Switzerland’s DP Act revised

David Rosenthal of Vischer reports from Zurich on new aspects of the law which is expected to enter into force in 2022.

The splitting of hairs is now over and the revision of the Swiss Data Protection Act (DP Act) has finally been completed. Following the resolution of the last differences on “profiling”, the Swiss Federal Parliament passed the new law on 25 September 2020. It is expected to come into force in 2022, with some sources even suggesting summer 2022. As a next step, the supporting ordinances will now be drawn up and submitted for public consultation. How fast things now progress will of course also depend on the EU: Switzerland is still waiting for the renewal of the European Commission’s adequacy decision, which allows unhindered data transfers to Switzerland. The EU could put pressure on Switzerland to speed up the process of the revised law entering into force.

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