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Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.


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Switzerland's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner said a U.S.-Swiss program for shielding personal information shared between the two nations is inadequate, and downgraded the U.S. data-protection ranking as a result.

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Switzerland's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Adrian Lobsiger on Tuesday said a U.S.-Swiss program for shielding personal information shared between the two nations is inadequate, and has downgraded the U.S.'s data-protection ranking as a result.

Lobsiger advised Swiss companies or government organizations to report personal data to the U.S. only if protections are implemented to guard their members from inquisitive U.S. authorities.

These recommendations follow similar issues raised by European Union (EU) authorities, which in July ruled the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield program was invalid because the American government can spy on people's data.

Lobsiger's recommendations do not have the force of law, but could affect decisions by corporate chiefs or government officials on sharing private information about Swiss residents and citizens.

From Associated Press
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