Legal aspects

Limitation of liability

Although every care has been taken by the ETH Board to ensure the accuracy of the information published, no guarantee can be given in respect of the accuracy, reliability, up-to-dateness or completeness of this information. The ETH Board reserves the right to alter or remove the content, in full or in part, without prior notice. Under no circumstances will the ETH Board be liable for any loss or damage of a material or immaterial nature arising from access to, use or non-use of published information, or from misuse of the connection or technical faults.


Links to third-party websites lie outside the scope of responsibility of the ETH Board, as do third-party links to the website of the Science Advisory Panel COVID-19 Access to and use of such websites occur entirely at the user’s own risk. The ETH Board expressly states that it has no influence whatsoever over the content of any linked site. Responsibility for information and services provided by linked sites rests entirely with the relevant third parties. No liability can be accepted in respect of the content of such websites.

Data protection

Based on Article 13 of the Federal Constitution and the provisions of federal data protection legislation, everyone has the right to the protection of their privacy, as well as to protection from misuse of their personal details. The ETH Board complies with these provisions. Personal data is treated according to the dispositions of the Federal Act on Data Protection. In close cooperation with our hosting providers, we make every effort to protect the databases as effectively as possible from outside access, data loss, misuse or falsification. When you visit this website, anonymised access information (date, time, page viewed) may be stored on the server. The data stored in log files includes inter alia the type of browser used, the operating system, the web page from which you were directed to this website, the internet protocol address and other similar data. This data is used for technical analysis when maintenance work is carried out and also for averting risks in the event of attacks on our systems. When using this data we do not draw any conclusions about the person concerned. The data is used for statistical and data protection purposes. This usage data forms the basis for statistical, anonymised evaluations for the purpose of tracking trends so that the ETH Board can improve the information on offer. Under the Federal Act on the Surveillance of Post and Telecommunications, there is a statutory duty to store data on all connections made in the past six months.


This website uses SSL encryption when transmitting confidential or personal content about our users. This type of encryption is activated when payments are processed, for example, and when you submit enquiries to us via this website. Please note that the encryption is activated when you perform particular actions. When the encryption is activated your browser line changes from “http://” to “https://”. SSL encrypted data cannot be read by third parties.


This Website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are permanently or temporarily stored on your computer, tablets or mobile devices when you visit this website. The purpose of cookies is in particular the analysis of the use of this website for statistical evaluation and continuous improvement. You can fully or partially disable cookies at any time by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. When cookies are disabled, some functionalities of this website may no longer be available. In addition, note that this website can contain cookies set by third parties. By using the website, you expressly agree to the use of all cookies.

Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, tablets or mobile devices, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (date and time of request, location and frequency of access requests, origin, language, operating system, browser, click behaviour, visitor source, resolution of computer, length of time spent on website including your anonymised IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Our website makes use of Google Analytics with an IP anonymisation function. This means that your IP address is shortened and thus anonymised by Google within Member States of the European Union and in countries that are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. In exceptional cases only, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google may transmit this information to third parties if so required by law or when third parties are commissioned by Google to process the data. Google has stated that the IP address transmitted by your browser in relation to Google Analytics will not be associated with other data by Google. You may refuse the installation 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. Google offers a deactivation option for the most commonly used browsers. If you activate the deactivation option, no information about your visit to the website will be transmitted to Google Analytics. However, activating the deactivation option does not prevent information being transmitted to us or to other web analysis services we may use. For further information about the deactivation option provided by Google and about activating this option, please click on the following link: By using this website, you explicitly agree to your data being processed by Google in accordance with the Google Analytics Terms of Service:

Plug-ins & expansions

This website uses plug-ins and extensions provided by the following services:

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The plug-ins are identified by the respective logo. If you visit a page containing one of these plug-ins, your browser will connect directly to the service providers’ servers (“services”). The services will transmit the content of the plug-in directly to your browser and it will be incorporated into the website. If you are logged into the services, the latter will be able to assign your visit to your user account. When you interact with the plug-ins, such as by activating the “Like” button, your browser transmits the relevant information directly to the service provider, where it is stored. For further information regarding the purpose and scope of data collection and how the service providers process and use the data, as well as your rights and the privacy settings available to you, please consult the data protection policy of the relevant service provider. If you do not wish services to collect information about you via this website, you must log out of the services before visiting this website.


If you transmit any data to the ETH Board (for instance by means of a contact form made available to you), it cannot be guaranteed that such data transmission is either confidential or reliable. Moreover, the ETH Board will normally reply to such data through the electronic channel, too, for which again neither confidentiality nor the integrity of the data transmitted can be guaranteed. For this reason, no sensitive data, such as confidential data, should be transmitted through this channel. This does not apply to internet connections which expressly indicate that data transmission is secure. In such cases, any special security measures will usually be indicated, for example by https or a key or padlock icon.


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Information on the Science Advisory Panel COVID-19’s website is accessible to the public. Downloading or copying of contents, illustrations, photos or any other data does not entail any transfer of rights to the content. Copyright and any other rights relating to contents, illustrations, photos or any other data available on the Science Advisory Panel COVID-19’s website are the exclusive property of the ETH Board or of any other expressly mentioned owners. Any reproduction of any element requires the prior written consent of the copyright holder.