What are cookies?
‘A cookie (also known as an HTTPS cookie) is a small text file that a website puts on your computer’s hard drive when you visit a website. The main function of cookies is to distinguish one user from another. You will therefore often encounter cookies on websites where you have to log in. A cookie then ensures that you remain logged in while using the site.’ (Dutch Consumers Association)

What do cookies do?
Cookies have different functions. Primarily, they help you browse by keeping track of preferences and settings. Websites like this one also use cookies to keep track of how many visitors come to a site and to see which pages of the website are popular.

Do cookies know who I am?
No! A cookie does not know your name, address, age and other personal information. They only remember your preferences and interests based on your surfing behavior.

What cookies are placed through this website?
Cookies are placed by third parties through my website, also referred to as ‘third party cookies’. Third-party cookies are created by or for third parties and are stored on your computer by third parties and only third parties have access to these cookies and the information collected by the cookie. It is important to know that The Lighterhouse has no control over and/or knowledge of the content and operation of these ‘third party cookies’. These cookies are used, among other things, to remember your password.

In addition, The Lighterhouse uses third-party services. I use Google Analytics to track visitor numbers. This gives me insight into how often, when, and for how long visitors visit my website. Google Analytics generates a cookie for the user, but does not store any personal data, but does store, for example, when the visitor last visited and which website the visitor came from. This allows me to adapt my website to the preferences of the visitors. The Google Analytics Cookie remains valid for 2 years. Detailed information about how Google Analytics Cookies work can be found here.

Google privacy policy
Below you can read Google’s privacy policy.
“At Google, we are deeply aware of the trust you place in us and our responsibility to protect your privacy. As part of this responsibility, we let you know what information we collect when you use our products and services, why we collect it, and how we use it to improve your experience. The Google Privacy Policy describes how we handle personal information when you use Google’s products and services, including Google Analytics. By accepting cookies, you consent to the processing of the information by Google in the manner and for the purposes described on this page.’ (source: Google Analytics)

What happens if I refuse cookies?
Nothing really happens to my visitors. My website can be visited without any problems. However, if cookies are refused, it makes it very difficult for me to optimize my website and to be of good service to you as a customer in terms of good information provision.

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