Cookies, browser parameters
Cookies are often used to make websites or web services work, to enable users to work more efficiently and to provide reporting information. Cookies store information on your computer or mobile device, such as user preferences (e.g., language selected), displayed positions on the website and other states, the identification of a visitor when they return to our website as well as across different websites, and analysis of website usage. We use our own cookies (first-party cookies) and cookies from external providers (third-party cookies).
First-party cookies are stored by our website-domain directly. They allow us to collect analytics data and remember language settings to provide a good user experience.
Third-party cookies are created by domains other than the one the user is visiting at the time. They are used for cross-site tracking and ad-serving. These web analysis tools collect data about the website from which the individual visits the website (the “referrer”), the pages on the website that are accessed and how often and for how long a page is viewed. Website analysis is used to optimize the BRCCH website. If you wish to deactivate tracking, you will need to activate the“Do Not Track” setting in your browser settings.
Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your device and are not deleted
The BRCCH websites mostly use first-party cookies. The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:
- store visitor preferences
- make our websites operational
- gather analytics data (about user behaviour)
There are some cookies that we have to include in order to make certain webpage-functions work properly. For this reason, these session cookies do not require your consent. In particular authentication cookies and technical cookies.
We use these kinds of cookies purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users. These session cookies simply assess how you interact with our website as an anonymous user. However, you are free to refuse these types of cookies either via the cookie banner you will see on the first page you visit or by specific browser-settings.
Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. YouTube and LinkedIn. To view this third-party content, you have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over. If you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.
Third-party providers used on BRCCH websites:
● Google Maps
● Mailchimp Newsletter
How can you manage and remove cookies from your device?
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited. Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
Managing site-specific cookies
For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.
How to disable third-party cookies?
Third-party cookies are blocked when a user does one or more of the following:
● Browses the web in private or incognito mode.
● Uses Safari as their web browser on Apple mobile devices, as it blocks third-party cookies by default.
● Changes the cookie and tracking settings in their browsers (detailed below).
● Installs ad-blockers or similar add-ons.
Most browsers allow users to disable third-party cookies from the settings menu. Doing so will make the ads much less personalized but should not otherwise compromise the browsing experience.
How to see which cookies are created when you visit our websites?
You can do this by installing a dedicated cookie-management browser plugin or by using the browser’s developer console.
Your internet browser can pass various parameters to web servers. These include your location, operating system, browser type and version, browser plug-ins, processor type, window size, screen size, colour depth and cookies. This data can be used to optimize the presentation of the BRCCH website.
In your browser settings, you can prevent the disclosure of this information, but you may not be able to use some features of the site. You can also control the disclosure of this information automatically with a browser plug-in.
The BRCCH website uses some of this information, but we always endeavour to collect and pass on as little data as possible depending on the functions required.
Below you will find a list of external providers who may collect browser data when you visit brc.ch:
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics collects, processes and analyses data on the behaviour of visitors to websites. Among other things, data is collected from which website a visitor was referred to a website, which subpages were accessed or how often and for how long a page was visited. Web analysis is mainly used to optimize our website and for cost-benefit analysis. For this purpose, part of the IP address (front three bytes) and the parameters provided by your internet browser (depending on internet browser setting) are transmitted to Google. Further information can be found at: www.google.com/analytics/
We use the video-technology from YouTube from Google Inc. to provide embedded videos on our website. By using the technologies of these
providers, we can ensure that video content works on different platforms and internet browsers. When you access or view the video content, the parameters provided by your internet browser (depending on internet browser setting) are transmitted to the respective provider. For movies embedded by YouTube, we use the “advanced privacy mode”. Further information can be found at: www.google.com/privacy/ .
External service providers
For specific online-services, we rely on web-services from external companies as described below:
For our online-communication services (e.g. newsletter) we rely on the services from Mailchimp. On our websites, we offer you the possibility to subscribe to our online communication services. By doing so, we inform you periodically by e-mail about our own products, news, and services. The data entered by you (e.g. e-mail address, name, etc.) will be transferred to and processed by Mailchimp. With your subscription, you also agree that your clicking and opening behaviour is monitored in order to create personalised promotions for you. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, you can simply unsubscribe at any time. Further information can be found at: www.mailchimp.com/
How often will we update this Cookie Statement?
Where can I get further information?