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This Cookie Policy (hereafter referred to as the ‘Policy’) explains what cookies are and how they are used. It is addressed to the public (hereafter referred to as the ‘Visitor’ or ‘You’) which accesses and uses the websites operated by the Financial Services and Markets Authority (hereafter also referred to as the ‘FSMA’ or ‘us’), Rue du Congrès/Congresstraat 12-14, 1000 Brussels.

On your first visit to our website, you will see a cookies notification message, where you can select which cookies you wish to accept. This message is displayed in the standard language of your web browser. You can change the language at any time by adjusting your browser settings.

  • When does the present cookie policy apply?

    This Policy applies to the Website www.fsma.be, including the business portals and to all other sites referred to under the domain name ‘.fsma.be’ (hereafter the ‘Website’). This Policy does not apply to the website www.wikifin.be, to which a separate Cookie Policy applies.

    The data obtained through our cookies are used in accordance with the FSMA’s Privacy Policy. If you do not wish a website to install cookies on your computer, you can configure your browser not to allow them, as explained below.

  • What are cookies?

    As required under Article 129, 1° of the Law of 13 June 2005 on electronic communications (LEC), the FSMA wishes to inform visitors to its Websites on the use of cookies. When you visit our Website, we collect certain information by automatic means through the use of cookies. A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer, tablet or smartphone when you visit a website. They contain information such as the user’s language preferences to avoid this information having to be re-entered on a subsequent visit to the same Website. Some cookies allow an optimal graphic display, and others enable an application to work properly. The Website uses cookies mainly to make your browsing experience more efficient.

  • How do we use cookies?

    The Website uses the following cookies:

    Strictly necessary cookies
    These cookies enable the Website to work optimally or they provide security to the Website. These cookies are essential for proper communication and are there to facilitate browsing.

    Functionality cookies
    These cookies facilitate visits to our Website and enhance interaction (for example: language choice).

    Analytical cookies
    These cookies analyse the use that is made of the Website. These cookies measure the number of visits, the number of pages viewed, as well as the activity of users on the website and the frequency of their visits. They provide us with information on the Website’s performance. For this purpose, the FSMA mainly uses Google Analytics cookies (see below for more information).

    These functionalities use third-party cookies placed directly by these third parties.

    Third-party cookies for improving the Website’s interactivity
    These cookies are used to enable the integration of social media sites or certain other media channels with our website. They allow these social media or media companies to collect data on visitors’ behaviour and preferences in order to optimise their services or to display personalised content.

    For more information on the cookies used, please see the list of cookies attached to this Policy.

    Use of Google Analytics cookies

    The information generated by the Google Analytics cookies concerning your use of the Website, i.e. standard information concerning access to the internet (including your IP address) and your visitor behaviour analysed in an anonymous way, is transmitted to Google, which stores it, including on servers located in the United States. Before storing the information sent, Google anonymizes it by removing the last octet of your IP address. Google Analytics’ data protection policies specify that Google uses this information to evaluate the use you make of websites and to generate website activity reports for the FSMA. The FSMA neither uses nor authorizes third parties to use the statistical analysis tool to identify or collect, from visitors of these websites, personal data that could be identifiable.

    For additional information on the use of Google Analytics, please see Google’s Privacy Policy and in particular 'How Google uses information from sites or apps that use our services'. You can deactivate Google Analytics by using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

  • How can you manage cookies?

    In order to guarantee access to and rectification of your personal data, as well as the right to withdraw your consent at any time concerning these, you can always manage the use of cookies by configuring your personal browser settings. Your web browser can be configured to block all cookies, accept/block certain cookies or accept all cookies.

    Each web browser has its own configuration. However, on most of them, you can open the ‘Preferences’ or ‘Settings’ menu in the top right-hand corner to edit the cookie options, or go to the ‘help’ section. For more information, please see the following links:

    When you deactivate cookies, please bear in mind that some graphics may not be displayed correctly, or that you will not be able to use certain applications.

  • How can you be updated as to any amendments to this policy?

    This Policy may be amended. You may consult the most recent version of our Policy at any time on our Website. Moreover, we will do our best to keep you updated as to any major amendments via other communication channels.

    The present Policy was last amended on 24 September 2020.

  • How can you contact us? (cookies)

    For any questions relating to how we collect, store and use your personal data, please see our Privacy Policy. For any questions relating to our use of cookies, please send:

    Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA)
    Attn: Data Protection Officer
    rue du Congrès/Congresstraat 12-14
    1000 Brussels (Belgium)

  • Annex: list of cookies

    Click here to view the list of cookies.