General remarks regarding Privacy on this website

Data Privacy has taken center stage in recent times, to the extent that The New York Times wondered if it had become a “luxury good“. Although most of us are increasingly aware of how our data  is being used, the following section aims at delivering some general information to users of this platform.

Use of this website is possible without providing personal information.

However, certain functionalities on this website rely on popular third party services that involve – to a certain extent – data transmission. Please keep in mind that data transmission over the internet can be subject to security gaps. Although this site is hosted in Switzerland, one of the world’s most secure countries when it comes to data privacy, and is therefore shielded by the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection, complete protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.

I. Privacy Policy for Usage of the Comment Sections 

Information included by users in the comment sections of this site may be read, gathered, and used by anyone.

The comment sections of this site are relying on Disqus, a commenting service for websites and online communities that allows integration of Gravatars, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Disqus is a US-company headquartered in 301 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA. For more information on the privacy statement of Disqus, please consult the terms and policies of Disqus.

If your personal information appears in the commenting sections and you wish to have it removed, Disqus registered users can – at all times – edit or delete their comments. For more information on this, please have a look at the Disqus tutorial for removing and editing comments. Disqus Guest Commenters can send an email to if they wish to see their comments removed.

II. Privacy Policy for Usage of the Social Media Features

This website includes three different social media features provided by Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Each one of these features may collect information such as the IP address and the page a user is visiting on this site. In some cases, these features will also set a cookie in order to function as intended (if you wish to block or refuse cookies, please scroll down and consult section VI. of this page). User interactions with these plugins are subject to the privacy policies of their respective companies. More information on these plugins can be found in sections II.1, II.2, II.3.


  • II.1 Privacy Policy for Usage of the Facebook Sharing-Plugin

In order to facilitate sharing of the contents published on this website, posts integrate a plugin of the social network Facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. Users can recognize the Facebook plugin through the Facebook Logo. By clicking on the Facebook sharing plugin, users can – after logging into their accounts – link the contents of posts from this website with their Facebook account, thereby allowing Facebook to correlate visits to this site with their Facebook user account. Should you wish to find out more about the privacy statement of Facebook, please click here for more information. Individual account and privacy settings on Facebook can be modified by accessing the menu “Privacy settings and Tools” within a user’s Facebook account.


  • II.2 Privacy Policy for Usage of the Twitter Sharing-Plugin

The Twitter Sharing Plugin is also integrated on this website. This functionality is offered by Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Use of the Twitter Sharing-Plugin to “re-tweet” the visited web pages generates a link to the user’s Twitter account in order to inform other users about these contents. This data is thereby transmitted to Twitter. The content of the transmitted data is known only by Twitter. For more information on the privacy statement of Twitter, please consult Twitter’s general information page on privacy. Individual privacy settings of your Twitter account can be changed here.


  • II.3 Privacy Policy for Usage of the Pinterest Sharing-Plugin

The “Pin it” functionality by Pinterest is also available on this website. Pinterest is a US-company headquartered in 808 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Use of the “Pin-It” Plugin by Pinterest allows to “pin” the content of the visited page on a user’s Pinterest account in order to share it with other users. This data is thereby transmitted to Pinterest. The content of the transmitted data is known only by Pinterest. For more information on the privacy statement of Pinterest, please consult Pinterest’s general information page on privacy. Individual account and privacy settings on Pinterest can be modified by accessing the Account settings within the Gear menu of a user’s Pinterest account.

III. Privacy Policy regarding the Newsletter 

Users of this website have the possibility – at all times – to register for a newsletter containing recent articles published on the site. This functionality is offered through MailChimp, a third party company specialized in creating, sending and tracking email newsletters. MailChimp is headquartered in 512 Means Street, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA.

Subscribers to The FrancoGerman Newsletter will be registered on a list stored on a secure MailChimp server. This list will not be used for any purpose other than sending information about articles published on this website. For more details on the privacy policy of MailChimp, please click here.

Users can unsubscribe from the Newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe form link within the Newsletter, entering their email address and confirming their decision to opt out of the list. 

IV. Privacy Policy about Links to Third-Party Sites 

Articles published on this website may contain links to other websites. These websites may have privacy practices that differ from the ones on The Personal information sent to these sites is governed by their respective privacy policies. When using links redirecting to a third-party website, please inform yourself of the privacy policies of such third party websites.

V. Privacy Policy regarding Google Analytics 

This website uses statistics provided by Google Analytics in order to gain some insight into its readership.

Google Analytics is a service that delivers statistical information about the traffic on a website. Provided by Google, a US-company headquartered in 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, Google Analytics allows to track how visitors access a website (through search engines, social networks, direct visits or referring sites) and is currently the most widely used website statistics service.

Users who wish to consult the publications of this website without leaving any trace of their visit can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. This add-on is compatible with most current web browsers and prohibits sending information to Google Analytics. For more information on the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, please consult this page. Detailed information regarding the privacy policy for Google Analytics can be obtained here.

VI. Blocking or refusing cookies 

Should you prefer not receiving cookies while consulting contents on this website, please either turn off cookies in your browser or activate notification messages when receiving a cookie. Please consult the “Tools” section within your browser to understand how to block/refuse cookies. Depending on your web browser, you may find the instructions contained in the below links useful:

VII. Notification of Changes to the Privacy Policy on The FrancoGerman

The herein detailed Policy is effective as of January 1st, 2015 (“Effective Date”). In order to check for updates to this Policy, please consult this page on a regular basis.