Data protection policy

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG keeps personal data confidential and observes the legal provisions of the DPA and the GDPR. In particular, the following rules apply:

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG (hereinafter “we”) collects your personal data. We process your personal data in accordance with the provisions of the Swiss Data Protection Act (hereinafter “DPA”) and the European General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter “GDPR”). Unless you have been otherwise informed, we process your personal data as data controller. This Data Protection Policy describes how we process and use your personal data.


1. What personal data do we collect?

“Personal data” means information that relates to you or that we may otherwise associate with you. The personal data we collect includes the following data: company name, first and last name, title, registered seat, postal address, email address, telephone and fax numbers, date of birth, bank information and any information we receive from you or collect as set out in section 2 below.

When you access our websites, the following data is stored in log files: IP address, date, time, browser inquiry and general information transmitted to the operating system or browser.


2. How do we collect your personal data?

We collect personal data that you have voluntarily provided us with, for example, when you (i) contact us and provide us with information; (ii) when you ask third parties to provide us with information; (iii) when you ask us to send you communications or newsletters.

We also collect personal data (i) from publicly accessible sources such as public registers (commercial register, debt register, land register, civil register), press, internet, etc. (ii) from authorities, courts, arbitral tribunals or other third parties involved or linked to the services we provide.

We also use tracking technologies such as cookies to collect data stated above to better understand how users use our websites. These technologies help us to manage our websites and improve its user-friendliness. For example, we can see if your computer has previously connected to us and see which areas of our websites are most frequently used.


3. For what purpose do we process your personal data?

We need your personal data to: (i) enter into an agreement with you or to perform our agreement; (ii) transmit data to third party providers, such as member firms of our network Nexia International or other network partners; (iii) send you newsletters and other information; (iv) comply with our legal obligations; and (iv) administer the websites and ensure error-free provision of our websites.


4. Whom do we provide your personal data to?

For the performance of our agreement and for the purposes mentioned above, we may share your personal data with third parties (in particular network partners, authorities, IT service providers).

We may disclose your personal data if we are legally obliged to do so.


5. How do we use cookies?

We use cookies on our websites. Cookies serve to make our websites more user-friendly, effective and secure and do no damage to your device.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. However, when cookies are deactivated, the functionality of our websites may be limited.

Cookies, which are necessary to carry out the electronic communication process or to provide certain functions requested by you, are stored on the legal basis of Art. 13 DSG or Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website provider has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for technically error-free and optimized provision of its services.


6. How do we use website analytics services?

Our websites use the online advertising program Google AdWords. Provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

In the context of Google AdWords we use the conversion tracking. When you click on an ad served by Google, a cookie is set for conversion tracking. These cookies expire after 30 days at the latest. If you visit our websites and the cookie has not yet expired, we and Google may recognize that you clicked on the ad and were redirected to this page.

Google tells us the total number of users who clicked on our ad and were redirected to our websites with a conversion tracking tag. However, we do not receive any data with which we can identify you personally.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of these websites. You can also prevent tracking by disabling the Google Conversion tracking cookie from your Internet browser under User Preferences.

For more information, please see Google’s Privacy Policy.


7. Why do we process your personal data and on what legal grounds?

We process your personal data in order to enter into or to perform our contract or legal obligations (Art. 4 para. 3 and 13 para. 2 lit. a DPA, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b and c GDPR) and for communication purposes based on the consent that you have provided us with at the time your personal data has been collected (Art. 4 para. 5 and 13 para. 1 DPA, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR). You can revoke your consent at any time.


8. Where is your personal data stored?

All your personal data is stored in Switzerland.

For example on cross-border matters, we may transfer your personal data abroad in order to provide our services, e.g. in case of filing to an authority or court abroad or to contact foreign network partners.


9. How long do we keep your personal data?

We process and keep your personal data as long as required for the performance of our contractual obligations and compliance with legal obligations or for the purposes set out in section 3. We keep personal data for the duration of our entire business relationship and thereafter for a duration of ten years, as a rule, to comply with legal retention obligations as well as for our and your legitimate documentation interests.


10. Data integrity

We take appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data against loss and unauthorized access.


11. Your rights

You have the right to know what personal data we process about you. You also have the right to request that incorrect personal data about you be corrected and that your personal data be deleted. You can also forbid the processing of certain personal data and can request that data processing is restricted. The restriction of the processing or deletion of personal data is not possible if this data is necessary for the performance of a contractual or legal obligation or if we have a legitimate interest in the processing. You also have the right to data portability.

If you do not agree to our data processing, you can report this to the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (“FDPIC”) and/or the competent supervisory authorities in the EU.


12. How can you contact us?

If you have any questions about how we process your personal data, please contact us by letter or email:

ADB Altorfer Duss & Beilstein AG
Walchestrasse 15
8006 Zurich