The new Data Protection Federal Act (FADP) and the new Data Protection Ordinance will come into force on September 1st 2023. This was decided by the Federal Council at its meeting on 31 August 2022. The amendments to the law are intended to strengthen data protection and simplify data processing.
Date Protection Federal Act (FADP)
The Swiss Data Protection Act has been completely revised. This revision was necessary because both the demands of the population and the technological landscape have changed significantly in recent years. The new FADP aims primarily to strengthen the protection of personal data and to adapt to technological developments. Individuals should have more self-determination as to what and how much data they wish to disclose about themselves.
Data Protection Ordinance
In order to be able to implement the above-mentioned legislative changes, various adaptations of the FADP are necessary. In particular, individuals are exempted from certain information obligations when disclosing personal data. The conditions for the right of access have also been simplified and the obligation to provide documentation has been completely abolished.
A strength for the Swiss economy
With the one-year implementation period, the Federal Council is doing the right thing for its economy. The new law should come into force on September 1st 2023.
The revision also helps Switzerland economically, as it ensures compliance with European law. For Switzerland, clean and simple data transmission with the European Union (EU) states is very important. The new FADP thus strengthens the Swiss business economy and thus its competitiveness.