GDPR guide and implications for Swiss companies

26 April 2018

The enforcement date for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), May 25th, is just around the corner, not leaving much time for brands to ensure they are fully compliant.

Swiss companies have expressed their concern about the new regulation. In particular, with regards to the interchange of personal data between the EU and Switzerland. 

To respond to these uncertainties, NetComm Suisse presents an exclusive interview with Mr. Alan Rhode, CEO of Taxmen, a consultancy specialized in tax and legal services for e-Commerce. He explains how the new regulations will impact the Swiss market and Swiss companies selling to EU.

On top, we also offer you a detailed step-by-step guide Cheer up, it’s GDPR time!, put together by NetComm Suisse associates Splio and Taxmen. 

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3 things you need to know about the impact of GDPR to Swiss companies


NetComm Suisse: Are Swiss businesses impacted by the European GDPR?

Alan Rhode, Taxmen: Yes – in particular, when their data processing activities are related to the offering of goods or services to data subjects situated in EU or relate to the monitoring of the behavior of EU data subjects, as far as such behaviour takes place within the EU.


Netcomm Suisse: Will Swiss businesses need a privacy representative in the EU?

Alan Rhode, Taxmen: Swiss businesses processing personal data under the GDPR will be required to designate in writing a representative in Europe, unless such data processing is occasional, does not include, on a large scale, processing of special categories of data or processing of personal data relating to criminal convictions/offences, and is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, taking into account the nature, context, scope and purposes of the processing activities.


Netcomm Suisse: Are EU organizations entitled to transfer personal data to Switzerland?

Alan Rhode, Taxmen: The transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area is subject to restrictions and limitations. However, the European Commission has already recognized Switzerland as a country providing adequate protection. Furthermore, Switzerland is undergoing an important reform of its own privacy laws to ensure the free flow of personal data from the EU into Switzerland and vice versa.


For further insights watch the exclusive video interview with Alan Rhode, Taxmen:


Download now a detailed step-by-step guide Cheer up, it’s GDPR time!, put together by NetComm Suisse associates Splio and Taxmen. 


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