In addition to the data protection laws at the cantonal level, data protection is regulated by the Federal Data Protection Act of 19 June 1992 (FADP) and the Ordinance to the Federal Data Protection Act of 14 June 1993. On 25 September 2020, Parliament adopted the totally revised Federal Data Protection Act (FDPA). Among other things, this is intended to improve the transparency of data processing and strengthen the self-determination of data subjects over their data. At the same time, the total revision is intended to ensure, in simple terms, that the EU continues to recognise Switzerland as a third country with an adequate level of data protection.
The Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) is the competent authority for data processing by federal bodies and private persons, including enterprises. As far as data processing by cantonal or communal authorities is concerned, the supervision is up to the cantonal and communal data protection commissioners. They have founded the association «privatim».