This privacy policy informs you which personal data we process in connection with our activities and operations, including our website. It shows what personal data we process for what purpose, how and where. We also provide information about the rights of the persons whose data we process.

For individual or additional activities and activities, further data protection declarations and other legal documents such as general terms and conditions (GTC), terms of use or conditions of participation may apply.

Contact addresses

Responsible for the processing of personal data (in individual cases there may be other responsible parties):

World Without Mines Foundation
Badenerstrasse 16
8004 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 241 72 30

Terms and legal basis

Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. A data subject is a person about whom we process personal data.

Processing includes any handling of personal data, regardless of the means and procedures used, such as querying, matching, adapting, archiving, storing, reading, disclosing, procuring, recording, collecting, deleting, disclosing, arranging, organizing, storing, modifying, disseminating, linking, destroying, and using personal data.

We process personal data in accordance with Swiss data protection law such as the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (Data Protection Act, DPA) and the Ordinance on Data Protection (Data Protection Ordinance, DPA).

Nature, scope, and purpose

We process those personal data that are necessary to carry out our activities and operations in a permanent, user-friendly, secure, and reliable manner. Such personal data may fall into the categories of inventory and contact data, browser and device data, content data, meta or marginal data and usage data, location data, sales data and contract and payment data. We process personal data for the period of time necessary for the relevant purpose(s) or as required by law. Personal data whose processing is no longer required will be anonymized or deleted. We may have personal data processed by third parties. We may process personal data jointly with third parties or transfer it to third parties. These are specialized providers whose services we use. We also guarantee data protection for such third parties.

As a matter of principle, we process personal data only with the consent of the persons concerned. If and to the extent that the processing is permitted for other legal reasons, we may waive the requirement to obtain consent. For example, we may process personal data without consent in order to fulfill a contract, to meet legal obligations or to protect overriding interests.

In this context, we process information that a data subject voluntarily provides to us when contacting us – for example, by mail, email, instant messaging, contact form, social media or telephone – or when registering for a user account. We may store such information, for example, in an address book, in a customer relationship management system (CRM system) or with comparable tools. If we receive data about other persons, the transmitting persons are obligated to ensure data protection with respect to these persons and to ensure the accuracy of this personal data. We also process personal data that we receive from third parties, obtain from publicly accessible sources or collect in the course of our activities and operations, if and to the extent that such processing is permitted for legal reasons.

Personal data abroad

We process personal data in Switzerland. However, we may also disclose or export personal data to other countries in order to process it or have it processed there. We may disclose Personal Data to any country provided that the law of that country ensures adequate data protection in accordance with a decision of the Swiss Federal Council.

We may disclose personal data to countries whose laws do not ensure adequate data protection, provided that adequate data protection is ensured for other reasons, for example through appropriate contractual agreements, on the basis of standard data protection clauses or with other appropriate safeguards. By way of exception, we may export personal data to countries without adequate or appropriate data protection if the special data protection requirements are met, for example the express consent of the data subjects or a direct connection with the conclusion or performance of a contract. We will be happy to provide data subjects with information about any guarantees or provide a copy of any guarantees upon request.

Rights of data subjects

Claims under data protection law

We grant data subjects all claims in accordance with applicable data protection law. Data subjects have the following rights:

  • Information: Data subjects may request information as to whether we process personal data about them and, if so, what personal data is involved. Data subjects also receive the information required to assert their data protection rights and to ensure transparency. This includes the personal data processed as such, but also, among other things, information on the purpose of processing, the duration of storage, any disclosure or export of data to other countries and the origin of the personal data.
  • Correction and restriction: Data subjects can have incorrect personal data corrected, incomplete data completed and the processing of their data restricted.
  • Deletion and objection: Data subjects can have personal data deleted («right to be forgotten») and object to the processing of their data with effect for the future.
  • Data release and data transfer: Data subjects may request the surrender of personal data or the transfer of their data to another data controller.

We may suspend, restrict or refuse the exercise of the rights of data subjects to the extent permitted by law. We may draw the attention of data subjects to any requirements that must be met in order to exercise their rights under data protection law, for example refuse to provide information in whole or in part with reference to business secrets or the protection of other persons. We may refuse to delete personal data in whole or in part, for example with reference to statutory retention obligations. We may exceptionally provide for costs for the exercise of rights. We inform data subjects in advance of any costs. We are obliged to take appropriate measures to identify data subjects who request information or assert other rights. Data subjects are obliged to cooperate.

Right of complaint

Data subjects have the right to enforce their data protection claims by legal means or to lodge a complaint with a competent data protection supervisory authority.

The data protection supervisory authority for private data controllers and federal bodies in Switzerland is the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC).

Data security

We take appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure data security appropriate to the risk involved. However, we cannot guarantee absolute data security.

Access to our website takes place using transport encryption (SSL/ TLS, primarily with the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, abbreviated HTTPS). Most browsers indicate transport encryption with a padlock in the address bar.

Our digital communication is subject – as is basically all digital communication – to mass surveillance without cause or suspicion and other monitoring by security authorities in Switzerland, the rest of Europe, the United States of America (USA) and other countries. We cannot directly influence the corresponding processing of personal data by secret services, police agencies and other security authorities.

Use of the website


We may use cookies. Cookies – our own cookies (first-party cookies) as well as cookies from third parties whose services we use (third-party cookies) – are data that are stored in the browser. Such stored data need not be limited to traditional cookies in text form.

Cookies can be stored in the browser temporarily as «session cookies» or for a certain period of time as so-called permanent cookies. «Session cookies» are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. Permanent cookies have a specific storage period. Cookies make it possible to recognize a browser the next time it visits our website and thus, for example, to measure the reach of our website. Permanent cookies can also be used for online marketing.

Cookies can be completely or partially deactivated and deleted at any time in the browser settings. Without cookies, our website may no longer be fully available. We actively request – at least if and to the extent necessary – the express consent to the use of cookies.

For cookies used for performance and reach measurement or for advertising, a general objection («opt-out») is possible for numerous services via AdChoices (Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada), the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), YourAdChoices (Digital Advertising Alliance) or Your Online Choices (European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance, EDAA).

Server log files

We may collect the following information for each access to our website, provided that this information is transmitted by your browser to our server infrastructure or can be determined by our web server: Date and time including time zone, Internet Protocol (IP) address, access status (HTTP status code), operating system including user interface and version, browser including language and version, individual sub-page of our website accessed including amount of data transferred, website last accessed in the same browser window (referer or referrer).

We store such information, which may also constitute personal data, in server log files. The information is necessary to provide our website permanently, user-friendly, and reliable and to ensure data security and thus the protection of personal data – also by third parties or with the help of third parties.

Tracking pixel

We may use tracking pixels on our website. Tracking pixels are also referred to as web beacons. Tracking pixels – including those from third parties whose services we use – are small, usually invisible images that are automatically retrieved when you visit our website. Tracking pixels can be used to collect the same information as server log files.

Notifications and messages

We send notifications and messages via email and other communication channels such as instant messaging or SMS.

Performance and reach measurement

Notifications and communications may contain web links or tracking pixels that record whether an individual communication has been opened and which web links have been clicked. Such web links and tracking pixels may also track usage of notifications and communications on a personal basis. We need this statistical recording of usage for performance and reach measurement in order to be able to send notifications and messages based on the needs and reading habits of the recipients in an effective and user-friendly manner as well as permanently, securely and reliably.

Consent and objection

In principle, you must expressly consent to the use of your e-mail address and other contact addresses, unless the use is permitted for other legal reasons. For any consent, we use the «double opt-in» procedure where possible, i.e. you receive an e-mail with a web link that you must click to confirm, so that no misuse by unauthorized third parties can take place. We may log such consents including Internet Protocol (IP) address, date and time for evidence and security reasons.

In principle, you can object to receiving notifications and communications such as newsletters at any time. With such an objection, you can simultaneously object to the statistical recording of usage for performance and reach measurement. This is without prejudice to necessary notifications and communications in connection with our activities and operations.

Service providers for notifications and communications

CleverReach: email marketing platform of CleverReach GmbH Co KG (Germany): Information on «Data protection and security», privacy policy and «Data security».

Social media

We are present on social media platforms and other online platforms in order to communicate with interested persons and to provide information about our activities and operations. In connection with such platforms, personal data may also be processed outside of Switzerland.

The General Terms and Conditions (GTC) and Terms of Use as well as data protection declarations and other provisions of the individual operators of such platforms also apply in each case. These provisions inform about the rights of data subjects directly against the respective platform, which includes, for example, the right to information.

Third-party services

We use services from specialized third parties in order to be able to carry out our activities and operations in a permanent, user-friendly, secure and reliable manner. Such services allow us, among other things, to embed functions and content on our website. In the case of such embedding, the services used record the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the users at least temporarily for technically compelling reasons.

For necessary security-related, statistical and technical purposes, third parties whose services we use may process data in connection with our activities and operations in aggregated, anonymized or pseudonymized form. This is, for example, performance or usage data in order to be able to offer the respective service.

Google: Services of Google LLC (USA) / Google Ireland Limited (Ireland) for users in the European Economic Area (EEA) and in Switzerland, information on «Privacy and security principles», data protection declaration, «Guide to data protection in Google products», «How we use data from websites or apps on or in which our services are used», «Types of cookies and other technologies used by Google», «Personalized advertising» (activation / deactivation / settings).

Microsoft: Services of Microsoft Corporation (USA)/ Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited (Ireland) for users in the European Economic Area (EEA), the United Kingdom, and Switzerland; information on «Data protection at Microsoft», «Data protection and privacy (Trust Center)», «privacy statement», «privacy policy, data protection dashboard (data and privacy settings)».

Digital infrastructure

Hostpoint: Web hosting by Hostpoint AG (Switzerland); information on data protection.

Microsoft Azure: Storage space and other infrastructure from Microsoft; information on «Data protection in Azure».


Doodle: Online appointment scheduling by Doodle AG (Switzerland) as a subsidiary of TX Group AG (Switzerland); Privacy Policy and «General Conditions for Data Processing».

Audio and video conferencing

Microsoft Teams: information on «Data protection and Microsoft Teams».

Skype: offered by Skype Communications SARL (Luxembourg)/ Microsoft Corporation (USA)/ Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited (Ireland) for users in the European Economic Area (EEA), the United Kingdom and Switzerland; «Legal information about Skype» and «Privacy and security».

Zoom: offered by Zoom Video Communications Inc. (USA): privacy statement, «Privacy at Zoom» and «Legal Compliance Center».

Social media features and social media content

We use third-party services and plugins to embed features and content from social media platforms and to enable sharing of content on social media platforms and other ways.

Facebook (social plugins) for embedding Facebook functions and Facebook content, for example «Like» or «Share»; provider: Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Ireland) and other Meta companies (including in the USA): Privacy policy.

LinkedIn: Consumer Solutions Platform by Microsoft: Information on privacy policy, cookie policy, cookie management/objection to e-mail and SMS communication and objection to interest-based advertising.


Google Maps: Map service from Google; information on «How Google uses location information».

Digital audio and video content

YouTube: Google's video platform, «Privacy and Security Center» and «My Data on YouTube».


We use the option of displaying targeted advertising for our activities and operations on third parties such as social media platforms and search engines. We want to use such advertising to reach people who are already interested in our activities and operations or who might be interested in them (remarketing and targeting). For this purpose, we may transmit corresponding – possibly also personal – information to third parties that enable such advertising. We may also determine whether our advertising is successful, i.e. whether it leads to visits to our website (conversion tracking).

Third parties with whom we advertise and where you are registered as a user may be able to assign the use of our online offer to your profile there.

Google Ads: search engine advertising by Google; information on «advertising» (Google) and «Why do I see a particular advertisement?».

Extensions for the website

We use extensions for our website in order to be able to use additional functions:

reCAPTCHA: spam protection from Google; details on «What is reCAPTCHA?»

Success and reach measurement

We try to determine how our online offering is used. In this context, we can, for example, measure the success and reach of our activities and operations as well as the effect of third-party links to our website. But we can also, for example, try out and compare how different parts or versions of our online offering are used («A/B test» method). Based on the results of the success and reach measurement, we can correct errors, strengthen popular content or make improvements to our online offering.

In most cases, the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of individual users are stored for the purpose of measuring success and reach. In this case, IP addresses are generally shortened («IP masking») in order to follow the principle of data economy through the corresponding pseudonymization.

Cookies may be used for performance and reach measurement and user profiles may be created. Any user profiles created include, for example, the individual pages visited or content viewed on our website, information on the size of the screen or browser window and the – at least – location. In principle, any user profiles are created exclusively in pseudonymous form and are not used to identify individual users. Individual services of third parties, to which users are logged in, may assign the use of our online offer to the user account or user profile with the respective service.

Google Analytics: Measurement by Google also across different browsers and devices (cross-device tracking) as well as with pseudonymized Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which are only transmitted in full to Google in the USA in exceptional cases, information on «Data protection» and «Browser add-on to deactivate Google Analytics».

Google Tag Manager: Integration and management of other services for performance and reach measurement as well as other services from Google and third parties, information on «Data collected with Google Tag Manager».


Online donations

We use specialized service providers to process online payments from our customers securely and reliably. The legal texts of the individual service providers, such as general terms and conditions (GTC) or data protection declarations, also apply to the processing of payments.

RaiseNow: We use the donation technology of RaiseNow AG, Hardturmstr. 101, 8005 Zurich, data protection policy details. The collected personal and payment-related data as well as communication preferences are collected by RaiseNow on the basis of our interests according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO and an order processing agreement according to Art. 28 para. 3 p. 1 DSGVO. RaiseNow AG, based in Switzerland, and RaiseNow GmbH, based in Germany, comply with all requirements of the European Data Protection Regulation. Switzerland is considered a safe third country to which the European Commission has confirmed an adequate level of data protection by means of a decision on adequacy. This includes, for example, the security of data processing, which at RaiseNow AG is regularly audited and certified by TÜV SÜD on the basis of the PCI-DSS SAQ D Level 2 security standard. RaiseNow may use the collected data in anonymized form, i.e. without attribution to a donor, to optimize or improve its own services, but not to contact them directly or to pass on data to third parties.

PayPal: Processing of payments by PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l. et Cie, S.C.A. (Luxembourg) / PayPal Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), privacy policy and «Statement on cookies and tracking technologies».

PostFinance: e-payment solutions of PostFinance AG (Switzerland): information on «Legal information and accessibility» and «Data protection» (including data protection statements).

TWINT: Processing of payments in Switzerland by TWINT AG (Switzerland), data privacy statement and «Security according to Swiss standards».

Worldline (formerly SIX Payment Services): Processing of mobile and online payments by Worldline Schweiz AG (Switzerland) / Worldline Financial Services (Europe) S.A. (Luxembourg) / Worldline Payment Services (Germany) GmbH (Germany) / Worldline Financial Services (Europe) S.A., Branch Office Austria, Privacy Statement.

Mailing / Mailings

In order to continue our important work, we rely on donations. We receive our data via Interprise AG for social marketing. At irregular intervals, we use third-party addresses to draw attention to our cause. We receive your data via Walter Schmid Fundraising & Data AG.

The legal basis for data processing is your consent and/or a legitimate interest. You can request information about your data stored by us at any time in accordance with Art. 25 of the Swiss Data Protection Act. If you do not wish to receive any further advertising mail from us in the future, you can request the deletion of the data. To do so, please send your request for deletion to us or to Interprise AG für Sozialmarketing, Hölzliwisenstrasse 5, 8604 Volketswil or Walter Schmid Fundraising & Data AG, Auenstrasse 10, 8600 Dübendorf.

In addition, the blocking list (Robinson list) of the SDV Swiss Dialog Marketing Association is available to you for blocking your address.

Final provisions

We have created this data protection declaration with the data protection generator of Datenschutzpartner.

We may amend and supplement this privacy policy at any time. We will inform about such adjustments and additions in an appropriate form, in particular by publishing the respective current privacy policy on our website. This Privacy Policy is an unofficial translation from the original German language version.

Status: August 2023

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