Privacy & Cookie statement

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is a partnership between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research Foundation.

Your privacy is respected

WUR takes the protection of your privacy very seriously and strives to provide services that are transparent, reliable, and focused on the individual. The personal data that is collected through the website is processed in accordance with the applicable privacy regulations.

When does this privacy statement apply?

This statement describes your rights and obligations with regard to the processing of personal data via our websites and applications, and the use of cookies. In the Personal Data Protection Regulations, general provisions have been established which also apply to the use of WUR websites and applications.

WUR uses your personal data for the following purposes

Wageningen University & Research processes various personal data that is obtained through your use of our websites and applications, such as your IP address, the date and time of your visit, your location, your internet browser, and your operating system. These data are collected for the following purposes:

  1. Improving our website
  2. Marketing purposes
  3. Social media sharing

On our website, there are several areas where you will be presented with the option to provide a response. For instance, this is how you would request a brochure, register for a seminar, or complete an alumni form. The data that you provide will be used exclusively to complete your request and not for any other purposes. Your information will not be shared with third parties without your consent, unless this is necessary to process your request.

Third parties, retention periods, legal protection, and the Data Protection Officer

Information on how Wageningen University & Research deals with sharing data with third parties, data transfer to other countries, and retention periods; information about your rights regarding the processing of personal data that has been collected through our website or applications; and the contact details of our Data Protection Officer are described in the Personal Data Protection Regulations.

Personal data related to children

We understand the importance of protecting the privacy of children. For this reason, we do not intentionally collect personal data related to children without the required consent from their parents. We kindly request that children under the age of 16 who want to provide their personal data when using our online services, ask a parent or guardian to do it for them. We may request your personal data, such as your date of birth, for the purposes of verifying your age and to enforce the applicable age restrictions.


Wageningen University & Research websites and applications utilise appropriate security systems and encrypted connections to protect your personal data against loss or any form of unlawful processing.


In order to optimise your visits to, anonymous visitor statistics are collected. Cookies are used to do this. We also use cookies so that you can access your social media directly. In your settings, you can indicate whether or not you want to allow cookies. You only have to do this once unless you clear your temporary files, after which you will need to do it again.

Information on cookies

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer. The data collected cannot be traced to an individual and do not contain any personal data. We mask the last octet of your IP address for these purposes.

There are 3 types of cookies:

  1. Required cookies: These are cookies that are necessary for the website to work properly. An example of this would be the option of whether or not to accept the cookies on the website. These cookies are not shared with third parties.
  2. Analytical cookies: Our website and marketing e-mails use these cookies to analyse the site and its statistics. WUR uses these statistics to continuously improve the website and the mailing list content and to provide you with relevant information. Google Analytics is used to assist in this process. Google may provide this information to third parties if it is legally required to do so or if these third parties process information on behalf of Google. We have no control over this.
  3. Social plug-in cookies: These are cookies that are sent by third parties, which allow us to display social sharing buttons, e.g. for YouTube (Google), Twitter, and LinkedIn. By using these plug-ins, you can share our internet content with others. These can be recognised by the social media provider’s logo. The integration of these plug-ins does not mean that your data is automatically transferred to the social media providers. This only occurs when you click on the button. When that is done, you will be taken to the relevant website and the social media provider’s rules regarding the protection of your data will then apply. WUR has no further control over this, nor does it accept any liability for whatever may happen.

When you visit our website for the first time, you will receive a notification on your screen explaining that you automatically provide your consent to receiving cookies by continuing on to our website. If you do not agree, click “Decline (Afwijzen)” when you are shown the notification. You can also change your browser settings so that you do not receive any of these cookies. Please see the explanation below for accepting or declining cookies.

Accepting or declining cookies

You can control whether you accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change the settings of your browser so that cookies are not accepted. You have to make this change again in every browser and computer that you use. Click on the name of your browser to see how to change the settings yourself.

Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Apple Safari
Google Chrome

Your rights

You have the right to ask WUR to provide access to your personal data and/or to improve it, add to it, delete it, or block certain parts of it. Please visit for further information in this and for forms that you can use to make these requests of WUR.

If you do not agree with how WUR is handling your personal data, you can always request further clarification from our Data Protection Officer:

If you feel that your problem has not being effectively resolved, you can contact the Dutch Data Protection Authority:

If WUR processes personal data on the basis of the consent of the data subject, that data subject has the right to withdraw consent. In many cases this can be done in the manner described in the consent form, but in any case also by sending a request to

The terms and conditions of this privacy and cookie statement can be adjusted without prior notice. Changes are effective as soon as they are published on the website.

For questions regarding this privacy and cookie statement go to:

Wageningen University & Research

May 2018