Swiss Cancer ResearchData protection

Data protection

Version as of May 31st, 2018

In this privacy statement, we, the Swiss Cancer Research foundation (hereinafter we or us), explain how we collect and process personal data. This is not an exhaustive description; if necessary, other data protection statements, general terms and conditions or conditions of participation govern specific matters. Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual. If you provide us with personal data of other persons (e.g. family members or data of work colleagues), please make sure that these persons are aware of this privacy policy and only share their personal data with us if you are allowed to do so and if this personal data is correct.

  1. Person responsible / data protection officer / representative

    The responsible party for the data processing we describe here is Swiss Cancer Research (Krebsforschung Schweiz), Effingerstrasse 40, P.O. Box, 3001 Bern. If you have any data protection concerns, you can send them to us at the following contact address: Swiss Cancer Research, Effingerstrasse 40, P.O. Box, 3001 Bern or

    For concerns regarding donation letters and data, it is best to contact our Donation Service at 031 389 93 00 or

  2. Collection an processing of personal data
    We primarily process the personal data that we receive from donors, that we receive from our customers and other business partners in the course of our business relationship with them and other persons involved in it, or that we collect from their users in the operation of our websites and other applications.

    To the extent permitted, we also take certain data from publicly accessible sources (e.g. debt collection registers, land registers, commercial registers, press, Internet) or from authorities and other third parties (such as advice centers or address dealers). In addition to the information about you that you make available to us directly, the personal information that we receive about you from third parties include, information from public registers, information related to  governmental and legal proceedings, information relating to your professional functions and activities (so that we can, for example, conclude and process transactions with your employer with your help), information about you in correspondence and meetings with third parties, information about your health in connection with the consultation services you use, and information about you in connection with your employment with us. We also receive information about you in correspondence and meetings with third parties, information about your health in connection with the consulting services you use, information about you provided to us by people close to you (family, advisors, legal representatives, etc.) so that we can enter into contracts with you. ) so that we can conclude or process contracts with you or involving you (e.g. references, your address for deliveries, powers of attorney), information on compliance with legal requirements such as anti-money laundering and export restrictions, information from banks, insurance companies, sales and other contractual partners of ours on the use or provision of services by you (e.g. payments made, purchases made, etc.). e.g. payments made, purchases made), information from the media and the Internet about you (if this is indicated in the specific case, e.g. as part of an application, press review, marketing/sales, etc.), your addresses and, if applicable, interests and other socio-demographic data (for marketing), data in connection with the use of the website. (e.g. IP address, MAC address of the smartphone or computer, information about your device and settings, cookies and other user and usage data).

  3. Purposes of data processing and legal basis

    We use the personal data we collect primarily to conclude and process our contracts with our customers and business partners, to carry out scientific research projects, in the context of the early detection and combating of cancer on a scientific basis, in the provision of consultation and support to cancer patients and their caregivers, and in fundraising. Personal data is also used in the purchase of products and services from our suppliers and subcontractors, as well as to comply with our legal obligations at home and abroad. If you work for such a business partner, your personal data may of course also be affected in this capacity.

    In addition, we process personal data, to the extent permitted and deemed appropriate, also for the following purposes, in which we (and sometimes also third parties) have a legitimate interest corresponding to the purpose:

    • Providing and further developing our offers, services, websites and other platforms on which we are present;

    • Communicating with third parties and processing their inquiries (e.g., consultations, research grant applications, job applications, media inquiries);

    • Testing and optimizing procedures for needs analysis for the purpose of direct customer contact, as well as collecting personal data from publicly available sources for the purpose of customer acquisition;

    • Fundraising, advertising and marketing (including the organization of events), insofar as you have not objected to the use of your data (if we send you advertising as an existing customer of ours, you can object to this at any time; we will then put you on a blacklist against further advertising mailings);

    • Market and opinion research, media monitoring;

    • Assertion of legal claims and defense in connection with legal disputes and official proceedings;

    • Prevention and investigation of criminal offenses and other misconduct (e.g., conducting internal investigations, data analysis to combat fraud);

    • Guarantees of our operations, in particular IT, our websites and other platforms;

    • Corporate transactions and restructurings and related transfers of personal data, as well as business management measures and where necessary to comply with legal and regulatory obligations and our internal rules.

      Insofar as you have given us consent to process your personal data for specific purposes (for example, when you register to receive newsletters or conduct a background check), we process your personal data within the scope of and based on this consent, as long as we have no other legal basis and we require such a basis. You may revoke any consent you have given at any time, but this will not affect any data processing that has already taken place.

  4. Cookies / tracking and other technologies in connection with the use of our website
    We use cookies and similar technologies on our websites 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 use when you visit our website. This allows us to recognize you when you return to this website, even if we do not know who you are. In addition to cookies that are only used during a session and deleted after your website visit (session cookies), cookies can also be used to store user settings and other information for a certain period of time (persistent cookies). However, you can set your browser to reject cookies, store them for one session only, or otherwise delete them early. Most browsers are preset to accept cookies. We use permanent cookies so that you can save user settings (e.g. language, autologin), so that we better understand how you use our offers and content, and so that we can show you offers and advertising tailored to you (which can also happen on websites of other companies; however, they then do not learn from us who you are, if we know that ourselves at all, because they only see that on their website is the same user who was also with us on a particular page. If you block cookies, certain functionalities (such as language selection, shopping cart, ordering processes) may no longer work.

    We include visible and invisible image elements in some of our newsletters and other marketing emails, where permitted, that allow us to determine if and when you have opened an email by retrieving them from our servers so that we can measure and better understand how you use our offers and tailor them to you as well. You can block this in your email program; most are preset to do so.

    By using our websites and agreeing to receive newsletters and other marketing emails, you consent to the use of these techniques. If you do not want this, then set your browser or e-mail program accordingly.

    We sometimes use Google Analytics on our websites. This is a service provided by Google LLC in the USA,, with which we can measure and evaluate the use of the website (not on a personal basis). Permanent cookies set by the service provider are also used for this purpose. The service provider does not receive any personal data from us (and does not keep any IP addresses), but can track your use of the website, combine this information with data from other websites that you have visited and which are also tracked by the service provider, and use these findings for its own purposes (e.g. controlling advertising). To the extent that you have registered with the Service Provider itself, it holds personal data about you. The processing of your personal data by the service provider then takes place under the responsibility of the service provider in accordance with its data protection regulations. The service provider only informs us how our respective website is used (no information about you personally).

    We also use plug-ins from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ or Instagram and plug-ins from other providers such as Issuu on our websites. This is apparent to you in each case (typically via corresponding icons). The operators of the respective plug-ins register that you are on our website and can use this information for their purposes. The processing of your personal data is then the responsibility of this operator in accordance with its data protection provisions. We do not receive any information about you from them.

  5. Data transfer and data transmission aborad
    Within the scope of our business activities and the purposes set out in section 3, we also disclose data to third parties, insofar as this is permitted and appears to us to be appropriate, either because they process it for us or because they want to use it for their own purposes. In particular, this concerns the following entities (all joint recipients):

    • Service providers of us (as well as external, such as banks, insurance companies), including order processors (such as IT providers);

    • Partner organizations such as the Swiss Cancer League and the cantonal and regional cancer leagues;

    • Dealers, suppliers, subcontractors and other business partners;

    • customers;

    • domestic and foreign authorities, official agencies or courts;

    • Media;

    • The public, including visitors to websites and social media;

    • Competitors, industry organizations, associations, organizations and other bodies;

    • other parties in potential or actual legal proceedings;

      These recipients are partly domestic, but can be anywhere in the world. You must expect the transfer of your data to all countries where the service providers we use are located. If we transfer data to a country without adequate legal data protection, we will ensure an adequate level of protection as provided for by law by using appropriate contracts or so-called Binding Corporate Rules or rely on the legal exceptions of consent, contract performance, the establishment, exercise or enforcement of legal claims, overriding public interests, published personal data or because it is necessary to protect the integrity of the data subjects. You may obtain a copy of the aforementioned contractual guarantees at any time from the contact mentioned in section 1, to the extent that they are not available at the link provided above. However, we reserve the right to black out copies for reasons of data protection or confidentiality or to supply only excerpts.

  6. Duration of the retention of personal data
    We process and store your personal data as long as it is necessary for the fulfillment of our contractual and legal obligations or for the purposes pursued with the processing, i.e., for example, for the duration of the entire business relationship (from the initiation, processing to the termination of a contract) as well as beyond that in accordance with the statutory retention and documentation obligations. In this context, it is possible that personal data will be retained for the time during which claims can be asserted against our company and insofar as we are otherwise legally obligated to do so or legitimate business interests require this (e.g. for evidence and documentation purposes). As soon as your personal data is no longer required for the above-mentioned purposes, it will be deleted or anonymized as a matter of principle and to the extent possible. For operational data (e.g. system logs, logs), shorter retention periods of twelve months or less generally apply.

  7. Data Security
    To protect your personal data from unauthorized access and misuse, we take appropriate technical and organizational security precautions, such as issuing directives, training, IT and network security solutions, access controls and restrictions, encryption of data carriers and transmissions, pseudonymization, and controls.

  8. Provision of personal data
    Without personal data, we will generally not be able to advise you, enter into a contract with you (or the entity or person you represent) or process it. Also, the website cannot be used if certain traffic-securing information (such as IP address) is not disclosed.

  9. Profiling
    We process your personal data partly automatically with the aim of evaluating certain personal aspects (profiling). We use profiling in particular to provide you with targeted information and advice about products. In doing so, we use evaluation tools that enable us to provide needs-based communication and advertising, including market and opinion research.

  10. Rights of the data subject
    You have the right to information, correction, deletion, the right to restriction of data processing and otherwise the right to object to our data processing as well as to the release of certain personal data for the purpose of transfer to another entity (so-called data portability) within the scope of the data protection law applicable to you and insofar as provided therein (such as in the case of the EU General Data Protection Regulation DSGVO). Please note, however, that we reserve the right to enforce the restrictions provided for by law, for example if we are obliged to retain or process certain data, if we have an overriding interest in doing so (insofar as we are entitled to rely on this) or if we need the data to assert claims. We have already informed you about the possibility of revoking your consent in section 3. Please note that the exercise of these rights may conflict with contractual agreements and may have consequences such as the premature termination of the contract or cost consequences. We will inform you in advance if this is not already contractually regulated. 

    The exercise of such rights usually requires that you clearly prove your identity (e.g. by means of a copy of your ID card, where your identity is otherwise not clear or cannot be verified). To assert your rights, you can contact us at the addresses given in section 1.

    Every data subject also has the right to enforce his or her claims in court or to file a complaint with the competent data protection authority.  The competent data protection authority in Switzerland is the Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC).

  11. Changes

    We may amend this privacy policy at any time without prior notice. The current version published on our website shall apply. To the extent that the Privacy Policy is part of an agreement with you, we will notify you of the change by email or other appropriate means in the event of an update.