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What is a “cookie”?


A cookie is a small text file that is sent to your computer when you visit an internet site. Cookies on NIS websites perform a large number of different functions and, among other things, enable you to navigate the website more efficiently, save your favourite settings and, in general, contribute to a better experience of the website.


European Union Directive 2009/136/EC allows the storage of cookies on your device if they are necessary for the functioning of this website, while all other cookies require your consent.


Cookies that are not necessary for their functioning may also be used on NIS websites. We do not use such cookies to monitor the behaviour of individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how we use websites so that we can further improve them for our users. Without the insight that we gain through the systems that use cookies, we would not be able to provide these services to you.


Types of cookies we use


If you are setting a language, font size, or a specific version of the site (e.g., high contrast mode), UI setup cookies are used to do this. Upon completion of the setup, you do not need to indicate your preferences on your next visit to this site. If you use parts of the site for which you need to be registered, we place an authentication cookie on your computer for this purpose. This allows you to go to and return to those parts of the site without being authenticated again. NIS would like to get acquainted with the way visitors use its websites, and it uses online analytics services for this purpose. These services register the number of visitors and provide us with general information about their behaviour, such as the keywords entered in the search engine that direct the user to our site, the average time they stay on the site, and the number of pages the user browses. For this purpose, we place the so-called first-party analytics cookie on your computer. We may also use services such as Google Analytics to track online statistics. In this case, Google places the so-called third-party cookie on your computer. Such a cookie is also set when we use Google Maps. The storage and management of all data collected through these cookies is carried out by NIS or its affiliates in the countries in which the company operates. If you require further information or wish to contact NIS, please see our Privacy Policy.


Controlling Cookies


If you do not want to receive cookies, you can set your internet browser to notify you when cookies are being sent to you, or you can refuse to accept all cookies. You can also delete cookies that have already been placed on your computer. If you want to restrict or block the reception of cookies placed on your device via an internet browser, this is done by setting your browser settings; the procedure is explained under the search engine help option. You can also visit the website (external link), which contains detailed instructions on this process on various internet search engines.