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Privacy Policy

General Conditions and Ethical Charter of the HUG

Data Protection at the HES-SO (in French only)

Data Protection at the UNIGE (in French only)

Data Protection Declaration

The HUG, the HES-SO and the UNIGE attach great importance to the protection of your data. For this reason, we would also like to inform users of our Internet service of the type of data recorded and how it is used.

This Privacy Policy applies solely to the website. Servers/websites which external links lead to may be subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Collection, Storage and Use of Data

Any person who requests information on the activities of the HUG, HES-SO and UNIGE, subscribes to one of their newsletters, fills in a form, participates in a competition or survey or orders material, communicates a certain amount of personal data. This data is stored electronically and is only used by the HUG, HES-SO and UNIGE. The data collected is compared with the address file of the HUG, HES-SO and UNIGE. Under no circumstances will this information be sold or rented in any way to third parties in accordance with Article 13 of the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation and Data Protection laws. All HUG, HES-SO and UNIGE service providers are subject to the same data protection guidelines.


Each time a user accesses a page on the site and each time a file is consulted, data relating to these activities is recorded in a log file. Depending on the access protocol used, the log record includes data which may contain :

  • the IP address of the requesting computer,
  • the name of the file requested,
  • the date and time of the request,
  • the access methods/functions requested by the requesting computer,
  • the access status of the Internet server (file transferred, file not found, command not executed, etc.),
  • the URL from which the file was requested/the desired function was ordered,
  • the operating system and type of browser or browser settings.

We are unable to link the IP address to any personal data that may be available. The recorded files are used exclusively for the purposes of identifying and tracking unauthorised access requests/accesses to the Internet server and for statistical evaluations such as the number of visitors or the popularity of a site. These operations are only carried out by employees authorised to do so.

Use of Cookies

We use “cookies” when you visit our sites. These are small text files that are stored on your computer. In order to offer you the best possible service, we use both “permanent cookies” and “temporary cookies”.

The files stored in permanent cookies are intended to make your use of our websites as user-friendly as possible, including on future visits, and are used by us solely for this purpose.

If you do not wish to allow permanent cookies, you can deactivate them in your browser (details of how to do this can be found in the menu bar of your browser under “help”).

The data stored in temporary cookies applies only to your current visit to our websites and is intended to enable unrestricted use of our services and the most user-friendly use of our websites possible for your current visit to our site.

If you do not wish to allow temporary cookies, you can disable them in your browser (details of this procedure are available in the menu bar of your browser, under the “help” tab). If you deactivate temporary cookies, we cannot guarantee you unrestricted use of all our services.

You can also deactivate the various tags / trackers / ana tools by clicking here.

Security of Data Transfer

The personal data you make available to us via the forms you send us is transmitted securely in encrypted form. The secure process used (SSL protocol, Secure Sockets Layer) is state-of-the-art.

All employees of the HUG, HES-SO and UNIGE who have access to your data are obliged to respect data protection. Access to the system uses an authorisation procedure. SSL encryption (identifiable by the abbreviation https:// in the browser address bar) is a data encryption protocol used during a transfer from the Internet server to the browser. This transfer offers a particularly high level of security. Your personal data is encrypted by the SSL protocol during the transfer between your computer and our SSL server.

Responsibility relating to Links

The HUG, HES-SO and UNIGE expressly declare that at the time the links were created, no illegal content was discernible on the sites in question. The HUG, HES-SO and UNIGE have no influence whatsoever on the current or future design, content or authorship of the linked sites. They therefore expressly disassociate themselves from all content of all linked sites that has been changed since the link was created. This applies to all links and references set up as part of our own Internet offering. In the event of illegal, incorrect or incomplete content, and in particular in the event of damage arising from the use or non-use of information provided on linked sites, only the owner of the site to which the link refers to may be held liable, and not the person who merely refers to the said site.