Privacy policy

Privacy is an important concern for internet users, and is something that Brussels Citizens ("BCR") takes very seriously. What follows is an explanation of BCR' policy for protecting user's personal information.

What personal information does BCR ask users to supply, and why?

Registration on BCR is optional and voluntary. Browsing and viewing material on BCR does not require any personal information to be submitted from users. Nor do these functions require the user's browser to be set to accept cookies.

Some other aspects of BCR' service do require the use of cookies, and the supply of information such as name, email, etc. This is necessary for security reasons and to be able to provide such services. Users may submit further personal information (e.g. profession) in order to take advantage of present and future personalization facilities on BCR.

In accordance with European Union guidelines, registrants may decline to provide the information requested. They should be advised, however, that BCR may be unable to deliver its services unless at least the information necessary to enable fulfilment of the service, security and identification purposes is provided.

What further information does BCR track, and why?

In order to offer the best possible service to users, BCR tracks the patterns of usage of pages on the site. This enables us to identify the most popular material and services. Where users have provided details of their profession, this information can be correlated, helping BCR to provide the most relevant information based on their areas of interest.

What is BCR' policy on sharing email addresses with third parties?

User information will only be shared with third parties with the explicit consent of the user. If the user has explicitly opted to receive special offer and product information emails from BCR' partners, then BCR may from time to time email the user on behalf of these partner companies. However, these companies will not be given the user's details without that user's explicit consent.

What is BCR'policy on emailing its registered users?

BCR may contact registered users from time to time to draw the registered users attention to information that may be of interest. Registered users may opt out from receiving such emails when registering, or at any time thereafter by responding to such an email or contacting customer services.

What is BCR' policy on using demographic information about users for online advertising purposes?

Statistical demographic information about BCR' usage may be supplied to advertisers. BCR may target online advertising to specific users on the basis of this demographic information, or on the basis of their past behaviour on the site, but information about an individual user will not be passed on to an advertiser without the users' express consent.

Use of cookies

BCR uses cookies to track usage. For auto login a cookie is sent from our server and is stored on your computer's hard drive.

Session cookies are also sent from our server to your computer and used for session management. However these cookies do not remain on your hard drive on completion of your session.

Cookies are used by BCR to:

  • Enable us to identify you without having to ask you for username and password.
  • Measure usage.
  • Track movement within BCR.

If you do not wish to accept any of these cookies or wish to be notified when a cookie is sent you can modify your browser preferences. If you refuse to accept the permanent cookie that is saved on your computer's hard drive then you will not be able to use the Auto login facility. If you choose not to accept session cookies then you may not be able to use all of the facilities offered on BCR.

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Legal responsibilities

BCR reserves the right to disclose users' personal information if required to do so by law, or in the good faith and belief that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, respond to claims, or protect the rights, property or safety of BCR, employees or members.

Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my privacy?

If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy please contact

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