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Information about our Group and our Website

Thank you for visiting the Alpiq Website ("Website"). Please read this privacy policy before using our Website or transferring personal data ("Personal Data").

Modern information and communication technologies play a fundamental role in the activities of Alpiq, and we therefore consider privacy an important issue. We respect your right to privacy when you interact with us through services on our Website. We would therefore like to inform you about the data we collect and how any data you may send via this Website is treated, and to explain the precautions we take to protect your personal data. If you do not agree to the processing of data as described below, please exit the Website after reading this privacy policy and do not transfer any Personal Data.

This privacy policy covers the online collection of personal data for the purpose of communication between Alpiq and visitors to its Website.

We reserve the right to amend this privacy statement at any time. Please make sure that you regularly read the latest version of this policy. The "Last update" paragraph indicates when the last update was made.

Data Collection and Purpose of Use

Whenever you visit our Website, our server logs the connecting IP address and, among other things, information about your browser ("Connection Data"). This Data registers the communication between you and Alpiq. These Data are used for statistical purposes and internal measures to enhance quality of service. Cookies are also used (see below).

When you visit our Website you have the option of sending us personal details such as your name, address, user name, password etc. ("Personal Data"). Personal Data are transferred by filling in the online form. Whenever we process Personal Data, we inform you about the type of information we collect and how we use it on the same page on which you enter your Personal Data. You can also see which data is mandatory in order to provide the service you require, and which data is optional. The mandatory data is marked with an asterisk.

Cookies

Cookies or other methods can be used to track site usage in order to improve the quality of our services and achieve a better understanding of how visitors use our Website. Most Internet browsers are configured to accept cookies by default. If you wish, you can prevent cookies being stored on your computer. To do this, you must change your browser preferences as follows: Internet Explorer 6/7: Under the "Tools" menu, select "Internet options", then "Privacy" or "Security", and set the "Privacy" or "Security" level to the preferred level. Firefox: Under the "Tools" menu, select "Options", "Settings" then "Privacy", and uncheck the "Accept cookies from sites" checkbox. Applications which need to use cookies may be limited in terms of functionality or may not function at all.

Links

This Website may contain links to other websites that are not operated or monitored by Alpiq ("Third Party Sites") to which this privacy statement shall not apply. External websites may install their own cookies and may be able to collect Personal Data. Alpiq does not monitor Third Party Sites, is not responsible for them and accepts no liability whatsoever for their content or their privacy policies. If you access a Third Party Site by clicking on the link, we advise you to read its privacy statement carefully.

Disclosure and Information Sharing

With the following exceptions, your Personal Data are not disclosed to third parties without your express consent:

Data Security and Confidentiality

Data transmission to our servers over the Internet is not encrypted by default. Personal Data is transmitted over an open network which is accessible to anyone. We cannot guarantee the protection of Personal Data transmitted via such open networks. Alpiq accepts no liability for direct or indirect loss or damage resulting from data transmission between Website visitors and Alpiq.

We have, however, implemented security policies, rules and technical measures to protect Personal Data stored and processed at our facilities against unauthorised access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorised modification, unlawful destruction and accidental loss. These security measures guarantee the authenticity of our Website, the integrity of the data and the confidentiality of data transmitted over our private network (intranet).

Access to Personal Data is restricted to those of our employees who require such information in order to respond to queries and provide the services requested. All our employees are under an obligation to respect the confidentiality of Personal Data.

Data Retention

In accordance with the applicable data protection laws, Personal Data is kept only as long as needed for the designated purposes.

User Rights

You have the right to remain informed and are entitled to request that your Personal Data be amended or deleted. Upon your request by e-mail to webmaster@alpiq.com, we will provide you with a readable copy of your Personal Data within 30 days, free of charge. For security reasons, we may take appropriate measures to authenticate your identity.

Responsible Office

Alpiq Holding Ltd., Corporate Communications, based in Olten, Switzerland, is responsible for processing Personal Data collected online. If you have any questions about the protection of your Personal Data, please contact: webmaster@alpiq.com.

Last updated: December 2009