Data Protection Declaration
Data Protection Declaration
The authority responsible under data protection legislation, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is
Phone: +41 44 860 13 06
Based on article 13 of the Swiss Constitution and federal provisions under data protection law (data protection law, DPL), every person is entitled to protect their private sphere and protect against their personal data being misused. The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data extremely seriously. We process your personal data confidentially and in accordance with statutory data protection regulations and this data protection declaration.
When working with our hosting providers, we strive to protect databases as much as possible from third-party access, loss, misuse or falsification.
We would like to point out that transferring data online (e.g. when communicating by email) may lead to gaps in security. It is not possible to fully protect data from access by third parties.
By using this website, you declare you agree with data being collected, processed and used according to the following description. This website can generally be visited without registration. In doing so, data such as the pages visited or the name of the files viewed and dates and times may be saved on the server for statistical purposes without this data directly relating to your person. Personal data, in particular names, addresses and email addresses, are collected as far as possible on a voluntary basis. We do not forward your data to third parties without your consent.
Processing personal data
Personal data is all information relating to an identified or identifiable person. A data subject is a person whose personal data is processed. Processing includes every time personal data is handled, regardless of the means and procedures applied, in particular storing, disclosing, supplying, deleting, saving, changing, destroying and using personal data.
We process personal data in accordance with the Swiss data protection law. To the extent that the GDPR applies, we also process personal data in accordance with the following legal bases in connection with article 6(1) GDPR:
- a) Processing personal data with the consent of the data subject.
- b) Processing personal data in order to fulfil an agreement with the data subject and to carry out the relevant pre-contractual measures.
- c) Processing personal data in order to meet a legal obligation to which we are subject in accordance with, if necessary, applicable EU law or, if necessary, in accordance with the applicable law of a country in which the GDPR fully or partially applies.
- d) Processing personal data in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person.
- f) Processing personal data in order to safeguard our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of third parties, provided they do not outweigh the essential rights and freedoms and interests of the data subject. Legitimate interests are in particular our business interests, being able to provide our website, information security, enforcing our own legal claims and compliance with Swiss law.
We process personal data for any duration required for the relevant purpose or purposes. In the event of longer storage obligations due to statutory and other obligations to which we are subject, we limit processing accordingly.
Data protection declaration for cookies
Data protection declaration for SSL encryption
For reasons of security and to protect the transfer of confidential content, such as the requests that you send to us as website operators, this website uses SSL encryption. You can recognise an encrypted connection if the browser address bar changes from «http://» to «https://» and the padlock symbol appears in your browser line.
If SSL encryption is activated, the data you send us cannot be read by third parties.
Data protection declaration for server log files
The provider of this website automatically collects and saves information in server log files that your browser automatically sends us. These are
- the browser type and browser version
- the operating system used
- the referral URL
- the host name of the visiting computer
- the time of the server request
This data cannot be assigned to identified persons. This data is not merged with other data sources. We retain the right to subsequently check this data if we become aware of specific indications of illegal use.
Where necessary, these websites use Google Maps to embed maps, Google Invisible reCAPTCHA to protect against bots and spam, and YouTube and Vimeo to embed videos.
These services of the American company Google LLC use, inter alia, cookies and, as a result, data is sent to Google in the US where we assume that no personal tracking through the use of our website alone takes place in this context.
Google has undertaken to ensure an appropriate level of data protection in accordance with the American-European and American-Swiss Privacy Shield.
You can find more information on this subject in Google's data protection declaration.
Data protection declaration for contact forms
If you send us requests via contact forms, we shall save your information from the request form, including the contact information you provide, in order to process the request and in case you have any follow-up requests. We do not forward this data without your consent.
Data protection declaration for newsletter data
If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter offered on this website, we require an email address from you and information which allow us to verify that you are the holder of the email address provided and that you have agreed to receive the newsletter. No other data is collected. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not forward this data to third parties.
You may revoke the consent granted to save data and email addresses and the use of such to send the newsletters at any time by clicking the «unsubscribe» link in the newsletter.
Data protection declaration for the right to information, deletion and blockage
You have the right at any time to request information about the personal data saved about your person, its origin and recipients and the purpose of data processing, as well as the right to correct, block or delete this data, all free of charge. You can contact us at the address provided in the legal notice at any time if you have any further questions on the topic of personal data.
Data protection declaration to reject advertising emails
The use of the contact information published in the context of the duty to provide a legal notice in order to send advertising and information material which has not explicitly been requested is prohibited. Website operators retain the explicit right to take legal steps in the event of unsolicited advertising information, for example spam emails, being sent.
Use of Google Maps
This website uses Google Maps API to visually show geographic information. When using Google Maps, data is also collected, processed and used by Google about the visitor’s use of the map functions. You can find more information about Google data processing in Google’s data protection information where you can change your personal data protection settings in the data protection centre.
You can find detailed instructions on managing your personal data in connection with Google products here.
Data protection declaration for Google Analytics
Google Tag Manager
Google Tag Manager is a solution with which we can manage what are known as website tags via an interface and thus incorporate, for example, Google Analytics and other Google marketing services into our website. The Tag Manager itself, which implements the tags, does not process any personal data. With regard to the processing of personal data of users, please refer to the following information about Google services. Guidelines for use: https://www.google.com/intl/de/tagmanager/use-policy.html.
Data protection declaration for Facebook
This website uses the functions of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, US . If you visit our website with Facebook plug-ins, a connection is made between your browser and Facebook servers. As a result, data is sent to Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, this data can therefore be linked. If you would not like any of this data to be assigned to your Facebook account, please log out of Facebook before visiting our website. Interactions, in particular the use of comment functions or clicking «like» or «share» buttons, will also forward information to Facebook. For more information, please see https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy.
Data protection declaration for LinkedIn
This website uses the functions of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, US. If you visit one of our pages that contains LinkedIn functions, a connection is made to LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is informed that you visited our website with your IP address. If you click on LinkedIn’s «recommend» button when logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn is able to assign your visit to our website to you and your user account. We would like to point out that, as a website provider, we do not receive any information on the content of the data transferred and its use by LinkedIn.
You can find more information on this subject in LinkedIn's data protection declaration at: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy
Data protection declaration for YouTube
This website uses plug-ins of the website YouTube, operated by Google. The website operator is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, US. If you visit our website fitted with a YouTube plug-in, a connection is made with YouTube servers. As a result, YouTube is informed of which of our sites you visited.
If you are logged into your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to assign your surfing habits to your personal profile directly. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
You can find out more information on how user data is handled in YouTube’s data protection declaration at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy
Data protection declaration for Vimeo
This website includes plug-ins from the video portal Vimeo of Vimeo, LLC, 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, US. Any time you visit a website that shows one or more Vimeo video clips, a direct connection is made between your browser and a Vimeo server in the US, where information about your visit and your IP address is saved. By interacting with the Vimeo plug-in (e.g. by clicking on the start button), this information is also sent to Vimeo, where it is saved. You can find more information on the collection and use of your data by Vimeo in Vimeo’s data protection declaration at Vimeo data protection declaration.
If you have a Vimeo user account and do not want Vimeo to collect data about you from this website and link it to your member data saved with Vimeo, you must log out of Vimeo before visiting this website.
Moreover, Vimeo uses the Google Analytics tracker via an iFrame in which the video is viewed. This is Vimeo’s own tracking, which we do not have access to. You can prevent tracking by Google Analytics by using the deactivation tools that Google provides for some internet browsers. In addition, you can prevent the data generated by Google Analytics that relate to your use of the website (including your IP address) being recorded or processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available from the following link:
Information regarding data being sent to the United States of America
For reasons of completeness, we would like to point out there are supervision measures from US authorities for users residing in Switzerland, which in general allow for personal data from Switzerland which is sent to the US to be saved.
This takes place without any differentiation, limitation or exception due to the objectives pursued and without any objective criterion that allows the access of the US authorities to the data and their later use for identified, strictly limited purposes to be restricted and which justifies the actions associated with the access to this data and its use. In addition, we would like to point out that there are no remedies in the US for data subjects from Switzerland that would allow you to access, correct or delete the data concerning you, and no effective judicial legal protection against the general access rights of US authorities. We would like to explicitly refer data subjects to this legal and factual situation so they can make an appropriately informed decision regarding consent to the use of their data.
For users residing in an EU member state, we would like to point out that the US does not have a sufficient level of data protection in the opinion of the European Union.
Copyright and all other rights to content, images, photos or other files on the website exclusively belong to the operator of this website or specially named legal holders. The written approval of the copyright holder must be obtained in advance for the reproduction of all files.
Those who violate copyright law without the consent of the legal holder may be subject to criminal action or damages.
General exclusion of liability
All information on our website has been checked carefully. We endeavour to ensure everything on our website is up to date, accurate and complete. However, the occurrence of errors cannot be fully excluded, meaning we cannot assume any guarantee for the completeness, accuracy and currentness of information, even of a journalistic nature. Liability claims due to damage of a material or immaterial nature that was caused as a result of using the information provided are excluded unless there is demonstrable intentional or grossly negligent conduct.
The publisher may change or delete texts at its own discretion and without announcing such and is not obliged to update the content of its website. The visitor bears any risk for using or accessing this website. The publisher, its clients or partners shall not be liable for direct, indirect or accidental damages, damages specifically to be determined in advance, or subsequent damages which allegedly occurred by visiting this website and do not assume any liability for such.
Furthermore, the publisher does not assume any responsibility or liability for the content and availability of the websites of third parties that are visited via external links on this website. Only the operators of linked websites are responsible for their content. The publisher therefore expressly distances itself from all third-party content that may be relevant with regard to criminal or liability law or that breach moral standards.
We may amend this data protection declaration at any time without announcing such in advance. The up-to-date version published on our website shall be considered valid. If this data protection declaration is part of an agreement with you, we will inform you by email or otherwise of amendments if it is updated.
Questions to the Data Protection Officer
If you have any questions on data protection, please send us an email or contact directly the person in our organisation listed as responsible for data protection at the start of the data protection declaration.
When you access our website, a connection is established with CookieFirst’s server to give us the possibility to obtain valid consent from you to the use of certain cookies. CookieFirst then stores a cookie in your browser in order to be able to activate only those cookies to which you have consented and to properly document this. The data processed is stored until the predefined storage period expires or you request to delete the data. Certain mandatory legal storage periods may apply notwithstanding the aforementioned.
Data processing agreement
We have concluded a data processing agreement with CookieFirst. This is a contract required by data protection law, which ensures that data of our website visitors is only processed in accordance with our instructions and in compliance with the GDPR.
Server log files
Our website and CookieFirst automatically collect and store information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. The following data is collected:
- Your consent status or the withdrawal of consent
- Your anonymised IP address
- Information about your Browser
- Information about your Device
- The date and time you have visited our website
- The webpage url where you saved or updated your consent preferences
- The approximate location of the user that saved their consent preference
- A universally unique identifier (UUID) of the website visitor that clicked the cookie banner