University Medicine Zurich

University of Zurich
Künstlergasse 15
8001 Zürich
044 634 47 49

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Data Protection Statement

This is a translation of the original statement in German. The translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal bearing. Only the German document is legally binding.

The network University Medicine Zurich (UMZH) consists of the six institutions University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, University Hospital Zurich, University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, Balgrist University Hospital, and University Children’s Hospital Zurich. The aim is to optimally coordinate the tripartite nature of research, teaching and care at the Zurich location. The basis for this is the Verordnung über die Forschung und Lehre der Universität im Gesundheitsbereich (Ordinance on the Research and Teaching of the University in the Healthcare Sector) and the Universitätsordnung (University Regulations).

The University Medicine Zurich (UMZH) appreciates your visit on our website UMZH takes data protection very seriously; in this statement, we explain which user data are collected, processed, and disclosed by UMZH, and for what purpose, and we describe the measures taken to safeguard the security of these data. All measures conform to the prevailing provisions on data protection.

1.    Object of Data Protection

2.    Collecting, Processing, and Storing Data

3.    Disclosure of Personal Data

4.    Tracking Settings

5.    Cookies

6.    Links to External Websites

7.    Use of Social Media Plugins

8.    Newsletter

9.    Security

10. Validity

11. Right to Information

1. Object of Data Protection

Data protection serves to protect the privacy of individuals. It requires data processors to act lawfully, and confers enforceable rights to the affected persons with regard to the processing of their personal data. This includes details such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail or IP addresses.

2. Collecting, Processing, and Storing Data

Every time a UMZH web page is requested or called up, the following access data can be collected and stored on a Swiss Metanet server:

  • Type and version of web browser used
  • Operating system used
  • The URL from which the UMZH web page was requested
  • The host name (IP address) of the requesting computer
  • The date and time of the request
  • The name of the requested file
  • The volume of data transferred
  • Message regarding a successful access

These data are processed for the following purposes:

  • Safeguarding the network infrastructure and facilitating technical administration
  • Optimizing the use of specific web offerings
  • Identifying and tracking unauthorized access attempts

3. Disclosure of Personal Data

Personal data will be disclosed to third parties (e.g. other authorities) only if required by binding legal provisions (e.g. the ruling of an authority, court orders) or for the purposes of legal or criminal prosecution (e.g. in the event of attacks on the network infrastructure). Personal data will not be disclosed to third parties for other purposes.

Nevertheless, UMZH may commission service providers to process data collected via the UMZH website for the purposes described above. Legal, technical, and organizational measures will be put in place requiring UMZH and external service providers to comply with the relevant provisions of data protection law.

4. Tracking Settings

To be able to better adapt website content and navigation tools to the needs of users, visits to pages and elements clicked within pages are logged and analyzed using the software Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., USA (Google). Google Analytics uses «cookies» (see point 5. below regarding the use and how to prevent the use of such cookies).

By using this website, you consent to the processing of your data by Google in accordance with the Google Analytics Terms of Use.

5. Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer, tablet, or mobile device when you visit the UMZH website. The purpose of cookies is in particular the analysis of the use of this website for statistical evaluation and continuous improvement. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers 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. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Google offers a deactivation option for the most commonly used browsers. If you activate the deactivation option, no information about your visit to the website will be transmitted to Google Analytics. For further information about the deactivation option provided by Google and about activating this option, please click on the following link:

When cookies are disabled, some functionalities of this website may no longer be available.

6. Links to External Websites

This data protection statement applies only to the UMZH web page ( In the case of links providing access to external sites, please refer to the data protection policies of the providers in question. Please note that we have no control over how your information is collected, stored, or used on these external websites.

7. Use of Social Media Plugins

The UMZH website does not use additional programs in the form of so-called social media plugins that send IP addresses direct to the providers of social networks.

8. Newsletter

To receive the newsletter free of charge, please register on the UMZH website with your e-mail address. You will then receive an e-mail with a confirmation link (double opt-in). When you register for the newsletter, personal data (last name, first name, e-mail address) is collected. This personal data is processed on the basis of your consent during the registration process, and is used only for the purpose of sending you the newsletter. Your data will be stored for as long as you wish to receive the newsletter.

You can cancel your subscription to the newsletter and withdraw your consent to the storage of your data at any time. Your personal data is deleted once you have unsubscribed to the newsletter. An «Unsubscribe» link is provided at the end of each newsletter.

9. Security

UMZH undertakes technical and organizational security measures to ensure that the data it collects and processes via the UMZH website

  • remain confidential and are safeguarded from accidental or unauthorized access, changes or disclosure, loss, and destruction; moreover
  • only the persons who require access to personal data due to their job and work-related duties are granted access on a need-to-know basis
  • The measures selected depend on the type of information, the type and purpose of use, and the technology available.

10. Validity

UMZH reserves the right to amend this data protection statement at any time with future effect if the implementation of new technologies or the legal situation so requires. For this reason, we advise you to check the data protection statement on a regular basis.

This data protection statement is only valid for the UMZH website, but not for the websites of the partner institutions (University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, University Hospital Zurich, University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, Balgrist University Hospital, and University Children’s Hospital Zurich).

11. Right to Information

If you would like information on data relating to your person that has been collected and processed, if you want such data to be corrected, destroyed, or blocked, or if you have further questions on the use of such data, please contact the following address:

University Medicine Zurich
University of Zurich
Künstlergasse 15
8001 Zürich
044 634 47 49