Cookie Policy

Last updated: 22nd of October 2020

This cookie policy (“Cookie Policy”) governs the use of cookies, social media plugins and similar tracking technologies on the FEAD website (, hereinafter: the “Website”). Cookies are small text files which are stored on a device’s hard drive and which contain certain information and sometimes personal data. Social media plugins are small pieces of software developed and provided by social media service providers (such as LinkedIn and Twitter), which add social media integration to the Website (such as a Twitter widget).

NOTE: If you want information on how we process your personal data on our Website other than through the processing of cookies, social media plug-ins and similar tracking technologies, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

By continuing to use the Website or by clicking on “OK” after having been informed of our use of cookies and social media plugins, you acknowledge that you have read this Cookie Policy carefully and that you agree with it without reservation. You may at all times change your cookie preferences through the cookie settings.

A. We are responsible for the cookies

When you visit our Website, we – the EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES (“FEAD”), having its registered seat at Rue Philippe Le Bon 15, 1000 Brussels, Belgium – are responsible for the use of cookies, social media plugins and similar tracking technologies as well as any subsequent processing of your personal data. You can contact us by e-mail: info@fead

B. Cookies, social plugins and similar tracking technologies that we use

1. You can avoid cookies being placed by configuring your browser as such. However, not allowing cookies when visiting the Website may cause certain or all features of the Website to stop working properly.

2. When you visit the Website, FEAD places a number of cookies. Most data pertaining to these cookies, their placement and use, allow to identify you, and FEAD uses them to gain insight in how you and other visitors use the Website by gathering statistical and usage data, enabling us among others to provide a better user experience on the Website.

3. FEAD uses the following cookies on the Website:

  • Functional cookies

Our website uses necessary functional cookies that ensure the proper functioning of the website, for which different cookies are placed:

NameFromDescriptionActive for
GDPR Cookie Consentused to store whether or not user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data.11 months
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessaryGDPR Cookie Consentused to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”.11 months
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessaryGDPR Cookie Consentused to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Non Necessary”.11 months
  • Analytical and statistical cookies

Our website uses Google Analytics and Youtube as a functional cookie, for which different cookies are placed:

NameFromDescriptionActive for
GPSYoutuberegisters a unique ID for tracking users based on their geographical location30 minutes
_gaGoogleUsed to distinguish visitors2 years
_gidGoogleUsed to distinguish visitors24 hours
_gatGoogleUsed to throttle request rate1 minute

What data do we collect with Google Analytics?

  • Browser-information
  • The external website that referred you
  • The pages you visited on our Website
  • Time and date of each page visited by you
  • Device information

Publisher: Google Ireland Limited 

Location of data: Ireland

4. You may at all times withdraw your consent with FEAD’s use of cookies. To exercise this right, it suffices to delete the cookies, which have been placed on your device. To do so, you are kindly asked to refer to the appropriate instructions of your browser manufacturer, as listed above.

C. The reason why we process your personal data

We process your personal data for the following reasons: (a) to provide you a more personalized browsing experience; (b) for statistical reasons so that we may improve our Website and our services; (c) for security reasons and misuse detection, prevention and reporting; (d) to inform any third party in the context of a possible merger with, acquisition from/by or demerger by that third party, even if that third party is located outside the EU; (e) to comply with our legal obligations as well as with any valid request from policy, judicial or governmental authorities.

D. Legitimacy of the processing of your personal data

  1. The data protection laws require us to precisely indicate to you which legal option we rely on to make the processing of your personal data legitimate. We need to clarify this for each of the purposes listed in section C above.
  2. For the purpose mentioned under C. (a) above, we rely on your consent.
  3. For the purposes (b) to (d) we process your personal data because it is necessary for purposes of our legitimate interests, which in this case concern: (i) gaining insights in how the Website and its features are used; (ii) our security and safety interests; (iii) being able to conclude corporate transactions.
  4. For purpose (e) we need to process your personal data to comply with our legal obligations.

E. Recipients and transfers:

  1. Your personal data may be sent to the following categories of recipients: (a) yourself; (b) our service providers; (c) our shareholders and potential acquirers; (d) governmental, judicial and other competent bodies.
  2. Your personal data are transferred and stored within the EEA. We have taken the necessary technical and organizational measures to protect the personal data we process.

F. Period of retaining your personal data

Your personal data are only processed for as long as needed to achieve the purposes listed in section C above. We will de-identify your personal data when they are no longer necessary for these purposes, unless there is: (a) an overriding interest of FEAD or any other third party in keeping your personal data identifiable; (b) a legal or regulatory obligation or a judicial or administrative order that prevents us from de-identifying them. 

G. Your rights

  1. You have the right to request access to all personal data processed by us insofar it pertains to you. We reserve the right to refuse multiple requests for access that are clearly submitted for causing nuisance or harm to us or others.
  2. You have the right to ask that any personal data pertaining to you which are inaccurate, are corrected free of charge. If a request for correction is submitted, such request must be accompanied of proof of the flawed nature of the data for which correction is asked.
  3. You have the right to request that personal data pertaining to you will be deleted if they are no longer required in light of the purposes outlined above.
  4. Instead of deletion you can also ask that we limit the processing of your personal data if and when (a) you contest the accuracy of that data, (b) the processing is illegitimate or (c) the data are no longer needed for the purposes which are outlined above, but you need them to defend yourself in judicial proceedings.
  5. You have the right to oppose the processing of personal data for the purposes (b) to (d) in section C, but you are required to explain your particular circumstances on which your request for opposition is based.
  6. You have the right to receive from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format all personal data you have provided to us.
  7. Each request addressed to us can be send via e-mail to
  8. An e-mail requesting to exercise a right will not be construed as consent with the processing of your personal data beyond what is required for handling your request. Such request should clearly state and specify which right you wish to exercise and the reasons for it, if such is required. It should also be dated, signed and accompanied by a digitally scanned copy of your valid identity card proving your identity. Without prejudice to the allocation of responsibilities as outlined in section A, we will promptly inform you of having received this request. If the request proves valid, we will notify you at the latest thirty (30) days after having received the request.
  9. If you have any complaint regarding the processing of your personal data by FEAD, you may always contact us via the e-mail address mentioned in paragraph 7 of this section. If you remain unsatisfied with our response, you may file a complaint with the competent data protection authority, i.e. the Belgian data protection authority.