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Revised Federal Act on Data Protection

On September 25, 2020, after more than two years of parliamentary negotiations, the Swiss parliament passed the revised Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP). Despite a total revision of the law, the basic principles of data processing (in particular transparency, purpose limitation, proportionality and data security) remain unchanged and apply as before. As under applicable law, data processing continues to be considered lawful if it occurs in compliance with these data processing principles and no personality rights are violated. This means that only in certain situations justification by consent, legal basis or overriding private or public interests is necessary. Despite the alignment with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in many points, Switzerland still deviates from the GDPR in this respect.

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