IT Law in the Autumn Session 2022
The Federal Parliament will discuss various IT law topics during its 2022 Autumn session. Digitalisation continues to be a major topic. On the one hand, the Federal Act on the Use of Electronic Means for the Performance of Public Authority Tasks will be discussed, and on the other hand, the National Council will vote on several motions calling for the Federal government to provide financial aid for digitalisation projects in the private sector.
Publication of Our Legal Opinion on the Use of Cloud Services by the City of Zurich
The City of Zurich will allow its organisational units to use cloud services in the future. The City Council has based its corresponding decision of 13 July 2022 primarily on a legal opinion by LAUX LAWYERS AG on the legality of cloud use. LAUX LAWYERS has written the legal opinion on behalf of the Organisation and Information Technology Department of the City of Zurich (OIZ). The legal opinion addresses various legal aspects of the use of public cloud services, including internal authorisations, official secrecy, data protection and lawful access to data. The legal opinion places a particular focus on the US CLOUD Act. We hereby publish the legal opinion by arrangement with the OIZ.
IT Contracts: Cookbook for integration projects
In this interview with cmm360 magazine, Senior Advisor Christian Laux explains which legal safeguards must be considered in IT integration projects, why it makes sense to consult a lawyer right from the beginning and which clauses and aspects must be taken into account in such contracts.
Webinar: Cloud Transformation in Regulated Sectors
The use of cloud solutions is steadily increasing. In regulated sectors particularly, there are framework conditions that have to be taken into account for the use of cloud services. At the webinar with AWK Group AG on 16 March 2022, our senior advisors Christian Laux and Alexander Hofmann explained what needs to be taken into account.
What does digital sovereignty mean?
Very often, those discussing Digital Sovereignty want data to be stored in Switzerland. Sometimes, the term is linked to the demand that data is only secure on IT infrastructures owned by the controller oft the data (and some even want the federal government to operate such a structure). In his Lex Laux on inside-it.ch, Christian Laux mentions the basic work of the Swiss Data Alliance. These show that the concept of digital sovereignty is consistently used very inconsistently. The Swiss Data Alliance is planning a working group to develop a definition of terms in this area.
New burdens in international data transfer
Our Advisor Yves Gogniat has summarized the changes regarding international data transfer in the current issue of the it-business magazine (4/2021). In the wake of the Schrems II ruling, the EU has introduced new standard contractual clauses. Subsequently, the FDPIC has also adapted its guidelines, which is why most Swiss companies should review their transfers too.
IT law in the Winter Session 2021
In the 2021 winter session, the two chambers of the Swiss parliament will once again be dealing with various IT law topics. We provide an overview. The IT infrastructure of MeteoSwiss is to be expanded so that the entire application landscape is transferred to cloud providers. It will be discussed whether more competences are needed at federal level to defend against the dangers of cyber-attacks (ransomware attacks, etc.).