In its judgment of 31 May 2012 in the case of Google Street View (BGE 138 II 346, in German), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court endorsed the views of the FDPIC set out in its earlier recommendation almost in their entirety. In the following remarks, the key points of the decision are explained.
Judgment of the Federal Supreme Court on Google Street View: Decisions on the processing of personal data
Judgment of the Federal Supreme Court in Street View case: Strict conditions imposed on Google
Bern, 8.6.2012 - Following an earlier decision by the Federal Administrative Court, the Federal Supreme Court has also ruled in the case of Google Street View and upheld the position of the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) Hanspeter Thür in all essential respects. The Court finds that foreign companies are also subject to Swiss law and thus subject to FDPIC supervision, and imposes strict conditions on Google.
Judgment in Google Street View case: Court finds in favour of the FDPIC
Bern, 4.4.2011 - Google Street View is breaching the privacy of members of the public without justification and is thus violating Swiss law. This is the decision of the Federal Administrative Court in a judgment dated 30 March 2011. The demands made by the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) have been upheld in all essential respects.
For further documents, see the German section of this page.