Cookie policy

This cookie policy describes how the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro Engineering (“Wyss Center”) and its partners use cookies and similar technologies such as pixel tags, web beacons, clear GIFs, JavaScript (“cookies”) in connection with the website owned and controlled by the Wyss Center (the “Wyss Center Site”).

Cookies may be used to collect information that is personally identifiable, or that can become personally identifiable if the Wyss Center combines it with other information. In such cases, the Wyss Center website privacy policy will apply in addition to this cookie policy. 

By using the Wyss Center Site, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this cookie policy. 

About cookies

Cookies are small files – usually made of letters and numbers – downloaded on to a device (computer, tablet, phone, or similar device) when you visit a website. Cookies allow a website to recognize a user’s device and are used by website owners to operate their websites more efficiently. 

Cookies are used to understand how the site or service is being used, to help you navigate between pages efficiently, to help remember your preferences, and generally to improve your browsing experience. Cookies may also be used to deliver communications relevant to your interests, provided you have subscribed to these communications. 

The Wyss Center and its service providers may use different types of cookies: 

Necessary cookies. These cookies are essential for the operation of the Wyss Center Site. Disabling these cookies will encumber the Wyss Center Site’s performance and may make the features and service unavailable.

Analytics cookies. These Cookies collect information about how you use the Wyss Center Site for the purposes of improving and optimizing the way that the Wyss Center Site works and to ensure that visitors can easily find the information they are looking for. For example, analytics cookies measure performance indicators such as which pages visitors go to most often and whether they get error messages from web pages.

Functionality/performance cookies. These cookies are used to recognize you when you return to the Wyss Center Site. This enables the Wyss Center to personalize content for you, and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Communication, marketing and targeting cookies. These cookies record your online activities and retain user preferences, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions, in order to make the content displayed on the Wyss Center Site more relevant to you and your interests. The Wyss Center and its third-party partners may also use these types of cookies to deliver communications relevant to your interests and to measure the effectiveness of communication campaigns. These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on sites or services other than the Wyss Center Site. Marketing cookies are also used to track visitors across websites, for example videos embedded in the Wyss Center Site via YouTube. This information may be collected by the service providers to deliver advertising.

Session and persistent cookies 

Cookies may be either “persistent” or “session”. A persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; while a session cookie will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. The Wyss Center may use persistent cookies for storing your preferences so that they are available for the next visit, keep track of how often you visit the Wyss Center Site, how you use the Wyss Center Site, and the effectiveness of communication efforts. 

The difference between first and third party cookies

Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by the Wyss Center Site. Third party cookies are cookies that originate from websites or a domain other than the Wyss Center Site and for which www.wysscenter.ch has implemented ‘plug-ins’ or integrations. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third-party cookie. These third-parties are outside of the control of the Wyss Center and may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies. Please see the privacy and cookie policies of those third parties directly.

Purpose of use 

The Wyss Center and its service providers may use cookies for various purposes, including to:

  • Understand how you interact with e-mails, communications, or other content;
  • Deliver communications, and content from us and third parties, specific to your interests;
  • Perform analytics to optimize the Wyss Center Site and better understand our audiences;
  • Help you find information;
  • Aggregate statistics about how the Wyss Center Site is used;
  • Remember your language and other preferences as applicable.

Specific cookies used by the Wyss Center and third parties

You can find out more about the specific cookies used by the Wyss Center and third parties here:

Wyss Center cookies

Name: wyss_center_session; Purpose: Necessary; Session: (2 hours)

Name: XSRF-TOKEN; Purpose: Necessary; Session: (2 hours)

Third-party cookies

Name: _ga; Third party: Google Analytics; Purpose: Analytics and performance; Persistent: (2 years)

Name: _ga; Third party: Google Analytics; Purpose: Analytics and performance; Persistent: (2 years)

Name: _gid; Third party: Google Analytics; Purpose: Analytics and performance; Persistent (1 day)

Name: _gat; Third party: Google Universal Analytics; Purpose: Analytics and performance; Session (1 minute)

Name: Ide; Third party: Doubleclick.net; Purpose: Marketing; Persistent (1 year)

Name: test_cookie; Third party: Doubleclick.net; Purpose: Marketing; Persistent (1 day)

Name: visitor_info1_live; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Persistent (179 days)

Name: Ysc; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Session

Name: yt-remote-cast-installed; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Session

Name: yt-remote-connected-devices; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Persistent

Name: yt-remote-device-id; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Persistent

Name: yt-remote-fast-check-period; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Session

Name: yt-remote-session-app; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Session

Name: yt-remote-session-name; Third party: Youtube.com; Purpose: Marketing; Session

Blocking, deleting and opting out of cookies 

If you do not want the Wyss Center to recognize your device, you can also delete cookies from your browser, block all cookies, or configure your browser to warn you before a cookie is stored by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not accept the strictly necessary and functionality cookies, parts of the Wyss Center Site might not be available to you. 

The following websites provide information on how to adjust the cookies settings on some popular browsers:

In order to opt out of Google Analytics cookies, visit: www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/

To find out more about cookies, and how to control and disable them in your web browser, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org or www.aboutcookies.org.

Links to other websites

The Wyss Center Site may contain links to other websites for which this cookie policy does not apply, please see the respective privacy policies of those providers. The Wyss Center assumes no responsibility for the content of these websites.

International transfers

Cookies information may be transferred to or collected by third-party service providers of the Wyss Center such as mailchimp.com, paperlesspost.com, youtube.com, doubleclick.net or meltwater.com located in a different country or territory to the one you are located, and outside the European Economic Area (the “EEA”) to countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the EEA, for the purposes described in this cookie policy. 

Privacy at the Wyss Center 

For more information about the Wyss Center’s approach to privacy see the Wyss Center privacy policy and the Wyss Center terms of use.

You can contact the Wyss Center regarding this cookie policy at the following email address: media@wysscenter.ch

This cookie policy may be modified at any time. Any change to this cookie policy will become effective when the Wyss Center makes the revised cookie policy available on the Wyss Center Site. 

This policy was updated on 11 January 2021.

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