Legal Notices

The CAAST website is run by

Bern University of Applied Science
Länggasse 85
3052 Zollikofen

The legal notices as well as the information and views on the website of CAAST may be changed at any time without notice.

1.  Copyright

The entire content of the CAAST website is protected by copyright (all rights reserved). Any further use of this content is permitted for information purposes only. Any reproduction (in electronic, written or other form) or any other use of the content published on the CAAST website or logos, for any other purpose, in particular public or commercial use, is therefore prohibited without the express consent of CAAST or the relevant rights holders.

2.  Non-liability for Content

CAAST exercises the utmost care and caution when updating the information it posts on the CAAST website. We also incorporate unverified third-party contributions on the CAAST website. Should individual contributions infringe the rights of third parties or contain content that is unlawful on other grounds, the respective creator of the content is responsible for the violation. The information and views published on the CAAST website are subject to change at any time without notice.

3.  No Guarantee

CAAST shall not be held liable and does not guarantee that the functions on the CAAST website will not be interrupted or be error-free, that defects will be rectified or that the CAAST website or the respective servers are free of viruses or other harmful components.

4.  Exclusion of Liability

Even in the event of negligence on its part, CAAST excludes, to the permissible legal extent, liability for any loss or consequential damage resulting from access to, or use of, any elements of the CAAST website (e.g. inability to access or use).

5.  Links to Other Websites

By clicking on an underlined hyperlink (link), you may be leaving the CAAST website. CAAST shall not be liable for the content, products, services or goods offered on the pages accessed via such links. The operators of the relevant websites are solely responsible for the linked information.

6.  Privacy Protection

For the collection and processing of personal data, CAAST observes applicable data protection legislation.

7.  Data Protection Declaration

By accessing the CAAST website, you accept this data protection declaration and consent to the functions described therein.

7.1 Scope and Purpose

The protection of personal data is important to us. We comply with the Cantonal Data Protection Act (KDSG) and, where corresponding regulations are applicable, Switzerland’s Data Protection Act (DSG) as well as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The following notices apply solely to usage of the following website:

The legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this data protection declaration depends on the Personal Information we collect and the specific context in which we collect the information. This might be because:

  • CAAST needs to perform a contract with you.
  • You have given CAAST permission to do so.
  • Processing your personal information is in CAAST legitimate interests.
  • CAAST needs to comply with the law.

CAAST assumes no responsibility for compliance with data protection regulations by websites of third parties to which the CAAST website refers and links. CAAST shall not be liable for the linked content.

7.2 Contacts

If you have questions about data protection, the following points of contact are available:

7.2.1 Data Controller

Bern University of Applied Science
Länggasse 85
3052 Zollikofen

7.2.2 Data Protection Office*

*fulfilling the duties of a GDPR data protection officer

 University of Applied Science
3012 Berne

7.2.3 Regulatory Authority

Data Protection Office for the Canton of Bern
Poststrasse 25
3072 Ostermundigen

7.3 Processing of Personal Data

7.3.1 On visiting the website

When you access one of the above-named website, information is temporarily stored in ‘log files’ on our internal and external server systems. This consists of information that the browser of your device automatically sends, specifically:

Anonymised IP address of the contacting device
Date and time of server query
Country of origin
URL of the site accessed
Referring URL
Operating system used
Browser type/version

This information is captured anonymously and cannot be traced to you as an individual. We use the data for establishing connection to the website, for usage analysis and optimisation of our website, for system security and stability, for statistical purposes and for answering and processing enquiries and for recruitment purposes.

The legal basis for the data processing is the GDPR as well as the corresponding legal foundation. Our interest consists in configuring and constantly updating our website in such a way that it corresponds to the needs of our students, customers and website visitors and in statistically capturing and evaluating usage of our website to optimise our services.

7.3.2 Email communication

When you contact us by email, we use the contact data such as name and email address that you voluntarily submit so we can respond to your query. Please note that data exchange by email is not secure. In particular for confidential information or sensitive personal data or personal data in certain categories, we recommend an encrypted method of transmission. Therefore we request that you inform us expressly if you wish to communicate with us in encrypted form.

The purpose of this processing is to be able to communicate with you.

7.3.3 Input form

The CAAST website contains various input forms (contact forms, subscription of newsletters, etc.), with which you may voluntarily share personal data with us. You can see from the relevant input form which personal data is captured. When you use the input form, a secure connection is established, ensuring confidential transmission of data.

If you no longer wish to be included as an expert, please contact us by e-mail at

7.4 Cookies

We use cookies (session cookies and permanent cookies) on our website. These are small files that your browser automatically creates and that are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site. A cookie does not always mean that we can identify you.

The use of session cookies serves on the one hand to record the frequency of use, number of users and usage behaviour on our website; on the other hand, to increase the security of website usage and to present our information in a user-friendly way. These cookies are automatically deleted as soon as you leave the website.

In addition, we also use permanent cookies (cookies that are stored on your device for a specific period of time) to improve usability. If you visit our site again to use our services, it will automatically recognise that you have visited before and what inputs and settings you made so you do not have to re-enter them.

By continuing to use our website or by agreeing to this data protection declaration, you agree that we may set cookies and collect, store and use personal user information even after the browser session has ended. You may revoke this consent at any time by activating the default setting of the browser to refuse third-party cookies.

The data processed by cookies is required for the aforementioned purposes in order to safeguard our legitimate interests and the interests of third parties. We use cookies to make our site more attractive, effective, secure and user-friendly.

Most internet browsers are set to automatically accept cookies. If you do not want our website to store cookies on your device, you can set your browser to warn you before certain cookies are stored. You can also set your preferences so that your browser rejects most of our cookies, or rejects or disables only certain cookies. You may also revoke your consent to cookies by deleting the cookies already stored. Please consult the instructions from the respective search engine operator:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera

Please note that certain functions of the website may no longer be available to you if you restrict or deactivate cookies. The complete deactivation of cookies may mean that you cannot use all the functions of our website.

7.5 Web Analysis

7.5.1 Google Analytics

To improve its website and user experience, as well as for statistical analysis of visitor traffic to its website, CAAST uses functions of the web analytics service Google Analytics provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses cookies which are stored on your device and which enable analysis of your use of the CAAST website. We use the ‘Activation of IP anonymization’ function on our website. Only in exceptional cases will your full IP address be sent to a Google server in the US and truncated there.

Google uses this information on our behalf to evaluate your use of the CAAST website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website usage and internet usage to CAAST. Google maintains that it will never merge the transmitted IP address with any other data provided by Google.

You can prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookies and related to your use of the website by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at However, this can limit the functionality of the CAAST website.

You can find information on the terms of use of Google Analytics here.

Our interest consists in configuring and constantly updating our website(s) in such a way that they correspond to the needs of our customers and website visitors, and in statistically capturing and evaluating usage of our website(s) to optimise our services.

7.5.2 Google reCAPTCHA

ReCAPTCHA helps websites and mobile apps prevent spam and block “bots.” The program determines whether the user is a real person or a “bot” to stop “automated software” from weighing down your site.

You can find information on the terms of use of Google reCAPTCHA here.

7.6 Social Plugins

The CAAST website offers you the opportunity to open pages in social networks using Link buttons. Through these plugins, data (including personal data) can reach external providers such as Twitter and be used by them. It is the responsibility of the respective provider of the social media plugin to guarantee that they operate in a privacy-compliant way. The purpose and scope of this data collection is determined by the privacy policy of the respective provider of the social media plugin.

CAAST itself does not collect personal data via social media plugins or information about their use.

By clicking on a social plugin the external provider receives the information that the corresponding subpage of our online service has been accessed. You do not need to have an account with this provider or be logged in there. If you are logged in to the external provider, this data will be assigned directly to your user account with the external provider. When one of our pages is shared, the external provider usually also stores this information in the user account.

For more information about the purpose and scope of data collection and further processing and use of the data by the external providers, as well as your rights and settings options for protecting your privacy, please consult the respective privacy policy of the external providers.

CAAST uses the following plugins on its website: YouTube and Twitter. 

7.6.1 YouTube

The YouTube plugin we use is operated by YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA (‘YouTube’). YouTube, LLC is a subsidiary of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

You can find the YouTube privacy policy here.

7.6.2 Twitter

The Twitter plugin we use is operated by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (‘Twitter’).

You can find the Twitter privacy policy here.

7.7 Transfer of data to third parties

With respect to processing of your personal data when you visit our website, there is no transfer of your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those listed.

Your personal information is shared with the following categories of third parties:

  • Search engine operators
  • Analysis tools
  • Manufacturers and/or suppliers (website developers/support operators)
  • Twitter
  • Youtube

Your data and information will be used and, if necessary, transferred to provide you with optimal, efficient support, to answer your questions satisfactorily and for optimal availability of the services provided. This also helps us to constantly optimise our services and our support.

7.8 Data Security

The CAAST Website is hosted by Infomatiak Network SA, Rue Eugène-Marziano 25, 1227 Geneva, Switzerland.

As a precaution, Infomaniak backs up the content of the web hosting once a day on servers distributed over several of its own data centres. Seven consecutive backup copies are kept, which can be restored by the client. Infomaniak reserves the right to interrupt the service in order to carry out technical interventions to improve the functioning of the service. the functioning of the service.

We ourselves have technical and organisational security procedures in place to safeguard the security of your personal data and to protect your session data and personal data against predominantly unauthorised or unlawful processing and/or accidental loss, alteration, disclosure or access.

However, you should always be aware that the transmission of information via the Internet and other electronic means carries certain security risks and that we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted in this way.

7.9 Retention Period

CAAST will retain your personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this data protection declaration. We will retain and use your information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our policies.

7.10 Data Protection Rights

You have – especially, but not only – if you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), certain data protection rights.

If you wish to be informed what Personal Information we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us by e-mail at

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

  • The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
  • The right of rectification.
  • The right to object.
  • The right of restriction.
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to withdraw consen

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