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Privacy Policy

Protecting the privacy of the users of our website is very important to us. Most of our content can be used without registration, however, we use industry-standard technologies to measure and improve the performance of our website and collect data for that purpose. In some instances we cooperate with external service providers. If we (or third parties on our behalf) collect and process personal data, we comply with the requirements of the Swiss Data Protection Act. In addition, without being legally obliged, we also orient ourselves according to the requirements of the EU GDPR. This data protection notice explains how we do this.


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Our website can also be used without disclosing personal data. Our website server, though, temporarily stores information about user access. Information includes the IP address, the date and time of the access, the name and URL of the file accessed, the website from which the access is made (referrer URL), the browser used, the operating system of the computer used and the name of the user’s access provider. We use this data to ensure a smooth connection setup, comfortable use of the website, evaluation of system security and stability as well as for other administrative purposes.

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To optimize our offer, we use cookies on our website. These are text files that are stored on your computer and enable the analysis of the use of our website.

You can configure your browser in a way that no cookies are stored on your computer or so that a warning is always displayed before a cookie is installed. A complete deactivation of cookies may result in the website not functioning or not functioning completely.

The data processed through cookies is required for the above-mentioned purposes in order to safeguard our legitimate interests.


Through the measures listed below, we ensure the needs-based design and continuous optimization of our website. These measures allow us to statistically record and evaluate the use of our website. This is our legitimate interest.

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (Google). Google Analytics uses cookies to analyze how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is usually transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the USA.

We only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymization. This means that your IP address will be shortened in Switzerland, the European Union and the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of the website in order to provide us with reports on the activities of users on the website and to provide other services related to the use of the website and internet usage. Furthermore, Google will transfer this information to third parties if required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of Google. The IP address provided by your browser will not be merged with Google’s other data.

You may object to Google Analytics collecting the data with effect for the future by installing a deactivation add-on ( for your browser. Besides the possibility to install the deactivation add-on, there is another alternative to prevent Google Analytics from collecting the data.

It is particularly interesting for users of mobile devices. Please click on this link to      deactivate Google Analytics                                                                                       doing this you install an opt-out cookie, which prevents the tracking of the data on the website. The function remains in effect until the opt-out cookie is deleted. If the opt-out cookie has been deleted, it is sufficient to click on the link another time.


Social media plug-ins are used on our website to facilitate recommending and sharing our articles on the social network Twitter. Responsibility for data protection compliant operation lies with Twitter. Data will only be transferred to Twitter if you are logged in with your profile on Twitter. We have neither influence nor access to cookies which are placed by providers of social networks. For this reason, reference is made to the privacy statement of Twitter.


We only disclose your personal data on a confidential basis to agents we use in the ordinary course of our business, such as for data management and distribution of our promotional materials. We disclose your personal data to third parties if you expressly consent, if there is a legal obligation or permission to do so, if disclosure is necessary to assert, exercise or defend legal claims, or if the disclosure of data is necessary for the settlement of the terms and conditions of the contract with you.

6.  How SECURE is your data?

We use technical and organizational measures to protect your data against manipulation, loss, destruction or unauthorized access by third parties.

7.  What Are your Rights Regarding YOUR DATA?

You have the right at any time to obtain from the data processor information on the processing of your data, its methods and aims and logic applied to it as well: (1) confirmation of existence of the data and their communication and their origin; (2) the identity of the owner and managers as well as the persons or classes of persons to whom the data may be communicated or who can learn about them as managers or agents; (3) updating, rectification and integration of data; (4) the cancellation, anonymization or blocking of data in violation of law; (5) confirmation that the operations referred to in paragraphs 3 and 4 have been made known to those to whom the data were communicated and disseminated, with the exception of cases where this proves impossible or involves a of means disproportionate to the protected right; (6) to oppose: the processing of data, even if relevant to the purpose of collection, for legitimate reasons; the processing of data for purposes of commercial information or for carrying out market research.If you believe that the processing of your data violates the data protection laws, you can report this to us or the relevant supervisory authority.

8.  How Can we Change this data protection notice?

We reserve the right to change this data protection notice at any time. Changes will be published on the website. Last revision May 2018.

9.  Who is Responsible for the data processing?

Responsible for the data processing is the World Scleroderma Foundation, Elisabethenstrasse 3, 4051 Basel, Switzerland,