For those who want their name or entire articles removed from the Cursor website, please note the following rules:

We adhere to the basic rule that no articles on the Cursor website are changed in retrospect. Our online archive should be a reliable source of what Cursor has published over the years. Only in exceptional cases where someone’s personal life is clearly severely hindered by their mention on the Cursor website, it may be decided to anonymize a name or article. The Cursor editorial staff are the only ones to assess such cases at all times and there will be no discussion on their final decision.

Those requesting removal of their name or an article sometimes appeal to the Personal Data Protection Act (WBP). This act also applies to the use of personal data on the Internet, judging from the guidelines issued by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CPB). To publications like Cursor however, a ‘journalistic exemption’ applies.

Should a person, after having requested removal of either a name or entire article, be dissatisfied with the decision of the medium in question, the CPB advises to get in touch with the Netherlands Press Council, or go to court. As far as the Dutch Press Council is concerned: on November 15, 2007, the Council gave a verdict in a case where someone had requested Ublad (magazine of Utrecht University) to remove their name from the magazine website. In short, the verdict read as follows: the importance of reliable Internet archives for society outweighs the interest of an individual. The Press Council ruled that Ublad did not have to remove the name from their website. By taking up that position, the Council supports the ideas Cursor holds concerning Internet privacy.

The full verdict (in Dutch) can be found here: http://www.rvdj.nl/2007/67

Dutch Cookie Act

In order to establish which parts of the website our visitors find the most interesting, we try to keep track of how many visitors view our website and which parts of it are viewed most often. We do this using software provided by a third party and cookies. The information we gather in this way is used to compile statistics. These statistics give us an insight into how often our website is visited, where exactly visitors spend the most time, and so on. This enables us to design the website's structure, navigation and content in a way that you find the most user-friendly. The statistics and other reporting cannot be traced back to specific individuals. 

We use a cookie provided by Google Analytics to:

  • Keep a record of the number of visitors to our web pages
  • Keep a record of the amount of time each visitor spends on our web pages
  • Establish the order in which a visitor views the various pages of our website
  • Assess which parts of our site need amending
  • Optimize the website

Why Cookies?

Most websites use cookies. This enables them to offer you a better service when you visit them. Cookies are useful tools for gathering and using information. They make websites easier to use. Cookies ensure, for example, that you can stay logged on to a website or that your preferences, such as location and language settings, are remembered.

Cookies also enable website administrators to see how often their sites – and which pages– are viewed by visitors.

Cookies are stored on your computer and you can remove them whenever you like. This can be done very simply. Click below on the browser you use to go directly to your browser's manual. Please be aware that once you have removed cookies, you will need to re-enter your preferences on some websites or will need to log in again. 

If you definitely do not want websites to place cookies on your computer, you can change your browser settings so that you receive a warning before any cookies are installed. You can also change the settings so that your browser refuses all cookies or refuses only the cookies belonging to third parties. You can also remove all cookies that have been placed on your computer to date. Please note that you will need to change the settings of each browser and computer you use.

You should be aware that if you do not want any cookies, we can no longer guarantee that our website will work entirely as it should. It may be that some of the site functions are lost or even that you no longer have access to certain websites.

Social media

Buttons enable you to share on social media the articles and videos that you view on our website. To work, these buttons rely on cookies placed by the social media parties. These cookies ensure you are recognized when you want to share an article or video.

To find out about the cookies placed by the social media parties and the data that they may use them to gather, we refer you to the statements made by these parties on their own websites; see the links below. Please note that these statements may change regularly. Eindhoven University of Technology cannot influence this is any way. 


Owing to the way in which the internet and websites work, it may be that we are sometimes unaware of the cookies that are placed on your computer via our website by third parties. This is notably the case where our web pages contain what are known as 'embedded elements'; these are texts, documents, pictures or films that are stored on another party's device, but which are shown on, in or via our website.