Data Protection Statement

Welcome to the website of the Data Donation Lab of the University of Zurich. We take data protection very seriously; in this statement, we explain which user data are collected, processed, and disclosed by the data donation lab, 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

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. Section 3 of the Canton of Zurich’s Act on Information and Data Protection (Gesetz über die Information und den Datenschutz [IDG ZH]) defines personal data as any information related to an identified or identifiable individual. This includes details such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail or IP addresses.

2. Collecting, Processing, and Storing Data

The processing of personal data on Data Donation Lab websites (i.e. websites whose addresses begin with either "datadonation.uzh.ch" or "data-donation.uzh.ch") is limited to that data which is required to provide a functioning website and user-friendly content and services, or to the data which you have actively provided to us. The personal data collected by us will only be stored for as long as is necessary to fulfil the respective purpose. Legal requirements or further obligations may lead to a longer retention period.

3. Consent to Further Use of Data

Use of specific functions or services on the Data Donation Lab website (e.g. newsletters, contact forms, and web applications) may require further collection, processing, and long-term storage of personal data such as names, addresses, and e-mail addresses. By entering and sending this data, you give your consent for this information to be processed.

4. 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 UZH’s network infrastructure). Personal data will not be disclosed to third parties for other purposes.

5. 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 Matomo. Matomo uses "cookies". The usage information generated by the cookies, including their abbreviated IP address, will not be forwarded to third parties, but stored on UZH servers for the purpose of usage analysis and website optimization. The IP addresses will immediately be anonymised during this process. It is therefore not possible to trace the results of this analysis back to a specific IP address or to monitor the behavior of a data subject.

6. Links to External Websites

The data protection statement applies only to Data Donation Lab web pages. In the case of links providing access to external sites, please refer to the data protection policies of the providers in question. The Data Donation Lab is not responsible for the content or for the data protection policies of these providers. In particular, the Data Donation Lab cannot guarantee that content provided by other providers is free of malware.

7. Security

The Data Donation Lab undertakes technical and organizational security measures to ensure that the data it collects and processes via the Data Donation Lab 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.

8. Validity

The Data Donation Lab 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.

9. 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 n.pfiffner@ikmz.uzh.ch.