Privacy policy

What are cookies?

As is common practice with almost all professional websites, this site uses cookies. Cookies are tiny files which are downloaded to your computer to improve your browsing experience. This page describes what kind of information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored. However, this may downgrade or “break” certain elements of the site’s functionality.

How we use cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately, in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site.

Disabling cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting your browser settings (please check your browser’s help section on how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in disabling certain features of this site. It is therefore recommended that you do not disable cookies.

Server log file

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:

-Browser type and browser version
-Operating system used
-Referrer URL
-Host name of the accessing computer
-Time of the server request
-IP address

This data will not be combined with data from other sources. The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

If you send requests to us via the contact form, your data entered into the contact form, including the stated contact information, are stored for the purpose of responding to your request and in the case of following up with additional requests. We do not share this data without your permission.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Third party cookies

We also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Alternatively, click here to opt out of Google Analytics.

You can find more information about terms and privacy policies under Google Analytics Terms and Google Analytics Overview.

Social Media

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. The following social media sites are included: Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, XING and WhatsApp. They will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

LinkedIn

Our website uses components of the network LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a service of LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. For each call of one of our web pages containing such a component, the component causes your web browser to download a corresponding view / representation of the component from LinkedIn.


This process informs LinkedIn of the concrete web page on our website which is currently being visited. If you click the LinkedIn “Recommend” button while logged into your LinkedIn account, you can link the contents of our web pages to your LinkedIn profile. In this way, LinkedIn can link the visit of our web pages to your LinkedIn user account.


We have no influence on either the data that LinkedIn gathers here, or the scope of the data that LinkedIn gathers. Nor do we have any knowledge of the contents of the information transmitted to LinkedIn. Further details about the collection of data by LinkedIn and about your rights and configuration options can be found in the data privacy information published by LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

Facebook plugins (Like & Share-Buttons)

Our website can include plugins for the social network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. The Facebook plugins can be recognised by the Facebook logo or the Like button on our site. For an overview of Facebook plugins, see https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.


When you visit our site, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established via the plugin. This enables Facebook to receive information that you have visited our site from your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like button” while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate visits to our site with your user account. Please note that, as the operator of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Facebook or of how Facebook uses these data. For more information, please see Facebook’s privacy policy at https://www.facebook.com/policy.php


If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.

Twitter

Functions of the service Twitter can be integrated on our website. These functions are offered by Twitter Inc., Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Through the use of Twitter and function of “re-tweet” the web pages you visit are linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. This data is also transmitted to Twitter.
We point out that we as providers of the sites have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and the use through Twitter. For more information, please refer to the privacy statement of Twitter at http://twitter.com/privacy.
You can change your privacy preferences at Twitter in your account settings under http://twitter.com/account/settings

Google+

Our websites integrate services of Google+. The provider of these services is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Collection and forwarding of Information: By using the Google+ button you may publish information worldwide. Via the Google+ button you and other users receive personalised content from Google and our partners. Google stores the information that you have voted +1 for content, as well as information about the website that you were visiting when you clicked the +1 button. Your +1 votes may be published or displayed as notices, together with your profile name and your picture at Google services, such as search results, your Google profile or at other places on websites.


Google records information about your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and others. To be able to use the Google+ button, you need a globally visible, public Google profile which must contain at least the user name chosen for this profile. This name will be used for all Google services. In some cases this name may be replaced by another name which you have used when sharing contents via your Google account. Your Google account ID can be displayed to users who know your email address or possess any other information identifying you.


Use of collected information: Besides the above mentioned designated purposes, the details provided by you are treated according to current Google data protection regulations. Google may publish summarised statistics about +1 activities of users or pass those statistics on to users and contractual partners like publishers, advertisers or linked websites, respectively.

XING

This website contains the XING “Share” button. The services of the XING website are offered by XING AG, Dammtorstrasse 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. When using the XING button your browser establishes a temporary connection to the XING AG (“XING”) servers used for providing the XING “Share” button functions (especially for calculating / displaying the counter value). XING does not save any personal data about you regarding your call to this website. In particular, XING does not store any IP addresses, neither does it evaluate your usage patterns by means of cookies connected with the XING “Share” button. The data privacy policies for the XING “Share” button (as amended), and further information, can be found at the URL:
https://www.xing.com/app/share?op=data_protection

WhatsApp

When contacting us with WhatsApp (WhatsApp Inc., 650 Castro Street, Suite 120-219 Mountain View, California, 94041, USA), the information provided by the user will be used to process the request and in case any follow-up questions arise.


If you wish to reach us via WhatsApp, we will need a valid mobile phone number from you, as well as information that allows us to verify that you own or agree to receive the service number. Further data is not collected. These data are used only for sending the messages. When you contact us via WhatsApp, we’ll store your first name, name and mobile phone number, the device of use, and the contact date. This storage serves solely as proof in the event that a third party misuses a mobile phone number, or for contact with you.


You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, the mobile number as well as their use for the dispatch of the service with us at any time. The revocation can also be made via WhatsApp message or by e-mail.


However, we expressly refer to the Terms of Use and Privacy Notice of WhatsApp, which we have no control over. If you install and use WhatsApp on your smartphone, you agree to the WhatsApp Terms and Conditions. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with these terms. Please note the limited data protection. For details on privacy at WhatsApp, see: https://www.whatsapp.com/legal.

© 2019 Ulrike Seminati, Zurich, Switzerland