1 What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file sent from a website (for example www.swica.ch) to your browser (such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) and stored on the hard disk of your computer or on your smartphone or tablet (hereinafter "device").
There are two types of cookie. Session cookies are deleted once you close your browsers. Persistent cookies remain on your device for a specified or unspecified length of time even after you have closed your browser.
Session cookies are designed to enable you to navigate the website unhindered and prevent you from having to supply information you have already entered on the website again (in other words, the website recognises you, for example, when you visit a subsite of www.swica.ch).
The website also uses persistent cookies. They are used in particular to enable the website to remember your preferences the next time you visit the website and show you relevant information matching your interests (for example the language the website should be displayed in).
SWICA also distinguishes between first- and third-party cookies. SWICA sets first-party cookies when you visit our website.
Third-party cookies are cookies set by a website other than the SWICA website you're currently visiting. For example, SWICA could add a Facebook "Like" button to its website. This "Like" button will set a cookie that can be read by Facebook. This type of cookie is known as a third-party cookie. An advertiser can use this kind of third-party cookie to log visits to all sites on which its advertising is displayed – not only on the SWICA website, but also on third-party websites by means of so-called retargeting. This involves, for example, showing you advertising with content that interested you on your visit to our website when you visit other sites. If you have concerns about this you can block third-party cookies directly in your browser or manage them via our consent manager.
2 What cookies does SWICA use?
2.1 Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary for SWICA's website to function properly and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you on the SWICA website, such as setting certain preferences or filling in forms on the website. This type of cookie can be blocked via your browser settings, but some parts of the site may not then work.
2.2 Performance cookies
These cookies are used for statistical and analytical purposes, allowing us to count visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site on an ongoing basis. They help us know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and stored for SWICA on an anonymous basis. If you do not allow these cookies, SWICA will not know when you have visited our site. This may limit the further development of the website and have a negative impact on user-friendliness.
2.3 Functional cookies
These cookies allow the provision of enhanced functionality on the SWICA website, such as videos and live chats. They may be set by us or by third-party providers (such as YouTube or the provider of the chat module) whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these functionalities may not function properly or at all on SWICA's website.
2.4 Targeting cookies
These cookies are set through our site by our advertising partners. They work by uniquely identifying the browser and device (computer, smartphone or tablet) that you've used to visit our site. They may be used by our advertising partners to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites. If you do not allow these cookies, you will not have the opportunity to see offerings on the internet that are interesting and relevant for you.
3 What data is not processed by way of cookies?
The cookies used by SWICA do not contain any personal data that identify you in person. In other words, the cookies used by us are not used to pass on to us information such as your name, phone number, postal or email address, bank account or credit card details, or any other personal data. In some cookies, however, the IP address used by you is stored in anonymised (shortened) form. SWICA does not use any cookie data to identify individual people.
4 What data processing takes place using cookies?
5 Blocking cookies
6 Google Analytics
Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement, thereby guaranteeing compliance with Swiss data protection laws (https://www.seco.admin.ch/seco/en/home/seco/nsb-news.msg-id-65210.html).
Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website and put together reports on website activity for the website operator, and provide other services in connection with the use of the website and the Internet. Pseudonymous user profiles of you can be created using the processed data.
SWICA only uses Google Analytics with IP anonymisation activated. This means that your IP address is abbreviated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the US and abbreviated there.
The IP address transmitted by the user’s browser will not be associated with any other data from Google. You can prevent cookies from being stored by adjusting your browser software settings accordingly; you can also prevent the data generated by the cookie and data related to your use of the online offering from being recorded by Google and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB.
7. Scope/amendments to this policy