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Information on the websites of the FDFA is accessible to the public. Copyright and any other rights relating to texts, illustrations, photos or any other data available on the websites of the FDFA are the exclusive property of the FDFA or of any other expressly mentioned owners. Downloading or copying texts, illustrations, photos or any other data does not entail any transfer of rights on the content. Any reproduction requires the prior written consent of the copyright holder.


Although every care has been taken by the FDFA to ensure the accuracy of the information published, no warranty as to it being accurate, reliable, up-to-date or complete can be given. The FDFA reserves the right to alter or remove the content, in full or in part, without prior notice.

In no event shall they be liable for any loss or damage of a material or immaterial nature arising from access to, use or non-use of published information, or from misuse of the connection or technical faults.

Comments made by users reflect their own personal opinions and are their sole responsibility. We make no representations or warranties of any kind about the legality or legal compliance with regard to these contributions. Possible misuse can be reported using the contact form.

Comments may not be changed or deleted by users once published. The FDFA can delete or change a comment at the express request of the user if there is a valid reason. Requests to this effect can be made using the contact form.

References and links

Links to third party websites lie outside the scope of responsibility of the FDFA. Access and use of such websites is entirely at the user’s own risk. The FDFA expressly states that it has no influence whatsoever over the content of any linked site. Responsibility for information and services of linked sites rests entirely with the relevant third parties.

The FDFA accepts no liability in respect of the content of such websites.

Data protection

Based on Article 13 of the Constitution of the Swiss Confederation and the provisions of federal data protection legislation, everyone has the right to the protection of their privacy, as well as to protection from misuse of personal data. The FDFA comply with these provisions. Personal data is treated as strictly confidential and is neither passed on nor sold to third parties.

In close cooperation with the hosting provider, the federal authorities make every effort to protect the databases from outside access, data loss, misuse or falsification.

When you access a website of the federal authorities, the following data is stored in log files: IP address, date, time, browser request and general information on the operating system and browser. This usage data forms the basis for statistical and anonymous evaluations, based on which the federal authorities make improvements to the information on offer. Under the Federal Act on the Surveillance of Postal and Telecommunications Traffic (SPTA), there is a statutory duty to store data on all connections made in the past six months.

When you choose to make contact with us, your email address will be stored in a separate database not connected with the anonymous log files. You may delete your registration at any time.

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