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Notes on the Dispatch of 15.9.2017 concerning the complete revision of the Federal Data Protection Act: the FDPIC's general assessment

15.09.2017-The rapid development of information and telecommunications technology and the related digitalisation of society have required the Council of Europe and the European Union to further develop their data protection legislation, and have now necessitated the complete revision of the Federal Data Protection Act, which originally came into force in 1993. The draft act prepared by the Federal Council has the aim of increasing the protection of data by improving the transparency of data processing and increasing the options that data subjects have to control their own data. In addition, the revision of the Act should ensure consistency between the level of data protection in Switzerland and that in the EU. Having a level of data protection that is comparable with that in EU states is particularly important for Swiss businesses, especially because the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR), which comes into force at the end of May 2018, will have a direct effect on many Swiss enterprises.

Press review

01.09.2017 - The FDPIC has just released the latest press review.

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Press review
Valid from 31.08.2017 | Size: 7605 kb | Type: PDF

Guide to the Swiss-US Privacy Shield

22.08.17 - The FDPIC has elaborated a practical brochure to the Swiss-US Privacy Shield. It provides information on the company's obligations and the rights of persons whose data is processed as well as how they can complain.

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Swiss-US Privacy Shield Guide
Valid from 22.08.2017 | Size: 172 kb | Type: PDF

Annual report 2016/2017

26.06.2017 - The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner presents his new annual report for the period from 1st of April 2016 to 31st March 2017.

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Media release FDPIC annual conference 2017
Valid from 26.06.2017 | Size: 153 kb | Type: PDF

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Summary Annual report 2016/2017
Valid from 26.06.2017 | Size: 36 kb | Type: PDF

Data Protection Day 2017: In the eye of the camera everywhere

Bern, 27.1.2017 - Video cameras are getting better and cheaper. As a result, we are increasingly coming under surveillance as we go about our private business. Anyone who makes a video recording of other people in which those people are recognisable must abide by certain rules. In occasion of the 11th International Data Protection Day, the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner wants to point to the risks of video surveillance.

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Press release in occasion of the Data Protection Day 2017
Valid from 26.01.2017 | Size: 144 kb | Type: PDF

Swiss-US Privacy Shield: new framework for the transfer of data to the USA

11.01.17 - At its meeting today, the Federal Council took note that a new framework, Privacy Shield, has been established for the transfer of personal data from Switzerland to the USA. Privacy Shield replaces the Safe Harbor Agreement between Switzerland and the USA, which the FDPIC had declared inadequate and which the Federal Council has now formally terminated. The FDPIC welcomes the introduction of the new framework. You can find all relevant documents here.

Swiss Data protection commissioner concludes Windows 10 investigation

Bern, 11.01.17 - The FDPIC has concluded its investigation into Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft has agreed to implement his recommendations for improving the transparency of data processing and the related user options. There is therefore no need for court proceedings.

Email scanning on behalf of the intelligence services – the service providers’ answers

17.11.16 - According to reports in the media, Yahoo is alleged to have systematically scanned all of its customers' emails for character sets using a specially developed software tool on behalf of the US intelligence services. In Switzerland any such measure would infringe the personal rights of those concerned, as well as telecommunications secrecy. The FDPIC therefore called on Yahoo and six other email service providers to state whether they had applied such a procedure. It has since received responses from Yahoo, Apple, Google, Microsoft, UPC, Swisscom and Sunrise.

Yahoo rejects the accusations and considers the media reports to be misleading. All of the companies contacted stated that they have not systematically scanned or transmitted the contents of any emails of Swiss customers on behalf of the US or any other foreign authorities.

End of the free upgrade to Windows 10 – statement by the FDPIC

21.07.2016 - According to an announcement by Microsoft, the free upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system will be available until the end of July 2016. Find out more about the statement by the FDPIC here.

Annual report 2015/2016

27.06.2016 - The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner presents his new annual report for the period from 1st of April 2015 to 31st March 2016.

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Press review
Valid from 24.06.2016 | Size: 46 kb | Type: PDF

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Summary of selected topics in the 23rd Annual Report
Valid from 24.06.2016 | Size: 84 kb | Type: PDF

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