Data protection

By accessing this website you state that you agree with this data protection statement 

If you do not agree with this statement you should refrain from accessing any further pages of this website.

This statement may be updated at any time. We therefore recommend that you check this statement regularly. 

Scope and purpose of this statement 

Bellevue Group AG and their information providers undertake to protect personal data collected from the users of this website. The following information is intended to help you understand how we collect information via this website. 

This statement applies in respect of all information received by Bellevue Group AG in the context of use of this website. It does not apply in respect of websites that are under the control of third parties not connected with Bellevue Group AG and with which the Bellevue Group AG website may be linked (websites of third parties). Please refer to the data protection statements of the respective third-party websites, since Bellevue Group AG is not responsible for the content or for the data protection practice of these websites and cannot exert any influence in this regard.

What information do we collect about you, and why do we do this? 

When you visit the Bellevue Group AG website, our web server automatically registers details about your visit (for example your IP address, the website from which you are visiting us, the type of browser software used and the website pages you are visiting, including the date and duration of your visit). 

In addition we collect personal data (e.g. name, sex, address, email address, telephone number) if you provide such details to us via the website, for example if you enter them on a registration page or if you sign up for an email news service. Bellevue Group AG uses your personal data:

• for technical administration purposes and for research and further development of the website,

• for customer and user administration and marketing,

• to inform you about Bellevue Group AG and the companies acting on its behalf, and

• for any otherwise specified purposes. 

In the context of the use of personal data, Bellevue Group AG abides by the applicable laws and regulations. 

How do we collect and store information about you? 

Bellevue Group AG uses so-called tracking technologies such as cookies and tags in order to collect information such as the information described above (see: "What information do we collect about you, and why do we do this?”) to gain a better understanding of how visitors are using the website. These technologies help us to manage the website and improve its user-friendliness. 

Cookies 

The information about cookies contained in this section is in accordance with the EU legislation introduced in May 2011. 

What are cookies? 

Cookies are small text files that are stored in the main memory and on the hard disk of your computer when you visit certain websites. They are used to enable websites to function or to provide the owners of a website with information. 

Why do we use cookies? 

We use cookies on our website to obtain general information about how and when pages of our website are accessed, what technologies our users prefer (e.g. the type of video player they use), and whether our website is working properly. 

We use cookies on our website for the following purposes: 

Analysis: Analysis cookies enable us to recognize and assess visitors to our website and to record their visits. This helps us to improve the functioning of our website and to develop it further, for example by checking whether visitors to the website are able to find information easily, or by identifying the areas of the website that are of greatest interest to visitors.

Usage preferences: Some of the cookies on our website are activated when visitors make a choice regarding their use of the website. Our website notes the presettings of the user in question. In this way we can tailor areas of our website to the individual user.

Conditions of use: We use cookies on our website in order to register if a website visitor has read a guideline (e.g. the present guideline), or issued a statement of agreement (e.g. regarding the conditions of use on our website). This helps us to improve the experience of users to our website, for example by ensuring that users are not repeatedly asked to give their agreement to the same conditions of use.

Session management: The software that controls our website uses cookies for technical reasons necessary for the internal processes of our servers. For example, we use cookies in order to distribute requests over several servers, to authenticate users and to determine what functions of the website they can access, to verify the origin of requests, to record information about the user’s session and to determine what options or pages have to be displayed in order for the website to function.

Functional purposes: Cookies for functional purposes store information that is needed by our applications for processing and for operation. For example, if transactions or requests comprise several work sequence phases within an application, cookies are used in order to temporarily store information from each phase, which facilitates the execution of the entire transaction or request. 

Your cookie presettings 

In order for you to be able to make full use of the Bellevue Group AG website, your computer or mobile device must accept cookies. If it does not, the website will not function properly. In addition cookies are needed for us to be able to offer you personalized functions on our websites. 

Local flash memory

Some of our websites include content intended to be displayed with Adobe Flash Player, such as animations, videos and tools. The local flash memory (frequently referred to as “flash cookies”) can be used to improve your experience as a user of the website. The flash memory is stored on your device in almost exactly the same way as standard cookies, but is managed directly from your flash software. 

If you would like to deactivate or delete information that is locally stored in the flash memory, please read the documentation on your flash software, which you can find at www.adobe.com. Please note that if flash cookies are deactivated it may not be possible to use some website functions. 

Cookies of third parties 

If you visit our websites you may receive cookies that have been placed by third parties. These cookies are used for the purposes described in the “Why do we use cookies?” section of this guideline. We have no influence on the setting of cookies of third parties and would therefore suggest that you obtain further information about the use and management of cookies via the websites of the third parties in question. 

Changing cookie presettings 

If you would like to remove cookies that have been set by our websites on your browser, you can delete them. The instructions for removing cookies from your computer or mobile device depend on your operating system and your web browser. Please note, however, that any revocation of your agreement to the use of cookies on our websites will impair the functionality of the websites. 

The website www.allaboutcookies.org contains instructions for managing cookies on many commonly used browsers. However, you can also use the manufacturer’s documentation for your specific software. 

Further information about cookies 

If you would like to know more about cookies in general and about the management of cookies, please go to www.allaboutcookies.org. 

Web analysis 

So as to identify trends and improve our online service, exclusively non-personal usage data such as your IP address, the last site you visited, the browser used and the date, time etc. are evaluated on an anonymized basis. We use "Google Analytics" to do this. 

Extract from the Google Analytics Conditions (section 8.1)

“This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyze how you use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on a server in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Under no circumstances will Google associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.“

Who do we pass information on to that has been collected from you via Bellevue Group AG? 

Changes to our data protection guideline

Bellevue Group AG reserves the right to make changes, adjustments and additions to this data protection guideline or to delete parts thereof, at any time and without statement of reasons. Any changes apply as of the date of publication. We therefore recommend that you check this data protection guideline at regular intervals to find out about any changes. You can access the current version of this data protection guideline via the link at the end of the individual page of our website. By visiting our website after publication of any changes you accept the new conditions for our amended data protection guideline.

Collection and use of information

Personal data: Personal data which you communicate to us via our website is used by us only in connection with your account and/or to provide you with information about Bellevue Group AG. Such personal data which we are able to collect via our website includes your name, your address, your email address and your telephone number. We will not sell, pass on or lease your personal data to third parties otherwise than as described in the provisions of this data protection guideline. Please inform us if your details have changed or are incomplete, using the email address or telephone number stated below. 

General information: We normally collect specific information such as how many users visit our website and the frequency of their visits. This information can also include details about the websites you have visited immediately before and after your visit to our website, about the Internet browser you use, and your IP address. If we use such data, this will be on an aggregated basis. 

Data protection functions of your browser: This website may contain information, including P3P data protection guidelines ("Information concerning data protection settings"), that is aimed at ensuring consistency with the data protection settings selected by you. Although we have endeavored to ensure that the information on data protection settings contained on this website accords with this concluding online data protection statement, this online data protection statement constitutes the statement on our data protection guidelines and data protection procedures for this website which is authoritative in the event of conflict. 

Service providers: For the operation of our website we can use internal and external service providers, or we can instruct other persons to carry out tasks such as sending out letters or emails in our name. These persons have access to the personal data you have provided to us via our website and this data may only be used by these persons for the purpose of carrying out their tasks. The aforementioned persons may not use your personal data for any other purposes. 

Observance of applicable laws: Bellevue Group AG and their information providers do not automatically collect personal data from visitors to our website unless we are obliged to do so under relevant laws or provisions. We will not pass on personal data to other persons unless (a) we are legally obliged to do so by authorities or private agencies in the context of trials, summonses, investigations, similar processes or audits, (b) applicable laws or regulations have to be fulfilled, (c) the latter are asserted or (d) we use this information together with our affiliated enterprises or service providers in order to offer you services. In these cases, and if you authorize us to do so, we can pass on such information. 

Email and marketing: Bellevue Group AG and their information providers do not sell the email addresses of their customers, neither do we make personal data available to third parties for their marketing purposes. Without your prior agreement, Bellevue Group AG and their information providers will not send you any emails unless you have given your agreement to the electronic transmission of information as part of our electronic communication system. It is part of our business policy that you can at any time terminate these programs for which your agreement has to be obtained. We recommend that you do not send us any kind of personal data via unsecured communication channels, including public electronic communication channels such as email via the Internet, since these are generally not secure. 

Transfer of undertakings: In the event of the sale or merger of part or all of the business units, shares or assets of Bellevue Group AG with any other business unit, we will pass on all or part of your data to this new unit so that we can continue to offer you services. You will be informed of any such events, and the new company will notify you of any amendments to this data protection policy. If the new company wishes to use your data for additional purposes, you can object to this in due course. 

Children 

Although this website is not intended for children, we are concerned about the safety and data protection of children who use the Internet. We will never knowingly collect personal data from persons under 13 years without the prior verifiable agreement of the parents. If we become aware that a child of less than 13 years has provided us with personal data without the prior verifiable agreement of the parents, we will do everything possible to delete the data in question from our system. If a parent or person with custody of a child discovers that their child has provided us with personal data without the prior verifiable agreement of the parents, they should contact us. 

Websites of third parties 

Bellevue Group AG can set up links from its website to one or more websites of third parties. Bellevue Group AG has no control over these websites or their content, or over the products/services offered in these websites. Visiting and using such websites which can be accessed via these links is subject to the conditions and data protection policy of the website in question, and is at the user’s own risk. Bellevue Group AG accepts no responsibility for the data protection policy and customer information of Internet websites of third parties which can be accessed via a link from our website. 

Contact

If you have any questions about our data protection policy and procedures, you may contact us at: 

Bellevue Group AG
Seestrasse 16
8700 Küsnacht/Switzerland
+41 44 267 67 00