Credits & Legals

The House of Switzerland website is a source of information on Switzerland and the activities of Presence Switzerland. It is managed by Presence Switzerland, which is attached to the General Secretariat of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Presence Switzerland is responsible for promoting Switzerland's image abroad and for implementing the Federal Council's strategy on Switzerland's communication abroad.

Copyright

The contents of the website may not be reproduced, transmitted or disseminated for commercial purposes. If this is the case, we would like to be informed.

Photos may not just be used in any context, and the copyright must always be cited. The House of Switzerland logo is protected and may not be used.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions concerning copyright or user rights for our materials at hos@eda.admin.ch.

Responsibility

Despite the careful attention paid to the accuracy of the information on its website, Presence Switzerland cannot accept any liability for the correctness, accuracy, relevance, reliability or completeness of the information. It expressly reserves the right to change in part or in full, delete or temporarily not publish the contents at any time and without giving notice. Presence Switzerland shall not be liable for any tangible or intangible damage arising from accessing, using or not using the published information, from the misuse of the online connection or through technical failure.

Links and references

Presence Switzerland is not responsible for links and references to third party websites. Accessing and using such websites are at the user's risk. Presence Switzerland expressly states that it has no influence on the form, content or offers of linked third party websites. Any information or services provided by these websites are the sole responsibility of the authors.

Data protection

Article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution and federal provisions concerning data protection state that every person has the right to privacy and protection from misuse of their personal data. The federal authorities strictly adhere to these rules. Personal data is strictly confidential and will not be forwarded or sold to a third party.

The federal authorities work closely with their web hosting providers to protect databases against any attempts at illegal access, and endeavour to prevent the loss, fraudulent use or falsification of the information.

The following data is registered when a federal website is visited: IP address, date, time, web browser request and any information that is generally transmitted to the operating system or web browser. This provides the basis for an anonymous statistical evaluation to help the federal authorities improve the content of their websites.
The Federal Act on the Surveillance of Postal and Telecommunications Traffic (SPTA) stipulates the legal obligation to retain login information for at least six months.

If you make an initial contact voluntarily and register your email address, it will be recorded in a separate database which is not linked to the anonymous log files. You can cancel this registration at any time.