Privacy & GDPR

Privacy Notice: Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this Privacy Notice is to inform you about how Destinus (Destinus, also we or us) collects and processes personal data in accordance with Swiss and European data protection laws. The Privacy Notice covers in particular the following situations: You use the website (the Website), you contact us, or you or we initiate a business relationship by other means.

Data Controller; Contact Information

Data Controller is Destinus SA, Aéropôle 132, 1530 Payerne, Switzerland. If you have questions regarding the processing of personal data, you can contact us at

Categories of Personal Data

The most important categories of personal data that we process are listed below. However, in individual cases, we may also process other personal data.

Master data and communication data

When you contact us via email, we typically process your email address and your name. We may also process other personal data that you provide to us, as for example your professional title, professional address, your phone number, communication content and any other information concerning your business relationship with us.

Contractual data

When you negotiate or conclude a contract with us (e.g. as client, business partner, job applicant, or within the context of subsidies or donations), we process the corresponding contractual data. This includes any kind of personal data that arises in connection with the conclusion, execution and enforcement of a contract.

Technical data

When you visit the Website, so-called log data is processed automatically and temporarily stored in log files. This includes in particular the IP address of the requesting device, information about your internet provider as well as the operating system and browser used, referring URL, date and time of access, and content accessed when visiting the Website. [In some cases, we may also assign a unique identification number to your end device (tablet, PC, smartphone, etc.), e.g. by means of cookies or similar technologies, so that we can recognize it. You will find further details on this in our cookie information.]

Data Sources

Typically, you provide us with personal data, e.g. when you send us personal data or communicate with us. This includes in particular master data, contract data and communication data. We may also collect personal data about you automatically, e.g. technical data when you use the Website.

Purposes of Processing

We process personal data to communicate with you, e.g. to answer enquiries, reach out to potential and future business partners and to carry out projects (e.g. research and development, financing). This typically involves master data and communication data.

We also process personal data in order to initiate and administer contracts. This typically involves master data and contractual data.

Technical data is processed to the extent necessary to operate the Website.

We also process personal data for marketing purposes, e.g. to send you written and electronic communication and offers and to carry out marketing campaigns. For this purpose, we use master data, contract data and communication data. We may also process any kind of personal data for security purposes (to ensure IT security, to prevent theft, fraud and abuse), to comply with legal obligations and to enforce claims or to defend ourselves, in or out of court.

Legal Bases

Depending on the purpose, our processing of personal data is based on different legal bases. We may process personal data in particular if the processing:

  • is necessary for the performance of a contract or for pre-contractual measures;
  • is necessary for the safeguarding of legitimate interests;
  • is based on consent;
  • is necessary for compliance with domestic or foreign legal provisions.

Disclosure and Transfer of Personal Data

We may disclose or transfer personal data to other companies when we use their services. Typically, such service providers act as processors of personal data. Our processors are obliged to process personal data exclusively in accordance with our instructions and to take the appropriate data security measures.

We process and store personal data mainly within Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA). In certain cases, however, we may transfer personal data to service providers and other recipients outside this area, in any other country in the world. Where personal data is transferred to a country without an adequate level of data protection, we agree on appropriate safeguards. In particular, where necessary, we enter into the European Standard Contractual Clauses or similar safeguards. An example of the European Standard Contractual Clauses we usually use can be found under this link.

Retention Period

We process and store your personal data,

  • as long as it is necessary for the purpose of the processing, in the case of contracts at least for the duration of the contractual relationship;
  • as long as we have a legitimate interest in storing the data, for example to enforce or defend claims, for archiving purposes and to ensure IT security;
  • as long as they are subject to a legal obligation to retain them.

In certain cases, we also ask for your consent if we want to store personal data for a longer period (e.g. in the case of job applications that we want to keep pending). After expiry of the above-mentioned periods, we delete or anonymize your personal data.

Your Rights

You have the right to object to data processing, especially if we process your personal data on the basis of a legitimate interest. You can also object to data processing for marketing purposes (e.g. advertising e-mails) at any time. You can unsubscribe from newsletters and similar emails by clicking on the relevant link at the bottom of the email.

Subject to the applicable legal conditions, you also have the following rights:

  • the right to request information about your personal data stored by us;
  • the right to have inaccurate or incomplete personal data corrected;
  • the right to request the deletion or anonymization of your personal data;
  • the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data;
  • the right to receive certain personal data in a structured, common and machine-readable format;
  • the right to revoke consent with effect for the future, insofar as processing is based on consent.

You can contact us as indicated in sec. 1 if you wish to exercise any of your rights. You are also free to lodge a complaint with a competent supervisory authority. This is principally the data protection authority in your country of residence.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice may be amended over time, in particular when we change our data processing practices or if applicable data protection laws change. We will inform persons whose contact details are registered with us about significant changes. In principle, the Privacy Notice in the version valid at the time of the start of the processing shall apply in each case.