This website is operated by:

Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC)
Sulgenauweg 26
CH-3001 Bern, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 (0)31 370 2525

Website officer: Hella Hoppe, Director

Data privacy policy

General data privacy policy

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. It is therefore a matter of course for us that we treat your personal data responsibly, following all the stipulations of European, German, and Swiss data privacy law.

We will never offer or sell your data to third parties. We do, however, need to point out that the transmission of data via the Internet (e.g. e-mail) can involve security vulnerabilities. There can therefore be no guarantee for complete protection against third parties accessing data.

With the use of our website, you agree to the collection, processing, and use of the data in accordance with the following description.

Data transmission/Data logging

Our website can be visited without registration. The web server automatically creates log files that cannot be linked to any particular person. This data includes e.g. the browser and browser version, operating system used, referring URL (the previously visited site), IP address of the visiting computer, access date and time of the server request, and the data request of the client (data name and URL). Data connected to a person, including the name, address, or e-mail address can therefore only be acquired on a voluntary basis. The data is used only for the purpose of statistical analysis. This data is not passed on to third parties without your consent.

Officer with responsibility for the website

The person responsible for the collection, processing, and use of your personal data in accordance with the GDPR is Hella Hoppe, Director, Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Sulgenauweg 26, 3001 Bern, Switzerland.

If you would like to contest our collection, processing, and use of your data, in general or in connection with particular instances, please submit your objections to the person listed above. You can always save and print out this data privacy policy.

Contestation, changes, corrections, and updates

Users have the right to receive information free of charge upon request concerning their personal data that has been collected. Users also have the right to correct data that is errant and to block and delete personal data inasmuch as no legal collection requirement is in effect.

SSL encryption

For reasons of security and to protect confidential content such as inquiries you send to us, this page uses SSL encryption. You can recognize that a connection is encrypted in that the address line changes from “http://” to “https://” and that a lock symbol appears in your browser line.

When SSL encryption is activated, the data you send to us cannot be read by third parties.


This page abbreviates your IP address from Google within the member states of the European Union and in other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before sending it to the United States in order to anonymize it. Only in exceptions to this rule is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the United States and abbreviated there. Google will use this information, at the behest of the operator of this website, to compile reports of website activity and to provide the website operator with further services connected to internet use. The IP address retrieved from your browser within the framework of Google Analytics will not be connected to other data from Google.


Our website uses cookies. They are small text files that make it possible to store specific information related to users on their own devices as they use the website. Cookies make it possible, in particular, to ascertain the frequency of use and number of users on the pages, to analyze the ways the pages are used, as well as how to make our presence more user-friendly. Cookies are stored until the end of a browser session and can be called up again upon another visit to the site. If you do not wish for this to happen, you should use your internet browser settings to refuse to accept cookies.

You can prevent cookies from being stored using the appropriate settings of your browser software. We would like to point out that you would, in such a case, possibly not be able to use all the functions of this website to their full extent. You can, furthermore, prevent the collection of data connected to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) compiled by the cookie and the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin found via this link:

Data processing contract

We have data processing contracts with Google and Mailchimp.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer to provide for an analysis of the website’s use. The information collected in the cookies on your use of this website (including your IP address) are transmitted to a Google server in the United States and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity for the website operators, and to provide further services connected to the website and internet use. Google could also provide this information to third parties if this is stipulated by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of Google. Google will under no circumstances connect your IP address to other Google data. You can prevent the installation of cookies with the relevant setting in your browser software; we would like to point out that you would, in such a case, possibly not be able to use all the functions of this website to their full extent. By using this website, you declare your consent to Google’s processing of data gathered about you in the aforementioned manner and for the aforementioned purpose.

Objection to data gathering by Google Analytics

You can prevent your data from being gathered by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will then be installed that will prevent your data from being gathered upon future visits to this website: Google Analytics deactivation

More information on Google Analytics’ treatment of user data can be found in the Google data protection policy:

Newsletter data from Mailchimp

With this newsletter, we provide you with information at irregular intervals on our news and products. If you would like to receive the newsletter, we need a valid e-mail address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the e-mail address or that the owner of the address consents to receiving the newsletter. This data is only used to send the newsletter and is not provided to third parties. With registration for the newsletter, we store your IP address and date of registration. This only serves as evidence for cases in which third parties misuse e-mail addresses to register for newsletters without the knowledge of the e-mail owner. You can rescind, at any time, your consent to the data and e-mail address being stored, and their use for the purpose of sending the newsletter, via a link provided in the newsletter. This can occur via this link in the newsletter, via your profile, or through a notification sent to the aforementioned contact persons. Our newsletter service is provided by the Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a MailChimp. Your data are stored at Mailchimp and we have access to it. Your data will not be otherwise shared.

Incorporation of content from external providers

Browser plug-ins and links from social networks and providers of video content (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing etc.) are incorporated into our internet presence. These offers are operated by third parties, whose corporate offices are sometimes headquartered outside of the EU and the EEA. The browser plug-ins and links are marked on our website by logos or other indications.
As part of the use of this content, a connection is created between your computer (browser) and the servers of these providers. The information that you visited our website, and the IP that was in use, is forwarded to these services. This information could possibly be connected to an account of yours with these providers. This is particularly the case if you are logged in to these services at the time of the use of the plug-ins.

The purpose and extent of these providers’ data collection as well as the further processing and use of your data by the providers and any connected rights and settings regarding the protection of your privacy can be ascertained via the relevant data protection policy of these operators.

Google Maps

This website uses the function “Google Maps und Routenplaner”, provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”), to depict and calculate geographic information and travel directions. Data on your use of this website can be transmitted to, collected, and used by Google via Google Maps. You can prevent this transmission if you deactivate Javascript in your browser. No maps can be shown in such a case. Through the use of this website and the non-deactivation of Javascript, you indicate your consent for the processing of your data by Google for the aforementioned purposes. Further information on how Google Maps and the route planner use your data and Google’s data privacy policy can be found at:


Our pages use functions of Google+. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Acquisition and forwarding of information: You can publish your information globally using the Google+ button. The Google+ button provides you and other users personalized content from Google and our partners. Google stores both the information that you clicked on +1 for and information on the page that you visited while clicking on +1. Your +1 can be used as information in combination with your profile name and your photo for Google services such as search results or your Google profile, and can be displayed in other places on websites an internet advertisements.

Google records information concerning your +1 activities in order to improve Google services for you and for others. In order to use the Google+ button, you require a globally visible and public Google profile that must at least contain the name chosen for the profile. The name is used for all Google services. In some cases, the name can also replace another name that you have used to share content via your Google account. The identity of your Google profile can be displayed to other users who know your e-mail address or who have other identifying information of yours.
Use of the acquired information: In addition to the aforementioned uses, the information provided by you will be used in accordance with the prevailing Google data privacy policy. Google may publish statistical summaries of users’ 1+ activities or provide these to users and partners such as publishers, advertisers, or connected websites.


Our site also features integrated plug-ins from the social network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. Facebook plug-ins can be recognized by the Facebook Logo or the “Like” button on our page. An overview of Facebook plug-ins can be found at:

When you visit our pages, a direct link between your browser and the Facebook server is established via the plug-in. Facebook thereby obtains the information that you visited our site with your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like“ button while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our pages to your Facebook profile. Facebook can then connect your visit to our pages with your user account. We would like to point out that we, as the operator of the pages, receive no knowledge of the content of transferred data or of how Facebook uses them. Further information on this topic can be found at the Facebook data privacy policy at

If you do not wish for Facebook to connect your visit to our pages with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.


Our website uses functions of the LinkedIn network. The provider is LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Every visit to one of our pages that includes LinkedIn functions leads to a connection with the LinkedIn servers. LinkedIn is then informed that you have visited our internet pages with your IP address. If you click on the LinkedIn “Recommend” button and are logged into your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn can connect your visit to our internet page with you and your user account. We would like to point out that we, as the operator of the pages, receive no knowledge of the content of transferred data or of how LinkedIn uses them.

Further information on this topic can be found at the LinkedIn data privacy policy at


Our website uses plug-ins from the YouTube site, operated by Google. The operator is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. When you visit one of our pages with a YouTube plug-in, a connection is established to the YouTube servers, informing the YouTube server which of our pages you have visited.

If you are logged into your YouTube account, you allow YouTube to connect your internet behavior directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

Further information on the treatment of user data can be found in the YouTube data privacy policy at:

Google Fonts

Our website uses functions of the Google Fonts CDN. The provider is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Each visit to one of our sites that contains functions of Google Fonts establishes a connection to the Google Fonts servers. Google Fonts is then informed that you visited our internet pages with your IP address.