We place great value on the protection of personal data and the privacy of users. All personal data is therefore kept strictly confidential and not disclosed to third parties, with the exception of the cases described in this privacy statement.
acsearch AG, Kirchheim 12, 6037 Root, Switzerland
For the exact definitions of the terms used, such as "personal data" or their "processing", see Art. 4 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter referred to as "GDPR").
We take organizational, contractual and technical safety measures to ensure that the regulations of data protection laws are complied with, and to protect the data processed by us against accidental or intentional manipulation, damage, destruction or against access by unauthorized persons.
When appointing subcontractors to provide our services, we take appropriate legal precautions and suitable technical and organizational measures to protect all personal data in accordance with the law.
When the content, tools or additional resources of other providers (hereinafter referred to as "third party") are deployed in the context of this privacy statement and their registered office is located in a third state, it is to be assumed that a transfer of data to the host state of the third party provider will take place. Third states include states in which the GDPR is not an applicable law i.e. states outside of the EU or the European Economic Area. The transfer of data to third states occurs in the presence of either an adequate level of data protection, consent by the user, or another form of legal permission.
3 Opening a user account
When opening a user account, personal identification data will be collected, such as the email address.
In the case of explicit consent (e.g. by ticking a box when opening a user account or by explicitly using a feature of acsearch), this data will be used by us to send notifications, newsletters, and for further similar purposes.
The legal basis for this is the consent in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 let. a and Art. 7 GDPR, the processing for the fulfillment of contractual or precontractual measures in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 let. b GDPR and the processing for fulfillment of legal obligations in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 let. c GDPR.
4 Collection of access data
Each time acsearch is accessed, data transferred by the browser is gathered, such as the access date and time, the exact URL of the visited website, the referrer URL (the last visited website), language, time zone and the user agent (allowing conclusions to be drawn on the browser used, the system and the device). This data is used for the purpose of operation, security and optimization of acsearch as well as for statistical analysis. The data will not be disclosed to third parties unless there is justified suspicion of an unlawful act.
The legal basis for this is the safeguarding of our legitimate interests in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 let. f GDPR.
5 Establishing contact
When establishing contact with us (via contact form or e-mail), the information provided by the user is used in order to process the contact request, in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 let. a GDPR.
On one hand, the deployment of cookies enables a more pleasant use of acsearch for the user. We use so-called “session cookies” to cache certain information while the user is on acsearch. This information is automatically deleted upon leaving acsearch.
7 Integration of third party content and services
Based on our legitimate interests (i.e. interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of acsearch in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 let. f GDPR), we make use of content or services provided by third parties on acsearch, in order to integrate their content and services (hereinafter referred to uniformly as "content"). By integrating this content, third parties automatically receive knowledge of the IP address of the user browsing the site with the integrated content.
By using this content, third party providers may use so-called "pixel tags" (invisible graphics) for statistical or marketing purposes. The pixel tags can be used to evaluate information such as visitor traffic to acsearch. Furthermore, the pseudonymous information may also be stored in cookies on the user’s device and may contain, amongst other things, technical information about the browser and operating system, referring websites, visiting time and other information about using acsearch, as well as being linked to such information from other sources.
The following list provides an overview of third party providers, their content, as well as links to their respective privacy statements, which provide further indications of the processing of data and, as already mentioned here, possibilities of repeal (so-called opt out):
• "Like" button on the social network site facebook.com, operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland. Privacy statement: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/, opt out: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.
• For third party payment services (e.g. PayPal or Stripe), the terms and conditions as well as the privacy statements of the respective third party providers apply. These can be found on their respective websites or transactional applications.
8 Rights of the user
Users have the right, upon request, to full and gratuitous disclosure of their personal data that has been stored by us.
In addition, users have the right to correct inaccurate data, limit the processing and delete their personal data, assert their rights to data portability (if applicable) and, in the event of unlawful data processing, to file a complaint with the appropriate supervisory authority.
Likewise, users can revoke their consent without affecting the legitimacy of the processing up to the revocation.
The data stored with us is deleted as soon as it is no longer necessary for its intended purpose, provided that the deletion does not conflict with any legal storage requirements. In the case that the users’ data is not deleted, as its retention is necessary for other legal purposes, the processing of the data will be limited. This means that the data will remain blocked and not used for other purposes. This applies, for example, to data that must be retained due to commercial or tax reasons.
According to legal requirements, data will be stored for at least 10 years in accordance with Art. 957ff of the Swiss Code of Obligations.
Users may object to any future processing of their personal data in accordance with legal requirements at any time.
9 Changes to the privacy statement
We reserve the right to make changes to the privacy statement in order to adapt it to the amended legislation or changes in services and processing of data. This only applies, however, in regard to statements of data processing. If consent of the user is required or sections of the privacy statement contain regulations of the contractual relationship with the users, changes will only be made with the consent of the users.
Users are requested to inform themselves regarding the content of the privacy statement on a regular basis.
Last updated 11 June 2018.