Online data protection notice

23 September 2019

 

1. General information

BDO AG, Schiffbaustrasse 2, 8005 Zurich (“BDO” or “we/us”) takes the protection of your personal data seriously. In this online data protection notice (“Notice”), we inform you about how we process your personal data when you visit our website or use services via our website as a customer (referred to collectively as the “BDO Online Services”).

By using the BDO Online Services you indicate your agreement with this Notice, and consent to the processing of your personal data subject to compliance with the applicable data protection legislation and the following provisions.

2. Processing of personal data

Personal data refers to all details and information relating to a specific or identifiable person. In addition to your contact details such as your name, telephone number and postal or email address (which you provide us with when registering for the newsletter or events and seminars, when taking part in competitions or completing surveys etc.), this also includes the IP address that we register when you visit our website.

3. Cookies

BDO’s website uses “cookies”. These are small files that are saved on your computer or mobile end device when you visit or use our website. We use cookies to facilitate various different functions of our website and to be able to offer you the best possible browsing experience.

Cookies record information regarding usage such as the date and time when you access our website, the name of the website visited, the IP address of your end device and the operating system used. Most of the cookies we use are temporary session cookies that are automatically deleted from your computer or mobile end device at the end of the browser session. We also use permanent cookies. Depending on the type of cookie, these are stored on your computer or mobile end device for a period of between one month and ten years after the end of your browser session, at which time they are automatically deactivated.

4. Web analysis and tracking technologies

We use the following web analysis tools and re-targeting technologies in order to obtain information regarding the use of our website, improve our Internet services and to be able to contact you with marketing on third-party websites and social media: Google Analytics, Crazy Egg, Facebook Pixel, Kentico EMS.

These tools are supplied by third-party providers. The information regarding the use of the website that is gathered for this purpose is generally transmitted to the third-party server using cookies. Depending on the third-party provider, these servers may be situated in another country.

The data is usually transmitted with the IP addresses abbreviated to prevent the identification of individual end devices. The IP address provided by your browser in this context is not linked to other data of said third-party providers. The information is only passed on by third-party providers on the basis of statutory provisions or in connection with data processing of orders.

You can configure your browser to accept all cookies or only the ones you request, to notify you every time a cookie is created, or to block the acceptance and/or installation of all (third-party) cookies. You can also manually delete the cookies at any time in your browser settings. Please note, however, that this may prevent you from using all of this website's functions to their full extent.

5. Social plugins

“Social plugins” from third-party providers are used on our website. These plugins can be identified by the logo of the relevant social network. We use the following plugins on our website: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Xing.

When you access our website, your browser establishes a direct connection with the third-party provider’s servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted directly to your browser by the third-party provider in question, and incorporated into the page.

The third-party provider stores the data recorded about you as a user profile, which it uses for the purposes of marketing, market research and/or designing its website to meet demand. This kind of analysis is also carried out for users who are not logged in to display demand-based marketing and inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website. We use the plugins to offer you the opportunity to interact with the social networks and other users.

Data is passed on regardless of whether you have an account with the third-party provider or are logged in there. If you are logged in with the third-party provider, the data we record is allocated directly to your account with the third-party provider. The information is also published in the social network and displayed to your contacts there. Please refer to the data protection notices of the third-party providers regarding the purpose and scope of the recording and further processing and use of the data by the third-party providers as well as your rights in this regard and the settings available to you in order to protect your privacy.

If you would like to prevent third-party providers from allocating the data gathered via our website to your personal profile in the respective social network then you must log out of that social network before visiting our website. You can completely prevent plugins from being loaded using specialised add-ons for your browser such as “Ghostery” (https://www.ghostery.com/) or “NoScript” (http://noscript.net/).

6. Amendments to the Notice

We explicitly reserve the right to make amendments to the present online data protection Notice at any time. By using the BDO Online Services, you indicate your consent to the most current version of the present notice.