Switzerland has a long history of respecting privacy and has established a legal framework to protect it. The right to privacy is guaranteed in Article 13 of the Swiss Federal Constitution. Privacy protections for online activities are provided for under Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance (DPO). Unlike the data protection legislation of many other countries, the DPA protects both personal data pertaining to natural persons and legal entities.
Switzerland has also established global frameworks and safe harbors with the EU, the United States and other countries, which extend privacy protection beyond its borders. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled in 2010 that IP addresses are personal information, and under Swiss privacy laws they may not be used to track Internet usage without the knowledge of the individuals involved.
Swisscom AG is a major telecommunications provider in Switzerland. Along with Swiss Post, it is a successor company to the former state-owned PTT. . The Swiss Confederation owns 56.94 percent of Swisscom
2010 BBC AGREEMENT TO SHOW ENGLISH PUBLIC CHANNELS WITH BELGIUM NATIONAL BROADCASTER
From the Federal Court fel. Lausanne, September 27 A television companies can only prevent the spread of his broadcasts via cable networks, if the programs are encrypted. The results from a new judgment of the Federal Court in the dispute over the programs BBC 1, BBC 4 and BBC CBeebies.British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Swiss copyright collecting society Swissperform had before the Zurich High Court requires that the cable network co-GGA Maur will prohibit the proliferation of the mentioned British programs under threat of punishment. The Cantonal Court dismissed the action, however, on 23 February 2007 from, and the Federal Court has now confirmed this decision.In unanimously felled judgment, the First Civil Law Department, it is first determined that BBC broadcasting companies banning can not enforce self-employed, since such copyright claims by a collecting society must be asserted.He can adjust the broadcasting companies also grant no instructions, the exploitation of copyrights has yet according to fixed rules and be transparent.In the case itself was clear to the Supreme Court that the programs in question are not encrypted and can be received by a satellite dish less than one meter in diameter in perfect quality in Switzerland. Under these circumstances, the broadcasting organization can not forbid the feeding into a cable network, if the network operator is willing to pay for it in the relevant tariff intended copyright compensations.
Swiss providers guarantee Net Neutrality
Swisscom, Sunrise, upc cablecom, Orange and the cable network companies’ association Swisscable have formulated a code of conduct on net neutrality. Standing up together for an open Internet, they are also establishing an ombudsman’s office which will engage independent experts.The five co-signatories to the code of conduct are working to keep the Internet in Switzerland open, with all users able to use the content, services, applications, hardware and software of their choice. No services or applications will be blocked. Freedom of information and the free expression of opinion will not be restricted.The code states that network management for the purpose of ensuring quality and provision of services tailored to end users may continue, for example when official rulings have to be put into effect, harmful activity blocked or capacity bottlenecks bypassed. In addition, time-critical services may be prioritised, if customers so wish. This includes, for example, IP telephony, television, emergency calls, video conferencing and future telemedicine applications, in which data have to reach customers as quickly as possible.
Dutch DTT and IPTV provider KPN has announced a ground breaking distribution deal with BBC for the distribution of the domestic BBC networks.
Until now, Dutch cable operators have held exclusive distribution rights to BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four. Under the new contract, KPN can now distribute BBC One and BBC Two