Privacy Policy

Updated October 3, 10:00 CEST

Who we are

We are an organisation aiming to bring PHP to developers in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

In general we don’t collect any personal information on our website except for the following situations:

  1. Your IP address when you visit our site;
  2. Your browser details and operating system used to visit this website;
  3. Your contact details if you make use of our contact form;
  4. Information you share in comments on blog articles;

IP address

When you visit this website we can see the IP address of where you access the internet. This can be your home or office internet connection, a proxy server or a VPN solution.

There is nothing we can do to prevent seeing this information, and we use this originating IP address for protection of this website. This security is provided by Wordfence. Please check out Wordfence privacy policy at to learn details about how they handle this personal information.

Browser details and OS

Just like the IP address, when you visit this website using a browser, it will send automatically details of your operating system, the browser brand and sometimes even details about your device itself.

This information is received by us, and used to analyse malicious activity provided by Wordfence. Please see Wordfence privacy policy at for more details.


An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use a contact form on our website. This contact form is not storing any data on this website. It does make use of Akismet services to filter spam. Please have a look at Akismet privacy policy for details how they process your information to fight off spam at


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We make use of Google Analytics to measure the behaviour on our website and to see how we can improve our website and articles to better serve you. We don’t use any advanced tracking capabilities from Google.

Please take a look at Google’s privacy policy to read what and how the company uses your data at

Who we share your data with

We are not sharing your data with any other organisation except those mentioned earlier in this privacy policy for the purposes we have explained.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

All information send to us using our contact form will arrive at the organisation’s mailbox where only core members of PHPBenelux can see and respond to your request. Once communication is no longer needed or required, your information is removed.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We limit the amount of information we collect to the bare minimum and don’t store it on the server where this site is hosted, with the exception of post comments.

Once we have collected personal information we retain it for the minimum amount necessary. What we don’t have cannot be breached.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We provide a high standard of best security practices to safeguard your personal information, but we cannot guarantee 100% protection. In the case of a security breach where personal information might be impacted we have a data breach policy in place that will guide us through all steps we need to take to disclose this breach.

If you find a problem that might expose personal information, please contact us at and give us 90 days to remediate the issue and take necessary steps to inform users and governmental bodies of this problem.

What third parties we receive data from

We use to display upcoming events on our website and integrate social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. All public interactions made on these platforms will be displayed here as well.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We don’t use automated processes or profiling on any user data except those we have mentioned earlier in this privacy statement.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

If a data breach does occur and the breach poses a risk to individual rights and freedoms, you should notify our Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) within 72 hours after becoming aware of the breach.

Depending on whether or not the data breach poses a high risk to those affected, we may also be required to inform all individuals affected.

All breaches, impacting personal information or not, are kept in a breach record.