Pursuant to article 129, 1° of the 13 June 2005 Law on electronic communications, the National Bank of Belgium (hereinafter referred to as the NBB) wishes to inform visitors to its websites about the use of cookies. Cookies are small text files placed on the hard drives of the computers of website visitors They contain information such as the visitor's language preference, so the person is not required to supply information again when revisiting the same website.

As a result of a visit to an NBB website, a cookie may be saved on the visitor's hard drive. Cookies facilitate visits to the NBB's websites, while helping the NBB to store user preferences and visitor information and keep track of user trends. However, the NBB does not establish any link between the information saved by the cookies and data by name concerning the visitors to its websites.

The following types of cookies are used on the NBB's websites:

Technically necessary cookies

These are cookies that are strictly necessary for the operation of the websites and without them the websites would not function properly. Consequently, these cookies cannot be disabled.

Functional cookies

These are cookies used to enhance the functional purposes of the websites. For example, these may be cookies that remember the content you previously viewed on website or the email address and password you provided when registering during an earlier visit to this website. The use of functional cookies enables the NBB to offer content tailored to the interests of visitors and save them the time of having to re-register and re-enter information when revisiting a website.

The NBB's websites make use of Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies. Information the cookie generates about the use of the NBB's websites is transferred to and stored on servers operated by Google in the United States. Google uses this information to keep track of how the websites are used, to compile website activity reports for website operators and offer other services related to website activity and Internet use. Google may share this information with third parties if legally required to do so or insofar as these third parties process information on behalf of Google. Google will not combine the visitor's IP address with other information available to Google.

Visitors may change their cookie settings at any time (such as asking to be notified when cookies are sent to their computers, or refusing cookies) by altering their Internet browser settings (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera). N.B. in this case visitors may be unable to register on the NBB's websites or use other functions for which registration or information gathering is required.