Privacy policy


Like and Share buttons

The Like and Share buttons are widespread on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. However, the way they operate is as follows: without any active clicks by the user, data is transmitted to the operator of the network platform simply by loading the page. In addition to the URL of the loaded page, this data contains an identifier that runs in the background and directly connects to the user account of the registered user. Facebook, Twitter, etc. use this to create surfing profiles of their users. This does not meet the data protection and privacy requirements of the University Hospital Zurich (UHZ).

Deactivated buttons are therefore installed on these websites to disable contact with the servers of social networks. Only once users activate them by consenting to communicate with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. do the buttons become active and establish a connection. Users can then submit a recommendation with a second click. If a user is already registered with a social network, this is carried out automatically for Facebook and Google+ without opening a further window. For Twitter, a pop-up window appears that allows you to edit your tweet.

Clicking one of these buttons means that the user agrees to forward data to the respective social network operator, but only for this page and for the selected service. The deactivated button will appear again when you access another UHZ page. This means that you can use the social networks without enabling them to create complete surf profiles.

Google Analytics Statement

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics saves text files called cookies on your computer to help analyze website usage. Information generated by the cookie on your website usage, including your IP address, which is anonymized so as to be untraceable to a connection, is transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, create reports on website activity for website operators and provide other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also pass this information on to third parties when legally required to do so, or to other companies that process information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by the company. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of your data by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

You can block the future collection of data by Google Analytics by installing a deactivation add-on for your browser.