EXPERT Alliance refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of EXPERT Alliance, each of which is a separate legal entity (TAX EXPERT International Ltd.; Fiduciary EXPERT Global Ltd.; XATEX Ltd.). The data controller collecting and processing the personal information provided by a visitor to expertalliance.ch is the EXPERT Alliance member firm in the visitor’s country or another EXPERT Alliance member firm to which the visitor has submitted their personal information.
This statement, set forth below, is our privacy statement for the global organization of EXPERT Alliance member firms and other entities within EXPERT Alliance. Here we describe the practices we follow to respect the privacy of all visitors to Our Site.
In this statement, personal information means data which relates to an individual and which identifies that individual, either directly or indirectly, such as your name or your contact information.
Collection, use, disclosure, choice
For example, you may choose to register for:
- TAX Facts, FIDUCIARY Facts, FINANCIAL Facts
EXPERT Alliance offers an email alert service to site visitors, in which we send subscribers latest information on new developments relevant to actual practice. If you decide to subscribe, we will collect basic contact information about you, such as your name and email address.
Special categories of personal data
EXPERT Alliance does not intentionally collect any special categories of personal data (sensitive personal information) via Our Site unless in a specific country we are legally required to do so, for example, for recruitment purposes. Sensitive personal information includes: information revealing racial or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; trade-union membership; the processing of genetic or biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person; information concerning health; information concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation; and in some cases, social security numbers or financial information.
EXPERT Alliance works to protect the confidentiality and security of information it obtains in the course of its business. Access to such information is limited and policies and procedures are in place, designed to safeguard the information from loss, misuse and improper disclosure.
EXPERT Alliance may only disclose your personal information outside of EXPERT Alliance:
- Where the disclosure is necessary to fulfill your request and involves a third party organization with which EXPERT Alliance has relationship; or
- When explicitly requested by you, the site visitor; or
- As required by a court order or any other legal or regulatory requirement; or
- Where the disclosure is reasonably related to the sale or other disposition of all or part of our business.
EXPERT Alliance may use external service providers to assist with, for example, information technology and other administrative support services to operate Our Site.
Controlling your personal information
EXPERT Alliance does not collect or compile personal information obtained by Our Site for dissemination or sale to outside parties for consumer marketing purposes or host mailings on behalf of third parties.
A revised Data Protection Act (revDSG) has been in force in Switzerland since September 1, 2023.
The revised Data Protection Act sets out clear guidelines on the collection, processing, storage and use of personal data. Under these new provisions, companies and organizations are now required to operate more transparently. This includes stating the purpose of the data collection as well as the method by which this data is used. In addition, data subjects must now give their express consent to data processing.
Companies are also required to take measures to guarantee the security of this data. These include encryption, access controls and regular security checks. Likewise, data subjects are given the right to access and edit their data at any time. It is the responsibility of companies to ensure that data is not stored longer than necessary.
Cookies and Web Beacons
What is a cookie?
A "cookie" is technology that allows Our Site to store tokens of information (an 'identifier') in your browser used only by Our Site while you are on Our Site. Cookies are not used to determine the personal identity of anyone who is merely visiting Our Site. They serve to help us track traffic patterns to determine a user’s preferred location and language so that we can direct them to the correct country home page when they visit Our Site.
Cookies have other uses as well. For example, in the Thought Center Webcast section ("Webcast Section"), they are used to provide entry for subscribers who have chosen the automatic log-on feature during registration. Cookies are also used to prevent online poll participants from voting more than once.
On certain pages of Our Site, cookies are used to help us track your interests while you browse the internet, so we can tailor more relevant advertising to you, and to understand what is important to you.
How do I disable cookies?
If you do not want to receive a cookie from Our Site or the Webcast Section, you have the option of setting your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, so that you may determine whether to accept it or not. However, please be aware that if you do turn off 'cookies' in your browser, you will not be able to fully experience some of Our Sites. For example, you will not be able to benefit from automatic log-on and other personalization features of the Webcast Section.
What cookies do we use?
The cookies used by Our Site perform four functions, as classified below:
- Essential/Strictly Necessary Cookies
Some cookies we use are essential to the functioning of Our Site. For example, remembering your log-in details to certain parts of Our Site.
- Performance Cookies
Some cookies help us with the performance and design of Our Site. This allows us to measure how many times a page has been visited, whether a page has been visited on Our Site through an advertisement or by other means.
- Functionality Cookies
Some cookies help us to remember your settings which you may have selected, or assist with other functionality when you browse and use Our Site. This helps us to remember what you have selected, so on your return visit we remember your preferences.
- Targeting and Tracking Cookies
This website (Our Site) is not intended for use by children. We understand the importance of protecting children’s information, especially in an online environment, and we do not knowingly collect or maintain information about children.
EXPERT Alliance gives you choices regarding the collection and usage of your personal information. If you have registered for any EXPERT Alliance related updates through ey.com, and do not wish to receive future e-mails, please visit our unsubscribe page within the application you registered.