Privacy Policy


Cookie Policy

Version d.d. 13/02/2020

The non-profit organization “EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR GYNAECOLOGICAL ENDOSCOPY (ESGE)”, having its registered office at Diestsevest 43/0001, 3000 Leuven, RPM Leuven and registered with the VAT-administration under number BE 0832.374.915 (hereinafter referred to as “ESGE”, “we” or “us”), uses cookies to enhance the user experience of the users of website (hereinafter referred to as the “Website”). With this policy (hereinafter referred to as the “Cookie Policy”), we wish to inform you of the type(s) of cookies we use and the way in which we do so.

  1. What are cookies?

A cookie (also known as a HTTP cookie, web cookie or browser cookie) is a small data-file which is installed on the browser of your computer or mobile device by the server of a website or platform, when u visit that website and/or platform.

Cookies were designed as reliable mechanisms for websites to remember the status of the website or activity of the user/visitor.  They help us to optimize your visit of the Website, to remember technical preferences (e.g. choice of language, newsletter, etc.) and to show more relevant services and offers.  When a user/visitor visits the Website in the future, all stored data can be re - collected by the Website in order for the Website to remember the latest activity of the user/visitor.

The server of the Website is only able to read the cookies which it has installed itself and has in no way whatsoever access to the other information stored on your computer or mobile device. Cookies can be installed both by the website you visit, as well as by partners with which the website and/or the platform cooperates (e.g. Google Analytics).

Cookies are stored in the folder of your browser, on either your computer or your mobile device. The content of a cookie usually consists out of the name of the server which has placed the cookie, an expiration-date as well as a unique numerical code.

  1. Which cookies do we use?

The Website uses different kinds of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies:

These cookies are technically essential to visit our Website and to use the different parts thereof. Given this technical necessity, these cookies will be automatically installed as from the moment the Website is accessed by the user/visitor.  Solely an obligation to inform the user/visitor applies in this case.

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  • Functionality cookies:

These cookies enhance the functionality of the Website by storing the user/visitor’s preferences. We use such functionality cookies to (among others):

  • to keep you logged in on our Website;
    • to keep your shopping cart filled when leaving the Website;
    • to remember your choice of language;
    • to remember your cookies preferences;

These cookies are essential for the proper functioning of this Website.  You cannot refuse these cookies if you want to visit the Website.  However, these cookies will only be placed after a choice has been made regarding the placement of cookies.

[In case cookies of other partners are used here (e.g. a chatbot), please indicate which suppliers are used and for what]

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vuid 2023-01-12T19:23:53.000Z pl1579844613.1757018984 We sometimes embed videos from Vimeo. Vimeo's use of cookies is governed by Vimeo's privacy policy. More information

  • Analytical/Statistical cookies:

Analytical cookies allow us to monitor the way users/visitors visit our Website.  based on this information user statistics and reports can be generated, which will allow us to improve the performance of the Website and the user experience of the users/visitors.  On our Website analytical cookies are placed by Google Analytics.

Google Analytics can share such information with third parties if required by law or when such third parties process data on behalf of Google.  We have (not) given [our partner(s)] consent to use the received data with regard to other services of the [partner(s)].

[If applicable: We also place analytical cookies ourselves in order to measure the visitor use of our Website].

Analytical cookies collect the following information (among others):

  • the number of visitors on each webpage;
  • How long a user/visitor visits the Website;
  • Search queries of users/visitors;
  • Data regarding the browser and other appliances through which our Website is visited;
  • How the user/visitor first visits the Website;
  • Anonymous data that are filled out in a form;
  • Products you have bought or added to the shopping cart;
  • The speed of our Website;

When you did not provide your consent, but still see offers from us, these offers are not based on your behavior.

Name Expiry date Content Purpose
__utma 2 years   Collects data on the number of times a user  has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit. Used by Google Analytics.
__utmb 1 day   Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accessed the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit.
__utmc session   Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit.
__utmt 1 day   Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server
__utmz 6 months   Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used. Used by Google Analytics.

  • [If applicable] Advertising  cookies:

Upon the receipt of your consent, we or our advertisers install tracking cookies on your device in order to monitor your online surfing behavior in time and provide you with relevant offers and recommendations, taking into account your personal preferences.  With these cookies, we can also find out which other websites from our network you visit.

The following data are collected by tracking cookies (among others):

  • where you are on the Website;
  • Which products you are looking at;
  • From which device you visit the Website;
  • Where you click on the Website;
  • Visited webpages;
  • IP – addresses;
  • Cookie content;
  • Referrer – URL;
  • Settings of the device;

When you did not provide your consent, but still see offers from us, these offers are not based on your behavior.

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  • [If applicable] Social media cookies:

Our Website contains social media cookies, more specifically [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, …].  When clicking on the social media button, the social media network will place cookies on your device.  However, these cookies will only be placed when you have provided your consent thereto.  These cookies allow the network to monitor your activity on the internet and use this information for its own purposes. ESGE does not control the information collected by the network through these cookies. The user/visitor should check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies.

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  1. Privacy regarding cookies

The Privacy Policy of ESGE is applicable with regard to the personal data that are possibly collected through the placed cookies.

This Privacy Policy is not applicable with regard to other websites of third parties that are linked to our Website.  For more information regarding the processing of your data by these parties, please consult the policies of the relevant third party on its website.

  1. Management of cookies

Most cookies contain an expiry date, as a consequence whereof they expire automatically after a certain period and do not longer register visitor data.

There are a number of options available to avoid the storage of cookies. You can manage/delete cookies via your browser settings.  Cookies that have already been installed on your device can be deleted at any time.  How to change these settings, depends on the browser you use.  Please consult the help function of your browser or go to the manual of your browser on the website of the provider.

If you disable the installment of cookies, there is a chance that this will impact your surfing experience and/or you will not be able to enjoy certain of the services offered by the ESGE through the Website.

  • Update cookie policy

We reserve the right to change, improve or make additions to this Cookie Policy with respect to future use of the Website, regardless of the reason why, by uploading a revised version of this Cookie Policy on our Website. On this page, you will always find the most recent version of the Cookie Policy.  However, if the Cookie Policy changes, you will be asked to update your cookie preferences.

  • Applicable law – Jurisdiction

This Cookie Policy is governed by and needs to be interpreted in accordance with Belgian Law.

Any and every possible or actual dispute that concerns this Cookie Policy, or results from this Cookie Policy, shall be adjudicated by the competent courts of the registered office of the ESGE.

  • Contact ESGE

If you have questions about this Cookie Policy, or the manner in which ESGE collects, uses or processes your data, please contact us:


  • Via post: European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, Diestsevest 43/0001, 3000 Leuven, Belgium