Protection of your privacy is an important matter for us. In this Data Protection Policy, we describe how we process your personal data when you visit our website www.innosuisse.ch (hereinafter referred to as “Our Website”) and what your corresponding rights are:
- 1. Applicable provisions
- 2. Contact details and data protection officers
- 3. Collection and processing of data in general
- 4. Cookies, tracking and other technologies relating to the use of Our Website
- 6. Passing on of personal data
- 7. Duration for which personal data is stored
- 8. Data security
- 9. Rights of data subjects
- 10. Changes
1. Applicable provisions
If you use Our Website, the legal provisions for use of the websites of the Swiss Federal Administration generally apply, which are available via the following link: https://www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/terms-and-conditions.html.
This Data Protection Policy specifically also applies. The following provisions also take priority in the event of any inconsistencies.
2. Contact details and data protection officers
The website www.innosuisse.ch is operated by Innosuisse. Innosuisse is the federal funding agency for science-based innovation.
Queries relating to data protection or this policy can be directed at any time, electronically or by post, to:
Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Agency
for the attention of Legal Services
3. Collection and processing of data in general
When you visit Our Website, certain data is collected; you also have the possibility of entering data at various points on Our Website. We process this data with care and confidentiality, for the purposes described in this Data Protection Policy, only to the extent necessary and within the scope of the applicable legal provisions.
We only store your data to such an extent and for as long as is necessary to provide our services or as required by law. In close cooperation with our hosting providers, we do our utmost to protect the databases from unauthorized access, data loss, misuse or falsification.
The documents and data submitted or transmitted by you in connection with a funding application or an ongoing funding measure will be used exclusively for the assessment of your funding application or handling of the funding measure; these will be available for inspection by the persons responsible for the respective process step.
We have also provided forms for certain subsidies at various points on Our Website. In addition to your contact details, you will be asked to provide specialist information here, such as a brief description of your business idea and other details about your company. When you send the form, the data will be transmitted to the responsible division of Innosuisse.
In particular for international programmes, the input platforms of our partners must be used, which are also linked accordingly. When using these, please observe the data protection provisions that are specified there.
If you have registered for an Innosuisse newsletter on Our Website and have agreed to receive it in the confirmation e-mail that is then sent to you (“double opt-in”), we will add your contact details to the relevant distribution list. The data is used exclusively for the dispatch of our newsletter. For the dispatch and mangement of the newsletter, we use the software Mailweaver1. Among other things, this allows anonymous evaluations to be carried out to measure the success of the mailing. We are able to track how many of our recipients have opened newsletter content, for example. This is necessary in order to better adapt our newsletter content to the needs of our audience and thus to comply with our legal mandate to provide information on existing subsidies in the best possible way. If you would like to prevent this from happening, we ask that you unsubscribe from the newsletter. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time from the settings. A corresponding link can be found in the footer of each newsletter as well as in the confirmation e-mail following initial registration.
We may publish job vacancies on Our Website. If you apply for one of these vacancies, you will be redirected to an external portal. For use of the portal, the data protection provisions specified in the portal apply.
4. Cookies, tracking and other technologies relating to the use of Our Website
We typically use “cookies” and similar technologies on Our Website to identify your browser or device. A cookie is a small file that is sent to your computer or automatically stored on your computer or mobile device by the web browser you are using when you visit Our Website. If you visit this website again, we can recognise you even if we do not know who you are. In addition to cookies that are used during one session only and are deleted after your visit to the website (“session cookies”), cookies can also be used to store user settings and other information over a certain period of time (e.g. two years) (“permanent cookies”). However, you can set your browser to reject cookies, to save them for one session only or to otherwise delete them prematurely. Most browsers are preset to accept cookies. Only “session cookies” are used on Our Website by default. Analysis applications and social plugins are an exception to this rule and set their own cookies: See sections 4.3 and 5 onwards.
When you access Our Website, information of a general nature is automatically recorded. This information is recorded in the server log file and includes the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider, your IP address and the like.
This is in particular for the following reasons:
- Ensuring a website connection is established without any problems
- Ensuring seamless use of Our Website
- Evaluating system security and stability
The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the purpose of collection. For the data used to deliver Our Website, this is generally the case once the respective session has ended or once the data has reached a certain size (by default: 200MB).
In order to provide you with an optimal tool through Our Website and continuously adapt our funding opportunities to the needs of our stakeholders, we analyse the user behaviour of visitors to Our Website. To do so, we use the web analysis service Matomo2.
Matomo cookies remain on your device until you delete them. The information generated by the cookie about how this website is used is not passed on to third parties. You may stop cookies from being stored by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions on this website.
We use the social plugins below on Our Website to make our agency and the programmes and subsidies we offer better known and thus fulfil our legal mandate to provide information about existing subsidies in the best possible way. Responsibility for operation being compliant with data protection must be ensured by their respective providers. Data processing in connection with these plugins is carried out with your consent when you use these plugins (e.g. by clicking on them). If you use the services of these social networks, either independently or in connection with Our Website, the social networks will evaluate your use of the plugin. In this case, information about the plugin is passed on to the social networks.
The following “social plugins” are used on Our Website:
Our Website uses plugins from social network Facebook, which is provided by Facebook Inc. The Facebook plugins are marked with a Facebook logo or the “Like” or “Share” buttons. If you call up a page on Our Website that contains such a plugin and you select it, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Facebook directly to your browser and integrated into the page.
Through this integration, Facebook is informed about your browser having called up the corresponding page of Our Website, even if you do not have a Facebook profile or are not currently logged in to Facebook. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to a Facebook server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can directly assign your visit to Our Website to your Facebook profile. When you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking on the “Like” button, this information is likewise transmitted directly to a Facebook server and stored there. The information is also published on your Facebook profile and displayed to your Facebook friends. For the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of this data by Facebook, as well as your rights in this regard and settings options for protecting your privacy, please refer to Facebook's Data Policy3.
We embed YouTube videos on Our Website in order to better inform you about our funding opportunities and simplify administrative processes. The operator of the corresponding plugins is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (hereinafter referred to as “YouTube”).
For more information about data processing by Youtube, please refer to YouTube's Terms of Service6. There you can also change your personal data protection settings in the data protection center.
We use Google Maps on Our Website. Google Maps is operated by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter referred to as “Google”). This allows us to display interactive maps on Our Website directly and enables you to conveniently use the map function.
6. Passing on of personal data
If you provide us with data that is relevant to a specific administrative procedure (e.g. funding application), we will store this data in our internal database. In cases provided for by law, Innosuisse may be obliged to pass on certain data to third parties (e.g. for statistical purposes in accordance with Art. 22 of the Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP)8, for archiving in accordance with Art. 21 FADP or based on the duty to inform in accordance with Art. 49 of the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA)9).
7. Duration for which personal data is stored
In principle, we delete or anonymise the personal data that we have collected from you as soon as it is no longer required to fulfil the purpose for which it was originally collected, but at the latest in accordance with the applicable provisions of federal law, in particular the Federal Act on Archiving10.
10 Federal Act on Archiving (ArchA), CC 152.1.
8. Data security
For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content such as funding applications, Our Website uses SSL or TLS encryption. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the padlock icon in your browser line. If the SSL or TLS encryption is enabled, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.
9. Rights of data subjects
As a data subject, you have certain rights with regard to the personal data we process about you:
You have the right to know what data we process about you. Please address your written request to the address specified in section 2 (Innosuisse Legal Services). Please enclose a copy of a valid identification document together with your request.
You also have the right to correct data, supplement incomplete data or delete it. Furthermore, you have the right to object and can demand restrictions in the processing and passing on of data.
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner acts as the supervisory authority in Switzerland. As a citizen of the Union, you may also apply to the supervisory authority of your member state.
Your rights may be restricted where this is provided for by law or necessary due to overriding public or private interests. In particular, data that we are required to store due to legal retention obligations will be blocked, rather than deleted, to prevent use for other purposes.
From time to time, it may become necessary to make changes to the Data Protection Policy. The current version published on Our Website applies in each case.
Last modification 27.10.2021