Privacy policy

When it comes to data protection, the Swiss Federal Pension Fund PUBLICA acts in accordance with the law and communicates openly with data subjects about how it handles personal data. This privacy policy has therefore been drawn up to explain how data are processed on PUBLICA’s website. It may be updated at any time. We therefore recommend checking it regularly. The date at the end of the policy is the date on which it was last updated.

What information do we collect about you and why?

Whenever you visit PUBLICA’s website (, PUBLICA automatically collects details of your visit. These include:

  • the anonymised IP address of the device used;
  • the identification data of the browser used (e.g. Edge, Firefox);
  • the operating system of the device used (e.g. Windows 10, Mac OSX, Android);
  • the quantity of data transferred (how much data was downloaded from the website);
  • the name of the internet service provider (e.g. Swisscom, UPC, Sunrise);
  • the date and time of access; and
  • technical data (e.g. the name and URL of the linking web page if the PUBLICA website was accessed via a link, as well as the search term if the website was accessed via a search engine)
  • The data we collect do not allow PUBLICA to identify the person concerned, and are retained in aggregated form for no more than two years.

We also collect personal data (such as your name, gender, home address, e-mail address and telephone number) which you supply to us via the website, for example when you enter information in a form. PUBLICA uses your personal data:

  • to provide you with information about our services and offerings
  • to enable you to use various online services (calculator for new members, job application form, course registration form and contact form)

When using personal data, PUBLICA complies with the applicable laws and regulations.

How do we collect and store information about you?

PUBLICA uses tracking technologies such as cookies and tags to collect information such as that listed above (see: “What information do we collect about you and why?”) and so gain a better understanding of how visitors use the website and its online services. These technologies help us to manage the website and make it more user-friendly. For example, they allow us to see whether your computer has already connected to us previously, and also which areas of the website are used most often.

If you save your cookie settings, these should also apply for future visits to the website. For technical reasons outside PUBLICA’s control, however, this cannot be guaranteed. For example, if you reset your browser, delete your cookies or access the website from a different browser or device, your cookie settings may not be available. In some countries, you may be requested to confirm your cookie settings when you access the website for the first time, in order to comply with the applicable laws and regulations. If you are in a country where you are automatically required to specify your cookie settings, you may be requested to do this again the next time you visit.

In many cases, you can also control tracking technologies via your browser. Please set your browser up so that either you are prompted to accept or reject tracking technologies such as cookies, or you accept them automatically. You can normally find these options and instructions for using them in your browser’s help menu or support function. However, rejecting, blocking or deactivating tracking technologies may restrict the availability of the services offered by the website. Additionally, parts of the website may not function correctly.

With whom do we share the information we collect about you via the website?

PUBLICA can disclose your data to its own agents and third-party service providers within or outside the country you live in, in order to provide PUBLICA’s services and for the purposes set out above. Our agents and third-party providers who have access to personal data collected via the website are required to comply with data protection rules.

When sending personal data abroad, we ensure that the applicable laws and regulations are complied with, for example by concluding agreements that ensure the recipients of your data maintain an appropriate level of data protection.

We may also disclose your data to government authorities or bodies and supervisory authorities or other persons if this is prescribed or permitted by law. This is done in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, court judgments or requests from the authorities or in accordance with all guidelines issued by supervisory and other authorities or similar procedures, or for their purpose.

What security measures have we implemented to protect the data about you that we collect via our website?

PUBLICA has implemented appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect the personal data we have collected about you against unauthorised access, misuse, loss or destruction.

How do we store your data?

If you have any questions about the storage of your personal data, we will be happy to provide you with information. Please use the sample document on the page of the Federal Data Protection Commissioner EDÖB for your enquiry. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our data protection team by e-mail at


Our data protection staff will be happy to help you. Send us an e-mail.

Gebäude von PUBLICA Nordfassade

Data protection team

Swiss Federal Pension Fund PUBLICA

Eigerstrasse 57
3007 Bern

Last updated: 23.02.2023