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Legal notice

The legal notice as well as the information and views contained on this website are subject to change at any time without notice.

The privacy policy of the Bern University of Applied Sciences applies to the domain

In addition, the following applies to


Unless otherwise indicated, all texts on this website are licensed under CC-BY 4.0 Virtual Academy, Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH 2022.

All other content, as well as the trademarks BFH and Virtuelle Akademie are not affected by this CC-BY 4.0 licence. In accordance with section 2.b.2 of the licence, patent and trademark rights are not licensed by this Public Licence.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments: When visitors post comments on the website, we collect the data displayed in the comment form, as well as the visitor’s IP address and the user agent string (this identifies the browser) to assist in spam detection.

An anonymised string (also called a hash) may be created from your email address and passed to the Gravatar service to check if you are using it. The privacy policy of the Gravatar service can be found here: After your comment has been approved, your profile picture will be publicly visible in the context of your comment.

Media: If you are a registered user and upload photos to this website, you should avoid uploading photos with an EXIF GPS location. Visitors to this website may download photos stored on this website and extract their location information.

Contact forms: If you send us enquiries via the contact form, your details from the enquiry form, including the contact details you provide there, will be stored by us for the purpose of processing the enquiry and in the event of follow-up questions. We do not pass on this data without your consent.

Cookies: When you post a comment on our website, this may constitute consent to store your name, email address and website in cookies. This is a convenience feature so that when you post another comment you don’t have to re-enter all this information. These cookies are stored for one year.

Embedded content from other websites: Posts on this website may contain embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly as if the visitor had visited the other website. These websites may collect information about you, use cookies, embed additional third party tracking services and record your interaction with that embedded content, including your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged into that website.

With whom we share your information

We do not share the data collected on the site with third parties.

How long we store your data

When you post a comment, it is stored indefinitely, including metadata. This allows us to automatically detect and approve follow-up comments rather than keeping them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can view, change or delete their personal information at any time (the username cannot be changed). Administrators of the website can also view and change this information.

What rights you have to your information

If you have an account on this website or have posted comments, you may request an export of your personal information from us, including any information you have provided to us. You can also request the deletion of any personal data we hold about you. This does not include data that we need to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be examined by an automated spam detection service.