Privacy Policy

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The Swiss Firm Ernst & Young Schweiz AG has developed this Internet Privacy Policy in order to assist in its position as a trusted business advisor and to ensure it upholds and maintains visitors' rights to privacy in the online environment.

Data Collection and Purpose
Ernst & Young Schweiz AG will only collect and use personal data voluntarily provided by visitors to this site. Visitors are able to browse the site without disclosing any personal information. Ernst & Young Schweiz AG, for the purposes of this site, will never collect and use information from other sources such as public bodies or private organisations. A visitor to the site may choose to provide Ernst & Young Schweiz AG with limited personal data as required in order to register for certain services. Once registered the information will only be used for the specified service(s).

Visitors to this site can register for one or more of the following:

  • Register for certain updates on selected topics
  • Express an interest in working for Ernst & Young
  • General contact with Ernst & Young Schweiz AG
  • Register for events
  • Participate in online polls and benchmarking surveys
  • Disclosure to Third Parties

We will only disclose your personal details for the following reasons:
Where the transfer is necessary to fulfill your request and involves a third party organisation with which Ernst & Young Schweiz AG has a relationship – see "Third Party Links" below. In order to fulfill a request which involves other Ernst & Young member Firms.

When explicitly requested by a visitor.
As required by a court order or any other legal or regulatory requirement.
Ernst & Young Schweiz AG does not collect or compile personal data or information obtained by its site for dissemination or sale to outside parties for consumer marketing purposes or host mailings on behalf of third parties.

Ernst & Young Schweiz AG does not intentionally collect any sensitive information via the web site unless legally required to do so, eg, for recruiting purposes. Sensitive information includes race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or other beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life or criminal records. We would suggest that you do not provide information of this nature but by doing so you will be deemed as providing your explicit consent which will enable Ernst & Young Schweiz AG to use the information for the specified purpose for which it was supplied.

Third Party Links
Visitors to our site are able to order recommended publications and other commodities by making use of links to other. In order to make a purchase you may be required to register on such sites and we would recommend that you read the site's privacy policy to learn more about its practices.

Where visitors to the site choose to participate in benchmarking or online voting the information obtained may be transferred to a third party for research purposes only. Further detailed information regarding any transfer of data in these circumstances can be obtained from the relevant registration page.

Data Amendments and Retention

Information collected from visitors to the site will only be kept in order to provide the required service. Once the service has been completed all information will be destroyed in accordance with Ernst & Young Schweiz AG's data retention policies. Should you require your information to be updated, amended or deleted from our records please contact us at webmaster@ch.ey.com outlining your requirements.

Security

Ernst & Young Schweiz AG has implemented accepted standards of technical measures and security policies that protect the personal data it has under its control from:

  • Unauthorised access
  • Improper use or disclosure
  • Unauthorised modification
  • Unlawful destruction or accidental loss.

Cookies

'Cookies' are used on some areas of our site. Cookies are small text files placed on your hard drive that allow our site to store tokens of information in your browser. It gives your browser an identifier used only while you are on the site. This enables us to analyse how visitors use the site, allowing us to continually improve the service it provides. Cookies also prevent registration of multiple votes to any polls that may be run via the site thus avoiding distorted results. We do not link personal data to the information contained in the cookie to determine or track the identity of any user on ey.com/ch.

If you do not want to receive a cookie from ey.com/ch or other sites, it may be possible to set your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent to you. Here are some instructions on how to do this.

Children

The Ernst & Young Schweiz AG site covered by this privacy statement is not intended for use by children. We understand the importance of protecting children's information, especially in an online environment, and we do not knowingly collect or maintain information about children.

Detailed Use of Data

Registering to be updated by e-mail on topics you select
Ernst & Young Switzerland's web site contains a facility at www.ey.com/ch/newsletter where visitors can register to be notified by e-mail from time to time about new developments in topic areas they select. The information we request when you register comprises of your name, position, organisation, location and e-mail address. This information is held on a secure database in Switzerland and is visible only to a small number of Ernst & Young's Switzerland personnel. No one else can access the information without your password. Once registered you can access the information held, update your details or unsubscribe at any time by logging in with your e-mail address at www.ey.com/ch/newsletter. If you unsubscribe all your information will be removed from our database, normally within one hour, after which you will receive no further e-mails from this system.

When you register you can give permission for the information you supply to be used in a number of ways, all of which are stated on the registration page. Currently personal data can only be used for:

  • Keeping you up to date on the topics you select
  • Informing you of new topics when they are added – but only if you have opted for this service on the registration form. In addition we may analyze the information as a whole for internal research purposes - for example, to see what proportion of registrants hold particular positions or how many are located in a certain region. We will not use your data for any other purpose without your permission, nor will we disclose it to any third party (except as may be required by a court or for any other legal process). Please do not register if you do not accept these conditions.
  • Expressing an interest in working for Ernst & Young, or applying for a job. The careers section of the Ernst & Young Switzerland website enables you to register your interest in working for Ernst & Young or apply for advertised vacancies. If you decide to register we will assume that, by doing so, you are signaling your agreement for Ernst & Young Schweiz AG to use, hold and destroy any personal data you supply for the purpose of considering your application in accordance with our standard recruitment procedures.

We may wish to retain your details on file for up to the next 12 months and notify you of any suitable vacancies that arise. You would then have the opportunity to apply for these vacancies if you wished to do so. We may use your personal data for the purposes of research relating to the improvement of our recruitment and HR policies and practices. Please do not register if you do not accept these conditions.

Apps, QR Codes and other related technologies

When you scan a QR Code, the third party that we engage to provide our QR Codes (3GVision) may collect certain information from your mobile device (such as your mobile device identifier and IP address). 3GVision uses this information only on our behalf for the purpose of providing anonymised statistical reports to us about users of our website and services.

Social Media Platforms

You may wish to participate in the various blogs, forums, wikis and other social media platforms hosted by Ernst & Young (“Social Media Platforms") which we make available to you. The main aim of these Social Media Platforms is to facilitate and allow you to share content. However, Ernst & Young cannot be held responsible if you share personal information on Social Media Platforms that is subsequently used, misused or otherwise appropriated by another user.

Ernst & Young may also provide links to other social media platforms maintained on separate servers by individuals or organizations over which Ernst & Young has no control. Ernst & Young makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or any other aspect of the information located on such servers. A link to a third party’s website should not be construed as an endorsement by either Ernst & Young or that third party of the other or its products and services. Ernst & Young makes no representations or warranties regarding how user data is stored or used on third-party servers. We recommend reviewing the privacy policy of each third-party site linked from Our Site to determine their use of your personal data.

Exceptional Enterprise Tool

The Exceptional Enterprise Tool is hosted on behalf of Ernst & Young with a third party vendor, 1&1 Internet Inc. 701 Lee Road, Suite 300, Chesterbrook, PA 19087. Your email address is only required should you choose to register. The information you provide via the tool (including your email address if registered), will generate a unique report for your organisation based on your responses provided. All reports will be aggregated, and the aggregated information will be used by Ernst & Young to generate metrics around the areas of expertise of organisations at different stages of the organisation's growth cycle.

In addition, Ernst & Young will host and facilitate future client discussions based on the responses obtained via the tool. However, at no point in the process will individual organisations be identified.

Please note that ey.com/ch contains links to other sites (including sites maintained by Ernst & Young), which are not governed by this privacy statement.

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