Data protection law revision | Part 1: Overview of changes

In less than a year, on September 1, 2023, the new Swiss data protection law (revDSG) will come into force. The revision is not only intended to remedy the weaknesses of the current data protection law that have arisen due to rapid technological development. It is also intended to reflect developments at the European level, as it is essential for the Swiss economy and its data transfers that Swiss data protection law has an appropriate level of protection. Finally, the law aims to strengthen the transparency of data processing and the rights of data subjects to better control what happens to their data.

We recommend that companies and processors of personal data prepare themselves for the new legal situation. They should check whether processes need to be adapted and which new obligations need to be fulfilled by those responsible for data processing. As a rule, those who have already been active in the course of the implementation of the European General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) and are oriented to its standard are well prepared.

We want to give you an overview of the innovations of the revDSG and any necessary adjustments in your company. However, experience with the GDPR in other European countries also shows: Although the GDPR has been in force since 2018, implementation in many companies is slow. Especially SMEs, associations or sole proprietorships often have neither the resources nor the time to create directories of processing activities or data protection impact assessments, but focus on their actual main business. For reassurance: Although data protection authorities in European countries are increasingly imposing fines, the spectre of excessive fines and bankruptcies has not been confirmed.

 The following shows which innovations are contained in the revDSG.

Author Sven Kohlmeier

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