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 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

US-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework