Privacy statement

The Hirschmann Foundation respects your privacy

The protection of your privacy when processing personal data as well as the security of all personal data are important concerns for us. With this data protection declaration, we inform you about the data we process from you, what we need this data for and how you can object to the data processing. 

We collect, process and store personal data (incl. IP addresses) only in accordance with the statutory provisions or if you have given us your consent to do so, for example in the context of a registration.

What personal data do we collect?

We only collect personal data that is related to our relationship with you. The data we collect includes, in particular, your contact details such as name, telephone number, address or e-mail address as well as other details, especially in connection with a funding application as well as the use of our website. In contrast, information that cannot be linked to your identity (e.g. statistical information on the number of users of our online service) is not considered personal data.

How we collect personal data?

As a rule, we collect personal data in the following cases: When you submit a funding application to our Foundation; when you visit our website; when you communicate directly with us; when you register for our events; when you participate in a survey; or when you provide us with your personal data for other reasons. In all cases, we process your personal data exclusively for the purpose that is specific and recognisable to you.

Do we share your personal data?

We will only pass on your personal data to other third parties if we are legally entitled to do so or if you have given us your consent to do so. 

External service providers who process data on our behalf are strictly bound by contract within the meaning of the Federal Data Protection Act. We have ensured that the external service providers are able to guarantee data security. They may only transfer the processing of personal data to a third party with our prior consent.

How long do we store your personal data?

We generally store your data for as long as our business relationship with you requires or we have a legitimate interest in continuing to store it. In all other cases, we delete your personal data with the exception of data that we must continue to store in order to fulfil legal obligations (e.g. we are obliged to store documents such as contracts and invoices for a period of 10 years due to legal retention periods).

By submitting our application form, you consent to the storage of the data collected therein. You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future. The stored data will be deleted no later than two years after the application is rejected.

What data is processed when using our internet pages?

In principle, you can visit our website without having to provide any personal information. When you visit our website, our servers temporarily save each access in a log file. The following technical data is recorded and stored by us until automatic deletion after seven months at the latest:

  • - IP address of the requesting computer
  • - Date and time of access
  • - Internet page from which the access was made, if applicable with the search word used
  • - Name and URL of the file accessed
  • - search queries carried out 
  • - the operating system of your computer (provided by the user agent)
  • - the browser you are using (provided by the user agent)
  • - device type in the case of access by mobile phones 
  • - transmission protocol used

The collection and processing of this data is used for system security and stability and for error and performance analysis as well as for internal statistical purposes and enables us to optimise our Internet offering. The IP address is also used to preset the language of the website. Finally, we use cookies and applications and tools based on the use of cookies when you visit our website. You will find more details on this in the following chapter.

What are cookies and when are they used?

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit our website. If you call up the page again, your browser sends the content of the cookies back to us and thus enables recognition of the end device. The reading of cookies enables us to optimally design our website for you and to make it easier for you to use. 

If you decide not to accept cookies, you can deactivate and delete all cookies in your browser at any time. Please refer to the help functions of your browser for more information. However, deactivating cookies may mean that certain functions of our website are no longer available to you. If you use another browser or another end device, you must deactivate or delete the cookies again.

It is also possible to manage and disable the use of cookies by third parties via the following website: This website is not operated by us, so we are not responsible and have no influence on its content and availability.

How tracking tools are used?

We need statistical information about the use of our online offer (website) in order to make it more user-friendly, to measure reach and to conduct market research. For this purpose, we use web analysis tools, in particular Google Analytics. The usage profiles created by these tools with the help of analysis cookies are not merged with personal data. The tools either do not use IP addresses of users at all or shorten them immediately after collection.

In addition to the data listed above (see "What data is processed when you use our Internet pages?"), we thereby obtain the following information:

  • Navigation path that a visitor follows on the website
  • Time spent on the website or sub-page
  • The sub-page on which the visitor leaves the website
  • Country, region or city from which access is made
  • Terminal device (type, version, colour depth, resolution, width and height of the browser window)
  • Returning or new visitors

The information is used to evaluate the use of the website. If you would like to deactivate Google Analytics, you can find the appropriate browser add-on at As explained in the previous chapter, you can prevent the creation of usage profiles altogether by generally deactivating the use of cookies.

What rights do you have with regard to your personal data?

You have the following rights in relation to your personal data:

  • You can request information about your stored personal data.
  • You can request that your personal data be corrected, supplemented, blocked or deleted.
  • If you have given us permission to process your data, you can revoke this permission at any time with effect for the future.

A letter by post or e-mail is sufficient to exercise your rights. See the Contact section.

Data Security

We use appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your personal data stored with us against manipulation, partial or complete loss and against unauthorised access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

Amendment of this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to amend and supplement this statement at any time at our sole discretion and in accordance with data protection legislation. Please consult this statement regularly.


If you have any questions about your rights in relation to your personal data or otherwise have any queries in this regard, please contact us at the following address:

Hirschmann Foundation
c/o Fondation des Fondateurs
Breitingerstrasse 35
8002 Zurich