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Utrecht University (UU) and University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), partner in the GGHDC, fully comply with the requirements of the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act (Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). All personal information provided by visitors to this website is treated with the utmost care and is carefully processed and protected by SSL (TLS). We make every effort to take personal preferences into account. We have implemented measures to prevent unauthorised parties from accessing personal information.

Use of cookies

We use cookies to improve this website. We want to guarantee your privacy while improving the user-friendliness of this website. Below you can read what cookies are and what cookies we use.

A cookie is a simple small file that is sent along with pages from this website and stored by your browser on your hard drive from your computer. The information stored therein can be sent back to our servers on a subsequent visit.

A distinction is made between different types of cookies.

Functional cookies

Our website uses cookies that ensure that the site functions properly.

  1. Remembering information entered in (contact) forms or when ordering.
  2. Save preferences such as language and location.
  3. Desired settings for video display, such as buffer size and screen resolution.
  4. Save login credentials so that you do not have to enter them every time.

Website use cookies

To determine which parts of the website are most interesting for our visitors, cookies are used. These cookies measure how many people visit the pages. This way we see which information is important to you and we can improve it. For this, we use cookies from Google Analytics and we have signed a processor agreement with Google. Important to know is that the last octet (part) of your IP address is masked. We also do not share privacy-sensitive data with Google and do not use other Google services in combination with Google Analytics cookies.

We use cookies for:

  1. Track the number of visitors on the pages of our website.
  2. Keep track of the amount of time that visitors spend on our website.
  3. Determining the order in which visitors visit pages of our website.
  4. Improving the website.

By using this website of Utrecht University (UU) and University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), you agree to the terms of the policy as outlined above.

Social media cookies

You can share the articles and videos that you view on our website via social media. For the functionality of the sharing option, cookies are placed by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google.

Other/unforeseen cookies

Because of the way in which the internet and websites work, it may be that we do not always have insight into the cookies that third parties place via our website. This is especially the case if our web pages contain so-called embedded elements; these are texts, documents, images or videos that are stored with another party, but which are shown on, in or via our website.

Should you encounter cookies on this website that fall into this category and that we have not mentioned above, please let us know. You can also contact the relevant party directly to ask which cookies they have placed, what the reason is, what the lifetime of the cookie is and how they guarantee your privacy.

For all cookies that other parties place and the possible data they collect, we refer to the statements that these parties provide on their own websites. We have no influence on that.

Remove and refuse cookies

If you do not want websites to place cookies on your computer, adjust your browser settings so that you receive a warning before cookies are placed. You can also adjust the settings so that your browser refuses all cookies or only cookies from third parties. You can also delete your cookies that have already been placed. Note that you must adjust the settings separately for each browser and computer you use.

Please be aware that if you do not allow cookies from our website, we can no longer guarantee that our website is fully functional. It may be that some functions of the site are lost or that you can no longer see certain parts.

How you can change these settings differs per browser (Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Mozilla, etc.). If necessary, consult the help function of the browser. If you want to set out cookies from specific parties, you can do so via

Change of statement

We reserve the right to make changes to this statement. We advise you to consult this statement regularly so that you are always aware of the content. This statement was last modified on May 24, 2018.


Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht sometimes send out emails to students, incoming students, staff, alumni, and others. The GGHDC stores and uses addressee details in accordance with the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).