Latest update: February 2016
(The words with capital letters are defined in the Sibos Registration Policy.)

SWIFT (with registered office at Avenue Adèle 1, B-1310 La Hulpe, Belgium) is committed to protecting your privacy needs. This Cookie Policy explains which cookies (and other similar devices) are used by SWIFT for which purposes when using the Sibos Tools (including and the Sibos App). For more information on the use of the Sibos Tools, please consult the Sibos Terms of Use.

Cookies - What and why?

Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive or in your browser memory. When using the Sibos Tools, it enables SWIFT to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you do not have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another. For the Sibos Tools, SWIFT mainly uses the following cookies:

  • ‘Strictly necessary’ cookies which are essential for you in order to be able to use the Sibos tools;
  • Functionality cookies which are used to provide you with the requested services and to remember your settings to improve your use of the Sibos tools.
  • Authentication cookies which are essential to allow you to authenticate yourself when using the Sibos tools and gain access to authorized content (for example to access the secure area of; -
  • Performance cookies which collect information about how you use the Sibos tools in order to allow SWIFT to improve the Sibos tools and to understand what interests you. SWIFT is however not able to identify you when using this type of cookies. All information collected by means of these cookies is processed and stored in an anonymous way;
  • Third party analytics cookies which are set by a third party that does not operate the Sibos tools in order to collect statistics on the use of the Sibos tools (e.g. to estimate the number of unique visitors, to detect the most preeminent search engine key words that lead to a certain webpage or to track down website navigation uses).

In addition, a distinction needs to be made between session cookies and persistent or permanent cookies:

  • A session cookie is a cookie that will be automatically deleted from your computer's hard drive or in your browser memory when you log out or you close your browser;
  • A permanent cookie is a cookie that remains stored on your computer's hard drive or in your browser memory for a limited period of time (minutes, days or years) after you have logged out or closed your browser.

List of cookies when using the Sibos Tools

Below, you find a detailed list of all cookies used by SWIFT when providing to you the Sibos Tools. By using the Sibos Tools and accepting the SWIFT Cookie Policy by means of the OK button in the cookie banner, you agree that these cookies are stored on your computer's hard drive or in your browser memory for the duration indicated in the list.


Required for the API gateway in order to rout the user to the correct server.

Strictly necessary cookie



Stores the security authentication token required for the API gateway when logged in.

Authentication cookie


PHPSESSID Used to maintain the session. Strictly necessary cookie Session


Stores information about the user logged into the Sibos tools for authentication purposes

Authentication cookie



Keeps a cache of data fetched from the Gateway API during the session for performance reasons.

Performance cookie


SESS<Hash of the session name>

Used to keep the Drupal user session alive when a user logs in into the Drupal system.

Third party cookie (Drupal)

20 days


Used to distinguish users.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)

2 years


Used to throttle request rate.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)

10 minutes


Used to distinguish users and sessions.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)

2 years


Used to throttle request rate.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)

10 minutes


Used to determine new sessions/visits.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)

30 minutes


Set for interoperability with urchin.js.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)



Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)

6 months


Used to store visitor-level custom variable data.

Third party cookie (Google Analytics)

2 years


Used to give users the possibility to share content from the Sibos tools.

Third party cookie (ShareThis)

10 months

Deleting or blocking cookies

For more information on deleting or blocking cookies, please check Under the section “Manage your cookies”, you will find a clear explanation on how to delete or block cookies for each browser (Netscape, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera).

To provide users with the ability to prevent their data from being used by Google Analytics, Google Analytics has additionally developed the “Google Analytics opt out browser add-on” for the Google Analytics JavaScript. If you want to opt out, you need to download and install the add-on for your web browser via and follow the further instructions provided by Google Analytics.

You can thus delete or block all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Miscellaneous contains links to other websites not owned or operated by SWIFT. SWIFT is not responsible for the cookie practices of these websites. This Sibos Cookie Policy will be updated each year and without prior notice to you. SWIFT will indicate at the top of this Sibos Cookie Policy when it was most recently updated. For a detailed description on the processing of your data via the Sibos Tools and your data protection rights, please consult the Sibos Privacy Statement.