25th Annual review: Freedom before security
25.06.2018 - Monitoring major digital projects has once again been the focus activity for the FDPIC. The E-ID Act as the basis for using a SwissID, the risk report on using the OASI number as a univer-sal personal identifier or the conditions that must be met by e-ticketing or public transport apps underline this prioritisation. As a supervisory authority, the Commissioner had to intervene to prevent the processing of data on compulsory health insurance and had to deal with data leaks at several large companies. As the Freedom of Information Commissioner, the FDPIC succeeded in achieving a substantial increase in the efficiency of his arbitration procedures and welcomed the National Council’s unanimous commitment to guaranteeing transparency in connection with public procurement – thus ensuring that the principle of freedom of information does not become a farce.
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 email@example.com 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.
Guide to the Swiss-US Privacy Shield
22.08.17 - The FDPIC has elaborated a practical brochure to the Swiss-US Privacy Shield. It provides information on the company's obligations and the rights of persons whose data is processed as well as how they can complain.
Swiss-US Privacy Shield Guide (PDF, 171 kB, 06.12.2017)
Transfer of data to the USA
Annual report 2016/2017
26.06.2017 - The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner presents his new annual report for the period from 1st of April 2016 to 31st March 2017.
Media release FDPIC annual conference 2017 (PDF, 152 kB, 26.06.2017)
Summary Annual report 2016/2017 (PDF, 35 kB, 26.06.2017)
Last modification 25.06.2018