DATA PROTECTION POLICY & Usage Terms
Please read the following terms and conditions carefully before proceeding.
Virtual Switzerland maintains this website for your personal use. This website and its contents are intended to comply with the laws and regulations of Switzerland. While you can access this website from outside Switzerland, it is administered and managed in Switzerland.
Anyone who visits the website www.virtualswitzerland.org thereby agrees to the conditions below. If you have any questions or comments about the legal information, please send an e-mail direct to info(at)virtualswitzerland.org
Virtual Switzerland may, at any time, revise these terms and conditions by updating this posting. You are bound by any such revisions and should, therefore, periodically review this page.
Restriction of liability
Virtual Switzerland declines all liability (also in cases of negligence) for any damages resulting directly or indirectly from access to the website www.virtualswitzerland.org or its use; from inability to access or use it; or from links to other websites.
Virtual Switzerland website may be unavailable from time to time due to mechanical, telecommunication, software, hardware and third-party vendor failures, updating or construction. Virtual Switzerland cannot predict or control when such downtime may occur and cannot control the duration of or be held liable for any damages resulting from such downtime.
Virtual Switzerland’s Internet activity respects the privacy of its users. We wish to strengthen trust in the Internet, and for this reason disclose the way we deal with personal data.
Virtual Switzerland treats the data it is given in strict confidence and protects the interests of its users. Personal data are neither sold nor passed on to third parties.
Contents of the website
We cannot guarantee that hardware and software will function free of error. We draw your attention to the fact that the website may contain technical inaccuracies and/or typographical errors.
Information on this website may be changed or updated at any time without prior notice.
Usage data / personal data
Virtual Switzerland places great importance on data protection. As a matter of principle, you are able to access our website without supplying any personal data. You decide yourself as a visitor to the website www.virtualswitzerland.org which personal data you wish to reveal to us. We draw your attention to the fact that when you visit our website we automatically receive information that allows us to determine how visitors use our website and which information are of particular interest. This information does not, however, allow any inferences to be made about you as an individual. The data are processed to help us adapt our website and the services that we offer to meet the needs of our users better.
When you register yourself personally through our website or request informational material or other services, we require personal information from you such as your name and address. We handle the data supplied in strict confidence and according to current Swiss data protection legislation. Otherwise, we process your data for our own purposes only in anonymous form. We reserve the right, however, to use such information for marketing purposes. Any other use of your personal data or its sale to third parties, is expressly ruled out.
As a registered member, you may request information from us about the contents of your member data. You have the option of correcting any data supplied to us, having it deleted or refusing any contact. A registration may be cancelled at any time. The deletion of data or the deactivation of a registration can only take place on written request (by e-mail or post).
Our own cookies
There is a distinction between cookies that remain active only as long as the browser is open and those that are stored longer-term on the hard disc. Permanent cookies that can be linked with personal data are only permitted under Swiss data protection legislation when the user has granted consent for their implementation. We respect this principle and give you the choice of whether you wish to work with permanent cookies or not. However, we draw your attention to the fact that access to areas which require registration and the use of certain services are only possible when cookies are enabled.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies” – text files that are stored on your computer and which allow an analysis of your use of the website –. The information generated via the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and saved there. The data that derive from such analyses are evaluated in anonymous form and serve only for the continual improvement of this website and its contents. You can prevent the installation of these cookies by making the appropriate settings in your browser software; however, we draw your attention that you may not, in this case, be able to make use of the full range of functions of this website. By using this website, you agree to data collected from you being saved and processed for the previously stated purposes.
References and links
This website may contain links to, or be accessed from links on other websites. Virtual Switzerland does not have responsibility for, or control of, the contents, availability, operation or performance of other websites to which this web site may be linked or from which this web site may be accessed. Virtual Switzerland makes no representation regarding the content of any other websites which you may access from www.virtualswitzerland.org. We cannot guarantee that third-party providers abide by the data protection rules that we respect. We recommend that you consult the data protection policies of the relevant providers before using their websites. If a linked page carries contents that are illegal or offensive, we will delete the links immediately on being informed.
Copyright and trademarks
All contents (text, photographs, videos, logos, etc.) of the Virtual Switzerland website are protected by copyright. When material is downloaded from the website or contents copied, no rights whatsoever are conferred. Pictures and logos may not be copied, duplicated, transmitted or otherwise used without the permission of Virtual Switzerland. Contents may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of the copyright holder.
Virtual Switzerland Association, January 2017