Privacy Policy

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy“) becomes effective on 24 August 2015. We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy periodically. Updates apply as of the date of their publication on the Site (as defined in the Terms of use).

We are committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring that your personal information is protected. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to explain what we do with personally identifiable information that you provide to us (“Personal Information“), such as your name, mailing or email address. In this Privacy Policy, “we” or “us” refers to Wilhelm Schulthess – Stiftung and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Third Party Websites

This Privacy Policy applies to Personal Information in relation to your use of our Site. It does not apply to information collected by third party websites, platforms and applications that you may access through links on the Site. Such third party third party websites, platforms and applications may have their own privacy policies.

How We Collect and Use Personal Information

The Site automatically logs information from the browser used to access the Site, for example your IP address, the pages that are visited from that address, and the website from where you visit the Site, if your computer is set to allow that type of collection. We use such information to evaluate interest in our Site and to perform other market research activities, such as surveying browsing habits on our Site. We do not use such information to identify the user who is accessing the Site.

Most of our services do not require registration. However, some of the services available through the Site may require registration. You may be asked to supply your name, location and information about your business or occupation or to provide an e-mail address. You may also be asked to submit questions or comments to us, or to provide additional information through surveys or contests. Providing such information is entirely voluntary. If you do provide such information, we may use it to contact you and to inform you of changes to our services or our Site. We may also use such information to enhance the usability of the Site and to ensure it is relevant and meets your needs.

We may also ask you to provide consent to certain data uses if we need to use your personal data for purposes not covered by this Privacy Policy. You are not obliged to provide such consent, but if you prefer not to, participation in certain activities may be restricted. If users choose to opt out of such different uses, we will continue to be able to use Personal Information in accordance with the Privacy Policy under which the information was collected. If you do provide additional consent, the terms of that consent will prevail in case of conflict with this Privacy Policy.

Moreover, we may use Personal Information if deemed necessary to protect us from a security risk, and we may share such information with law enforcement authorities if appropriate.

How We May Share Personal Information

We may share Personal Information about website visitors with third parties when you consent to disclosure, to comply with law, court orders, or legal process; to enforce or apply our agreements or protect us and our rights, by operation of law, when such Personal Information is transferred as a part of sale of assets.

We may obtain services from outside parties (for example from hosting providers) in various countries, some of which may not be considered to be countries with an adequate level of data protection, to assist us in operating the Site and in processing the information described in this Privacy Policy.

Except for these uses, we consider personal data collected through your visit of the Site as confidential, and treat it as such. Generally, we retain such personal data on file for no more than one year.

Updating and Accessing Personal Information

You are welcome to update Personal Information provided to us, such as informing us of a new mailing or email address. This will help us continue to provide information to you that best meets your needs. We comply with your right to update your Personal Data in our records. However, no changes to Personal Information will be permitted where the change would result in incorrect information or would alter a transaction with us already completed. You also have a right to request access to your Personal Information. All requests to update or access Personal Information will be subject to verification of your identity.


We use what is known as browser cookies to simplify the use of the Site and obtain information that can help us to improve the information and services made available through the Site. Cookies are small text files that your browser stores on your computer. We use cookies to make the Site to use and to better tailor the Site and our products to your interests and needs. Cookies may also be used to help speed up your future activities and experience on the Site. We also use cookies to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how people use our Site and to help us improve their structure and content. You can change your browser settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are a number of ways to manage cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google“). Google Analytics uses cookies (see above) to help us analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site Through the integration of the plugin, Google receives the information that you have called up the corresponding page of our Site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, your IP address will be truncated before it is passed on to Google in the USA (“P masking”). The entire IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there only in exceptional cases. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Site, compiling reports on Site activity for us and providing to us other services relating to Site activity and internet usage. You may refuse the use of cookies (see above). You can also opt out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on for your current web browser:

Data Security; Transfer Through the Internet

We use appropriate technical and organizational safeguards to protect Personal Information from loss, misuse or alteration. However, it is impossible to guarantee absolute security of Personal Information. Also, you should keep in mind that data transmitted through an open network such as the internet or an email service can be accessed openly. We cannot guarantee the confidentiality of messages or materials sent through such open networks. When you share Personal Information through an open network, you should be aware that third parties may access this information and collect and use it for their purposes. Even where the sender and the recipient are in the same country, data may be routed through other countries including such that do not have an adequate level of protection. Please use other means of communication where you consider this appropriate for security concerns. The transmission of all data from or to the Site occurs at your own risk, and we do not provide any warranties, express or implied, and will not have any liability in relation to such transmission.

Protection of Minors

We do not knowingly collect, process or disclose personal information from minors under the age of 13, without obtaining prior consent from parents or a person with parental responsibility.

Local Laws and Regulation

This Privacy Policy is intended to be in compliance with the applicable privacy laws and regulations of each country from which Personal Information is collected. To the extent the laws of a country prohibit us from using and sharing Personal Information in a way described in this Privacy Policy, the Privacy Policy and our practices shall be deemed modified to be consistent with such local laws.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at