Swiss Federal Data Protection Act
In Switzerland, the right to privacy is guaranteed in article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution. The Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance (DPO) entered into force on July 1, 1993. The latest amendments of the DPA and the DPO entered into force on January 1, 2008.
The DPA applies to the processing of personal data by private persons and federal government agencies. Unlike the data protection legislation of many other countries, the DPA protects both personal data pertaining to natural persons and legal entities. Most Swiss cantons have enacted their own data protection laws regulating the processing of personal data by cantonal and municipal bodies.
The Swiss Government is currently working on a revision of the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act.