This website does not record any personal information, but logs the user’s IP address, as this is automatically recognized by the webserver. Quares tries to collect and analyse as much information on the use of this website as possible, such as the domain name, number of hits, which pages are visited, previous/next websites visited and the duration of a user session. These data can be collected via cookies.
What is a cookie?
“A cookie (also called an HTTP cookie) is a small text file placed on the hard disc of your computer by the website you visit. The most important function of cookies is to distinguish one user from the other. You therefore come frequently across cookies at websites where you have to log in. A cookie ensures that you remain logged in while you use the site.” (Consumer Association) Definition of cookies by Google: “A small file saved on people’s computer that’s used on webpages that they visit.”
Users prevent the installation of cookies by refusing them through their browser settings. All installed cookies may be removed from a computer or mobile device at all times.
This website uses the following cookies:
- Geo-targeting cookies use the information that your browser sends to detect the country you are in. In this way, the website can be presented in the right manner, adapted to your location (e.g. choice of language). This cookie is fully anonymous.
- Registration cookies are used when registering on a website. They inform the website whether or not you have already logged in and which part of the website you can access. If you do not tick the option “Remember my password,” these cookies are removed when you close your browser.
- Social media related cookies: when you share articles and pages via social media sharing buttons, this will be registered by the social network that has created that button.
- Site performance cookies. These cookies make a website pleasant for users by remembering their preferences, so you do not need to enter settings again on a subsequent visit. Examples include: the volume settings of video players, time preferences , video streaming speed so that it is compatible with your computer, etc.
- Site improvement cookies. If the design of a website differs slightly from the usual display, a new design can be tested at that moment with the A/B test method. With this method, you get to see 1 of the possible versions of the site at random. The site improvement cookie records how visitors react to the different designs, so appropriate changes can be made once the test is completed.
- Analytics cookies. Each time that someone visits a site, the web analytics software generates an anonymous third party analytics cookie. These cookies know whether a visitor has visited the site previously. A cookie is created only for the first visit. The existing cookie is then used during subsequent visits. In this way, the following data can be collected:
- The number of unique visitors
- How often users visit the site
- Which pages users view
- How long users view a given page.
This information is used for statistical purposes only.
Third party advertising cookies. Many advertisements on websites are generated by third parties. They usually use their own cookies to check how many people have already seen their advert. Companies that create these cookies, such as Ads by Google, have their own privacy policies and use their anonymous cookies to show users the right adverts during their visit to a certain website.