An overview of the Revised Swiss FDPA infographic
The Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (FDPA) has been in place since 1992 and has imposed requirements on Swiss businesses to regulate the collection and use of personal data. In 2020, the Swiss Parliament passed the Revised Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (Revised FADP) to bring Swiss data protection law in line with modern international standards representing the biggest overhaul of federal data protection law in the last three decades.The Revised FDPA will enter into effect in September 2023.
What is the Revised Swiss FDPA?
So, what does the Revised FADP mean for your business? First and foremost, it means that you must take steps to ensure that your privacy program meets the new requirements under the Revised FADP. To get started, you should appoint a data protection officer, known under Revised FADP as a data protection advisor. This is particularly important if your business processes large amounts of personal data or sensitive data.
Developing and maintaining a data processing register is another important step you can take in preparation for the Revised FADP. This should document what types of personal data you collect, use, and store. This is crucial for demonstrating compliance with the Revised FADP. The Revised FADP also introduces new data subject rights, such as the right to data portability and the right to be forgotten. This means you should be prepared to respond to requests from data subjects who want to exercise these rights.
In addition, the Revised FADP introduces new rules for cross-border data transfers, which require businesses to ensure an adequate level of data protection in the recipient country or to use specific safeguards such as Standard Contractual Clauses.
Revised Swiss FDPA overview infographic
The Revised Swiss FDPA brings Swiss data protection law up to date with modern international standards and provides better protection for personal data. Download the infographic to learn more about key definitions, data subject rights, controller obligations, and enforcement under the Revised Swiss FDPA.