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03 October 2017
On September 15 2017 the Federal Council issued a draft of the revised Federal Data Protection Act. This draft arrives approximately nine months after the publication of the preliminary draft, which was issued on December 21 2016, and marks yet another decisive step towards the overhaul of the Swiss data protection landscape.
The draft act, the explanatory report of the Federal Council and the summary of the results of the consultation process are available in German, French and Italian on the Swiss Confederation website.(1)
The act's revision is an ongoing process intended to modernise Switzerland's data protection landscape and align it with revised EU legislation.
Some key novelties of the draft act include the following:
The legislative process now involves parliamentary debates on the draft act, subsequent to which the final draft shall enter into force (subject to a referendum). There is currently no date for the entry into force of the revised act, although it is expected to take place on August 1 2018 as the Federal Council wishes to implement the new legislation as soon as possible in line with international engagements.
For further information on this topic please contact Jürg Schneider or David Vasella at Walder Wyss Ltd by telephone (+41 58 658 58 58) or email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Walder Wyss website can be accessed at www.walderwyss.com.
(1) An unofficial English translation of the draft act is now available.
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