Cookie Policy

Your trust and confidence in CSEM is very important to us, so we strive to respect the privacy and security of our users according to Swiss and European data protection rules and regulations. The cookies we use cannot read or search your computer, smartphone or web-enabled device to obtain information about you – neither personally or professionally – or access any material kept on your hard drive.

By using our website, you consent to our use of cookies and other means of identification and local storage (together referred to as “Cookies”) in line with this Cookie Policy.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer when you visit a web site. They are widely used , and to provide information to the publishers of the website.

This section describes what information cookies gather, how we use it, and why we sometimes need to store cookies. We will also explain how you can prevent these cookies from being stored. However, doing this may reduce or “break” some of the site’s functionality.

How and why we use cookies

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience when you visit our website. We use audience-measurement cookies to collect data on website traffic in an aggregated form, and to improve content and services for visitors. The data collected is used only for these purposes, and is not shared with any third parties. This information can give you a more personalized web experience.

However, if you choose to disable cookies, doing so may impair some of our website functionality and thereby impact your user experience. It is recommended that you enable all cookies if you are unsure, in case they are needed to provide a service that you use.

How to control cookies and change your browser settings

If you've visited our website before, there may be previously set cookies on your device (search for “csem” in your cookies). You can delete all cookies that are already on your device, and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed.

For more information, please see your browser’s user documentation (help) to find out how to manage cookies, or visit

Types of cookies we use

The table below describes the cookies we use, and their purpose: 





Google Analytics


These cookies are used to record information about the page the user has seen (for example, the page’s URL) in Google Analytics and to “remember” the user’s previous interaction with the web pages.

The use of gtag.js by Google Analytics is described here.

2 years for _ga

24 hours for _gid

Google Analytics


This cookie is used for throttling (limiting) the number of requests to Google Analytics, and thereby ensuring an adequate level of performance).

The use of gtag.js by Google Analytics is described here.

1 minute is a Google persistence cookie. is a Google marketing cookie


Site cookie acceptance


This cookie is used to record that a user has accepted the use of cookies on our website.

1 year, unless you delete your cookies

Underlying system


This cookie is used by the underlying system; it is usually used to maintain an anonymous user session on the server.

At end of session

Underlying system




These cookies are associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is embedded in the CSEM site.











AddThis functionality enables users of the site to easily share pages and other information through popular social networks and bookmarking sites.

CSEM does not control the dissemination of these cookies. For more information, view the AddThis privacy policy.


 For details on Google Analytics, read the Google Analytics Privacy document.

Use of social media plugins

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network(s) in various ways. For these to work, social media sites including Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes, which are outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). The information generated by the cookies (see above) – including your IP address – is transmitted to and stored by Google. Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity, and provide other services relating to internet usage.

IP-anonymization (“IP masking” to ensure anonymous collection of IP addresses) is activated on our website. Your IP-address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement in the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases – over which CSEM has no influence – will the whole IP-address be initially transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there.

You can also prevent collection of data by installing the deactivation add-on, for browsers, of Google Analytics. You can get this tool here

More information on Google Analytics terms and conditions can be found here, and on their data protection policy here.

Links to other websites

If you follow a link from CSEM Sites to another website, please be aware that the owner of the other website will have their own privacy and cookie policies. We recommend you read their policies, as we are not responsible or liable for what happens on their website.

Changes to this Cookie Policy

We reserve the right to change, modify, add, or remove portions from this Cookie Policy at any time. As such, please ensure that you regularly read the latest version of this page.

How to contact us

If you have any questions or comments regarding our Cookie Policy, your personal data or data privacy at CSEM, please contact us at:

Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2002 Neuchatel
Phone: +41 32 720 5111