The completely revised Data Protection Act and the implementing provisions in the new Data Protection Ordinances (OPDo) and Data Protection Certifications (OCPD) will enter into force on September 1, 2023, in accordance with the decision of the Federal Council of August 31, 2022. This period will leave sufficient time for the economic community to take the necessary steps to implement the new law.
The total revision of the Data Protection Act (LPD) and the provisions of the ordinances will ensure better protection of personal data. The legislation is adapted to technological advances and the rights of individuals vis-à-vis their data, as well as transparency on how it is collected, are improved.
The new law ensures compatibility with European law and allows Switzerland to ratify the revised version of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 on data protection. This modernization is important so that the EU continues to recognize Switzerland as a third country with an adequate level of data protection and that cross-border data exchange remains possible without additional requirements.