If you provide us with personal data of other individuals (such as family members or work colleagues), please ensure that those individuals are aware of this data protection statement. Only provide us with their data if you are authorized to do so and ensure that the personal data provided is accurate.
This privacy notice is in accordance with the Swiss Data Protection Act («DPA»). However, the application of this law depends on each individual case.
A. Data controller
B&P Beerli & Partner AG
If you have any questions regarding how your personal data is processed or any other data protection concerns, you can contact our data protection officer in writing.
B. Purpose of data processing and legal bases
We primarily use collected data to enter into and fulfill contracts with our clients and business partners, particularly in relation to providing financial services to our clients and procuring products and services from our suppliers and subcontractors. We also process personal data to comply with domestic and foreign legal obligations.
Additionally, in accordance with the applicable law and where appropriate, we may process personal data for the following purposes, which are in our (or, where applicable, third parties’) legitimate interest. For example:
- Providing and developing our products, services, websites, apps and other platforms in which we are involved
- Communication with third parties and handling their requests (e.g., job applications, media inquiries)
- Advertisement and marketing (including event organization), provided that you have not objected to the use of your data for this purpose (if you are part of our client base and you receive advertisement, you may object at any time, and we will add you to a list to stop further advertising mailings)
- Asserting legal claims and defending against legal disputes and official proceedings
- Prevention and investigation of criminal offenses and other misconduct
- Ensuring the smooth operation of our IT systems, websites, apps, and other devices
- Acquisition and sale of business divisions, companies, or parts of companies, and other corporate transactions involving the transfer of personal data. This includes measures for business management and compliance with legal and regulatory obligations, as well as internal company regulations
C. Collection and processing of personal data
We primarily process personal data that we obtain from our clients, business partners, and individuals in the context of our business relationships. Additionally, we collect data from users when operating our websites, apps, and other applications.
Where permitted, we may acquire certain personal data from publicly accessible sources (e.g., debt registers, land registries, commercial registers, press, internet) or receive such information from affiliated companies, authorities, or other third parties (such as e.g., custodian banks). In addition to the data provided directly by you, the categories of data we receive from third parties include, but are not limited to:
- information from public registers
- data received in administrative or court proceedings
- information related to your professional role and activities (e.g., to conclude and fulfill contracts with your employer)
- information from correspondence and discussions with third parties
- information provided by individuals associated with you (family, consultants, legal representatives, etc.) to conclude or process contracts with your involvement (e.g. powers of attorney)
- information regarding legal regulations such as anti-money laundering
- bank details
- information about you from media or internet sources (e.g. job applications, media reviews, marketing/sales)
- your address
- interests and other socio-demographic data
- data related to your use of our websites (e.g., IP address, MAC address of your smartphone or computer, device and settings information, cookies, date and time of visit, accessed content and sites, used applications, referring website, localization data)
D. Cookies / Tracking and other relevant Information regarding the use of our website
When you visit our website, we collect and evaluate user-specific data (e.g. IP address, web browser, operating system) and technical data (such as URLs of accessed pages, execution of search queries) in an anonymous manner.
The mentioned data is collected and processed for system security, stability, error and performance analysis, as well as for internal statistical purposes. This allows us to optimize our website.
For subscribing to our content or when submitting a contact form/customer login, we process the necessary data to provide the requested service. Depending on the specific service, the data you have provided may be processed (e.g., email address, first name, last name, salutation, full address, subject matter, and message).
If you contact us via a contact form, e-mail, telephone, chat, letter, or any other means of communication, we collect the exchanged data between you and us, including your contact details and relevant communication details. If we record or listen to telephone conversations or video conferences, e.g. for training and quality assurance purposes, we will inform you of this practice. Any recordings will be made and used in accordance with our internal guidelines and applicable laws.
Cookies and their use:
We use ‘cookies’ in some cases to customize our offering to better suit your needs. Cookies are files that are stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit or use our website. These cookies cannot perform any operations on their own. They save specific settings through your browser and collect data related to your interaction with the website. When a cookie is enabled, it is assigned an identification number that identifies your browser and allows the information stored in the cookie to be utilized. There are two primary types of cookies: temporary cookies and permanent cookies. We use temporary cookies, which are automatically deleted from your mobile device or computer at the end of the browser session. We also use permanent cookies to save user settings (e.g. language, auto-login). Permanent cookies remain saved on your computer or mobile device.
Despite the above, you may configure your browser settings in a way that it rejects cookies, only saves them for one session or deletes them prematurely. Most browsers are preset to accept cookies. However, if you choose to block cookies, certain functions (such as, e.g., language settings) are no longer available to you.
By using our website, you consent to the saving of cookies and the collection, storage and use of personal usage data, even after the browser session ends (‘permanent cookies’). You can object to this at any time by changing the browser’s default setting to reject (third-party) cookies.
E. Sharing data with third parties and transfer of data abroad
In the context of our business activities and in line with the purposes of the data processing outlined above, we may transfer data to third parties, insofar as such a transfer is permitted and deemed appropriate for them to process the data on our behalf or for their own purposes. Among others, the following categories of recipients may be concerned:
- Our service providers (e.g. custodian banks, risk management & compliance, IT-provider, data hosting providers, CRM-system)
- Domestic and foreign authorities, official bodies and courts
- Other parties involved in potential or ongoing legal proceedings
Certain recipients are located within Switzerland, but others may be located in any country worldwide. In particular, you must anticipate your data to be transmitted to any country where our service providers are located.
If a recipient is located in a country without adequate statutory data protection, we require the recipient to commit to data protection compliance. An exception may apply for example in case of legal proceedings abroad, overriding public interest or contractual disclosure requirements.
F. Duration of data storage
Your data, which includes personal data, will be processed and stored only for as long as necessary to fulfil our contractual and legal obligations or for the purposes stated in the data processing activities. This may include the entire duration of the business relationship and beyond, based on legal retention requirements and documentation obligations. It is possible that personal data will be retained for the time in which claims can be asserted against our company and insofar as we are otherwise legally obliged to do so, or if legitimate business interests require it (e.g. for evidence and documentation purposes). As far as possible, your personal data will be erased or anonymized within 12 months after the expiry of the above-mentioned periods.
G. Data security
We have taken appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data against unauthorized access and misuse.
We cannot guarantee the security of data transmission over the internet. When transmitting data by email, there is a certain risk of access by third parties.
H. Your rights
In accordance with and as far as provided by applicable law, you have the right to access, rectification and erasure of your personal data, the right to restriction of processing or to object to our data processing, in particular for direct marketing purposes, for profiling carried out for direct marketing purposes and for other legitimate interests in processing in addition to right to receive certain personal data for transfer to another controller (data portability). Please note, however, that we reserve the right to enforce statutory restrictions on our part, for example if we are obliged to retain or process certain data or if we have an overriding interest (insofar as we may invoke such interests) or need the data for asserting claims.
We have already informed you of the possibility to object/withdraw consent at any time. Please be aware that exercising your rights may have implications for your contractual obligations and this may result in consequences such as premature contract termination or associated costs. If this is the case, we will inform you in advance unless it has already been contractually agreed upon.
Exercising these rights requires that you are able to proof your identity (e.g., by a copy of identification documents where your identity is not evident otherwise or can be verified in another way). In order to assert these rights, please contact us in writing via the contact details provided above.
In addition, every data subject has the right to enforce his/her rights in court or to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority. The competent data protection authority of Switzerland is the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (http://www.edoeb.admin.ch).
We may partially process your personal data automatically with the aim of evaluating certain personal aspects (profiling). In particular, profiling allows us to inform and advise you about products possibly relevant for you more accurately. For this purpose, we may use evaluation tools that enable us to communicate with you and advertise you as required, including market and opinion research.
August 2023, Kusnacht, Zurich