Privacy Statement

This privacy policy describes how the Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC) collects, protects, and uses information on and from The purpose of this privacy notice is to help you understand how we look after your personal data and inform you of your privacy rights. If you have any questions regarding the privacy policy, don’t hesitate to send an email to Keep in mind that this policy does not apply to the practices of companies that we do not own or control, or to individuals that we do not employ or manage.

  1. What data do we collect?  

Our top priority is customer data security and, as such, we exercise a no logs policy. We only process minimal automatically collected user data, as much as is absolutely necessary to maintain the website. Any information collected is used only to establish statistical information regarding website usage. This statistical information is not otherwise aggregated in such a way that would identify any particular user of the system.

  2. How do we collect data?  
  • Cookies

We collect minimal macro-data for statistical purposes only through use of cookies - text files that are placed on your hard disk by a web page server. They cannot run programs or deliver viruses and are unique to you. They can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. You can decline these cookies through your web browser setting – visit for more information. 

  • Collection of personal information

The website can be visited without entering any information that can personally identify you.

We do however receive and store any information you knowingly provide to us when you fill in forms on the Website – e.g. homepage newsletter sign-up, member registration and sign-up for events as well as webinars. This information may include the following:

      • Personal details such as name, country of residence, etc.
      • Contact information such as email address, address, etc.
  • Newsletters

We offer electronic newsletters to which you may voluntarily subscribe on our website at any time. We are committed to keeping your e-mail address confidential and will not disclose your email address to any third parties except as allowed in the information use and processing section or for the purposes of sending the newsletters. We will maintain the information sent via e-mail in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

In compliance with the GDPR, all newsletters sent by us will clearly state who the e-mail is from and provide clear information on how to contact the sender. You may choose to stop receiving our newsletter by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or by contacting us.

  • Members

Members can use some special features of the website through their user account generated by the SABC. In this case, certain personal information (name, email-address, function, and phone number) as provided through sign up are visible in the members section of the website (to other members of the SABC only).

If you are uncertain about what information is recorded, please contact us at

  • Storing personal information

We will retain and use any personal information that you willingly share with us for the period necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law. We may use any aggregated data derived from or incorporating your personal information after you update or delete it, but not in a manner that would identify you personally. Once the retention period expires, personal information shall be deleted.

  3. What are your data protection rights?  

The SABC would like to make sure you are fully aware of all your data protection rights (as per General Data Protection Regulation and the applicable Swiss regulations). Every user is entitled to the following:

      • The right to access – You have the right to request copies of and insight into your personal data.
      • The right to rectification – You have the right to correction of data you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to complete any information you believe to be incomplete.
      • The right to erasure – You have the right to request erasure of your personal data (given that there is no legal argument against erasure).
      • The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request a restriction of processing of your personal data, given that there is no legal argument against it.
      • The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data, given that there is no legal argument against it.
      • The right to data portability – You have the right to request a transfer of your own data to another organization or to you, given that there is no legal argument against it.
  • Legal disclosure

We will disclose any information we collect, use or receive if required or permitted by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process, and when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request.

  4. How can you exercise these rights?  

Any requests to exercise user rights can be directed to Swiss-African Business Circle through These requests can be exercised free of charge and will be addressed by the SABC as early as possible.

  5. Information Security  

We secure information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We maintain reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards in an effort to protect against unauthorized access, use, modification, and disclosure of Personal Information in its control and custody. However, no data transmission over the Internet or wireless network can be guaranteed. Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that (i) there are security and privacy limitations of the internet which are beyond our control; (ii) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and our website cannot be guaranteed; and (iii) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third-party, despite best efforts.

  • Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by us. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites or third parties. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that may collect personal information.

  • Data breach

In the event we become aware that the security of the website has been compromised or users’ personal information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including, but not limited to, security attacks or fraud, we reserve the right to take reasonably appropriate measures, including, but not limited to, investigation and reporting, as well as notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities. In the event of a data breach, we will make reasonable efforts to notify affected individuals if we believe that there is a reasonable risk of harm to the user as a result of the breach or if notice is otherwise required by law. When we do, we will post a notice on the website, and/or send you an email.

  6. Changes and amendments

We may update this privacy policy from time to time in our discretion and will notify you of any material changes to the way in which we treat (personal) information. When changes are made, we will update the date at the bottom of this page. We may also provide notice to you in other ways in our discretion, such as through contact information you have provided. Any updated version of this privacy policy will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised privacy policy unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the website or services after the effective date of the revised privacy policy (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes. However, we will not, without your consent, use your personal data in a manner materially different than what was stated at the time your personal data was collected.

  7. Acceptance of this policy  

By using the website or its services, you acknowledge that you have read this policy and agree to all its terms and conditions and agree to be bound by this policy. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this policy, you are not authorized to use or access the website and its services.

  8. Contacting us  

If you would like to contact us to understand more about this policy or wish to contact us concerning any matter relating to individual rights and your personal information, you are always welcome to send an email to

  This text was last updated on November 5, 2020. Policy based on WebsitePolicies.