Privacy Notice

1. General Information
Your data are safe in our hands. The Federal Administration only collects the personal data that it needs to fulfil its tasks (data economy). Stored data are carefully managed and protected against any form of abuse. Under Article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution and under federal data protection law, everyone is entitled to have their privacy protected and to have their personal data protected from abuse. The Federal Administration complies with these provisions on its web pages and when providing its web services.

2. Scope of Application
This Privacy Notice applies to web pages operated by third parties on behalf of the Federal Administration and to the personal data collected via these web pages. Where the Federal Administration web pages or pages operated on its behalf offer links to the web pages of other providers, the privacy information and policies of those providers apply to their own pages.

3. Links
The Federal Administration has no influence over external pages to which it provides links, nor over external pages that provide links to Federal Administration pages. Accordingly, the Federal Administration provides no guarantee in relation to such pages that the information they contain is accurate or that they are free of malware (such as viruses). Responsibility for the information and services provided on linked web pages or web services are entirely the responsibility of the third party concerned. The Federal Administration accepts no responsibility or liability for such web pages or web services.

4. What happens to your data?
a) Retention and erasure
The processing of personal data on the web pages of the Confederation is limited to the data that are required to provide a properly functioning website and user-friendly content and services, or to the data that you have actively made available to us. The personal data that we collect is only retained for as long as they are needed in order to fulfil the purpose concerned. Certain data may be retained for longer in order to meet statutory requirements or other obligations.

b) Data stored for the purpose of sending the newsletter
If you order a newsletter, the following data will be recorded: your email address (obligatory); any title, your first name and surname (all optional). Your personal data related to sending out the newsletters to which you subscribe will be erased immediately if you terminate your subscription.

c) Cookies
Cookies are used on various Federal Administration websites in order to make visiting the website attractive and to allow certain functions to be used. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer. Most of the cookies used (session cookies) are deleted from your hard disk at the end of the browser session. Other cookies remain on your computer and enable you to be recognised again when you make your next visit (permanent cookies).
You can stop cookies from being stored on your browser by restricting or deactivating the storage and reading of cookies. Please note that you will not be able to use certain functions of the website without enabling cookies.

d) Social networks and other third party services
The Federal Administration manages miscellaneous accounts and profiles on social networks (including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, Xing, Instagram, etc.), its own YouTube channels and various apps. These pages and services are offered and operated by third parties.

All of these pages have their own data protection provisions.In addition, third-party services, such as those provided by YouTube, Twitter, Google Maps, Google Ads, Google Custom Search, Instagram, etc., are directly embedded into individual Federal Administration web pages. These providers also use cookies, etc. When they use the relevant Federal Administration web pages, the user’s data is automatically transmitted to these companies. In such cases, the data protection provisions of the provider concerned expressly apply. Users must be aware that data is collected via these services and may also be passed on to third parties. If users also have an account with the service concerned, the operator may assign the information transmitted directly to the personal account concerned.

The Federal Administration has no influence over the collection of data or its further use by these operators. The Federal Administration has no knowledge of how much data they store, where they store it and how long, the extent to which they comply with duties to erase data, the analyses they make of the data, the links they make to the data and to whom they pass on the data.

The most important third-party services the Federal Administration uses are:

YouTube: As soon as you call up a Federal Administration webpage that has a YouTube video embedded in it, a connection is established with the YouTube servers, and plug-ins from YouTube (YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA; subsidiary of Google LLC) are used from time to time. YouTube receives information on which page was visited from which IP address.

Google Maps: The Google Maps map service provided by Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) is used from time to time in order to display interactive maps and to provide directions to federal government offices. If you use Google Maps, information on your use (e.g. IP address) may be saved and sent to a Google server in the USA.

Twitter: Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94103. For further information on how Twitter handles user data, please consult its Privacy Policy and its Cookies guidelines.

5. Your rights
You have the right to request information on the processing of your personal data by any unit of the Federal Administration at any time free of charge. Contact the office named in the printer’s imprint (Impressum). You may have further statutory rights, such as the right to have data erased or corrected, to have data processing restricted and to have data transmitted. Collecting data in order to provide the website and storing data in log files is absolutely essential to the operation of our website. As a result, users of our website have no right to object in this respect.

6. Data security
Website: When you visit our website, the Federal Administration uses encrypted data communication based on TLS in conjunction with the highest encryption level supported by your browser. You can see whether a page on the website is being transmitted in encrypted form by checking whether the lock symbol displayed in the address bar of your browser is closed.

General data processing: In addition, the Federal Administration uses suitable technical and organisational security measures in its data processing in order to protect your data against accidental or wilful manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or unauthorised access by third parties. The Federal Administration’s security measures correspond to the current state of the art.

7. Operation
The web servers that are used to operate the websites are technically maintained by the Federal Administration’s own service providers. Individual services may also be provided by external partners. External operators are subject to the same data protection requirements as apply to internally operated applications.

8. Name and contact details of the persons responsible
If you have any questions about data processing or if you believe that the Federal Administration may be infringing your rights by processing your personal data, please contact the data protection officer at the federal office responsible for the website.