Swiss National Bank

Privacy statement


In accordance with Swiss and EU data protection laws, this Privacy Statement informs users of about the nature, extent and purpose of the collection and use of personal data by the Swiss National Bank (referred to below as the «SNB») as part of the educational programme iconomix.

By using the website you acknowledge your consent to this Privacy Statement. If you do not accept this Statement, you are not permitted to use any other pages of the website. This Statement may be updated at any time, and we therefore encourage you to review it regularly.

Access data

The SNB collects data on access to the website and stores these data as server log files. The following data are recorded in this manner:

  • website visited
  • time of access
  • amount of data sent in bytes
  • how you arrived at the web page
  • browser used
  • operating system used
  • IP address used
  • search terms used
  • files downloaded

The data collected are used only for statistical analysis (in anonymised form that cannot be traced back to the user) and for improving the website. However, the SNB reserves the right to check the server log files at a later date if there are specific indications of illegal use.

When sensitive information such as login or user data is to be exchanged, it is transmitted in encrypted form and thus protected from access by third parties. This includes the use of the Extended Validation SSL certificate provided by the company SwissSign. A green bar is displayed in the address line of your browser with the organisation name, enabling you to see at all times that you are actually accessing the pages of


The website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files which are stored in the local cache on your device. By enabling the recognition of your device, using cookies makes this website more user friendly and secure. Modern browsers have a setting where you can opt to block cookies.

Please note that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may not be able to access all functions of this website without restriction.

How we use your personal data

Specific information is collected and checked when a user account is opened. This check serves to ensure that only authorised teachers gain access to the password-protected area of the website. The data collected are treated confidentially by the SNB and used solely for the purpose intended. In particular, these data will not be forwarded to third parties without the user’s express consent.

Personal data are defined as being any information that can be used to identify you and can be traced back to you – such as your name, email address or telephone number.

How we use your contact details

If you contact the SNB using the contact options provided, your details will be recorded so that they can be used for processing and answering your request and for dealing with any follow-up questions. This information will not be forwarded to third parties without your consent.

How we handle enquiries, comments and posts

We offer you the possibility of publishing questions, comments and your favourite links (referred to together below as «posts») on If you make use of this feature, we will process and publish your post with the date and time it was submitted and the pseudonym you used if any. In addition to this, we will also process your IP and email addresses.

Networking and exchanges between teachers (or iconomix users)

To promote networking and exchanges between teachers in the password-protected area of the website, you may choose to display certain profile information (currently your name and email address) to other users. Any such information is provided on a voluntary basis, and this feature can be deactivated in the user’s personal profile settings.

Using the iconomix digital classroom

Users can make specific worksheets available to their students online via the website. They do so by giving the students a code that enables them to open and edit an online worksheet. Students do not need to carry out any further registration. Responsibility for the information recorded in this regard lies with the teacher in question (user). In accepting this Agreement, the user expressly confirms that they will obtain the consent of the students.


You have the option of subscribing to parts of our offering (such as notifications of news, blog articles, links, etc.) as well as follow-up comments on your posts. You can choose to have these displayed as a message in your user account or sent to the email address you provided to us. No further data will be collected beyond this. The data stored will not be passed on to third parties. You can cancel a subscription at any time.


On behalf of the operator of this website, the data generated by etracker are processed and saved solely in Germany, and are thus subject to strict German and European data privacy laws and standards. etracker has been independently audited, certified and awarded the data privacy quality seal ePrivacyseal in this respect.

The legal basis for the processing of data is art. 6 para. 1 (f) (legitimate interests) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). Our legitimate interest is the optimisation of our online offering and internet presence. Given that the privacy of our users is particularly important for us, etracker anonymises IP addresses as early as possible and converts login or device IDs into unique pseudonymised keys. etracker does not use the data for any other purposes, nor does it combine the information with other data or pass it on to third parties.

You have the right to object to the above processing of data at any time if it is related to personal data. Your objection will have no detrimental consequences for you.

You can find further information on how etracker protects data here.

Use of social media plug-ins

On you have the possibility of sharing web pages or parts thereof.

The plug-in creates a direct connection between your device and the service in question (Facebook or Twitter). If you use the plug-in functions by sharing a post, the corresponding information will also be sent to the operator in question (Facebook Inc. or Twitter Inc.).

If you want to prevent the operators in question from connecting this data to your account, please log out of Facebook or Twitter before visiting this website.

Details on the privacy statements of the plug-ins used can be found below:

YouTube in some cases uses the provider YouTube LLC , 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, United States, represented by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States, for integrating videos. Your IP address would normally be sent to YouTube as soon as you call up a page with an embedded video, and cookies would be installed on your device. However, we embed our YouTube videos in extended data protection mode, which means that YouTube will still contact Google’s DoubleClick service, but no personal data will be analysed according to Google’s privacy statement. As a result, YouTube will not record any information on visitors unless they watch the video. If you click on the video, your IP address will be sent to YouTube and YouTube will know that you have watched the video. If you are logged in to YouTube, this information will also be associated with your user account (you can prevent this by logging out of YouTube before playing the video).

We have no knowledge of or influence over any possible collection or use of your data by YouTube once you play a video. For further information, please see the YouTube privacy statement at

User rights: information, correction and deletion

You as a user are entitled to request information free of charge on the personal data stored about you. Provided your request does not conflict with any statutory requirement in respect of storing data (e.g. data retention), you are entitled to have incorrect data corrected and to have your personal data blocked or deleted.

Should you have any questions regarding the processing of your personal data, please write to us at the address below:

Swiss National Bank

CH-8022 Zurich


Version August 2018