September 2020

On 25 September 2020, the two chambers of parliament reached common ground on the revision of the Federal Data Protection Act ("DPA") thereby concluding a three year deliberation process that started in September 2017 with the Federal Council submitting its draft for a revised DPA to parliament. The revision strengthens individuals' protection of personal data and responds to technological advancements and developments in international data protection standards (including the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR")). It is meant to allow Switzerland to uphold its status as a country adequately protecting personal data from an EU perspective. The Federal Council will decide on entry into force at a later stage.