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Reinforcing data protection in Switzerland: the main points of the new law

Switzerland's new data protection law strengthens privacy and citizens' rights. This article highlights the key points of the new legislation.


Strengthening individuals' rights:

The new Swiss law is inspired by the European Union's GDPR and guarantees individuals enhanced rights: access, rectification, erasure, limitation of processing, data portability and opposition to processing.


Greater protection for sensitive data:

The law clearly defines categories of sensitive data, such as health, religious beliefs and genetic data. The processing of such data requires the explicit consent of the data subject.


Corporate responsibility:

Companies must implement technical and organizational measures to ensure data security. They must appoint a data protection officer to supervise data processing activities.


Penalties for non-compliance:

Administrative fines can reach up to 10 million Swiss francs or 2% of the offending company's worldwide annual sales. In the case of serious breaches, fines can reach up to 20 million Swiss francs, or 4% of worldwide annual sales.


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