Data Protection Act

The Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP), dated 19 June 1992, (Bundesgesetz vom 19. Juni 1992 über den Datenschutz / Loi fédérale du 19 juin 1992 sur la protection des données / Legge Federale del 19 giugno 1992 sulla protezione dei dati) first came into force on 1 July 1993 and was further amended since 1 January 2008.

In April 2015, the Federal Council requested the Federal Department of Justice and Police to draw up a draft bill for the end of August 2016, which should have taken into account the current changes in the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The revision of the Data Protection Act should allow to ratify the new Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data of the Council of Europe and to follow, if necessary, the developments of the Schengen/Dublin acquis in relation to data protection.

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  • The Federal Act on Data Protection (German version) (French version) (Italian version) (Unofficial English translation)

  • Ordinance to the Federal Act on Data Protection of 14 June 1993 (Status as of 1 December 2010)


  • Ordinance on Data Protection Certification (DPCO) of 28 September 2007

(English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation. These translations are provided for information purposes only and have no legal force).

  • Decision 2000/518/EC

In its Decision 2000/518/EC, the European Commission considered Switzerland legislation as providing an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the European Union.

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In the parliamentary process:

Comparison of EU data protection laws and draft of the new Swiss data protection law