Digitalized consultation with a doctor and use of the cloud
Applications related to the digitalized consultation with a doctor must meet the highest demands in terms of availability, performance and stability of the services. The use of mature cloud solutions is an increasingly chosen option to meet these needs. In an article published in the journal sic!, Thomas Steiner shows that doctors and hospitals can use mature cloud solutions - contrary to a trend in the current public debate - in compliance with data protection law and while preserving medical confidentiality.
The Revised Swiss FDPA and the GDPR
At this DataGuidance webinar, Thomas Steiner and co-panelist François Charlet discussed how the revised Swiss Federal Data Protection Act compares to the GDPR, and where nuances or stricter requirements may require changes to data protection programs. Here's the slide deck with practical compliance tips.
Statement of the Swiss FDPIC on data transfer to the USA: Analysis and recommendations for action
In this contribution to the WEKA Data Protection newsletter, Thomas Steiner discusses the Swiss FDPIC's statement on data transfers from Switzerland to the U.S. and provides recommendations on the use of SCC going forward.
Information Security Regulation in the Financial and Insurance Industries – U.S. and Swiss Laws
Thomas Steiner and Co-panelists Jacqueline Cooney and Martin Pauli-Burckhardt discussed current challenges and new developments in information security regulation in the financial and insurance industries at the (virtual) Privacy+Security Forum on 23 October 2020. In the U.S., new developments in this area of law include the cybersecurity regulations from the NY Department of Financial Services and the FTC seeking comments on its Safeguards Rule. Important emerging trends in Swiss law include new breach notification laws, a revised Federal Data Protection Act, and new Guidance on cyber attack notifications introduced by the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority FINMA.
New Data Protection Act (DSG) and Cloud Usage
Thomas Steiner presented at the "Swiss Cloud Day for SMEs" on the topic of "New Swiss Federal Data Protection Act and Cloud Use" and discussed new obligations for cloud customers and cloud providers. Challenges are, in particular, information obligations, data security and requirements for data processing agreements. Here's the slide deck (in German).
Data Protection Overview – Switzerland
In this Note written for the OneTrust DataGuidance platform, Thomas Steiner gives an overview of the fundamentals of Swiss data protection law. The Note already considers changes introduced by the revised Federal Data Protection Act, which is expected to enter into force in 2021.
Data Protection and Data Ethics: the Controversy About Contact Tracing Apps
The use of so-called contact tracing apps for the purpose of containing the corona epidemic has been the subject of controversial discussions in recent weeks. Ultimately, it is a matter of feeling which approach – centralized or decentralized – is to be preferred. The article by Thomas Steiner in the WEKA Data Protection newsletter of June is now online.