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Selection of arbitrators for the Data Protection Arbitration Panel under the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield - First call for Interest

Deadline: April 30, 2018

06.04.2018 - According to Swiss law, personal data transmitted to the USA must be subject to an appropriate level of data protection. The Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield serves this purpose. Thanks to this new legal framework, personal data can be transferred from Switzerland to a company in the USA, provided that the US company complies with a set of data protection rules and safeguards. This protection that is given to personal data applies to everyone who is resident in Switzerland. For this mechanism to become operational, a list up to five arbitrators must be agreed between the Swiss administration and the DOC. In the event of a dispute, the parties may select the arbitral tribunal from the arbitration pool developed under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield which has been supplemented by the pool developed under the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield. The call for interest has been published in the U.S. Federal Register and can be accessed under the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/02/2018-06737/swiss-us-privacy-shield-invitation-for-applications-for-inclusion-on-the-supplemental-list-of

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2018. They must be submitted to David Ritchie at the U.S. Department of Commerce, either by email at david.ritchie@trade.gov or by fax at: 202-482-5522.

Dispatch concerning the revision of the 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.

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