The firm to turn to for any data law and data protection issues

Not many of our clients are keen on data protection, and ensuring full and complete compliance is something no organisation is capable of. We address this topic, which has been widely discussed for several years, in a transparent and clear way - especially in view of the increasingly stringent sanctions that are now also being imposed in Switzerland. We will guide you on how to successfully manage the increasingly strict and complex requirements in your business efficiently, solution- and risk-oriented. In June 2020 we reorganised our Data & Privacy team for just this purpose. We offer extensive experience in data protection compliance and in the design of projects not only in accordance with legal but also "felt" data protection. Our clients benefit from the experience gained in numerous successful proceedings against the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) and other authorities.

Our approach is to "coach" our clients and make our team members available to extend our client's own in-house capabilities where they require additional resources. We provide after-hours support for cyber attacks and data emergencies.  And if an investigation or dispute with the authorities cannot be avoided, we have special expertise in administrative proceedings.

Data-based business models and products

Our team members not only advise on data protection. We also advise on all aspects of data protection law - from the protection of business secrets, aspects of data security and issues such as the "ownership" of data and public governmental transparency. We will assist you to ensure proper implementation of innovative, data-oriented business ideas and products from a legal perspective (including GDPR compliance), draft and negotiate the necessary contracts and assist you in dealing with the relevant authorities and contractual partners in Switzerland and abroad. The members of our Data & Privacy team are specialised to provide expert advice to communications, media and IT providers and to companies operating in regulated markets such as banking & finance, healthcare, energy, life sciences, telecommunications and aviation.

"Nobody can comply with data protection all the time and everywhere, but we show how it can be handled sensibly."

David Rosenthal, Head Data & Privacy

Our data and privacy law services include:

  • Advising on the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP) and potential and upcoming amendments, cantonal data protection law, the EU GDPR, ePrivacy legislation, special laws (Human Trials Act, Banking Act, etc.)
  • Compliance programs for the protection of data and confidential information
  • Assistance with data subject rights issues and customer inquiries
  • Data protection contracts (general processing contracts, data export contracts, corporate agreements)
  • Internet data regulation (cookies, tracking, profiling)
  • Data security, cybercrime, access by foreign authorities (US CLOUD Act)
  • Design of data protection declarations, guidelines, consents, etc.
  • Proceedings before the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC)
  • Dealings with foreign data protection authorities
  • Assertion of and rejection of applications according to the public governmental transparency (Public Governmental Transparency Act, cantonal law)
  • Litigation and litigation-related advice
  • Data and confidentiality-related criminal cases
  • Risk assessments (proprietary method employed for cloud projects)
  • Compliance assessment of business models and products
  • Data protection impact assessments
  • Investigation into data protection issues
  • Due Diligence in transactions under data law
  • Emergency assistance (such as with domestic and international data breach notifications)
  • Workshops, presentations and training seminars
  • Expert opinions, second opinions – particularly on controversial political projects
  • Lobbying and advising on legislation

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