What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file placed on your hard drive by a Web page server. It is actually a kind of identification document. It cannot spread viruses or dangerous files. A cookie is unique and can only be read by the server that gave you the cookie.

Cookies are ordinary text files and not software. They do not delete data from your computer or send information in the background. The content of cookies may in exceptional cases affect your privacy. This is because they can retain personal information about your browsing habits and possibly even confidential information such as passwords. Direct cookies from trusted sites normally pose no danger. But you should always be careful with indirect cookies and cookies from questionable websites.

Why do we place cookies?

Cookies save you and us time. They allow us to determine which data is relevant to our visitors and which is not. We can remove pages that are not used and focus even more on data you need. Like all other websites in the Netherlands, we are obliged to inform our visitors about the cookies we place. We do this in the overview below.

Types of cookies

One cookie is not the other. First, there is a big difference between permanent and temporary cookies. Permanent cookies remain on your PC or mobile device even after you close the browser. Temporary cookies are linked to a current session and are immediately deleted when you close the browser.

Second, we distinguish between direct and indirect cookies. Direct or first-party cookies are set by the website you are currently visiting. Indirect cookies – also called third party cookies, – are set by third parties, for example advertisers.

The session cookies we use allow us to see which parts of the website you viewed during your visit. This enables us to adapt our services as much as possible to the surfing behavior of you and other visitors. These cookies are automatically deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

EP NL uses Google Analytics to collect visitor statistics and to further improve the site. A data processing agreement has been concluded with Google for this purpose. Data exchange with other Google services is disabled and IP addresses are anonymized.

Our cookies (functional)

NaamTypeDoel van de Cookies
PHPSESSIDFirstAlgemene sessie cookie die iedere website standaard aanmaakt

Our cookies (non functional)

Google Analytics_gafirstMaintaining statistics
Google Analytics_gafirstGoogle Adsense cookie
Google Analytics_utmafirstDistinguishes users and sessions
Google Analytics _utmzfirstSaves the traffic source/campaign that explains how people came to the site
Google Analytics_utmvfirst 

Onze cookies (overig)

_li_id.xxxx This cookies is only used in the current sessionfirstfirstA firstparty cookie to determine if the visitor is new or has visited the site before.
_li_ses.xxxxThis cookies is kept for 2 years.firstfirstA firstparty cookie to determine which pages were accessed during a session.

Deleting and rejecting cookies

Through the settings of your browser you can delete cookies and refuse (new) cookies. You can find such instructions on the help pages of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, among others. If you refuse or delete cookies, not all websites will function optimally anymore. To take full advantage of and our subdomains, we recommend enabling cookies.

The main EP NL cookies fall into the category of functional cookies. These are cookies to store data or collect statistics from the website.

You can find more information about cookies on the following websites:

Consumers’ Association: ‘what are cookies’.

Your online Choices: ‘a guide to online behavioural advertising’.

Privacy statement

Want to know more about how we use our customer data? Go to our privacy statement