I. General Notice

The website of SWI swissinfo.ch (hereinafter referred to as swissinfo.ch) provides information, as well as the data of other websites via hyperlinks or tools. This information and data are intended for informational purposes only, and the provider cannot guarantee that the contents provided are correct, complete and up to date.

swissinfo.ch expressly reserves the right to modify the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy at any time. Should any changes be made, swissinfo.ch shall promptly publish them on its website. It is the responsibility of  users to consult the up-to-date version of the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy on the website of swissinfo.ch.

Last updated: August 10, 2017

II. Terms of Use

Section 1 Scope

swissinfo.ch shall be responsible exclusively for content that is generated, published and distributed. The Terms of Use apply to the contents of the website www.swissinfo.ch,and all sub-domains belonging to this domain (hereinafter referred to as the Website or Online Offering of swissinfo.ch).

Section 2 Liability

swissinfo.ch shall not be held liable, insofar as permitted by law, either for the content and software distributed on the website of swissinfo.ch, or for damages resulting therefrom. This shall apply to damages of all types, particularly to those that can be caused by errors, delays or disruptions in the transmission of data, breakdowns of the technical equipment and service, incorrect content, loss or deletion of data, viruses or in some other way through the use of this Online Offering.

The swissinfo.ch website may contain links to third party websites for informational purposes. In this case swissinfo.ch shall assume no responsibility for the content, accuracy, legality and functionality of websites of third parties to which reference is made via hyperlinks or tools on the website of swissinfo.ch. Any access of said web pages by means of these hyperlinks is made at the user's own risk.

Section 3 Copyright

All rights reserved. The content of the website by swissinfo.ch is copyrighted. It is intended for private use only. Any other use of the website content beyond the use stipulated above, particularly the distribution, modification, transmission, storage and copying requires prior written consent of swissinfo.ch.Should you be interested in any such use of the website content, please contact us via contact@swissinfo.chexternal link.

As regards the use for private purposes, it is only permitted to use a hyperlink to specific content, and to place it on your own website or a website of third parties. The swissinfo.ch website content may only be embedded in an ad-free environment without any modifications. 

Specifically applying to all software, folders, data and their content provided for download by the swissinfo.ch website, a basic, non-exclusive and non-transferable license is granted that is restricted to the one-time downloading and saving of said data on private devices. All other rights remain the property of swissinfo.ch. In particular, any sale or commercial use of these data is prohibited.

Section 4 Netiquette

Disrespectful contributions or those of a racist, discriminatory, sexist, pornographic or violent nature shall not be published.

Furthermore, no threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, hateful, harmful content or that of damaging or commercial nature shall be published. swissinfo.ch reserves the right to remove any improper contributions in full and without further inquiry. Abuse will be prosecuted.

Comments that are not related to the published topic or have obviously been made by a faked sender will be deleted.

III. Data Protection

Section 1 Scope

swissinfo.ch attaches great importance to protecting your privacy and undertakes to adhere to the legal regulations pertaining to data protection.

The Privacy Policy applies to the entire website by swissinfo.ch. Compliance with the privacy regulations cannot be guaranteed with regard to third-party web pages linked to the swissinfo.ch website via tools and hyperlinks.

Section 2 Underlying Principles

In principle, you may use the web pages without having to provide information about yourself. When you visit the swissinfo.ch web page, our hosting provider's web server merely registers impersonal site usage data. The log files provide information about your IP address, computer or network, the page that you visited last, the browser used, the date, time and the downloaded files. They are collected for the purpose of analysing user behaviour and basically serve to optimize our product. The data does not permit any inferences to be drawn about you personally.

Web pages of swissinfo.ch are linked to functions (plug-ins) of various third-party social media platforms (Facebook, Google, etc.). When you enter a site hosting the plug-ins of said third-parties, data can be automatically transmitted to third parties through said plug-ins. If a visitor or the visitors are simultaneously logged on the network of a third party, the visit to the website can be assigned to his/her network account. swissinfo.ch has no influence on the nature of data transmission.

Section 3 Entering Names and Addresses

You may only use certain products on the page if you provide personal information. For some products statement of your e-mail address is sufficient, for other services (such as comments), we require your surname/first name, and e-mail address. Contributions to the comments section of an article are usually published under your user name. We shall handle your personal data pursuant to the current data protection law. This means that swissinfo.ch shall undertake to use your personal information with due care and solely for the purposes indicated. swissinfo.ch neither shares your personal information further with third parties, nor does it make it available to third parties, with the exception of submissions entered through the Hearkenexternal link tool which will only be used for the intended purposeexternal link of gathering and reacting to reader feedback. You may at all times correct or delete the personal information entrusted to us. You may either do this yourself in the profile management or you may call on us to do so via e-mail, fax or letter.

Section 4 Identification of Visitors

Occasionally information may be stored on your computer with which the computer and/or the network you use can be identified. Such information is described as “cookies”. These text files stored on your hard disk do not contain any personal information, but facilitate your use of our web pages: thanks to the cookies, we can supply you with the personalized contents you are looking for without your having to log on again on every visit. You can configure your browser so that a warning appears prior to saving a cookie. Or you can in general reject cookies. However, in this case particular services cannot be used.

For assessing the use of our web services, swissinfo.ch uses Digital Analytix, an analysis service of comScore, as well as Net-Audit, a product of Net-Metrix AG. The cookie data relating to the use of the web services of swissinfo.ch (including the associated IP address) is transmitted to the server from comScore in the Netherlands, or Net Metrix AG in Switzerland and stored there. On behalf of swissinfo.ch, this analysis service evaluates the data about your use of the web offerings of swissinfo.ch, and reports to swissinfo.ch about activities on swissinfo.ch. Cookies cannot be used to recognize your receiving device outside the web offerings of swissinfo.ch.
The data obtained in the assessment cannot be used to identify the users of the website of swissinfo.ch personally.

The described assessment of the use of swissinfo.ch is also based on Google Analytics, an analytical service provided by Google Inc. The cookie information on the use of swissinfo.ch (including the associated IP address) is transferred to and stored on a Google server in the United States. On behalf of swissinfo.ch, Google evaluates this information about the use of swissinfo.ch, generates reports about activities on swissinfo.ch, as well as the use of further related services of swissinfo.ch. Google may forward this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where the information is processed by third parties on behalf of Google. The same applies to the use of the Hearken external linktool via swissinfo.ch (see section 3 above), which also uses Google Analytics.

Section 5 Security

The provision of personal information via the Internet always involves risks and no technical system is completely secure against manipulation or sabotage. swissinfo.ch shall attempt to take reasonable measures to hinder unauthorized access to your personal information and the unauthorized use or falsification of this information, and to minimize the corresponding risks.

IV. Common and Final Provisions

Swiss law is applicable to all legal relations between swissinfo.ch and the users. The exclusive place of jurisdiction for disputes arising from these terms of use and the privacy policy is the canton of Berne, subject to mandatory places of jurisdiction under federal law.

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