Our website may be used without entering personal information. However, different rules may apply to certain services on our site, and are explained separately below. We collect personal information from you (e.g. name, address, email address, telephone number, etc.) in accordance with the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Swiss Data Protection Law (DSG). Information is considered personal if it can be associated exclusively to a specific natural person. The provisions below serve to provide information as to the manner, extent and purpose for collecting, using and processing personal information by the provider.
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Please be aware that data transfer via the internet is subject to security risks and, therefore, complete protection against third-party access to transferred data cannot be ensured.
This website is for your information only. The SHS Association is not liable for the completeness and correctness of the published information or for information provided by third parties that is accessible via this website.
Our website makes use of so-called cookies. Some of these cookies are essential, while others help us to improve your experience by providing insights into how the site is being used. Necessary cookies enable core functionality. The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences. Analytical cookies from Google Analytics help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage. Social Media cookies and content will allow you to interact with our social media channels. This may allow our social media providers to track your usage of this website. To enable single sign-on via social media, you must enable this feature. You can change your preferences related to the use of Analytical and Social Media cookies at any time by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom left side of your browser window.
For technical and security reasons, data such as the following, which your internet browser transmits to us or to our web space provider (so called server log files), is collected:
type and version of the browser you use
websites that linked you to our site (referrer URL)
websites that you visit
date and time of your visit
your Internet Protocol (IP) address.
This anonymous data is stored separately from any personal information you may have provided, thereby making it impossible to connect it to any particular person. This data is used for defense against hacking attempts or for investigations in case of criminal actions against this site.
Purpose of Registering
We offer you the opportunity to sign up as a member of the SHS association through the SHS Cortex. The information entered when signing up, as shown in the registration formis collected and stored solely for use by our website. When signing up for the SHS Cortex, we also store your IP address and the date and time you registered. This serves to protect us in the event a third party improperly and without your knowledge making use of your data to sign up for our site. None of this information is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of our website.
On our website we offer you the opportunity to contact us by email. In such event, information provided by the user is stored for the purpose of facilitating communications with the user. No data is transferred to third parties. Nor is any of this information matched to any information that may be collected by other components of our website.
Use of Google Analytics with anonymization
Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter referred to as "Google". Google Analytics employs so-called "cookies", text files that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site.
The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google’s location in the US and stored there.
We use Google Analytics with an IP anonymization feature on our website. In doing so, Google abbreviates and thereby anonymizes your IP address.
Google will use this information to evaluate your usage of our site, to compile reports on website activity for us, and to provide other services related to website- and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or to the extent this data is processed by third parties on Google´s behalf.
Google states that it will in never associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You can change your preferences related to the use of Google Analytics cookies at any time by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom left side of your browser window.
Use of reCAPTCHA
To protect input forms on our site, we use the "reCAPTCHA" service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA, hereinafter "Google." By means of this service it can be distinguished whether the corresponding input is of human origin or is created improperly by automated machine processing.
To our knowledge, the referrer URL, the IP address, the behaviour of the website visitors, information about the operating system, browser and length of stay, cookies, display instructions and scripts, user input behaviour and mouse movements in the "reCAPTCHA" checkbox are conveyed to "Google".
Google uses the information obtained, among other things, to digitize books and other printed matter as well as to optimize services such as Google Street View and Google Maps (e.g. house number and street name recognition).
The IP address provided as part of "reCAPTCHA" is not merged with other data from Google unless you are logged into your Google Account at the time the "reCAPTCHA" plug-in is used. If you want to prevent this transmission and storage of data by "Google" about you and your behaviour on our website, you must log out of "Google" before you visit our site or before using the reCAPTCHA plug-in.
Facebook Remarketing / Retargeting (Custom Audiences)
Our pages integrate plugins from the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. You can recognize the Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo or the "Like" button on our page. You can find an overview of the Facebook plugins here: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/. Furthermore, Facebook pixels are also used.
If you do not want Facebook to be able to assign visits to our pages to your Facebook user account, please log out of your Facebook user account.
Use of MailChimp
1. Newsletter Consent
You will be asked to consent to the use of your personal data to receive our newsletter as follows:
We use the newsletter to provide you with regular updates about our offers. To receive our newsletter, you will need a valid email address. We will then check the email address entered to ensure that you are actually the owner or if its owner has agreed to receive our newsletter. By registering for the newsletter, we will save your IP address and date and time of registration. This will be used in case a third party misuses your email address to subscribe to our newsletter without your knowledge.
We will not compare the data collected during newsletter registration with any other data that might be collected by other components of our site.
2. Newsletter by MailChimp
We use MailChimp to send our newsletter to our subscribers. MailChimp is a service provided by The Rocket Science Group, LLC, 512 Means Street, Suite 404, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA.
The data stored when you registered for the newsletter (email address, name, IP address, and time and date of registration) will be sent to a server operated by The Rocket Science Group in the United States and stored there in accordance with the EU-US Privacy Shield.
Further information about the data protection offered by MailChimp can be found at:
Further information about the EU-US Privacy Shield can be found at:
You may cancel your newsletter subscription and revoke your consent to the storage of this data at any time with future effect. For instructions to take this step, please refer to the confirmation email and each newsletter.
3. Newsletter tracking
Our newsletter includes so-called tracking pixels or links that allow us to recognize if and when an email has been opened and which links in the email have been clicked by its recipient.
This data is stored by us so that we can best align our newsletter to the wishes and interests of our subscribers. Accordingly, the data thus collected is used to send personalized newsletters to each recipient.
You will be asked to consent to the use of your personal data as follows:
"I agree that my data and my user responses will be stored electronically by newsletter tracking so that I can receive a personalized newsletter. The revocation of the consent to receive the newsletter constitutes a revocation of the consent for the tracking described above."
By revoking the consent to receive the newsletter, the consent to the aforementioned tracking is revoked.
Based on your rights according to EU GDPR and Swiss DSG, you may contact us at no cost if you have questions relating to the collection, processing or use of your personal information, if you wish to request the correction, blocking or deletion of the same, or if you wish to cancel explicitly granted consent. Please note that you have the right to have incorrect data corrected or to have personal data deleted, where such claim is not barred by any legal obligation to retain this data.