European Data Protection Digest

Swiss DPA Asks Banks To Halt Data Transfers, Will Investigate

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—SWITZERLAND & U.S.

August 23, 2012

Switzerland Data Protection Commissioner Hanspeter Thür has written to a number of Swiss banks to find out what data has been transferred to U.S. authorities investigating American tax evaders and why information such as employee telephone numbers and written correspondence were included, swissinfo.ch reports. “We have informed them that we are opening an analysis to verify the legality of the data transmitted to the U.S.,” Thür said, adding, “Until we have the result, we have demanded that no further bank employee data be sent to the U.S.” The transferred data was supposed to have been encoded to protect employee identities but was reportedly re-identified, the report states.
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