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Transfer of data to the USA

Privacy Shield – a brief overview

02.05.17 - Since 12 April 2017, US companies have been able to self-certify for the Swiss-US Privacy Shield. To do so, they must register on the Department of Commerce (DOC) website www.privacyshield.gov/PrivacyShield/ApplyNow and meet the certification requirements.

If a particular US company is not registered, other measures must be taken to transfer personal data in accordance with data protection rules. These may include contractual guarantees or Binding Corporate Rules (cf. Art. 6 para. 2 of the Federal Data Protection Act, FDAP).

Swiss companies should follow our advice.


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.


Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield FAQs


Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework

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Letter DOC Main
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 132 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter ITA Principles
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 6120 kb | Type: PDF

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ANNEX Principles and Arbitration
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 231 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter FTC Enforcement
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 153 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter DOT Enforcement
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 541 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter State Dep Ombudsperson Mechanism
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 477 kb | Type: PDF

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ANNEX Ombudsperson Mechanism
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 104 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter 1 ODNI Safeguards and Limitations
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 4422 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter 2 ODNI Safeguards and Limitations
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 2957 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter DoJ Safeguards and Limitations
Valid from 12.01.2017 | Size: 308 kb | Type: PDF

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Letter Federal Councillor J. N. Schneider-Ammann 12.01.2017
Valid from 24.01.2017 | Size: 194 kb | Type: PDF


US-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework

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U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework
Last modification: 17.02.2009 | Size: 2370 kb | Type: PDF


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