Data Protection

This website is operated by SCIENTIA PUBLICA Verein zur Förderung der Kommunikation privater Wissenschaftsinitiative with a legal seat in Zürich, Switzerland.
This website is due to Swiss Data Protection Law, in particular in accordance with Bundesgesetz über den Datenschutz (DSG) and if applicable foreign data protection law such as European Union (EU) data protection directives. For the purpose of this declaration we refer to DSGVO.
EU acknowledges that Swiss data protection law provides sufficient data protection.

SCIENTIA PUBLICA may adapt its data protection declaration anytime by publishing on this website.

Access to our website provides encryption (SSL/TLS).

Usage of our website – as any internet use – has to consider unlimited surveillance by security authorities from Switzerland, the EU, den U.S.A., and other countries. We have no direct control on handling and processing of personal data through intelligence services, police units, or other security authorities.

We apply Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”), for statistical analysis of the usage of our website – this is done without relating to individuals.

Processing of Personal Data

Personal data includes all information on a defined or definable individual. A concerned person is an individual whose personal data are being processed.  Processing comprises any handling of personal data, independent from applied means and methods, in particular including storage, publishing, procuring, deleting, editing, or using of personal data.
SCIENTIA PUBLICA processes personal data in accordance with Swiss data protection legislation. Beyond this, we process personal data – as far as EU data protection directive (DSGVO) is applicablet – according to following law paragraphs:

  • Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. a DSGVO for processing of personal data with agreement of the individual concerned.
  • Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. b DSGVO for processing of personal data required for fulfilling a contract with the individual concerned as well as execution of pre-contract activities.
  • Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. c DSGVO for processing of personal data for fulfilling an obligation provided by applicable law we may have to comply with within EU or any other country where DSGVO is applicable in total or in parts.
  • Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. d DSGVO for processing of personal data in order to protect viable interests of an individual concerned or any other natural person.
  • Art. 6 Abs. 1 lit. f DSGVO for processing of personal data in order to keep our respectively third person´s interests, as long as justifiable rights or interests of the individuals concerned are not compromised.  Justifiable interests in particular include our business interest in providing this website, information security, enforcement of legal claims, and compliance with Swiss law.

Duration of personal data processing depends on the purpose of processing. In case legal or other provisions require extended data storage processing will be reduced accordingly.

Contact forms

Our websites allow for filling contact forms. We store data that have been filled in by website visitors themselves. In addition, IP address, time and date may be stored to protect against abuse such as identity theft or spam.

Third Party Services

We apply web services of Google Corporation. These services make use of Cookies, and data will be transmitted to Google within the U.S.A. – where we trust in individual-related data tracking is not solely done by using our website. Google has commited itself to an appropriate data protection practice in accordance with American-European and American-Swiss Privacy Shield. Further information may be found on the data protection declaration of Google.

Browser plug-in
You do have the option to prevent the archiving of cookies by making pertinent changes to the settings of your browser software. However, we have to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all of the functions of this website to their fullest extent. Moreover, you have the option prevent the recording of the data generated by the cookie and affiliated with your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objection to the recording of data
You have the option to prevent the recording of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. This will result in the placement of an opt out cookie, which prevents the recording of your data during future visits to this website.
Google Analytics deactivation.
For more information about the handling of user data by Google Analytics, please consult Google’s Data Privacy Declaration at: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

SCIENTIA PUBLICA hosts its website at Strato AG in the Federal Republic of Germany.
At Strato AG, any access to our websites induce standardised web server logfile with following details: IP address, date and time including time zone, browser-log-in including  origin of the log-in (Referer), applied operating system, including user interface and version, applied browser including language and version, transmiited data volume.  Logfiles help technical problem detection, data security, and statistics regarding website usage applying Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”), applied by our host service firm Strato AG. We also refer to data protection declarations of Strato AG.

Rights of Individuals Concerned

Visitors of our website as well as other indidividuals concerned of our personal data processing may demand for a cost-free confirmation whether personal data have been processed.  If so, they may demand for information about the processing of their personal data, demand for reducing personal data processing, make use of their right to transfer personal data, and – as far as DSGVO is applicable – have their personal data corrected, deleted, or blocked, revoke agreements and permissions, or contradict against further personal data processing.
Individuals whose personal data are being processed have the right of legal remedy at a supervisory authority for personal data protection.
Supervisory authority in charge of personal data protection in Switzerland is the Eidgenössische Datenschutz- und Öffentlichkeitsbeauftragte (EDÖB).

Contact Address and Responsibility

Inquiries from authorities and individuals concerned may be sent by e-Mail or by postal letters to:

SCIENTIA PUBLICA Verein zur Förderung der Kommunikation privater Wissenschaftsinitiative
Dienstleistungszentrum Brunau
Edenstrasse 20
Postfach
8045 Zürich
Switzerland

Phone: +41 43 344 5030
E-Mail: ScientiaPublica@initia.eu

Responsible for data protection: Prof. Dr. Carl B. Welker, Member of the Board