Legal notice

The State of Vaud, Innovaud Association and indeed any other department of the State are in no way bound by the information which appears on this website. It is purely for information purposes and is in no way guaranteed to be exhaustive, exact or reliable. It does not give the user any rights, and he or she shall retain the sole responsibility for any risks inherent in the usage thereof.

The State of Vaud, Innovaud and indeed any other department of the State similarly have no responsibility regarding the content of any websites referred to or directly accessible via links. They are provided purely for information purposes and accessing them is entirely at the user’s risk.


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Privacy Notice

This privacy notice (the Notice) applies to the processing of personal data in connection with the website (the Website).
By accessing the Website, you expressly acknowledge that your personal data is collected and processed in accordance with this Notice.

1. Identity of the data controller
Association Innovaud (CHE-157.711.872), Avenue Gratta-Paille 2, 1018 Lausanne (Innovaud, we, us or our) is responsible for the processing of your personal data through the website.
If you believe your personal data has been used in a way that is not consistent with this Notice, or if you have any questions or a request in relation to the processing of your personal data by us, please contact us at

2. Collection and use of personal data
We process personal data in compliance with Swiss data protection law and namely take the appropriate technical and organizational security measures to prevent the unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, alteration or destruction of the personal data. Data processing is carried out with computers or computer tools, and in compliance with the purposes indicated in this Notice.

This section describes which personal data we collect through the Website and why:

a.    To provide you with information and contact you
We collect the personal data you provide when you use the Website, e.g. when you fill in web forms or request to download documents. Such information includes your name, email address, zip code, city, or country. It may also, at your sole discretion, include your phone number and address.
The fields identified by an asterisk are mandatory and require information on your part. Should you not provide an answer to one or more of these fields, we will not be in a position to provide you with what you required. Other fields are optional, filling them out is not required but will help us communicate with you.
The information collected will be used by us to provide you with the requested information or documentation. We may also use your personal data to contact you, by email or phone, to provide you with additional information in relation to your interest in the canton of Vaud as a potential business location or about the services of Innovaud. If you are not interested in receiving further information regarding our activities, you may request us at any time to stop contacting you (see contact details in section 1 above).

b.    To send our newsletter
Provided that we have obtained your prior consent, we may use your personal data, in particular, the contact details as well as other indications and data collected in accordance with this Notice, to send you our newsletters, and other promotion messages.
You may unsubscribe to our newsletter at any time, in which case we will delete your information (unless we must retain it on another ground).

c.    To monitor the use of the Website
A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to and is stored on your electronic device. We use various types of cookies some of which are likely to automatically process analytics data directly on your devices and/or to transfer personal data to us.

Google Analytics (Cookies)
This website uses Google Universal Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Universal Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about how you use the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymization on this website, Google will previously truncate your IP address within the Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the whole IP address is sent to one of Google’s servers in the USA to be truncated there. 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. The IP address transferred by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics is not brought together with other data held by Google. You may prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that in this case it is possible that you will not be able to use all the functions of this website.
Furthermore, you can prevent the collection and processing by Google of the data produced by the cookie and referred to your visit on the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in that you can find if you open the following link:

Google Tag Manager
On our website we use the "Google Tag Manager" from Google. With this service, website tags can be managed via an interface. Tags are small code elements on a website that are used, among other things, to measure traffic and visitor behaviour, to measure the impact of online advertising and social channels, to use remarketing and targeting, and to test and optimise the website. The Google Tag Manager only implements tags. The Google Tag Manager follows a set of trigger rules that determine when these tags should be used on a website. When a user visits the website, the tags are triggered according to the configuration and the corresponding cookies are loaded into their browser. However, Google Tag Manager does not access this data. By using the Google Tag Manager, your use of our website will be more efficient and faster, because by managing the correct tags, our website will be faster. If Google Tag Manager has been deactivated at the domain or cookie level, it will remain deactivated for all tracking tags if they are implemented with Google Tag Manager.

d.    To comply with our legal obligations
We may further process your personal data if we have a legal obligation to do so. This will for instance be the case if we need to disclose certain information to public authorities or retain such information for tax or accounting purposes, or the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims. The categories of personal data collected and the duration of storage will depend on the legal provisions applicable.

3. Recipients
We generally process your personal internally. We may, however, disclose your personal data to our IT service providers as part of operating the Website, or to authorities when we must compellingly disclose the personal data, pursuant to any applicable law, regulation or order.

We may also enable you to use third-party services from our Website, namely through social plug-ins of LinkedIn or YouTube, in which case such third-party operators my access your personal data in connection with the Website.
Please note that this Notice does not apply to the practices of any company or individual that we do not control, nor to any other website that may be linked from the Website. You should carefully review the privacy policies of any other service that you visit from the Website to learn more about their information and privacy practices. In such contexts, the collection and use of your personal data shall be governed by such other party’s Privacy Notice. We shall not be held responsible for their privacy practices.

4. International Transfers
We store your personal data in servers that are located in Switzerland or in the EU.
In principle, we do not transfer or make your personal data accessible in other countries. Should your personal data be transferred to or become accessible from outside of Switzerland or the EU as a result of the technical or operational infrastructure of a provider of our choosing, then we will ensure such transfer or access is in accordance with Swiss data protection laws and will put in place the required appropriate safeguards (for instance by relying on standard clauses adopted by the European Commission). You may contact us (see section 1) to request additional information in this respect.

5. Your Rights
Except as otherwise required by law, you are entitled at all times to know if we are processing personal data concerning you. You may contact us to know the content of such personal data, verify their accuracy and request that they be supplemented, removed, updated, or rectified.

When providing information or downloading documentation on the Website, you consent to the processing of your personal data in accordance with this Notice. You may withdraw such consent at any time.
The above does not restrict any other rights you might have pursuant to applicable data protection legislation under certain circumstances.

6. Amendments
We reserve the right to amend the Notice at any time at our sole discretion to adapt it to any new commercial or technological practice or change in the law. Should this occur, we will inform you by any appropriate means (including via email or the Website, e.g. banners, pop-ups, or other notification mechanisms).

Date last updated: 13.07.2021.