Privacy policy

  1. Scope of data protection declaration

This privacy policy at applies to the use of our website.

Swiss data protection law (DSG) applies. Specific reference is made to any additional applicable law from the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  1. Processing of personal data; nature, purpose and use thereof
  2. Calling our website

When you visit our website, information is temporarily stored in so-called log files on our server. This is information that the browser of your end device automatically sends, such as:

  • IP address of the contacting device;
  • Date and time;
  • Web browser and operating system used and other device information;
  • Language and version of the browser software;
  • URL of the page accessed;
  • Referrer URL;
  • the amount of personal data transferred in each case.

The above data will be processed by us for the following purposes:

  • Connection establishment of the website;
  • Use of our website;
  • System security and stability.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO as well as 13 para. 1 DSG. We use the automatically collected personal data to fulfil the following purposes:

  • enable the display, operation and functionality of the Portal;
  • ensure the stability and security of the system;
  • to improve and protect our services;
  • for statistical purposes in the event of attacks on the network infrastructure on which the website is provided.
  1. Use of cookies

Cookies are used on our website. Cookies are text files that are stored in the internet browser or by the internet browser on your computer system. If you call up our website, a cookie may be stored on your operating system. Based on this cookie, your browser can be clearly identified when you call up our website again.

These cookies are used by us for a user-friendly design of our website. Some elements of our website require that your browser can be identified even after a page change. The following data is stored and transmitted in cookies:

  • Language settings;
  • Log-in information.

These cookies make it easier for you to use our website. Without the cookies, some functions of our website could not be offered, such as the adoption of language settings and the memorisation of search terms. These purposes are also our legitimate interest in processing your personal data. The user data collected through these cookies are not used to create user profiles.

All cookies are stored on your computer and transmitted from it to our site. As a user of our website, you therefore have control over the use of cookies. By changing the settings in your internet browser, you can deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies. Cookies that have already been stored can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. However, it is possible that not all functions of our website can be fully used if you deactivate cookies for our website.

  1. Personal data that you provide to us

Contact form

There is a contact form on our website which you can use to contact us electrically. If you use this option, the data you enter as well as the date and time of the enquiry will be transmitted to us and stored. The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected.

E-mail contact

If you contact us via the e-mail address provided, the personal data transmitted with your e-mail will be stored. The data is used for processing the conversation and for evidence purposes. These purposes are also our legitimate interest in processing your personal data. The data will be deleted as soon as they are no longer required to achieve the purpose for which they were collected.

Purpose of personal data processing and legal basis

Personal data may be processed if the data subject gives consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR and Art. 13 para. 1 GDPR), the processing is justified by an overriding private or public interest (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e and f GDPR and 13 para. 1 GDPR) or by law (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR and 13 para. 1 GDPR). An overriding interest can be considered in particular if personal data are processed in direct connection with the conclusion or performance of a contract (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO as well as 13 para. 2 lit. a DSG).

We process your personal data in order to conclude a contract with you and to provide our services to you in the best possible way, as well as to comply with legal obligations.

Duration of personal data storage

Your personal data will be stored for as long as is necessary to achieve its purposes. With regard to legal obligations, reference is made in particular to the ten-year retention period for transactions carried out. Furthermore, your personal data will be retained if we have a legitimate interest in doing so, for example to enforce our rights.

III. Disclosure of data to third parties

Arete Ethik Invest AG may pass on your personal data to third parties, for example to:

  • Service providers who process personal data on behalf of and on the instructions of Arete Ethik Invest AG (so-called order processors, e.g. in the area of IT hosting and support);
  • Service providers, other business partners and auxiliary persons (e.g. lawyers, trustees, suppliers, etc.);
  • Payment service providers or credit institutions;
  • Shipping company;
  • authorities, official agencies, courts or other state institutions;
  • other parties in potential or actual legal proceedings.

The transfer to third parties is necessary to fulfil our services for you in the best possible way and is based on Art. 13 para. 1 DSG as well as Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b and f. DSGVO.

Other cases are also conceivable in which your data is handed over to third parties in order to protect our legitimate interest or due to legal regulations. In any case, we will ensure that these third parties provide adequate data protection.

If your personal data is transferred by us abroad, we will ensure that an adequate level of data protection is guaranteed, especially if data is transferred to countries that do not guarantee an adequate level of protection.

  1. Protection of your personal data

Your personal data is protected by us against unauthorised processing through appropriate technical measures such as data security systems and data security mechanisms as well as appropriate organisational measures. Your personal data should be protected in particular against the following risks:

  • unauthorised or accidental destruction;
  • accidental loss;
  • technical errors;
  • Forgery, theft or unlawful use;
  • unauthorised modification, copying, access or other unauthorised editing.
  1. Your rights

You have the right:

  • request information about your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can request information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data has been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of your data if it has not been collected by us, as well as the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details (Art. 15 DSGVO). In the event of a disproportionately large effort, we reserve the right to demand proof of identity from you in advance as well as the assumption of the effective costs;
  • immediately demand the correction of inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored by us (Art. 16 DSGVO);
  • request the erasure of your personal data stored by us, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims (Art. 17 DSGVO);
  • to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you object to its erasure and we no longer require the data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or you have objected to the processing pursuant to Art. 21 DSGVO (Art. 18 DSGVO);
  • To receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to request that it be transferred to another controller (Art. 20 DSGVO);
  • revoke your consent once given at any time. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing, which was based on this consent, for the future (Art. 7 para. 3 DSGVO);
  • complain to a supervisory authority (see below) (Art. 77 GDPR).
  1. Right of objection

Insofar as your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 DSGVO, insofar as there are grounds for doing so that arise from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct advertising. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which is implemented by us without specifying a particular situation.

VII. contact details

This privacy policy applies to data processing by:


Responsible: Arete Ethik Invest AG
Talstrasse 58
8001 Zurich
Supervisory authority: Federal Public Information and Data Protection Commissioner, FDPIC

Feldeggweg 1

3003 Bern


VIII. Up-to-dateness and amendment of this privacy policy

We may change or modify this privacy policy at any time. The current privacy policy can be found at

Arete Ethik Invest AG, Talstrasse 58, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, 20 January 2021