European Data Protection Digest

A Look at Switzerland’s Regulatory Landscape

DATA PROTECTION—SWITZERLAND & U.S.

October 4, 2012

In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Sylvain Métille reports on data protection law in Switzerland and transferring data to the U.S. The right to privacy “is an aspect of dignity and a right to be respected” in Switzerland, Métille writes. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has negotiated a Safe Harbor agreement with the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner so data may be transferred from Switzerland to the U.S. without violating Swiss law. The agreement allows U.S. companies a way to demonstrate commitment to privacy protection for their customers, but “additional measures should be taken to demonstrate the company’s full compliance with its own privacy policy,” Métille writes. (IAPP member login required for access.)
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