Swiss Information Privacy Law and the Transborder Flow of Personal Data

Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013

10 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013 Last revised: 14 Aug 2015

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Sylvain Métille

University of Lausanne, Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice

Date Written: December 2, 2012

Abstract

Switzerland, like the European Union, has an extensive protection of privacy. An omnibus law, the Data Protection Act, ensures a high level of protection for every data relating to an identified or identifiable person, including legal persons. This Act applies both to data treated inside Switzerland and to data exported abroad. Data can only be transmitted if an adequate level of protection is granted.For countries where the legal framework is not deemed to be sufficient like the U.S., particular contractual clauses are necessary. In order to facilitate the exchange of data Switzerland and the U.S. have developed a Safe Harbor Framework. Every company certified compatible with the Safe Harbor is automatically recognized as offering the adequate level of protection required under Swiss law.

Keywords: Privacy, Data Protection, Switzerland, UE, U.S., Export of data, Safe Harbor, Corporate Privacy

JEL Classification: K00, K1, K13, K19, K33, F00

Suggested Citation

Métille, Sylvain, Swiss Information Privacy Law and the Transborder Flow of Personal Data (December 2, 2012). Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203003

Sylvain Métille (Contact Author)

University of Lausanne, Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice ( email )

Quartier Chambronne
Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

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