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Revision of Swiss Federal Data Protection Act

February 2017

On 21 December 2016, the Swiss Federal Council initiated the consultation on its preliminary draft ("Draft") for a revised Swiss Federal Data Protection Act ("DPA"), which lasts until 4 April 2017. The revisions will strengthen individuals' protection of personal data, respond to developments in technology and align the DPA with new EU rules on data protection. This will allow Switzerland to uphold its status as country adequately protecting personal data from an EU perspective (adequacy decision), which allows for easier transfer of personal data from the EU and to ratify the Convention ETS 108 of the Council of Europe.

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