1. An overview of data protection
Data collection on this website
Who is responsible for the collection of data on this website?
How do we collect your data?
Whenever you use this website, a variety of personal data will be collected. On the one hand, we collect your data as a result of you sharing your data with us. This may, for instance be information you enter into our contact form.
Other data will be collected by our IT systems automatically or after you consent to its collection during your website visit. This data comprises primarily technical information (e.g., web browser, operating system, or time the site was accessed). This information is collected automatically when you access this website.
What are the purposes we use your data for?
A part of the data is obtained to ensure the error free provision of the website. Other data may be used to analyze your user patterns. In addition, we use certain data for the establishment, content arrangement, amendment and performance of our contractual relationships as well as for marketing purposes and for conducting raffles and sweepstakes.
What rights do you have as far as your data is concerned?
You have the right to receive information about the source (to the extent available), recipients, and processing purposes of your personal data stored at any time. You also have the right to demand that your data are rectified or deleted. If you have consented to data processing, you have the option to revoke this consent at any time for the future. Moreover, you have the right to demand that the processing of your data be restricted under certain circumstances. Furthermore, you have the right to log a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have questions about this or any other data protection related matters.
Analysis tools and tools provided by third parties
There is a possibility that your browsing patterns will be statistically analyzed when your visit this website. Such analyses are performed primarily with what we refer to as analysis programs.
For detailed information about these analysis programs please see below.
We host our website with Hetzner. The provider is the Hetzner Online GmbH, Industriestr. 25, 91710 Gunzenhausen, Germany (hereinafter referred to as Hetzner).
We use Hetzner on the basis of our overriding or legitimate interest in the most reliable depiction of our website possible.
We have concluded a data processing agreement (DPA) with the above-mentioned provider. This is a contract mandated by data privacy laws that guarantees that it processes personal data of our website visitors only based on our instructions and in compliance with the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (FDPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
3. General and mandatory information
We herewith advise you that the transmission of data via the Internet (i.e., through e-mail communications) may be prone to security gaps. It is not possible to completely protect data against third-party access.
Information about the controller
The controller responsible for data processing on this website is:
Consortium Emmentaler AOP
Zieglerstrasse 43 B
3000 Bern 14
Phone: +41 (0)31 388 42 42
General information on the legal bases for the data processing on this website
Information on data transfer to the U.S. and other foreign countries
Among other things, we use tools of companies domiciled in the United States or other countries, which are not considered to provide an adequate level of data protection from a Swiss perspective. If these tools are active, your personal data may potentially be transferred to these foreign countries and may be processed there. Please note that in these countries, a data protection level that is comparable to that in Switzerland cannot be guaranteed.
For instance, U.S. enterprises are under a mandate to release personal data to the security agencies and you as the data subject do not have any legal remedies against that. Hence, it cannot be ruled out that U.S. agencies (e.g., secret and intelligence services) may process, analyze, and permanently store your personal data for surveillance purposes. We have no control over these processing activities.
Revocation of your consent to the processing of data
A wide range of data processing transactions are possible only subject to your express consent. You can also revoke at any time any consent you have already given us. This will not affect the lawfulness of any data processing that occurred prior to your revocation.
Right to object to the processing of data
You may object to the processing of your personal data at any time. In this case, we will no longer process your personal data, unless there are compelling legitimate grounds on our part that would justify the further processing of such data.
Right to log a complaint with the competent supervisory authority
If you are dissatisfied with the processing of your personal data by us, you may contact us or the competent supervisory authority.
Right to data portability
You may under certain circumstances have the right to demand that we hand over any data to you or a third party in a commonly used, machine readable format. If you should demand the direct transfer of the data to another controller, this will be done only if it is technically feasible.
Encrypted payment transactions on this website
If you are under an obligation to share your payment information (e.g. account number if you give us the authority to debit your bank account) with us after you have entered into a fee-based contract with us, this information is required to process payments.
Payment transactions using common modes of paying (Visa/MasterCard, debit to your bank account) are processed exclusively via encrypted SSL or TLS connections. You can recognize an encrypted connection by checking whether the address line of the browser switches from “http://” to “https://” and also by the appearance of the lock icon in the browser line.
If the communication with us is encrypted, third parties will in general not be able to read the payment information you share with us.
Information about, rectification and deletion of data
Within the scope of the applicable statutory provisions, you have the right to at any time demand information about your stored personal data, their source and recipients as well as the purpose of the processing of your data. You may also have a right to have your data rectified or deleted. If you have questions about this subject matter or any other questions about personal data, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
Right to demand processing restrictions
Within the scope of the applicable statutory provisions you have the right to demand the imposition of restrictions as far as the processing of your personal data is concerned. To do so, you may contact us at any time. The right to demand restriction of processing may apply in the following cases
- In the event that you should dispute the correctness of your data stored by us, we will usually need some time to verify this claim. During the time that this investigation is ongoing, you have the right to demand that we restrict the processing of your personal data.
- If the processing of your personal data was/is conducted in an unlawful manner, you have the option to demand the restriction of the processing of your data in lieu of demanding the deletion of this data.
- If we do not need your personal data any longer and you need it to exercise, defend or claim legal entitlements, you have the right to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data instead of its deletion.
- If you have raised an objection against the processing of personal data, your rights and our rights will have to be weighed against each other. As long as it has not been determined whose interests prevail, you have the right to demand a restriction of the processing of your personal data.
If you have restricted the processing of your personal data, these data – with the exception of their storage – may in general be processed only subject to your consent or to claim, exercise or defend legal entitlements or to protect the rights of other individuals or legal entities or for important reasons of public interest.
4. Collection of data on this website
Our websites and pages use what the industry refers to as “cookies.” Cookies are small text files and are either stored temporarily for the duration of a session (session cookies) or they are permanently stored on your device (permanent cookies). Session cookies are automatically deleted once you terminate your visit. Permanent cookies remain stored on your device until you actively delete them, or until they are automatically deleted by your web browser.
In some cases, it is possible that third-party cookies are stored on your device once you enter our site (third- party cookies). These cookies enable you or us to take advantage of certain services offered by the third party (e.g., cookies for the processing of payment services).
Cookies have a variety of functions. Many cookies are technically essential since certain website functions would not work in the absence of the cookies (e.g., the shopping cart function or the display of videos). The purpose of other cookies may be the analysis of user patterns or the display of advertisements.
Cookies, which are required for electronic communication, or for the provision of certain functions you want to use (e.g., for the shopping cart function) or those that are necessary for the optimization of the website (e.g., cookies that provide measurable insights into the web audience) (necessary cookies), are stored on the basis on our overriding or legitimate interest or your consent, if no other legal basis is indicated. The operator of the website has a legitimate interest in the storage of necessary cookies to ensure the technically error free and optimized provision of the operator’s services.
You have the option to set up your browser in such a manner that you will be notified any time cookies are placed and to permit the acceptance of cookies only in specific cases. You may also exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general or activate the delete function for the automatic deletion of cookies when the browser closes. If cookies are deactivated, the functions of this website may be limited.
Consent with Cookie Notice & Compliance
Our website uses the consent technology of Cookie Notice & Compliance for GDPR to obtain your consent for the storage of certain cookies on your device or for the use of certain technologies and for their data protection compliant documentation.
Cookie Notice & Compliance for GDPR is installed locally on our servers so that a connection with third party servers does not occur. Cookie Notice & Compliance for GDPR stores a cookie in your browser to be able to allocate the granted consent and its revocation to you. The cookie stays active for 1 month. Your data is stored until you ask us to delete it, delete the consent cookie yourself or the purpose of data storage is no longer valid. This does not affect mandatory statutory retention periods.
If you submit inquiries to us via our contact form, the information provided in the contact form including any contact information provided therein will be stored by us in order to handle your inquiry and in the event that we have further questions.
We will not share this data without your consent.
The processing of this data is based either on the necessity of processing your data for the performance of a contract with you, on our overriding or legitimate interest in the effective processing of the inquiries addressed to us or on your consent.
Request by e-mail, telephone, or fax
If you contact us by e-mail, telephone or fax, your inquiry, including all resulting personal data (name, inquiry) will be stored and processed by us for the purpose of processing your inquriy.
We will not share this data without your consent.
The processing of this data is based either on the necessity of the processing for the performance of a contract with you, on our overriding or legitimate interest in processing your inquiry, or on your consent (if this has been requested).
Registration on this website
You have the option to register on this website to be able to use additional website functions. We use the data you enter for such purposes only for the purpose of using the respective offer or service you have registered for. The mandatory information we request at the time of registration must be entered in full. Otherwise, we will reject the registration.
To notify you of any important changes to the scope of our services or in the event of technically required modifications, we use the e-mail address provided during the registration process.
The data entered in the course of the registration is processed for the purpose of implementing the usage relationship established by the registration and, if necessary, for initiating further contracts.
5. Social media
We have integrated functions of Instagram into this website. These functions are being offered by Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland.
If the social media element is active, a direct connection between your device and Instagram’s server will be established. As a result, Instagram will receive information on your visit to this website.
If you are logged into your Instagram account, you may click the Instagram button to link contents of this website to your Instagram profile. This enables Instagram to allocate your visit to this website to your user account. Please note that we as the provider of the website and its pages do not gain any knowledge of the content of the data transferred and its use by Instagram.
If your consent has been obtained, the use of the abovementioned service occurs on the basis of this consent. If your consent was not obtained, the use of the service will occur on the basis of our overriding or legitimate interest in making our information as comprehensively visible as possible on social media.
If you leave our website, Meta Platforms Ireland Limited is responsible for processing your data and the data security of Facebook or Instagram products. You can assert data subject rights (e.g., requests for access) regarding data processed by Facebook or Instagram directly with Meta Platforms Ireland Limited.
Data transmission to the U.S. is – according to Meta Platforms Ireland Limited – based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission.
6. Analysis tools and advertising
Google Tag Manager
We use the Google Tag Manager. The provider is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (Google).
The Google Tag Manager is a tool that allows us to integrate tracking or statistical tools and other technologies on our website. The Google Tag Manager itself does not create any user profiles, does not store cookies, and does not carry out any independent analyses. It only manages and runs the tools integrated via it. However, the Google Tag Manager does collect your IP address, which may also be transferred to Google’s parent company in the United States.
The Google Tag Manager is used on the basis of our overriding or legitimate interest in the quick and uncomplicated integration and administration of various tools on our website. If a respective consent has been obtained, the processing is carried out exclusively on such basis.
This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google.
Google Analytics enables the website operator to analyze the behavior of website visitors. To that end, the website operator receives a variety of user data, such as pages accessed, time spent on the page, the utilized operating system and the user’s origin. This data is summarized in a user-ID and assigned to the respective end device of the website visitor.
Google Analytics uses technologies that make the recognition of the user for the purpose of analyzing the user behavior (e.g., cookies or device fingerprinting). The website use information collected by Google is, as a rule transferred to a Google server in the United States, where it is stored.
The use of this service occurs on the basis of your consent.
Data transmission to the US is – according to Google – based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission.
Details can be found here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/controllerterms/mccs/.
On this website, we have activated the IP anonymization function. As a result, your IP address will be abbreviated by Google within Switzerland, the member states of the European Union or in other states that have ratified the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to its transmission to the United States. In this case the IP address is no longer considered personal data. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address will be transmitted to one of Google’s servers in the United States and abbreviated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to analyze your use of this website, to generate reports on website activities and to render other services to the operator of this website that are related to the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted in conjunction with Google Analytics from your browser will not be merged with other data in Google’s possession.
You can prevent the collection and processing of your data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
We have executed a data processing agreement with Google and are implementing the stringent provisions of the Swiss and EU data protection authorities to the fullest extent when using Google Analytics.
If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter offered on this website, we will need from you an e-mail address as well as information that allow us to verify that you are the owner of the e-mail address provided and consent to the receipt of the newsletter. No further data will be collected, unless provided on a voluntary basis. We use such data only for the sending of the requested information and do not share such data with any third parties.
The processing of the information entered into the newsletter subscription form occurs exclusively on the basis of your consent. You may revoke the consent you have given to the storage of data, the e-mail address, and the use of this information for the sending of the newsletter at any time, for instance by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. This will not affect the lawfulness of any data processing that has taken place before such revocation.
The data deposited with us for the purpose of subscribing to the newsletter will be stored by us or the newsletter service provider until you unsubscribe from the newsletter and will be deleted from the newsletter distribution list after you unsubscribe from the newsletter or after the purpose has ceased to apply.
After you unsubscribe from the newsletter distribution list, your e-mail address may be stored by us or the newsletter service provider in a blacklist, if such action is necessary to prevent future mailings. The data from the blacklist is used only for this purpose and not merged with other data. This serves both your interest and our interest in complying with the legal requirements when sending newsletters. The storage in the blacklist is indefinite. You may object to the storage if your interests outweigh our interest.
8. Plug-ins und Tools
YouTube with expanded data protection integration
Our website embeds videos of YouTube. The operator is Google.
We use YouTube in the expanded data protection mode. According to YouTube, this mode ensures that YouTube does not store any information about visitors to this website before they watch the video. Nevertheless, this does not necessarily mean that the sharing of data with YouTube partners can be ruled out as a result of the expanded data protection mode. For instance, regardless of whether you are watching a video, YouTube will always establish a connection with the Google DoubleClick network.
As soon as you start to play a YouTube video on this website, a connection to YouTube’s servers will be established. As a result, the YouTube server will be notified, which of our pages you have visited. If you are logged into your YouTube account while you visit our site, you enable YouTube to directly allocate your browsing patterns to your personal profile. You have the option to prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
Furthermore, after you have started to play a video, YouTube will be able to place various cookies on your device or to deploy comparable technologies for recognition (e.g. device fingerprinting). In this way YouTube will be able to obtain information about this website’s visitors. Among other things, this information will be used to generate video statistics, to improve user friendliness and to prevent attempts to commit fraud.
Additional data processing, which is beyond our control, may be triggered after you star to play a YouTube video.
The use of YouTube is based on our overriding or legitimate interest in presenting our online content in an appealing manner or your consent.
Google Web Fonts (local embedding)
This website uses so-called Web Fonts provided by Google to ensure the uniform use of fonts on this site. These Google fonts are locally installed. No connection to Google’s servers will be established related thereto.
This website uses the mapping service Google Maps. The provider is Google.
To enable the use of the Google Maps features, your IP address must be stored. As a rule, this information is transferred to one of Google’s servers in the United States, where it is stored. The operator of this website has no control over the data transfer. If Google Maps is activated, Google has the option to use Google web fonts for the purpose of the uniform depiction of fonts.
When you access Google Maps, your browser will load the required web fonts into your browser cache, to correctly display text and fonts.
The use of Google Maps is based on our overriding or legitimate interest in presenting our online content in an appealing manner and in making the locations disclosed on our website easy to find or on your consent.
Data transmission to the US is – according to Google – based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission. Details can be found here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/gdprcontrollerterms/ and https://privacy.google.com/businesses/gdprcontrollerterms/sccs/.
We use “Google reCAPTCHA” (hereinafter referred to as “reCAPTCHA”) on this website. The provider is Google.
The purpose of reCAPTCHA is to determine whether data entered on this website (e.g., information entered into a contact form) is being provided by a human user or by an automated program. To determine this, reCAPTCHA analyzes the behavior of the website visitor based on a variety of parameters. This analysis is triggered automatically as soon as the website visitor enters the site. For this analysis, reCAPTCHA evaluates a variety of data (e.g., IP address, time the website visitor spent on the site or cursor movements initiated by the user). The data collected during such analysis is forwarded to Google.
reCAPTCHA analyses run entirely in the background. Website visitors are not alerted that an analysis is underway.
The data is stored and analyzed on the basis of our overriding or legitimate interest or your consent.
We have integrated Wordfence on this website. The provider is Defiant Inc, Defiant, Inc, 800 5th Ave Ste 4100, Seattle, WA 98104, USA (hereinafter “Wordfence”).
Wordfence is designed to protect our website from unwanted access or malicious cyberattacks. To accomplish this, our website establishes a permanent connection with Wordfence’s servers, so Wordfence may check their databases against accesses made to our website and block them, as required.
The use of Wordfence is based on our overriding or legitimate interest in the most effective protection of this website against cyberattacks or your consent.
Data transmission to the U.S. is – according to Wordfence – based on the standard contractual clauses of the EU Commission. Details can be found here:
We have concluded a data processing agreement (DPA) with the above-mentioned provider. This is a contract mandated by data privacy laws that guarantees that it processes personal data of our website visitors only based on our instructions and in compliance with the FDPA and the GDPR.
9. eCommerce and payment service providers
Processing of Customer and Contract Data
We collect, process, and use personal customer and contract data for the establishment, content arrangement, modification and performance of our contractual relationships. Personal data related to the use of this website (usage data) will be collected, processed, and used only if this is necessary to enable the user to use our services or for billing purposes.
The collected customer data will be deleted upon completion of the order or termination of the business relationship and upon expiration of any existing statutory retention periods, which shall prevail.
Data transfer upon closing of contracts for online stores, retailers, and the shipment of merchandise
Whenever you order merchandise from us, we will share your personal data with the transportation company entrusted with the delivery as well as the payment service provider engaged to handle the payment transactions (see below). Only the data these respective service providers require to meet their obligations will be shared. The legal basis for this sharing is the processing of data for the performance of a contract with you. We will share your email address with the transportation company entrusted with the delivery so that this company can notify you on the shipping status for your order via email. The transportation company will only store your personal data for as long as is necessary for the provision of its services or for compliance with statutory retention periods.
Data transfer upon closing of contracts for services and digital content
We share personal data with third parties only if this is necessary in conjunction with the performance of the contract; for instance, with the financial institution tasked with the processing of payments.
Any further transfer of data will not occur, unless you have expressly consented to the transfer. Any sharing of your data with third parties in the absence of your express consent, for instance for advertising purposes, will not occur.
The basis for the processing of data is the processing of data for the performance of a contract.
We integrate payment services of third-party companies on our website (e.g. payment through MasterCard, Visa, Postfinance, red payment slip). When you make a purchase from us, your payment data (e.g. name, payment amount, bank account details, credit card number) are processed by the payment service provider for the purpose of payment processing. For these transactions, the respective contractual and data protection provisions of the respective providers apply. The basis for the processing of data is the performance of a contract and our overriding or legitimate interest in a smooth, convenient, and secure payment transaction or in individual cases your consent.
10. Own Services
Handling applicant data
We offer website visitors the opportunity to submit job applications to us (e.g., via e-mail, via postal services on by submitting the online job application form). Below, we inform you on the scope, purpose and use of the personal data collected from you in the course of the application process. We assure you that the collection, processing, and use of your data will occur in compliance with the applicable data protection law and all other statutory provisions and that your data will always be treated as strictly confidential.
Scope and purpose of the collection of data
If you submit a job application to us, we will process any personal data related thereto (e.g., contact and communications data, application documents, notes taken during job interviews, etc.), if they are required to make a decision concerning the establishment of an employment relationship. The legal basis for this is the necessity of data processing in connection with the conclusion of a contract (employment relationship) or, in individual cases, your consent. Within our company, your personal data will only be shared with individuals who are involved in the processing of your job application.
Data Storage Period
If we are unable to offer you a job or you reject a job offer or withdraw your application, we reserve the right to retain the data you have submitted on the basis of our overriding or legitimate interests for up to 6 months from the end of the application procedure (rejection or withdrawal of the application).
Afterwards the data will be deleted, and the physical application documents will be destroyed. The retention serves in particular as evidence in the event of a legal dispute. If it is evident that the data will be required after the expiry of the 6-month period (e.g., due to an impending or pending legal dispute), deletion will only take place when the purpose for further retention no longer applies.
Longer retention may also take place if you have given your consent or if statutory retention requirements preclude the deletion. You can request the return of your application documents or – subject to the foregoing – to have them deleted at any time.
Admission to the applicant pool
If we do not offer you a job, you may be able to join our applicant pool. In case of admission, all documents and information from the application will be transferred to the applicant pool in order to contact you in case of suitable vacancies.
Admission to the applicant pool is based exclusively on your express consent. The provision of such consent is voluntary and unrelated to the ongoing application procedure. You may revoke this consent at any time. In this case, the data from the applicant pool will be irrevocably deleted, provided there are no statutory retention obligations.
The data from the applicant pool will be irrevocably deleted no later than two years after consent has been provided.