COVID-19: Governance model for digital proximity tracing
An independent group, including Christian Laux, has developed a governance framework to protect our civil liberties in the use of tracing apps, which is currently being hotly debated as the lockdown is loosened and which is challenging our civil society.
Digital assemblies are now possible, but are the “big ones” ready for it? Switzerland’s attractiveness as a location for business would benefit.
With the “Ordinance 2 on measures to combat coronavirus (COVID-19)”, it is legally possible to carry out all types of assemblies and meetings entirely digitally in Switzerland for the very first time. This approach, which is unusual for local standards, is initially limited in time until 19 April 2020. It is worth taking a look at the new possibilities. A classification of Art. 6a COVID-19-Ordinance.
New Microsoft Data Protection Rules
Effective as of January 2020, Microsoft has moved all data protection related terms from their “Online Services Terms (OST)” document to a new separate document called Online Services Data Protection Addendum (DPA). Read more about the update in our current Policy Alert.
Lex Laux: Too much alien criminality? Too little Open Data!
Open Data has a lot of potential, and the IT world should put more focus on Open Data. Christian Laux suggests Open Data as a way out from a political dispute about whether nationality and origin of suspected offenders should be disclosed in the Police’s twitter feeds etc.
IT law as a compliance task
What does the expression “IT law as a compliance task” mean in practice? In the accompanying slides, Perica Grasarevic addresses two specific examples: The application of data disclosure rules outside the DPA using the “Helsana +” app and compliance with data protection legislation when using the “Whatsapp” app in a business. The slides were originally created for the 46th Swiss Compliance Officer Meeting where Perica Grasarevic spoke on IT law.
Partial revision FINMA Circular 2018/3 (Outsourcing banks and insurers)
On 27 November 2019, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA announced that it is definitively implementing the small banks regime at circular level as of 1 January 2020. This includes a generally applicable change in regulation (i.e. not only to small banks) with regard to Circular 2018/3 (Outsourcing Banks and Insurers), which has quite some practical effect.
swissICT column “Law & IT”: Legal consequences in dealing with the “Internet of Things” (IoT).
The legal commission of swissICT reports in its column "Law & IT" for Computerworld about current legal issues in the digital field. This time by and with Alexander Hofmann and Mark Schieweck on the subject: Legal consequences in dealing with the "Internet of Things" (IoT).