Swiss crim­in­al pro­sec­u­tion au­thor­it­ies may share secret per­son­al data


A December 2012 Federal Supreme Court decision(1) illustrates the extent to which Swiss criminal prosecution authorities may informally exchange secret information (eg, information covered by banking or professional secrecy) with foreign peers, with potentially significant consequences for the persons affected. Considering that similar information sharing provisions exist in other law enforcement areas (eg, the Cooperation Agreement in Competition Matters(2) signed by the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on May 17 2013 (ratification procedure pending)) this decision may set a new standard for the informal transmission of secret data by Swiss authorities.

Swiss criminal prosecution authorities may share secret personal data, ILO White Collar Crime Newsletter 16 December 2013
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