Region: Switzerland

Proton avoids Swiss retention rules

A Swiss court has ruled that privacy-centric Proton Mail is not a telecommunications provider and exempted it from the country’s data access and retention requirements.

28 October 2021

Swiss authority questions CLOUD Act compliance

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice believes the CLOUD Act could breach existing data protection rules and possibly endanger Switzerland’s EU adequacy status.

24 September 2021

Anticipating adequacy, Switzerland passes new data law

The Swiss parliament has passed a new federal data protection law after years of wrangling – with observers saying the new legislation is likely to earn the country an EU adequacy decision.

29 September 2020

Swiss Privacy Shield deemed inadequate

In the wake of Schrems II, Switzerland’s data protection authority has found that the US-Swiss Privacy Shield is not up to scratch.

08 September 2020

Community news roundup: data practices continue to grow

GDR’s latest in community news sees data hires across private practice, a new office in Silicon Valley, and an addition at the Pentagon.

07 August 2020

GDPR prevents US bank data transfer

A Luxembourg court won’t allow a Swiss bank subject to a US international tax investigation to disclose a client’s bank data to US prosecutors.

13 July 2020

GDPR roundup: French yearly report, facial recognition, credit agencies and more

This latest roundup of activity by European data protection watchdogs shows that they remain busy enforcing and advising on a range of issues.

09 June 2020

Swiss Supreme Court allows tax authorities to share UBS client data with France

Switzerland’s highest court has ruled that the Federal Tax Administration can share the identities of customers of Swiss bank UBS with French authorities.

30 July 2019

Swiss court slates insurer’s data collection

A Swiss court has ruled that insurer Helsana unlawfully processed customer data for a bonus scheme app, but that the scheme itself is valid – raising questions about whether consent can be used a legal basis for using data under the country’s health insurance act.

02 April 2019

Swiss data protection chief fights tax data-sharing scheme

Switzerland’s federal data protection commissioner has issued a complaint to a federal court over a scheme that shares financial information with foreign authorities to aid tax evasion investigations.

10 October 2018

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