant advertisements.

(d) Google Analytics
Our website stores cookies from Google as part of the Google Analytics service. We use this service to keep track of how visitors use our website. Google may provide this information to third parties if it is legally required to do so or if the parties process this information on Google’s behalf. We have no influence over this. We have authorised Google to use these analytics for other Google services.

(e) Facebook, Twitter and other external companies
Our website has buttons that allow you to ‘like’ or share webpages on social networks like Facebook or Twitter. These buttons work using strings of code generated by the social networks, which are then used to store cookies on your computer. We have no influence over this process. Please read the privacy policies of Facebook and Twitter (which are subject to regular changes) to find out how they use the personal information they collect with these cookies.

The information they collect is anonymised as far as possible. It is transferred to and stored by Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn on servers in the United States. These companies must adhere to the Safe Harbor principles and are registered in the Safe Harbor programme of the US Department of Commerce. This ensures an adequate level of protection when processing any personal information.

Overview of main cookies on the Maastricht University website

from indicator function type lifespan
         
n.a. JSESSIONID n.a. Necessary Deleted at end of session
Quantcast _qca http://www.quantcast.com/docs/display/legal/Privacy+Policy 3rd party 12-18 months
Brightcove BC_BANDWIDTH http://www.brightcove.com/en/why-brightcove 3rd party Deleted at end of session
Tubemogul _tbid Brightcove partner 3rd party 1 year
Google Analytics _utma Records the number of visits and the time of first, last and current visit for all visitors. 3rd party Deleted after 2 years
Google Analytics _utmb, _utmc ecords when the website visit starts and ends and the duration of the visit. 3rd party _utmb: deleted after 30 minutes ; _utmc: deleted at end of session
Google Analytics _utmz Records visitor location 3rd party Deleted after 6 months
Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook - Allow you to share pages on social media sites when logged in, and to see other pages that have been 'tweeted' or 'liked' on Twitter or Facebook. 3rd party Deleted at end of session/ Deleted after 2-5 years

3. How do I delete cookies?
Enabling, disabling and deleting cookies
You can find more information on enabling, disabling and deleting cookies in the instructions and in your browser’s Help tab.

4. More information on cookies in general
You can find more information on cookies and cookie management at:

We are not responsible for the content of external websites.