Privacy Policy

for the website "History of Social Security in Switzerland"

The University of Basel as the owner of the website www.geschichtedersozialensicherheit.ch (hereafter "History of Social Security") places great importance on the protection of personal data.

With this privacy policy, we would like to inform you which data is collected, processed and disclosed by you as a user of the "History of Social Security" website and for what purposes, as well as the measures taken by the platform operator to ensure the security of this data. This privacy policy also informs you of the rights to which you are entitled.

1. Legal Basis

Personal data is always processed in compliance with the applicable Information and Data Protection Act of the Canton of Basel-Stadt (IDG) and, where applicable, the Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP). In addition, the University of Basel complies with the applicable European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and, in this case, indicates the relevant legal basis in accordance with GDPR Art. 13 para. 1 (c).

2. Data Security

The "History of Social Security" website is provided in encrypted form. Encryption ensures that the accessed website (the requested information) also comes from the server that it claims to. Unencrypted data traffic can be manipulated by third parties.

3. Web Analysis Tools

Your privacy is of great importance to the website "History of Social Security". For this reason, the web analysis component Matomo is integrated into the website "History of Social Security". Matomo is a web analysis tool for evaluating data and the behaviour of users of the website. The data collected by Matomo is stored on servers in Switzerland. The user data collected is not passed on to third parties. The Matomo privacy policy can be found here: https://matomo.org/privacy-policy/

4. Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are transferred from our server or the server of a third party to the user's browser and stored on your end device. The use of cookies increases the user-friendliness and security of the platform. The "History of Social Security" website only uses a cookie for web analytics in accordance with section 30.

5. External Services

The website "History of Social Security" uses the services "Google Fonts" and "Adobe Fonts" for the correct display of the integrated fonts. For this purpose, the providers record the IP address of the users of the "History of Social Security" website. The services are designed to limit the collection, storage and use of end user data to what is necessary for the efficient provision of fonts. The relevant privacy policy of "Google Fonts" can be found here (https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq/privacy) and from “Adobe Fonts” here (https://www.adobe.com/de/privacy/policies/adobe-fonts.html).

The non-commercial service "Metagrid" of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS) is integrated into the "History of Social Security" website. Metagrid only retrieves technically necessary access data in accordance with section 8.  Metagrid's privacy policy can be found here: https://metagrid.ch/impressum/

6. Links to Websites of External Providers

The owner of the "History of Social Security" website has not checked external websites connected via hyperlinks and accepts no liability for their content or for the products, services and other offers provided on them.

7. Modification of Content

"History of Social Security" reserves the right to change or delete content at any time.

8. Access Data

The hosting provider (Nine Internet Solutions AG) of the "History of Social Security" website automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits.

The following data is transmitted to the hosting provider:

  • * IP address
  • * Browser type and browser version
  • * Operating system in use
  • * Referrer URL
  • * Host name of the computer accessing the site
  • * Time of the server request


The data collected will not be further processed or collated. We reserve the right to check this data retrospectively if we become aware of specific indications of unlawful use.

This data is stored by our hosting provider Nine Internet Solutions AG, Albisriederstrasse 243a, CH-8047 Zurich, for a period of three months. The privacy policy of Nine Internet Solutions AG can be found here: https://www.nine.ch/de/privacy-policy

9. Processing of Personal Data and Purpose of Data Processing

No personal data is stored when you access our website. The contact form is an exception. When you fill in the contact form, we collect your full name and e-mail address. This information is treated confidentially and is not passed on.

10. Your Rights

You have the right at any time

  • * to receive confirmation free of charge as to whether personal data is being processed by the operator,
  • * to information about any stored data,
  • * to limit the processing of the data,
  • * to data transfer, if and to the extent applicable under the GDPR,
  • * to rectification, blocking or deletion of this data,
  • * to withdraw any consent given,
  • * to object to the processing of your personal data.


In this regard, you can contact us at any time at our contact address: martin.lengwiler@unibas.ch

11. Amendment of the Privacy Policy

The operator reserves the right to amend this privacy policy at any time if necessary. The current version of this privacy policy is from 15.01.2024

12. Responsibility and Data Protection Officer

Prof. Dr. Martin Lengwiler, Professor of Modern General History (Department of History) University of Basel, Hirschgässlein 21, 4051 Basel