Privacy Notice

Inter-Community School Zurich

Privacy Notice

Modified: 25 May 2018


In the course of providing services to you, the Inter-Community School Zurich (hereinafter “ICS” or “we”) will need to process personal data relating to you and your children. With regard to such processing, ICS will qualify as a data controller or collector.

In this capacity, ICS strives to comply with applicable data protection regulations that protect privacy in relation to the processing of personal data. These regulations include the European General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 with its updated set of rules of 25 May 2018 and the relevant national Swiss version.

This Inter-Community School Zurich Privacy Notice (hereinafter “Notice”) explains how ICS collects and uses personal data, who we share it with and the ways in which we protect your privacy while doing so. This document applies to all member of the ICS Community, students, parents, faculty, administration staff, 3rd party contractors and visitors and users of our website.

Personal data is collected for and on behalf of ICS. This pertains to both information collected in analogue form (forms, documents, in writing) and through technological means, such as the ICS website, information systems and email.

ICS reserves the right to make changes to this Notice from time to time, for example in the light of new developments or new legislation. ICS will always inform you of such changes in advance.

1. How we collect your personal data

ICS may collect your personal data in a variety of ways:

• Personal data relating to you or your children can be obtained directly from you or your children, for example via completing the Application, Health and Consent forms, via information provided via the myICS section of our website, via meetings with teachers and staff, etc.
• Personal data relating to you or your children can also be obtained via other information channels, such as previous schools, health professionals, social media channels, etc.
• Personal data relating to you or your children also obtained by actions of ICS itself or its data processors, e.g. through evaluations, camera surveillance, access control measures, etc.

2. Why we use your personal data

ICS collects personal data, including special categories of personal data of students and parents to provide a safe and caring international environment for teaching, learning and general educational purposes.

More specifically we process your or your children’s personal data for the following purposes, and other purposes that are compatible with the purposes described below:
• to undertake and manage the school admissions and enrolment
• to provide students’ learning in a safe and secure learning environment
• to comply with child protection requirements
• to support and enable the academic, pastoral and personal objectives of students, including the monitoring and reporting of progress
• to provide our educational services
• to provide support and care for emotional and psychological well-being (pastoral and counselling)
• to protect the health of the students and staff we serve
• to provide a tailored learning environment and make evidence-based education decisions for the children we serve
• to enable the children we serve to continue or progress their education at other educational organisations
• to support and develop our employees in the performance of their duties
• for financial planning to help in the future planning and resource investment purposes
• to meet our statutory reporting requirements to the education and other authorities
• to help investigate any concerns or complaints you may have
• to build and maintain the ICS community, including fundraising
• to make you aware and inform you about our services, news, events and activities that are undertaken at or in association with ICS
• to communicate with you within the framework of your relationship with ICS
• to ensure the safety and security of students and staff, including camera surveillance
• for forecasting and planning for education service provision
• to respond to requests of our staff and (former) students regarding historic information pertaining to their time at ICS.

3. On which basis does ICS process your personal data

ICS collects and uses personal data to carry out the educational services as prescribed above. We do so under the lawful basis that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract in which you are entering or have entered into. In some circumstances we may have to process data for other purposes that are not necessary for the performance of the contract. In such cases, the processing may be based upon (i) our legitimate interests, such as providing a safe learning environment, maintaining the ICS community, fundraising, etc.; (ii) on the protection of you or your children’s vital interests; (iii) on the compliance with our legal obligations; and/or (iv) on the consent you or your children may have provided to us.

4. The categories of personal data being processed

The categories of personal data that ICS collects and processes include:

• personal information (such as name, unique number and address)
• special categories of data (such as health information, ethnicity)
• educational and evaluation data (such as assessments, relevant medical information, special educational needs information, exclusions / behavioural information and psychological reports and assessments)
• attendance information (such as sessions attended, number of absences and absence reasons)
• logging and audit in the use of IT systems and education technology apps, applications and cloud based systems
• communication and correspondence data (such as emails, letters and other types of correspondence)
• photographs and videos (see also section 8 and 9 of this Notice).

Special categories of data

The education services we provide require us to collect and process special categories of data, such as health information, for the purposes of safeguarding the protection of your children and the wellbeing of those within our care. We do not disclose or share special categories of data without explicit and unambiguous consent unless we have to do so where we are required to by law, or where we have good reason in protecting the vital interests of an individual, or where not doing so would place someone else at risk.

5. Storing personal data

ICS keeps personal data for as long as necessary with regard to the purposes described in Article 2 of this Notice or for any other purposes that may be communicated to you.

In general, your personal data are stored on our own servers and on the servers of our data centre service provider, located in Switzerland, EU or US based processors. Regarding transfers outside the European Union, see Article 6 of this Notice.

6. Sharing and transfer of personal data

Your personal data is shared internally within ICS for the purposes of delivering the services required.

For the purposes described in Article 2 of this Notice, Personal Data may be processed by a third party processor in the undertaking of a service or contract required for the delivery of the education services provided by ICS. We ensure that organisations outside Switzerland who receive or process Personal Data are compliant with Swiss data protection regulations, or that a lawful basis for transferring data, such as the explicit consent or the vital interest of the child, is met. More specifically, this includes the following categories of recipients:

• Schools, colleges or universities that the students attend after leaving ICS;
• Other international schools (amongst others for the purposes of trips, sports and activities);
• Local education authorities in Zurich;
• Family nurses, doctors or social service organisations (amongst others where sharing is in the vital interests, or where not sharing could have a negative impact on the individual);
• Providers of information systems that are necessary for ICS to deliver the admissions, administration, teaching and learning, pastoral development, and child protection services;
• Providers of IT hosting and maintenance services;
• Government organisations, police, health and social care (where we are required to do so by law, or where we have obtained your consent to do so).

Personal data may also be transferred to organisations outside Switzerland and outside the European Union. This may for example occur for the purposes of student application for college or university. Various teaching and learning applications of providers that are based outside Switzerland or the European Union are also used. For such transfers of personal data outside the European Union, ICS has implemented suitable safeguards in the form of appropriate contractual clauses where required under applicable data protection legislation. More information on these transfers and suitable safeguards can be requested from the ICS Head of School / ICS Privacy Protection Team (see section 11 below).

7. Cookies and Analytics

While visiting our ICS website (, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser. We use cookies to enable certain functions of the Service, to provide analytics, to store your preferences, to enable advertisements delivery, including behavioural advertising. We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service including some third-party cookies to report usage statistics of the Service and deliver advertisements campaigns. These technologies help us measure the efficacy of our marketing and awareness campaigns and to understand how visitors navigate our web site.

If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser. Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not work properly.

ICS uses Google Analytics on our website

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. 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. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use 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. More information about cookies, including how to block them on all sites, can be found here. Learn more. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.


This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. The privacy statement applies solely to information collected by our website.

Security of credit card information

This website takes every precaution to protect the personal information of our site users. Whenever users submit personal information, such as contact info or credit card info, via online forms, registration or online purchase, the information is encrypted via the highest level of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) available. Servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment. Under no circumstances are credit cards numbers permanently stored on our website servers.

8. Camera surveillance

ICS will collect information in the form of camera footage via our Security Video Surveillance-systems to ensure the safety and security of students and staff. ICS retain these video images for 30 days after which they are deleted, unless ICS need to retain the images for further investigation or law enforcement purposes. Access to these images is restricted and can only in special purposes be requested through the ICS Head of School (see section 11 below).

9. Photographs and videos

Photographs and videos of your children may be taken by staff and students throughout the school year to record and share everyday life at ICS. Your child may be identifiable in these photographs or videos. Identifiable photographs of your child may be used for the following purposes:

• educational and informational purposes (such as keeping records of lessons, field trips, sports, events, staff training), as we have a legitimate interest to do so;
• the identification of your child for health related purposes, such as allergies, as it is in the vital interest of your child to do so; and
• marketing and publication purposes, if and to the extent we have obtained you and/or your child’s consent where required under applicable data protection legislation to do so.

If such photographs and videos reveal any sensitive personal data of you or your child, we will only process and use such photographs and videos if and to the extent we have obtained you and/or your child’s consent where required under applicable data protection legislation to do so.

10. Your rights

Parents and students may exercise a number of rights with regard to the processing of their personal data vis-à-vis ICS, in so far as they effectively have those rights under applicable data protection legislation, such as the European General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 with its updated set of rules of 25 May 2018 and the Swiss draft version act of 17 September 2017 on the protection of privacy in relation to the processing of personal data, as may be amended from time to time.

The first point of contact in connection with the processing of personal data and the exercise of the rights described below is the ICS Data Protection Team ( ICS shall respond to such requests and may or may not act upon them, in principle within a period of one month, all in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.

In addition, you also have the right to contact or file a complaint with the Swiss Data Protection Authority:

Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC), Feldweg 1, CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland

The rights which you may have under applicable data protection legislation are as follows:

Right to object – the right to object on grounds relating to your particular situation to the processing of personal data based on the legitimate interests of ICS, and the right to object to the processing for direct marketing purposes.
Right to information and access – to request access to and a copy of the personal data ICS holds on you, as well as the right to information about relevant aspects of the data processing by ICS. This Notice serves to inform you thereon, but do get in touch if you have any questions.
Right to rectification – to correct inaccurate personal data or to complete incomplete personal data.
Right to erasure – to request the deletion or removal of personal data in specific circumstances, for example if your personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes pursued by ICS or if there no longer is a legal ground for the data processing.
Right to restriction of the processing – to limit the processing, e.g. where you have told us the data is inaccurate and we are in the process of checking this. In such circumstances we will continue to store your data but will not process it further until we have checked and confirmed whether the data is inaccurate.
Right to data portability – to receive your personal data in a structured, commonly used format and to transmit it or have it transmitted to another international school.
Right not to be subject to automated individual decision-making – the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.

Where the processing of your personal data is based upon consent, you and/or your child have the right to withdraw consent at any time. Such withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before the withdrawal.

There may be instances where you may not want us to process or share your personal information. In these cases, we may not be able to fulfil the service you need, or do so in a limited way, or be able to comply with a statutory obligation. In those instances, we will not be able to comply with your request and we will tell you if this is the case.

11. ICS Privacy Team & Contact

For any questions or concerns relating to this Notice or the processing of your personal data by or on behalf of ICS, as well as for the exercise of any of the rights described in Article 10 of this Notice, please contact the ICS Data Protection Team (

12. Applicable law and jurisdiction

This Notice and any disputes arising out of in relation to this Notice shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with Swiss law. The courts of Meilen, Switzerland, shall be exclusively competent for any disputes arising out of or in relation to this Notice.

This Privacy Notice has last been updated on 25 May 2018.