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Friday, January 13, 2017

Swiss Reach Privacy Shield Agreement with U.S.

On January 11, Switzerland announced that it has reached a Privacy Shield agreement with the U.S., paralleling the one reached between the U.S. and the EU and succeeding the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework.  The documents comprising the framework were published on the website of the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC).  According to the FDPIC:  "Following finalisation of Privacy Shield, US companies can start the certification process with the DOC within a 3-month period, during which the FDPIC will not undertake enforcement actions. The DOC will then publish a list of all certified companies on its website. The FDPIC will provide a link to this list and to all the relevant documents on its website as soon as this information is available."  In a statement released the following day, the International Trade Administration of the Dept. of Commerce indicated that it would begin accepting certifications under the new framework on April 12 and that additional information would be forthcoming on the Privacy Shield website.

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