Data Protection & GDPR

Data Protection

Declaration on Processing of Personal Data


Antwerp Port Authority attaches great importance to processing of personal data, i.e. information that enables us to identify you as a private individual. Personal data arise whenever it is possible to make a direct or indirect link between one or more items of data and a private individual ("natural person"). Your personal data will always be protected by us in compliance with the "Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)" and the national legislation implementing this Regulation.


This privacy declaration has been issued to provide clear information concerning the processing of your personal data.


We ask you as the reader to pass on this declaration to all persons whose personal data we process and who are in direct contact with you.




What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer or mobile device whenever you visit a particular website page. They are used to store information such as the user's preferences. Each cookie contains a unique code that enables your browser to be recognised during the visit to the website ("session cookie") or on later, repeat visits ("persistent cookie").

Cookies may be placed by the website server or by partners with which the website collaborates. The website server can only read cookies that it has placed itself; it does not have access to any other information on your computer or mobile device. Cookies are stored on your computer or mobile device in your browser's folder. The contents of the cookie generally comprise the name of the server that has placed it, an expiry date and a unique alphanumeric code.

Cookies make interaction between the visitor and the website faster and easier in general, and help the visitor to navigate between the various parts of the website. Cookies can also be used to make the contents of a website or the advertisements on it more relevant to the visitor and to tailor them to the visitor's personal tastes and requirements.

Cookies and similar technologies cannot be used to systematically gather information that could make it possible to identify visitors to our website. They only help us to improve the operation of our website, to understand the interests of our visitors and to measure the effectiveness of our website content.

You yourself can specify how cookies are used, by setting your browser's preferences to refuse, permit or partially permit the use of cookies. In the latter case you can specify which websites are allowed to place cookies and which not. In such cases the data processor acts on the legal basis of "permission" to process the personal data. You can withdraw such permission at any time; however, this will not affect the legitimacy of any processing carried out on the basis of permission before it was withdrawn.

You are therefore entitled to oppose the intended processing of personal data, at your own request and without cost to you. You are also entitled to access your personal data, to make corrections to it or to have it deleted. You are further entitled to place limits on this processing of personal data, to oppose it or to pass on your personal data to third parties. Finally, you are entitled to submit complaints to the "Data Protection Authority" concerning this processing of personal data.

The personal data that are gathered shall be kept for a maximum period of not more than one year, after which all data shall be deleted.


Which cookies do we use?


1. Essential cookies

These cookies are essential in order to visit the website and to use certain parts of it. For example, they enable you to navigate between the different parts of the website, or to fill in forms. If you refuse these cookies then certain parts of the website will not work, or will not work properly.


2. Functional cookies

Functional cookies are those that facilitate the functioning of our website, make it more agreeable for the user and permit a more personalized experience. For example, cookies that remember your preferences.


3. Performance cookies

This website also makes use of Google Analytics. Cookies are used to gather information about the use that visitors make of our website, in order to improve the content of the website, make it more appropriate to the wishes of visitors and make it easier to use.


4. Third-party cookies

The website also contains elements from other, third parties, such as video services, social media buttons or advertisements.


Refusing cookies

You can adjust your browser settings to inform you whenever cookies are placed on your device, or to prevent cookies being gathered. However, in such a case you will not be able to make use of all possibilities of the website.

You can also specify whether or not you permit the website to place tracking cookies; you can alter this choice whenever you want.

Finally, you can at any time delete all cookies that have already been placed on your computer or mobile device.

How to do this on the most commonly used browsers:


5. Rights

Concerning the cookies, you can exercise the same rights as mentioned in the data protection information (disclaimer).