On August 27, 2021, the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner announced that the new EU Standard Contractual Clauses may be relied on to legitimize transfers of personal data from Switzerland to countries without an adequate level of data protection, provided that the necessary amendments and adaptations are made for use under Swiss data protection law.
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A hacking operation that breached government servers, banks and corporations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria for more than a decade highlights concerns about the extent to which such breaches are covered by specialty cyber insurance policies.
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On June 28, 2013, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner issued its annual report highlighting activities during the period from April 2012 to March 2013. This blog post provides an overview of information from the report that is relevant for international businesses with operations in Switzerland.
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On November 2-3, 2011, Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection will host the 33rd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Mexico City.
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On January 8, 2010, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court (“Bundesverwaltungsgericht”) published a decision that declared the transfer of banking data to U.S. law enforcement authorities by the Swiss bank UBS to be illegal.  In late 2009, UBS transferred the data of over 300 customers suspected of evading U.S. taxes to the U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service following an order issued by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (“Finma”) pursuant to an agreement Finma reached with the U.S. authorities.
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