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Collection of Personal Information and Limitations
Rights to Confirm and to Ask to Remove Your Personal Data
Removal and Storage of Personal Data
Disclosure of Information to Third Parties
Collection of Impersonal Information
The HONcode Seal
Cookies / Google Analytics
Links to Third Party Websites
Liability of HON
HON collects personal information only when it is voluntarily provided for a particular service of HON. The information collected concerns primarily communication details, such as names, phone numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses. For the HONcode Certification process, the webmaster might provide a login/password in order to access any restricted areas. This information is used mainly during the HONcode Certification process, but also when submitting a complaint or giving feedback, subscribing to our newsletters, participating in a survey and/or applying for another service we provide.
Any personal information voluntarily provided to HON by users and visitors of HON’s websites is kept in the strictest confidence. This information is stored in the HON database. Only HON staff members, and only for the duration of their contracts, have access to the information stored in HON database. Personal information provided voluntarily by you is used only for the purposes it was provided for. HON will ask individuals to explicitly consent to their personal information being used for any other reason than the one provided for.
You have the right to ask if HON holds any personal information about you, to ensure that it is accurate and to have access to it, as provided by law. To protect your privacy, we take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access to, or making corrections to, your personal information.Any time, you may opt out altogether of having us to collect, use, or disclose your personal information, subject to reasonable notice and applicable laws.
* If you want to withdraw from any of our services, please contact us via http://services.hon.ch/Contact/contact.pl
The information collected by HON will be removed from HON database upon your request and in case the reason for which the personal data had been collected is terminated.
However, a copy of the personal information collected during the HONcode certification will be stored and will be permanently deleted within two years after the removal of the HONcode file from the HONcode database.
HON does not share, rent, sell or trade any personal information with any third party and the personal information will be kept confidential, except if otherwise explicitly agreed or if it is otherwise provided by law. No third parties have access to the HON database.
HON collects impersonal data for different services and purposes. Impersonal information can be used for technical, statistical and research purposes. HON ensures that all shared information is made anonymous. The impersonal information is subject to scientific publications.
Impersonal information (including URL addresses and abstracts copied from certified websites and similar information) is collected for all theHONcode certified websites and/or for websites that are included in a search engine managed by HON. The impersonal information collected will be used also for research purposes.
By participating in a survey, you consent to HON collecting your personal information (if any is asked). When we publish information, we do not disclose any personal information. If the publication includes any identifying details such as your name and address, we will ask for your explicit permission.
Impersonal information is always collected when someone visits one of HON’s websites to analyze how users use the website and improve our websites and services. For further information, see below under ‘Cookies / Google Analytics’.
HON has developed a dynamic and active HONcode Seal which allows changing the real-time status according to the compliance of a website to the HONcode Principles. This Seal shows the last date of review of the website and is automatically updated after every review or biennial audit. The Seal collects only impersonal information such as your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language etc. which cannot be used to personally identify you. We do not sell, transmit, share or divulge this information to any third party and it is safely stored on the HON web servers used only by the HON collaborators and system manager to improve our services.
We will never (and will not allow any third party to) use this statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of the visitors of the HON site. Google won't associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither we nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of the computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any Personally Identifiable Information from any other source, unless you explicitly provide this information to us.
You can set your browser not to accept HON cookies. Disabling the cookies does not affect navigation on the HON website.
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HON does its utmost to provide trustworthy and reliable information. If you find any mistakes, please notify us as soon as possible and we will try to correct them in the shortest delay possible.
You agree that your use of the HON websites is at your own risk. The website, including all content, software, functions, services, materials, and/or information made available or accessed through the website, is provided "AS IS," without warranty of any kind. In no event shall HON be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of the website or with the delay or inability to use same, or with hypertext or graphic links to third parties, or for any information and services obtained through the website.
HON adheres to Swiss privacy principles and commits to respect the Swiss laws on protection of personal data.
If any translation has been provided for your convenience, you agree
and HON. If there would be any contradiction between the English
version and a translated version, then the English version shall take
Websites Owned or Managed by HON
* Please note that the communication details cannot be completely erased for the duration of HONcode Certification. They can only be replaced and updated.
HON pledges always to respect the privacy and
anonymity of its users, including survey participants.
The HONcode seal
Over the past 12 years, HON has grown immensely and currently, there are more than 7.300 HONcode certified websites. To maintain the quality standards of these and the growing list of HONcode websites, HON developed a new dynamic and active HONcode seal which allows the real-time status change according to the compliance of a website. This seal shows the last date of reevaluation of the site and is automatically updated after every re-evaluation or biennial audit. Information collected from this seal is non-personal such as your Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language etc which cannot be used to personally identify you. We do not sell, transmit, share or divulge this information to any third party and it is safely stored on the HON web servers used only by the HON collaborators and system manager to improve our services.