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Cookie Policy

Information about cookies and similar technologies

1. What Is It About?

This Cookie Notice describes how and why we collect, process, and utilize personal and other data when you make use of our websites and mobile apps – particularly in connection with cookies and similar technologies. For the sake of simplicity, in the following we will generically refer to websites, but in doing so also include mobile apps.

Further information about our handling of personal data can be found in our Privacy Notice.

2. Who Is Responsible for Data Processing?

 PAGES – Past Global Changes – International Project Office (PAGES – Past global Changes, Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern, Switzerland) ("we" or "us"), is generally responsible for the processing of personal data according to this cookie information. Should you have any questions about this Cookie Notice or the processing of your personal data, please contact the responsible association. Generally, it will be the associationthat has referred you to this Privacy Notice.

PAGES – Past Global Changes – International Project Office

Hochschulstrasse 4,

3012 Bern,


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3. What Are Log Files?

Each time our websites are used, certain data is automatically accumulated for technical reasons and temporarily stored in so-called log files. Examples include the following technical data:

  • IP address of the requesting end device,

  • Information about your Internet service provider,

  • Information about the operating system of your end device (tablet, PC, smartphone, etc.),

  • Information about the referring URL,

  • Information about the browser used,

  • Date and time of access, and

  • Contents accessed when visiting the website.

This data is processed for the purpose of facilitating the use of our websites (connection establishment) and ensuring their smooth operation, guaranteeing system security and stability, facilitating the enhancement of our websites and for statistical purposes.

The IP address is also analyzed together with other log files and further data available to us, if applicable, in the event of attacks on IT infrastructure or other potential unlawful or improper use of the websites for solution and aversion purposes, and may be used during criminal proceedings for the identification of persons concerned and for action taken under civil and criminal law against these persons.

4. What Are Cookies and Similar Technologies?

Cookies are files that your browser automatically stores on your end device when you visit our websites. Cookies contain a unique code number (ID) enabling us to distinguish individual visitors from others, but normally without identifying them. Depending on their intended use, cookies may contain further information, for example about visited sites and the duration of a visit to a site. We use both session cookies that are deleted again when the browser is closed, and permanent cookies that remain stored for a given period after the browser is closed (normally between a few days and two years) and serve to identify visitors again on subsequent visits.

We may also use similar technologies such as pixel tags, fingerprints and other technologies for storing data in the browser. Pixel tags are small, normally invisible images or a program code loaded by a server that provide the server operator with specific information such as whether and when a website was visited. Fingerprints comprise information collected during your website visit about the configuration of your end device or your browser that enables your end device to be distinguished from other devices. Most browsers also support further technologies for the storage of data in the browser that are similar to cookies and that we may also make use of (e.g. web storage).

5. How Can Cookies and Similar Technologies Be Deactivated?

You can configure the settings in your browser in such a way as to block certain cookies or similar technologies or delete existing cookies and other data stored in the browser. You can also expand your browser with software (so-called “plug-ins”) to block tracking by specific third parties. You can find further information in the help pages of your browser (normally under the key word “data protection”). Please note that our websites may no longer function to their full extent if you block cookies and similar technologies.

6. What Types of Cookies and Similar Technologies Do We Use?

We use the following types of cookies and similar technologies:

  • Necessary cookies: Necessary cookies are required in order for a website and its functions to be used. For example, these cookies ensure that you are able to navigate between pages without details entered in a form being lost.

  • Performance cookies: Performance cookies collect information about how a website is used and enable us to conduct analyses, for example to find out which pages are most popular and how visitors move around a website. These cookies serve to simplify and speed up website visits and generally to improve user-friendliness.

  • Functional cookies: PAGES doesn’t use them

  • Marketing cookies: PAGES doesn’t use them

7. How Do We Make Use of Cookies and Similar Technologies of Third Parties?

The cookies and/or similar technologies used by us are originated from us, we don’t use any third-party providers.

If you are logged in to your Google account and surf our pages, Google LLC (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, USA) and Google Ireland Ltd (Google Building Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland; both referred to jointly as “Google”, whereby Google Ireland Ltd is responsible for the processing of personal data) may be able to draw conclusions about the identity of website visitors based on the collected data and thereby create personal profiles and link the obtained data with their Google accounts. Information about the data protection of Google,if you have a Google account yourself, you can find further information here.

8. How Do We Make Use of Social Media Presences?

We may have our own presences on social networks and similar third-party platforms (e.g. Facebook Fan Pages). If you communicate with us via such presences or comment on or disseminate the contents we post, we will not collect the corresponding details and process them, in accordance with our Privacy Notice. We are entitled but not obliged to review contents prior to or after their publication and to delete contents without notification where this is technically possible, or to report them to the provider of the platform in question. Where rules of decency and codes of conduct are violated, we may also notify the provider of the platform of the user account in question for blocking or deletion.

When visiting our social media presences, data (for example about your user behaviour) may also be transmitted to or collected by the provider in question directly and processed together with other data already known to said provider (such as for marketing and market research purposes and the personalization of platform contents). We are not responsible with the provider for any type of processing Further information about data processing by the providers of social networks can be found in the data protection provisions of the corresponding social networks.

9. Changes to This Cookie Notice

This Cookie Notice may be updated over time, especially if we change our data processing activities or if new legal provisions become applicable. In general, the version of the Cookie Notice in effect at the time at which the data processing activity in question commences is applicable.

Last modification: 29.06.2023