Privacy Policy PvB Pernet von Ballmoos AG

PvB Pernet von Ballmoos AG ("PvB" and/or "we" and/or "us") is the operator of the website www.pvb.swiss and the services offered thereon and is therefore responsible for the collection, processing and use of your personal data and the compliance of the data processing with the applicable data protection legislation.

1. Data protection - general information

Your trust is important to us, which is why we take the issue of data protection seriously and ensure appropriate security. It goes without saying that we comply with the legal provisions of the Federal Data Protection Act (FADP), the Ordinance to the Federal Data Protection Act (FADP), the Telecommunications Act (TCA) and any other applicable data protection provisions of Swiss or EU law, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We hereby inform you how we process your data and which claims and rights you are entitled to according to the data protection regulations. If you do not agree with these provisions, you must refrain from accessing further pages of this website.

As the (natural) person concerned, it is in your personal interest to secure the system(s) you use (PC, laptop, etc.) against unauthorized access by third parties, to provide it with adequate password protection and not to disclose the password to third parties, and to install and also update virus protection ("Internet Security") as identified in the market.

2. Collection of general data and information

When you visit our website, our servers save each access in a log file. The following technical data is collected and stored by us without your intervention, as is generally the case with every connection to a web server.

  • the name of the owner of the IP address range (usually your Internet access provider),
  • the date and time of access
  • The website from which the access was made (referrer URL) with the search term used, if applicable.
  • the name and URL of the retrieved file - the status code (e.g. error message)
  • the operating system of your computer - the browser you are using (type, version and language)
  • the transmission protocol used (e.g. HTTP/1.1)

The collection and processing of this data is carried out for the purpose of enabling the use of our website (connection establishment), to ensure system security and stability on a permanent basis and to enable the optimization of our Internet offering, as well as for internal statistical purposes.

3. Collection of individual data and information

PvB collects personal information (e.g., name, gender, address, email address, phone number) if you provide it to us, such as when you enter it on a registration page or when you sign up for an email news service. We use your personal data:

  • for the purposes of technical management and research and development of the website
  • for customer and user administration and marketing
  • to inform you about the PvB and
  • for all purposes otherwise specified.

4. Disclosure of the data to third parties

For the operation of our website, we may use internal and external service providers in Germany and in the EU, the UK or the USA, or commission other persons to carry out work such as sending letters or e-mails on our behalf. These persons have access to the personal data that you have provided to us via our website and which may only be used by them to perform their tasks. The aforementioned persons may not use your personal data for any other purpose. If the level of data protection in a country does not correspond to that in Switzerland or the European Union, we will ensure by contract that the protection of your personal data corresponds to that in Switzerland or the EU at all times.

We or our information providers do not automatically collect personal information from visitors to our website unless we are required to do so under relevant laws or regulations. We will not disclose personally identifiable information to others except when (a) we are required to do so by law, governmental or private agency process, subpoena, investigation, similar process or audit, (b) to comply with applicable laws or regulations, (c) to enforce them, or (d) to use such information in conjunction with our affiliates or service providers to provide services to you. We may share such information in these cases and when you authorize us to do so.

We or our information providers do not sell e-mail addresses of our customers, nor do we provide personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. We or our information providers will not send e-mails to you without your prior consent, unless you have given your consent to receive information electronically as part of our electronic delivery system. It is our policy that you may cancel these consent-based programs at any time. We recommend that you do not submit any personal information to us through unsecured communication channels. These include public electronic communication channels such as e-mail over the Internet, as these are generally not secure.

In the event of a sale or merger of some or all of PvB's business units, stock or assets with another business unit, we will transfer all or a portion of your information to that new entity in order to continue to provide services to you. You will be notified of such corporate events and the new entity will notify you of any changes to this Privacy Policy. If the new company wishes to use your data for any other purpose, you may object to this in due course.

5. Third party websites

PvB may establish links from its website to one or more third-party websites. PvB has no control over these websites, their content or products/services offered there. Visiting and using these websites accessible via such links is subject to the terms and conditions and privacy policy of those websites and is at your own risk. PvB disclaims any responsibility for the privacy policy and customer information of third party internet websites that can be reached via a link from our website.

6. Cookies

The Internet pages, including those of the PvB, sometimes use so-called cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored in the RAM and on the hard disk of your computer when you visit certain websites. They are used to enable the function of websites or to provide information to the owners of a website.

PvB uses cookies on the website for the following purposes:

  • Analysis purposes: Analysis cookies make it possible to recognize and assess visitors to the website and to record their visits. This helps PvB to improve and develop the functioning of the website, for example by checking whether visitors to the website can find information easily or by PvB identifying the areas of the website that are of greatest interest to visitors.
  • Usage preferences: Some of the cookies on the website are activated when visitors make a choice regarding their use of the website. The website remembers the preferences of the user in question. This allows areas of the website to be tailored to the individual user.
  • Terms of use: PvB uses cookies on the website to record when a website visitor has read a policy, e.g. this one, or given consent, e.g. a statement of agreement regarding the terms of use on the website. This helps to improve the experience of the user of the website, for example, by PvB avoiding that he is repeatedly asked to give his consent to the same terms of use.
  • Session management: The software that controls our website uses cookies for technical reasons that are necessary for the internal processes of our servers. For example, we use cookies to distribute requests across multiple servers, authenticate users and determine which website features they can access, verify the origin of requests, record information about a user's session, and determine which options or pages need to be displayed in order for the website to function.
  • Functional purposes: Cookies for functional purposes store information that our applications need for processing and operation. For example, when transactions or requests within an application involve multiple workflow phases, cookies are used to temporarily store the information from each phase, facilitating the completion of the entire transaction or request.

Some of the websites contain content intended to be viewed with Adobe Flash Player, such as animations, videos, and tools. Flash local storage (often referred to as "Flash cookies") can be used to enhance your experience as a user of the website. Flash memory is stored on your device in a nearly identical manner to standard cookies, but is managed directly by your Flash software. If you wish to disable or delete information stored locally in flash memory, please refer to the documentation for your flash software located at www.adobe.com. Please note that when you disable Flash cookies, you may not be able to use some website features.

Most Internet browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a notice always appears when you receive a new cookie. On the following pages you will find explanations of how you can configure the processing of cookies in the most common browsers:

Disabling cookies may prevent you from using all the features of our website.

7. Tracking Tools

7.1. General

For the purpose of demand-oriented design and continuous optimization of our website, we use the web analytics service of Google Analytics. In this context, pseudonymized usage profiles are created and cookies are used. The information generated by cookies about your use of this website is transmitted to the servers of the providers of these services, stored there and processed for us. In addition to the data listed under item 1, we may receive the following information as a result:

  • avigation path that a visitor follows on the site
  • Dwell time on the website or subpage
  • the subpage on which the website is left
  • the country, region or city from where access is made
  • End device (type, version, color depth, resolution, width and height of the browser window) and
  • Returning or new visitor

The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to the use of the website and the Internet for the purposes of market research and demand-oriented design of this website. This information may also be transferred to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on our behalf.

7.2. Google Analytics

The provider of Google Analytics is Google Inc., a company of the holding company Alphabet Inc. based in the USA. Before the data is transmitted to the provider, the IP address is truncated by activating IP anonymization ("anonymizeIP") on this website within the member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The anonymized IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other data from Google. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. In these cases, we ensure through contractual guarantees that Google Inc. maintains a sufficient level of data protection. According to Google Inc., in no case will the IP address be associated with other data concerning the user.

For more information about the web analytics service used, please visit the Google Analytics website. Instructions on how to prevent the processing of your data by the web analytics service can be found at tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

8. Note on data transfers to the USA

For the sake of completeness, we would like to point out for users who are resident or domiciled in Switzerland that there are surveillance measures in place in the USA by US authorities which generally allow the storage of all personal data of all persons whose data has been transferred from Switzerland to the USA. This is done without any differentiation, limitation or exception based on the objective pursued and without any objective criterion that would make it possible to limit the access of the U.S. authorities to the data and their subsequent use to very specific, strictly limited purposes that are capable of justifying the intrusion associated both with the access to these data and with their use. Furthermore, we would like to point out that in the U.S. there are no legal remedies available to data subjects from Switzerland that would allow them to obtain access to the data concerning them and to obtain its correction or deletion, or that there is no effective judicial legal protection against general access rights of U.S. authorities. We explicitly draw the attention of the data subject to this legal and factual situation so that he or she can make an appropriately informed decision to consent to the use of his or her data.

Furthermore, we would like to point out that from the perspective of the Swiss data protection authority as well as from the perspective of the European Union, the USA does not have a sufficient level of data protection - among other things due to the topics mentioned in this section. Insofar as we have explained in this data protection statement that recipients of data (such as Google) are based in the USA, we will ensure through appropriate contractual arrangements with these companies or through additional technical measures (e.g. encryption) that your data is protected at an appropriate level with our partners.

9. Ihre Datenschutzrechte

Under certain conditions, you can assert your data protection rights against us:

  • Right to withdraw consent: If you have given your consent with regard to certain types of processing activities, you may withdraw this consent at any time with effect for the future. However, this revocation does not affect the lawfulness of the processing prior to the revocation of your consent or insofar as the processing can be justified on another legal basis.
  • Right to information: You have the right to obtain information from us about the data we have stored about you.
  • Right to rectification: At your request, we will correct the data stored about you if it is inaccurate or incorrect.
  • Right to deletion: If you wish, we will delete your data, provided that other legal regulations (e.g. legal retention obligations) or an overriding interest on our part (e.g. for the defense of our rights and claims) do not prevent this.
  • Right to restrict processing: Subject to the legal requirements, you may request us to restrict the processing of your data.
  • Right to object: Furthermore, you may object to the processing of your data. This right to object exists in the presence of specific grounds arising from your particular situation and only for data processing whose lawfulness is based on a balancing of interests, which concerns profiling or which is carried out for direct marketing purposes. We will no longer process your data in this case, unless we are legally entitled to refuse your objection. However, an objection to direct marketing, including profiling, is mandatory for us and we may no longer process your data for these purposes. Insofar as you have given your consent for direct marketing and no longer wish to receive this direct marketing, you must revoke your consent.
  • Right to data portability: You also have the right, under certain conditions, to receive your data in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request that we transfer it to a third party designated by you.
  • Complaint to the data protection authority: You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) or any other competent data protection supervisory authority.  However, we recommend that you always first address a complaint to our data protection officer so that we can resolve your concern as quickly as possible and in a customer-oriented manner. To ensure prompt processing, we ask you to address your requests regarding the exercise of your rights in writing to the PvB Pernet von Ballmoos AG office responsible for data protection issues.

PvB Pernet von Ballmoos AG
Data Protection
Zollikerstrasse 226
8008 Zürich

10. Data retention

PvB stores personal data only as long as it is necessary to use the tracking and analysis services mentioned above as well as the further processing within the scope of the legitimate interest. Contractual data will be kept longer by PvB, as this is required by legal retention obligations. Retention obligations that require PvB to retain data result from accounting regulations and tax regulations. According to these regulations, business communication, concluded contracts and accounting vouchers must be kept for up to 10 years. As far as this data is no longer needed to perform services for you, the data will be blocked. This means that the data may then only be used for accounting and tax purposes.

11. Scope of your obligations to provide PvB with your data

There is no legal obligation for the provision of your data to the PvB. However, if you do not provide your data, you will not be entitled to the benefits and services resulting from your visit to the PvB website (www.pvb.swiss). The provision of your data is entirely voluntary. You will not suffer any legal disadvantages if you do not provide your data.

12. Miscellaneous

This data protection information was last updated on July 20, 2023.

PvB reserves the right to change, adapt, supplement or delete parts of this privacy policy at any time and without giving reasons. Any changes will be effective as of the date of publication. PvB therefore recommends that you check this privacy policy for changes at regular intervals. You can access the most current version of this Privacy Policy by clicking on the link at the bottom of each page of the Website. By visiting the Website after any changes have been posted, you accept the new terms of the amended Privacy Policy.