Protección de datos

I.        Duties to provide information

We are generally subject to Swiss data protection legislation (Data Protection Act/DSG and Data Protection Ordinance/VDSG).

To the extent applicable, we shall, however, also adhere to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) of 27 April 2016, which also brings about certain external effects for companies and institutions in the non-EU country of Switzerland. With respect to the upcoming revision of the Swiss Data Protection Act (DSG), which will in part draw on the EU regulations, we will inform you below in accordance with Art. 13 of DSGVO regarding the collection and processing of personal data by us.



II.       Responsibility for data processing / point of contact

1. The responsible body for data processing is:

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA)
Alpenstrasse 26
3006 Bern


Telephone +41 (0)31 356 61 00
Fax +41 (0)31 356 61 01



The OSA operates the websites and (hereinafter referred to as: Websites).


2. Representative in accordance with Art. 27 DSGVO

Collegamento svizzero in Italia
Via Palestro 2
Milano – 20121




III.      Scope of data processing, purpose, legal framework


1.         When visiting our websites

When using our websites or the services, which require registration, general data is collected by default and is saved in server log files for each access operation. This concerns the


The purpose of processing this data is to permit the use of our websites, optimise the content and the offering as well as to maintain the functions of the websites. We analyse the data, including in particular the IP addresses, statistically in order to be able to also optimise our offering regionally. We have a legitimate interest in this respect and, with respect to this collection of data, draw on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

In this context, cookies (cf. VII below) and  web analytical services (cf. VIII below) are used in this context.


2.       When commenting an article

If you write a reader's comment on, you provide us with the necessary information (comment, your name, and your e-mail address) and thereby consent to the processing of this data for the purpose of publishing and making available your comment on the website.


3.       Regarding the FDFA’s e-mail notification

When a new edition of "Swiss Review" is published, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) sends a notification by e-mail to all registered Swiss Abroad (sender: Schweizer Revue <revue(at)> | Revue Suisse <revue(at)> | Swiss Review <> | Panorama Suizo <>). The FDFA is responsible for maintaining the data of the recipients.


According to the opinion of the FDFA in consultation with the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC), the GDPR does not apply directly to Swiss authorities (whether active in Switzerland or in other European countries). Swiss data protection legislation remains relevant.



IV.     Forwarding of your data to third parties and contract processing

Your data is only passed on to third parties if you provide us with your express consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO); we are required by law (Art. 6 para. 1 lit c DSGVO) to do so or this is necessary in order to uphold our legitimate interests (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO). Furthermore, forwarding can occur if this is necessary in order to protect your vital interests or those of another natural person (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. d DSGVO).

In this context, please also refer to VIII (Web Analysis) and IX (Social Media).


Forwarding of your information to third parties can also occur if we engage third parties as contract processors in order to fulfil our obligations. Such third parties process data exclusively on the basis of our order and may not perform any data processing, which does not occur in connection with this privacy statement, in particular the processing of personal data for its own purposes.



V.      Transfer to third countries

Transfer to third countries can occur in connection with IV above. If the level of data protection of this third country does not correspond to the Swiss or European level of data protection, we will ensure compliance with the Swiss or European level of data protection contractually. If data processing is performed by third parties, who are privacy shield certified, this shall be deemed an appropriate level of protection.



VI.     Technical and organisational measures

We will process data by taking suitable technical and organisational measures to secure the personal data available to us against partial or complete loss, against unauthorised access by third parties and manipulation. Furthermore, our employees, who are entrusted with data processing, as well as our contract processors are obligated to maintain confidentiality and comply with the provisions of data protection law.



VII.    Cookies

Cookies are small text files, which are saved on your computer and serve to track the behaviour of users of our websites or save settings. These cookies serve to track the number and type of visits to the web pages and its sub-pages, to save user preferences for layouts as well as country and language settings. Furthermore, we collect statistical data in order to optimise the content of our web pages and increase their level of user friendliness. A session cookie is created when you use It allows different page views to be assigned to you.


You can change the cookie settings in your browser yourself or restrict or deactivate them. Deactivating cookies may result in you not being able to use all functions of our website.

For third-party cookies, see VIII and IX below.



VIII.   Web analysis

Our website uses Google Analytics of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA Website on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO . Google is privacy shield certified (cf. V). This analytical service uses cookies (cf. VII above). This concerns information such as


This information is generally transferred to a server of Google in the USA and saved there. For our order, Google will use this information to analyse the use of the website to compile reports on website activities on our behalf and in order to provide further services associated with the use of the website and Internet. An IP address transferred by your browser will not be combined with other data from Google.


You can prevent the storage of cookies by configuring your browser software accordingly (cf. VII).


On our websites, Google Analytics is supplemented with the extension "anonymizeIP". As a result, the IP addresses are not sent to Google with reference to persons, instead the last three numbers are anonymized.


You can furthermore prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie (including the IP address of the accessing computer) by Google with respect to your use of the websites as well as the processing of this data by downloading and installing the following browser plugin:;

Furthermore, you have the possibility of creating an opt-out cookie, which prevents the subsequent collection of your data when surfing on our websites. This cookie is valid for the browser used and only for the website used; it is saved on your computer. If cookies are deleted in the settings of the browser used, the opt-out cookie must be recreated.


Further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be obtained in particular in Google Analytics help:



IX.     Social media plugins

Our website uses social network plugins (currently only YouTube). Integration occurs on one hand by means of links; in this case, after the corresponding link has been clicked, we no longer have any influence on the processing of any data that is transferred to third parties by clicking the links.

On the other hand, the content of our pages can be directly integrated on social networks in individual cases (e.g. Twitter, Youtube). Cf. the details below.


1.         Facebook

If we use the LIKE or TEILEN (share) button on our websites in the future, the social plugins of Facebook, the US company Facebook Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA, are used. We currently do not use these buttons – if this changes, we will inform you accordingly.

Through the integration of the plugins, Facebook is informed that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook account or are not currently logged into Facebook. This information (including your IP address) will be transferred by your browser directly to a server of Facebook in the USA and saved there.

If you are logged into Facebook, Facebook can attribute the visit to our website to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, the corresponding information will also be transferred to a server of Facebook and saved there. The information is also saved on Facebook and shown to your Facebook friends.

Facebook can use this information for the purpose of advertising, market research and needs-based design of the Facebook pages. For this, Facebook creates profiles regarding usage, interests and relationships e.g. to evaluate your use of our website with regard to the ads shown to you on Facebook, to inform other Facebook users of your activities on our website and to perform services associated with the use of Facebook.

If you would not like Facebook to attribute the data collected on our website to your Facebook account, you must log out of Facebook before you visit our website.

You can learn about the purpose and scope of data collection, the further processing and usage of data by Facebook as well as your rights in this respect and configuration possibilities for the protection of your private sphere here: Facebook privacy notice.


2.         Twitter

If we use the TWEET (share) button on our websites in the future, the social plugins from the short message network Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA are used. You can recognise the Twitter plugins (tweet button) by the Twitter logo on our page.

If you have activated social plugins, a direct connection will be created between your browser and the Twitter server. Twitter will therefore be informed that you have visited our page with your IP address. If you click Twitter's "tweet button" while you are logged into your Twitter account, you can link the content of our pages to your Twitter profile. As a result, Twitter is able to attribute the visit to our pages to your user account. Please note that as a provider of the pages, we have no knowledge of the content of the data that is transferred nor its use by Twitter. If you do not wish for Twitter to attribute your visit to our pages, please log out of your Twitter user account.

You can find more information in the privacy statement of Twitter.


3.         YouTube

Youtube videos are embedded on our website. As a result, plugins from the Youtube page operated by Google are used. The operator is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you access the web pages of our websites provided with such a plug, a connection is established to the servers of YouTube. At the same time, the YouTube server will be informed that you have visited our pages.

If you are logged into YouTube as a member, YouTube will attribute this information to your personal user account. If the plugin is used e.g. by clicking the start button for a video, this information will also be attributed to your user account. You can prevent such attributing by logging out of your YouTube user account and other user accounts of the companies YouTube LLC and Google Inc. before using our website and delete the corresponding cookies of the companies.

You can find more information on data processing and notes on data protection by YouTube at



X.      Your rights


1.       Right to information

You have the right to demand information regarding your personal data we save at any time. This information is generally provided free of charge (Art. 15 DSGVO).


2.       Right to correction

You have the right to demand the correction and completion of incorrect personal data concerning your person (Art. 16 DSGVO).


3.       Right to the restriction of processing

You have the right to demand the restriction of data processing and/or to object to data processing (Art. 18 DSGVO).


4.       Right to deletion (right to be forgotten)

You have the right to demand the deletion of personal data if the data was collected for purposes, for which it is no longer necessary to the extent you revoke your consent or, to the extent the data processing is not based on a legal obligation, to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or in other cases allowed by law in accordance with Art. 6 DSGVO. Art. 17 DSGVO forms the legal basis.


5.       Right to the transferability of data

You have the right to demand that your personal data be issued (right to data portability) or the forwarding of your data to a third party you designate (Art. 20 DSGVO).


6.       Right of objection

Based on Art. 21 DSGVO, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of direct advertising or profiling in connection with direct advertising.

Furthermore, you have the right, for reasons attributed to your particular situation, to object to the processing of data, which is based on para. 6 para. 1 lit. e (public interest) or lit. f (legitimate interest).

If you assert an interest, which outweighs our legitimate interests in an individual case, we will no longer process your data.


7.       Right to the revocation of consent under data protection law

Based on Art. 7 para. 3 DSGVO, you have the right to revoke consent to data processing that you have given. This shall not affect the legitimacy of the processing of the data that occurred on the basis of consent up to revocation.


8.       Automated individual decision-making, including profiling

We do not use any automated individual decision-making in the sense of Art. 22 DSGVO. If we use such methods in individual cases in the future, we will inform you separately.

Furthermore, we do not perform any profiling. We merely determine the countries from which access operations originate and which parts of our websites are visited as well as the frequency of visits in order to optimise the websites (cf. VIII).


9.     Right to object vis-à-vis a supervisory authority

You have a right to object to a competent regulatory authority in the EU. In Switzerland, you can contact the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner with your concerns (



XI.     Duration of storage / deletion of data

We save the data you provided to us as long as necessary for the aforementioned purposes, or as long as, on our part, there is a legitimate interest in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO or – to the extent data processing is based on your consent - as long as you have not revoked your express consent in the sense of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO. Any statutory retention regulations shall remain expressly reserved.