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Please find recent FDPIC press releases here. For older releases, please refer to the archives. More releases are available in German, French and Italian.

27.01.2017   
New technologies bring the world to us in high definition at the lowest of prices. When the government and the public both call for increased security, video surveillance is talked up enthusiastically as the answer to our prayers. However, it is by no means the best method of protecting the public in every situation. In addition, it can lead to violations of privacy.

11.01.2017   
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.

27.06.2016   
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) today publishes his 23rd Annual Report.

29.06.2015   
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) Hanspeter Thür, is presenting his 22nd Report on Activities today. On the data protection front, the period under review (2014 – 2015) was marked by two main activities: the supervision of corporate data processing and providing advice to citizens, the authorities and companies. On the subject of public access to official records, the FDPIC acted as mediator helping to settle disputes between applicants and the authorities and issued a number of recommendations. He also gave his opinion on important draft legislation.

28.01.2015   
What changes can we expect as a result of the increasing use of health apps and wearables? What opportunities and risks do they involve for the general public, science and industry? At today’s 9th International Data Protection Day, experts from the worlds of politics, industry and science will discuss these issues with Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Hanspeter Thür.

30.06.2014   
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) Hanspeter Thür is presenting his 21st Report on Activities today. 2013/2014 was a year that was marked both by Edward Snowden’s revelations and by the risks posed by the increasingly extensive collection and analysis by companies of user and customer data.

01.07.2013   
The Federal Data Protection Act came into force exactly 20 years ago. Reason enough to justify a change of focus in this year’s annual press conference. The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC), Hanspeter Thür, will not review the events of the past year, but rather will engage in a panel discussion that looks to the future: 20 Years of Data Protection – Quo Vadis?

25.06.2012   
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC), Hanspeter Thür, is publishing his 19th Report on Activities today. The year under review was characterised by a number of important court rulings, as well as intensive supervisory and advisory activities. The FDPIC also continued his awareness-raising work.

07.06.2012   
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Hanspeter Thür would like to invite interested journalists to the Alcina saloon of the restaurant Au Premier, situated on the first floor of the Main Train Station in Zurich, tomorrow Friday 8th June 2012 at 12 o’clock, to discuss the verdict of the Federal Supreme Court on Google Street View and to answer any questions.

27.06.2011   
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC), Hanspeter Thür, is publishing his 18th Report on Activities today. The year under review was characterised by a number of important court rulings, intensive control and advisory activities, as well as awareness campaigns targeting young people. Furthermore, the efficiency and effectiveness of the Data Protection Act were evaluated. This may lead to a revision of the law.

28.06.2010   
Over the course of last year, the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) dealt with a number of recent developments which included: the controversy surrounding SAKE, the mandatory Swiss labour force survey, the demand for an online system of naming and shaming drivers accused of speeding, and the storm unleashed by online services such as Google Street View. After being alerted by a third party source, he also sought clarification from a provider of genetic test services, evaluated the legality of video recordings obtained by means of drones, requested an opinion on the data processing of creditworthiness tests, published some explanatory notes on the duties of corporate data protection officers, and adopted a position on the transfer of personal data to third parties by clubs for marketing purposes. One of the FDPIC’s main concerns during the year under review, which ran from 1 April 2009 to 21 March 2010, was to make children and teenagers more aware of data protection issues. The FDPIC carried out a number of Schengen-related inspections and deepened his cooperation with the cantonal authorities. Furthermore, the FDPIC expressed his reservations regarding the preliminary draft of the revision of the Federal Post and Telecommunications Monitoring Act, evaluated the architecture that has been recommended for eHealth Switzerland, and gave a lecture at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich on the use of RFID chips from a data protection perspective. Other recurring subjects for the FDPIC included data protection at the workplace, i.e. the question of the proper use of fingerprinting for attendance control, and the problem posed by spyware. The issue raised last year regarding the practice of an old-age pension fund to send membership cards to the employer instead of the insured persons, which does not comply with data protection requirements, was referred to a higher authority. The same applied to the KSS sports centre, which had rejected the FDPIC’s recommendations regarding the biometric access control system. The latter has now been ordered to make the necessary modifications by the Federal Administrative Court. On the subject of the Transparency Act, the report summarises the work carried out by the FDPIC over the past year.

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