Disclaimer & Data protection


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Data protection

Based on Article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution and the provisions of Swiss federal data protection law, all persons have a right to the protection of their private sphere and protection from misuse of their personal data. Eawag complies with these provisions. Personal data is handled in accordance with the requirements of the Swiss Data Protection Act.

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This usage data forms the basis for anonymous statistical analyses, enabling trends to be identified that Eawag can use to improve its offer. According to the Federal Act on the Surveillance of Postal and Telecommunications Traffic (SPTA), communications data must be retained for six months.


Information about external links

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