Cookie Notice

European laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the e-Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC, create obligations for digital publishers such European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (hereinafter “ESAIC”) to give visitors to their sites and apps information about their use and sharing of personal data, as well as about the use of cookies, mobile ad IDs, and other forms of local storage.

Since ESAIC is using cookies on its website, clear and mandatory information must be mentioned in this Cookie notice, as set out below.


1. What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files, normally consisting of letters and numbers, that ESAIC places when you visit its website. A cookie is a text file sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. These cookies, placed on your device (computer, telephone, tablet), can be used to identify or to collect information about you.

2. What types of cookies are there?

Cookies can be classified as follows, depending on the owner:

• First-party cookies: They are created, sent to your computer and stored by the website you are visiting directly. They allow ESAIC to collect customer analytics data, remember language settings, and carry out other useful functions that help provide a good user experience.

• Third-party cookies: They are created and placed by third parties other than the website you are visiting directly. They are not managed by ESAIC, but by the third party that processes data obtained from the cookies.

Cookies can also be classified depending on the purpose of their placement. Main categories are:

• Strictly necessary cookies (technical): The cookies that allow you to browse a website, platform or app, and use the various options or services on it (e.g., control traffic, identify data or session, access restricted access sections or content, etc.).
• Functional cookies: Functional cookies help ESAIC to make the website usable by providing you some basic features and remember your preferences and choices of using ESAIC’s website (e.g., language, the region from where the service is accessed, etc.). Not accepting cookies may cause slow website performance or poorly adapted recommendations.
• Statistics cookies: Statistics cookies allow ESAIC to provide a better understanding of how you interact with the website.
• Marketing cookies: Marketing cookies enable ESAIC to monitor you to the websites. The aim is to display advertisements that are meaningful and attractive to you and therefore more useful to third party publishers and advertisers, as well as to make promotional and specific information available to you on the website.

Cookies may also be separate in two categories in relation to the period for which they are stored:

• Session cookies. Session cookies allow ESAIC to recognize and link your actions during a browsing session. When you go to the login page, these temporary cookies will be created to determine whether or not your browser accepts cookies.
• Persistent cookies. Persistent cookies are placed on your device between sessions. They can be used to remember your preferences or actions on ESAIC‘s website.

3. How to use cookies?

Cookies in no way give ESAIC access to your computer or any information other than the data you choose to share with ESAIC.

Concretely, these cookies help to improve the functioning of the website of ESAIC and can be used for several purposes:

• Analyze traffic to a website;
• Monitor your browsing behavior;
• Make the website more efficient.

Cookie Name Type Purpose Cookie placed by Retention period
__sharethis_cookie_test__ Necessary Used to determine whether the browser accepts cookies. ShareThis Session
CONSENT Necessary Used to detect if the visitor has accepted the marketing category in the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for GDPR-compliance of the website. Google 2 years
CONSENT Necessary Used to detect if the visitor has accepted the marketing category in the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for GDPR-compliance of the website. YouTube 2 years
CookieConsent Necessary Store the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain Cookiebot 1 year
pvc_visits[0] Functional to store and count pageviews


Posts View Counter 1 day
_GRECAPTCHA Functional Cookie used to provide spam protection Google reCAPTCHA 6 months
1P_JAR Analytics Used by Google to display personalized advertisements on Google sites, based on recent searches and previous interactions Google Analytics 1 month
_ga Statistics Register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. Google 399 days
_ga_# Statistics Used by Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit. Google 399 days
prism_# [x2] Statistics Prism cookies prism_# [x2] 29 days
__stid Marketing to store and track audience reach


ShareThis 1 year
__stidv Marketing This cookie is used for sharing the content from the website to social networks. ShareThis 1 year
IDE Marketing To serve targeted advertisements that are relevant across the web DoubleClick 10 months
NID Marketing Register a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for targeted ads. Google 6 months
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Marketing Try to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos. YouTube 179 days
YSC Marketing Register a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen. YouTube Session


@ESAIC Please note that based on CNIL’s opinion (and shared opinion of other DPAs), the use of Google Analytics doesn’t comply with GDPR due to data transfers outside the EU (U.S) without any appropriate safeguards.

If the use of G.A cookies is not strictly necessary for ESAIC, we recommend eliminating them and substituting G.A. cookies for one of the alternatives pointed out by the CNIL:

1/ Analytics Suite Delta (operation closest to G.A. with less changes to implement);

2/ Beyable;

3/ Wisystat.

or any other tool contained in the following list:


4. How to manage cookies?

You are able to accept or decline cookies when you enter ESAIC‘s website and see the cookies notice. Alternatively, you can manage your cookie preferences through your browser settings. However, in some cases, some functions of the website may not work.

To find out more about cookies, including seeing what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on those popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit –

5. Who placed cookies?

The information stored on cookies is only used by ESAIC, except those identified in section II as “Third-partycookies”, which are used and managed by external entities to provide ESAIC services aimed at improving ESAIC‘s services and your experience when browsing on the website.

ESAIC works with the following third-parties:

  • Cookiebot
  • Google
  • Google Analytics
  • DoubleClick
  • Google reCAPTCHA
  • Posts View Counter
  • ShareThis
  • Youtube

Please note that ESAIC do not have any control over how the information in these cookies are used nor  access to it. Please refer to the cookies policies of the relevant provider for more information.

6. Contacting us

If there are any questions regarding this Cookies notice, you may contact

Data Controller, ESAIC

24 rue des Comédiens
B-1000 Brussels
Phone number: +32 2 743 32 90 

Data Protection Officer


Belgian Data Protection Authority

Rue de la Presse, 35

B-1000 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 274 48 00
Fax +32 2 274 48 35

You can find the contact details of DPA in your area via this link:

Last updated: December 2022