Schrems II Court decision - impact on Swiss companies


The European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as Switzerland consider the level of data protection legislation in the U.S. to be not equivalent to its principles and values - and therefore insufficient.

The self-certification program under EU-US PS, deemed permissible by the EU Commission since July 2016, allowed for the transfer of personal data from the EU and EEA to US companies. In Switzerland, a similar solution, CH-US PS, had been available to Swiss entrepreneurs since April 2017. On July 16, 2020, the ECJ declared the EU-US PS invalid in its ruling known as "Schrems II."

How this decision should be interpreted and what it means for Swiss companies can be read in the enclosed article by our two advocates lic. iur. Manuel C. Frick, LL.M. and lic. iur. Urs Maurer-Lambrou, LL.M. of SwissLegal (Bern) AG, published in: IT & Digitalization, supplement to Finanz und Wirtschaft of August 28, 2021.

Schrems II court decision - impact on Swiss companies