High Voltage Testing and Engineering Commission


Disclaimer & Privacy Policy

1. Contents of the online offer
The author assumes no liability for the current relevance, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Liability claims against the author relating to material or immaterial damage caused by the use or non-use of the information provided or by the use of incorrect or incomplete information are excluded, unless there is evidence of wilful intent or gross negligence on the part of the author. All offers are subject to confirmation and are non-binding. The author expressly reserves the right to change, supplement or delete some of the pages or the entire offer without prior notice or to cease publication temporarily or permanently.

2. References and links
The author is not responsible for any direct or indirect links to third-party websites (“hyperlinks”), except where he has full knowledge of their contents and would be technically able and can reasonably be expected to prevent the use of their illegal content. The author hereby expressly declares that no illegal content was discernible on the linked pages at the time the links were created. The author has no influence whatsoever on the current and future design, content or authorship of linked pages. He therefore dissociates himself expressly from all contents of all linked/connected pages that were changed after the links were set. This statement applies to all links and references set within the author’s own Internet offer as well as to external entries in guest books, discussion forums, link directories, mailing lists and all other forms of databases set up by the author that offer external write access. For illegal, incorrect or incomplete contents and in particular for damage arising from the use or non-use of such information, the provider of the page to which reference is made is exclusively liable and not the party who merely refers to the respective publication via links.

3. Copyright and trademark law
The author endeavours to observe copyrights to the images, graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts used in all publications, to use images, graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts created by himself or to use license-free graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts. All brands and trademarks mentioned within the Internet offer and possibly protected by third parties are subject without restriction to the provisions of the applicable trademark law and the ownership rights of the respective registered owners. The mere fact that a trademark is mentioned should not lead to the conclusion that it is not protected by the rights of third parties! The copyright for published objects created by the author himself remains solely with the author of the pages. Any replication or use of such graphics, sound documents, video sequences and texts in other electronic or printed publications is prohibited without the author’s explicit consent.

4. Data protection
If the user is given the opportunity to provide personal or business data (email addresses, names, addresses) within the Internet offer, this data is explicitly provided voluntarily. In accordance with this data privacy statement, this data is partially passed on to third parties. We would like to point out that data transmission over the Internet (e.g. communication by email) can be subject to security vulnerabilities. It is impossible to fully protect the data against access by third parties.
It is possible to use and pay for all offered services – if and so far as technically possible and reasonable – without providing any personal data or by using anonymised data or an alias. Third parties are not permitted to use the contact data provided in the imprint or equivalent data such as postal addresses, telephone or fax numbers and email addresses to send out information that was not expressly requested. We expressly reserve the right to take legal action against senders of so-called spam mails who violate this prohibition.

5. Personal details
We only process personal data for the period that is necessary for the purposes in question. In the case of longer-term storage obligations, e.g. due to legal and other obligations to which we are subject, we shall restrict our processing activities accordingly.

6. Automatic protocols
You can visit our pages without providing any personal information. Whenever you access our pages, the hosting provider collects data that is automatically stored in so-called server log files. The data your Internet browser transmits to us include:

  • IP address
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Name of the retrieved file
  • Status of the successful file retrieval
  • Data volume of the transmission
  • Time of the server request
  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Reference URL
  • Search term (if the page was accessed via a search engine)

This data cannot be directly assigned to specific persons. This data will not be merged with other data sources. The data is used to establish the connection as well as for purposes of system security and technical administration. We reserve the right to subsequently check this data if we should become aware of specific indications of illegal use.

7. Security
This page uses SSL encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as requests you send to us as site operator. You can recognise an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If SSL encryption is activated, the data that you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.

8. Contact form
If you send us enquiries using the contact form, the information you provide yourself in the enquiry form, including the contact data provided by you and your IP address, will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the enquiry and for handling any follow-up questions. We do not pass on this data without your consent.

9. Cookies
In order to extend the functional scope of our Internet offer and to make its use more convenient for you, we use what are known as “cookies”. With the help of these “cookies”, data can be stored on your computer when you call up our website. You can prevent the storage of cookies on your computer by changing the settings in your browser. However, this could limit the functionality of our offer.

10. Google Analytics
This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses what are known as “cookies”. These are text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

IP anonymisation:
We have activated the IP anonymisation function on this website. As a result, your IP address will be truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the US and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services relating to website activity and Internet usage to the website operator. The anonymised IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data.

Browser plugin:
You may refuse the storing of cookies by changing your browser settings, but you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website if you do so. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. For more information on how Google Analytics uses user data, please see Google’s privacy policy :https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Demographic features of Google Analytics:
This website may use Google Analytics’ “demographic features” function. This allows reports to be created that contain statements about the age, gender and interests of site visitors. This data comes from interest-related advertising by Google and from visitor data from third parties. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can deactivate this function at any time via the ad settings in your Google Account or generally prohibit the collection of your data by Google Analytics as described under “Objection to data collection”.

11. Google remarketing
This website may use Google Inc.’s remarketing function, which is designed to serve interest-based advertisements to website visitors within the Google advertising network. What is known as a “cookie” is stored in the browser of the website visitor that makes it possible to recognise the visitor when he calls up websites belonging to the Google advertising network. Advertisements can be presented to the visitor on these pages that refer to contents the visitor has called up previously on websites that use Google’s remarketing function. According to its own information, Google does not collect any personal data during this process. However, if you do not want Google’s remarketing feature to work, you can disable it by selecting the appropriate settings at http://www.google.com/settings/ads. Alternatively, you can disable the use of cookies for interest-based advertising through the Advertising Network Initiative by following the instructions at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

12. Google AdWords
Our website may use Google Conversion Tracking. If you have reached our website via an advertisement placed by Google, Google Adwords places a cookie on your computer. The conversion tracking cookie is set when a user clicks on an ad placed by Google. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If the user visits certain pages on our website and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google may recognise that the user clicked on the ad and was directed to that page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies can therefore not be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information collected via the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Customers see the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that personally identifies users.
If you do not wish to participate in tracking, you can reject the setting of the required cookie – for example, via browser settings that generally deactivate the automatic setting of cookies or set your browser so that cookies are blocked for the domain “googleadservices.com”.
Please note that you may not delete the opt-out cookies for as long as you do not wish the recording of measurement data. If you have deleted all your cookies in your browser, you must set the respective opt-out cookie again.

13. Google Maps
We use Google Maps for embedding maps. This service of American Google LLC includes the use of cookies and data is transferred to Google in the USA. More information can be found in Google’s privacy policy: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

14. Google Fonts
Google Fonts are used on this website. To the best of our knowledge, no personal data is stored by Google. For technical reasons, your IP address must be transmitted to Google so that the fonts can be transmitted to your browser. More information from Google about Google Fonts can be found here: https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq#what_does_using_the_google_fonts_api_mean_for_the_privacy_of_my_users.

15. YouTube
Our website uses plugins from the YouTube website operated by Google. The site is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our pages equipped with a YouTube plugin, a connection is established to the YouTube servers. The YouTube server will be informed which of our pages you have visited.
If you are logged in to your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to assign your surfing behaviour directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.
You can find more information about the handling of user data in YouTube’s Privacy Policy https://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy.

16. Facebook Social Plugins
This website uses Social Plugins (“Plugins”) of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The Plugins are identified by a Facebook logo or the addition “Facebook Social Plugin”.
If you call up a website on our Internet pages that contains such a Plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The content of the Plugin is transmitted directly from Facebook to your browser and integrated into the website by it.
By integrating the Plugins, Facebook receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the Plugins, for example by clicking on the “Like” button or making a comment, the corresponding information is transferred directly from your browser to Facebook and saved there. The purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook as well as your related rights and setting options to protect your privacy can be found in Facebook’s data privacy statement.
If you do not want Facebook to collect data about you via our website, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our Internet pages.

17. Social plugins, miscellaneous
This website uses social plugins (“plugins”) of various social networks / blogging services such as Twitter, etc.
If you call up a website on our Internet pages that contains such a plugin, your browser may establish a direct connection with the servers of these services. The content of the plugin is transmitted by the services directly to your browser and may be integrated into the website by it.
The purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of the data by social plugins as well as your related rights and setting options to protect your privacy are explained in the privacy statements of the respective providers.
If you do not want social plugins to collect data about you via our website, you must log out before visiting our Internet pages.

18. Payment systems
On our site, you may find PayPal, a payment system based in the USA / Luxembourg, as well as other providers who may also be based outside Switzerland. We have no influence on the storage of data by these companies and refer to their data protection regulations. These payment systems are used exclusively with your consent.

19. Legal validity
This disclaimer and the privacy policy have to be regarded as part of our Internet offer. If sections or individual formulations of this statement are not or no longer legal or complete, the content or validity of the other parts shall remain uninfluenced by this fact.

20. Rights of data subjects
As a data subject, you have the right at any time to receive information free of charge about your stored personal data, their origin and recipients and the purpose of the data processing as well as a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data. This is subject to the condition that the deletion is legally and contractually permitted as well as acceptable under tax law. For this as well as for further questions about the subject of personal data, you can contact us at any time pursuant to the information provided under “Responsible contact address”.

21. Responsible contact address
High Voltage Testing and Engineering Commission
Hagenholzstrasse 81
8050 Zurich

22. Modification of this privacy policy
We reserve the right to adapt our data privacy policy at any time by publishing it on this website. We therefore recommend that you read this policy regularly.

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