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Data protection

This data protection notice provides an overview of how your personal data are processed by us on the PROFICIENCY website and what your rights are under the data protection law. How and which data are processed depends on the actual circumstances.

Authorised to represent the project PROFICIENCY:

Prof Dr Bruno Schmied

Kantonsspital St.Gallen

Rorschacher Strasse 95

9007 St.Gallen


Contact for requests:



Who we are


PROFICIENCY is a 4-year Flagship project funded by the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse in Switzerland

PROFICIENCY is led by the Kantonsspital St.Gallen, Clinic for General, Visceral, Endocrine and Transplant Surgery and Prof Dr Bruno Schmied, respectively.




Based on Article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution and the data protection regulations of the federal government (Data Protection Act, DSG), every person has the right to protection of their privacy and protection against misuse of their personal data. The operators of these website pages take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this data protection declaration.


In cooperation with our hosting provider, we strive to protect the databases as well as possible against unauthorized access, loss, misuse or falsification.


We would like to point out that data transmission on the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) can have security gaps. A complete protection of the data against access by third parties is not possible.


By using this website, you agree to the collection, processing and use of data as described below. This website can generally be visited without registration. Data such as pages called up or names of files called up, date and time are stored on the server for statistical purposes, without these data being directly related to your person. Insofar as personal data (e.g. name, address or e-mail addresses) is collected on our website, this is always done on a voluntary basis as far as possible. This data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent.


Processing of personal data


Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable person. A data subject is a person about whom personal data is processed. The processing includes any handling of personal data, regardless of the means and procedures used, in particular the storage, transfer, procurement, deletion, storage, modification, destruction and use of personal data.


We process personal data in accordance with Swiss data protection law. If and to the extent that the EU GDPR is applicable, we also process personal data on the following legal bases in connection with Art. 6 (1) GDPR:

lit. a) Processing of personal data with the consent of the data subject.

lit. b) Processing of personal data to fulfill a contract with the data subject and to carry out corresponding pre-contractual measures.

lit. c) Processing of personal data to fulfill a legal obligation to which we are subject under applicable EU law or under the applicable law of a country in which the GDPR is fully or partially applicable.

lit. d) Processing of personal data to protect the vital interests of the data subject or another natural person.

lit. f) Processing of personal data to protect our legitimate interests or those of third parties, provided that the fundamental freedoms and rights and interests of the data subject do not prevail. The legitimate interests include, in particular, our business interest in being able to provide our website, information security, the enforcement of our own legal claims and compliance with Swiss law.


We process personal data for the duration necessary for the respective purpose or purposes. In the case of longer-term storage obligations due to legal and other obligations to which we are subject, we restrict processing accordingly.




This site uses cookies. These are small text files that make it possible to store specific user-related information on the user's device while the user is using the website. In particular, cookies make it possible to determine the frequency of use and the number of users of the pages, to analyze behavioral patterns of page use, but also to make our offer more customer-friendly. Cookies remain stored beyond the end of a browser session and can be called up again when you visit the site again. If you do not want this, you should set your Internet browser so that it refuses to accept cookies.


Third Party Services


This website may use Google Maps to embed maps, Google Invisible reCAPTCHA to protect against bots and spam, and YouTube to embed videos.


These services from the American Google LLC use cookies, among other things, which transfer data to Google in the USA, whereby we assume that no personal tracking takes place in this context simply through the use of our website.


Google is committed to ensuring adequate data protection in accordance with the US-European and US-Swiss Privacy Shield.


For more information, see Google's privacy policy.


Contact form


If you send us inquiries via the contact form, your details from the inquiry form, including the contact details you provided there, will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the inquiry and in the event of follow-up questions. We do not pass on this data without your consent.


Comment function


For the comment function on this website, in addition to your comment, information about the time the comment was created, your e-mail address and, if you are not posting anonymously, the user name you have chosen will be stored.


Storage of the IP address


Our comment function stores the IP addresses of the users who make comments. Since we do not check the comments on our site before they are activated, we need this data to be able to take action against the author in the event of legal violations such as insults or propaganda.


Rights of the data subject


Right to confirmation: Every data subject has the right to request confirmation from the operator of the website as to whether personal data relating to them is being processed. If you wish to exercise this right of confirmation, you can contact at any time.


Right of providing information


Every person affected by the processing of personal data has the right to receive information from the PROFICIENCY representative of this website at any time free of charge about the data stored about them and a copy of this information by contacting In addition, information may be provided about the following: Purposes of the processing categories of the personal data processed recipients to whom the personal data have been or will be disclosed. If possible, the planned duration of the storage of the personal data or, if this is not possible, the criteria for the determination of this period, the existence of a right to correction or deletion of the personal data concerning you or to restriction of processing by the person responsible for processing or a right to object to such processing, the existence of a right of appeal to a supervisory authority if the personal data is not collected from the person concerned be: All available information about the origin of the data.


In addition, the data subject has the right to be informed whether personal data has been transferred to a third country or to an international organization. If this is the case, the data subject also has the right to obtain information about the appropriate guarantees in connection with the transfer.


If you wish to make use of this right to information, you can contact the PROFICIENCY representative on at any time.




The copyright and all other rights to the content, images, photos or other files on the website belong exclusively to the project PROFICIENCY or the named rights holders. The written consent of the copyright holder must be obtained in advance for the reproduction of all files.

Anyone who commits a copyright infringement without the consent of the respective copyright owner can be liable to prosecution and may be able to assert claims for damages.




All information on our website has been carefully checked. We make every effort to ensure that the information we provide is up-to-date, correct, and complete. Nevertheless, the occurrence of errors cannot be completely ruled out, so that we cannot assume any liability for the completeness, correctness, and topicality of the information, including that of a journalistic and editorial nature. Liability claims relating to material or immaterial damage caused by the use or non-use of the information provided or by the use of incorrect or incomplete information are excluded as a matter of principle.


The publisher may change or delete texts at its own discretion and without prior notice and is under no obligation to update the content of this website. Use of this website or access to it is at the visitor's own risk. The publisher, its customers or partners are not responsible for any damages, such as direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages allegedly caused by visiting this website and consequently accept no liability for such damages.


The publisher also assumes no responsibility or liability for the content and availability of third-party websites that can be reached via external links from this website. The operators of the linked pages are solely responsible for their content. The publisher therefore expressly distances himself from all third-party content that may be relevant under criminal or liability law or that violate common decency.




We might use the marketing services of the LinkedIn social network from LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland ("LinkedIn").


These use cookies, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer. This enables us to analyze your use of the website. For example, we can measure the success of our advertising and show users products they were previously interested in.

For example, information about the operating system, the browser, the previously visited website (referrer URL), the websites visited, the offers clicked on and the date and time of your visit to our website are collected.


The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is transmitted in pseudonymous form to a LinkedIn server in the USA and stored there. LinkedIn does not store the name or email address of the respective user. Rather, the aforementioned data is only assigned to the person for whom the cookie was created. This does not apply if the user has allowed LinkedIn processing without pseudonymization or has a LinkedIn account.


You can refuse the use of cookies by setting your browser accordingly, but please note that you may then not be able to use all the functions of this website. You can also object to the use of your data directly on LinkedIn: retargeting-opt-out.


We use LinkedIn Analytics to analyze and regularly improve the use of our website. The statistics obtained enable us to improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user. All LinkedIn companies have adopted the Standard Contractual Clauses to ensure that traffic to the United States and Singapore required to develop, implement, and maintain the Services is done in a lawful manner. If we ask users for consent, the legal basis for processing is Art. 6 (1) lit. a GDPR. Otherwise, the legal basis for the use of LinkedIn Analytics is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f GDPR.


Third Party Information: LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2 Ireland; User Agreement and Privacy Policy.




Functions of the «YouTube» service is integrated on this website. «YouTube» is owned by Google Ireland Limited, a company incorporated and operating under the laws of Ireland and having its registered office at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, which operates the Services in the European Economic Area and Switzerland.


Your legal agreement with «YouTube» consists of the terms, which you can find under the following link: . These Terms constitute a legally binding agreement between you and "YouTube" regarding your use of the Services. The Google Privacy Policy explains how "YouTube" treats and protects your personal information when you use the Service.



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