According to Swiss secure email provider ProtonMail, Switzerland has a long history of privacy and security, dating back over a century, and its laws are much more protective of individual privacy rights. In the US and EU, gag orders can be issued to prevent an individual from knowing they are being investigated or under surveillance. While these type of orders also exist in Switzerland, the prosecutors have an obligation to notify the target of surveillance, and the target has an opportunity to appeal in court. There are no such things as National Security Letters, and all surveillance requests must go through the courts. Furthermore, while Switzerland is party to international assistance treaties, such requests for information must hold up under Swiss law, which has much stricter privacy provisions.
High levels of privacy
Although not a member of the European Union, all data stored in Switzerland is protected by GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), set out by the EU. The GDPR ensures that all personal and identifiable data is highly protected.
Data stored in Switzerland is also protected by the FADP (Federal Act on Data Protection). The FADP is a Swiss act, passed in 1992, to protect the privacy and the fundamental rights of persons when their data is processed. With the strict federal laws and regulations in place, Switzerland is an established location to consider for hosting personal or private data. The EU has found Switzerland to provide an adequate level of data protection, and therefore data can be transferred freely between the EU and Switzerland.
Due to its political stability, Switzerland is considered one of the safest countries in the world, year after year. Before deciding where to store data, it is crucial to consider stability as a key factor.
Data is stored on physical servers that need to be protected from any possibility of physical damage, so storing data in a politically stable country greatly reduces the risk of damage to the physical locations. Political stability also means that the laws under which your data is stored and protected are likely to remain the same long term.
Geography is another key factor to consider when deciding where to host your data. Natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes can take down a data center, causing data to be lost and websites to go down for prolonged periods of time. Switzerland has a temperate climate and alpine landscape, keeping it safe from many natural disasters. Data hosted in Switzerland is therefore generally well protected from the detrimental effects that natural disasters can have.
Switzerland is often viewed internationally as representing the following values – stability, neutrality, discretion and trustworthiness based on its banking history. For example Swiss law is often used in international contracts by non-European customers when there is a disagreement about which law is to apply to the contract.
Currently many global companies use data centers located in the USA. However, when dealing with European customers, suppliers often encounter problems with customer concerns about the application of certain US laws which permit US authorities to access customer data stored in the USA, under certain circumstances.
An additional benefit of using a Swiss data center is that generally data stored in Switzerland is not traceable to a named person, but only to a number.
Safe Harbor not adequate
Increasingly customers, particularly in Germany and North America, India and certain parts of Asia and South America, are raising concerns about the adequacy of the safe harbor status of data centers, as this certification is seen as little more than a paper exercise which in practice does not actually equate to Swiss levels of data protection.
Compliance with EU data protection laws
An added advantage of using Swiss data centers is that Switzerland is accepted by the EU as having equivalent protection to EU data protection laws. Therefore no additional consents are required from customers to enable the supplier to store and process customer data in Switzerland.
Schweizer Host offers shared and VPS hosting in Switzerland
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