Legal framework

Limitation of liability

Although every care has been taken by the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo to ensure the accuracy of the information published, no guarantee can be given with regard to the accurate, reliable, up-to-date or complete nature of this information.
swisstopo reserves the right to alter or remove the content, in full or in part, without prior notice.

Liability claims against swisstopo for material or immaterial damage resulting from access to or use or non-use of the published information, from misuse of the connection or from technical faults are excluded.

Links to third party websites fall outside the scope of responsibility of swisstopo. Access and use of such websites take place entirely at the user’s own risk. swisstopo expressly declares that it has no influence whatsoever over the content of any linked site. Responsibility for the information and services of linked sites rests entirely with the relevant third parties.

No liability can be accepted with regard to the content of such websites.

The information contained on swisstopo's websites is made available to the public. Downloading or copying of texts, illustrations, photos or any other data does not entail any transfer of rights with regard to the content. Exceptions are the free geodata and geoservices, for which special terms of use apply.

Copyright and any other rights relating to texts, illustrations, photos or any other data available on the websites of swisstopo are the exclusive property of swisstopo or of any other expressly mentioned owners. Any reproduction requires the prior written consent of the copyright holder.

Data protection

Legal basis

The handling of personal data at swisstopo is regulated by the Federal Act on Data Protection (DSG, SR 235.1) and the Ordinance to the Federal Act on Data Protection (VDSG, SR 235.11).

Right of access to information, halt to processing and deletion

The right of access to information in accordance with Articles 8 and 9 of the Federal Act on Data Protection (DSG) gives every individual, irrespective of his or her place of residence and nationality, the right to ask swisstopo whether data on him or her is being processed. The right of access to information is the means by which Person can check the processing of their data and request any necessary correction. You can also request a halt to processing or the deletion of your data at any time.

Please contact swisstopo’s data protection advisor to exercise your right to access information, halt processing or delete your data.

Use of cookies

We use cookies on a variety of our web pages in order to make your visit to our online Shop more attractive and to facilitate the use of certain functions. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer. The cookies we use are deleted from your hard disk when you close your browser session (session cookies).
You can block or restrict the storage and reading of cookies in your browser. Please note that by doing so you will no longer be able to use certain functions on our Shop.

What personal data do we collect and for what purpose?

swisstopo’s online shop

swisstopo offers its products in its online shop both in analogue (paper maps) and in digital form. Maps, aerial and ortho images, landscape and elevation models, software and other products are available in digital form.
The range of products and services is being constantly expanded.
swisstopo maintains a customer database for the shop with the following data:

  • Last name, first names
  • E-mail
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Information on products ordered

The identification with the password is delegated to the Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (FOITT) that provides CH-LOGIN. So the passwords are not stored in the database of the store.

Data processing is carried out exclusively for the order and delivery of the products. Your data will be disclosed to our delivery companies to the extent that this is necessary for the delivery of the goods. To process the payment, we pass on your payment data to our payment service provider PostFinance AG. The payment service provider processes your data only to the extent that we are allowed to process it ourselves. Your personal data will not be disclosed to any further third parties. Data processing is carried out in accordance with the National Land Survey Ordinance NLSO, Art. 24 ff.

When you place an order, your personal data is transmitted in encrypted form via the Internet using HTTPS (TLS 1.2 128 bits). Credit card data is not stored, but collected and processed directly by our payment service provider, PostFinance AG. We secure our website and other systems through technical and organisational measures designed to prevent the loss, destruction, access to, alteration of, or dissemination of your personal data by unauthorised persons. Your customer account can only be accessed by entering your personal password. You should always treat your payment details as strictly confidential and close the browser window when you have completed your order, especially if you are sharing your computer with other users.

Further information

Non-disclosure of personal data
Any other use of your personal information, in particular its sale, disclosure or dissemination to third parties, is explicitly excluded.


swisstopo uses the latest technologies to protect personal data from unauthorised access and improper use.

Data protection advice

The data protection advisor at swisstopo is the contact person for your enquiries relating to data protection and the right to information at swisstopo.

We will be pleased to receive your questions or comments of any kind:

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo
Data protection advisor
Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern